Mid-Autumn Festival

Hoi An is one of the most magical places in Asia to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam. In 2023, the Mid-Autumn Festival will take place on September 29, and promises to be a mesmerizing night for travelers and locals alike, with activities along the Thu Bon River and a festive atmosphere throughout the streets of the Ancient Town.

The Mid-Autumn Festival takes place after the harvest season, and is traditionally a time for families to reunite and relax together after a hard period of rice growing and gathering. Around Hoi An, troupes will perform lion dances to the beat of drums and gongs, children will carry glowing lanterns through the streets, and every family will gather to sample delicious mooncakes and sip tea under the bright light of the full moon.

The festival kicks off on September 27 with a lion dancing competition at the Hoi An Park. On September 28, enjoy a colorful parade around Ancient Town and special performances to celebrate the full moon. Throughout the three-day festival, travelers can join folk games, toy-making workshops, and singalongs all over town.