Fall Festival Season in October: Here’s 20 Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Busan

There's plenty of events in October in Busan to keep you on-the-go for the entire month. Here's 20 to get you started.

Fall is one of the main festival seasons in Korea and Busan is chock full of festivals and events that you won’t want to miss.

Here are 20 happenings in October that you’ll want to put on your to-do calendar.

October Festivals and Events in Busan

Busan Opera Week

Four operas chosen by the citizens will be performed at the Busan Cultural Center this month.

Period: October 1 – 13, 2019

Venue: Busan Cultural Center

Busan International Film Festival

The 24th Busan International Film Festival returns with another jam-packed schedule of fantastic films from across the world.

Period: October 3 – 12, 2019

Venues: Busan Cinema Center, theaters in Haeundae area, BEXCO, Nampodong and other select venues.

Busan Geumjeong Street Arts Festival

Enjoy a weekend’s worth of free street art performances around PNU.

Period: October 4 – 6, 2019

Venue: PNU University Road

La La La Festival

Over 40 bakeries and coffee shops come together for an outdoor festival.

Period: October 4 – 6, 2019

Venue: Oncheoncheon Stream

Geumnyeonsan Festival

Fun afternoon events and evening astronomy events make a great day for the family.

Period: October 5, 2019

Venue: Geumnyeonsan Youth Training Institute


The 9th edition of the Gwangan International Community Fair was rescheduled due to Typhoon Tapah.

Period: October 6, 2019

Venue: Gorilla Brewing Company

Busan International Food Expo 2019

Taste different flavors from around the globe at the annual food expo at BEXCO.

Period: October 10 – 12, 2019

Venue: BEXCO

Image: Busan City News

Dongnae Eupseong History Festival

Relive history at the annual Dongnae Eupseong Festival.

Period: October 11 – 13, 2019

Venues: Dongnae Cultural Center, Plaza of Dongnae Eupseong and Oncheonjang

Busan Jagalchi Festival

The 28th installment of the Busan Jagalchi Festival brings some fantastic choices to seafood lovers.

Period: October 10 – 13, 2019

Venue: Jagalchi Market

Yeongdo Bridge Festival

The 27th edition of the only bridge-themed festival in Korea, highlights will include performances, parades, tours and more.

Period: October 11 – 13, 2019

Venues: Around Yeongdodaegyo Bridge and Bongnae-dong Muryangjang (Lighters Wharf)

2019 Busan Choral Festival & Competition

Some of the best choirs from around the world ascend upon the city with concerts to lift the spirits.

Period: October 16 – 19, 2019

Venues: Busan Cinema Center, Sohyang Theater

2019 Chinatown Festival

Experience the biggest Chinatown gathering of the year in Busan.

Period: October 18 – 20, 2019

Venue: Chinatown, Dong-gu

F1963 Music Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of classical music at F1963 in Mangmi-dong.

Period: October 19, 2019

Venue: F1963 Sukcheon Hall

Busan One Asia Festival 2019

One of the largest cultural events in the city each year, the Busan One Asia Festival brings music, fashion, food, and culture together.

Period: October 19 – 25, 2019

Venues: Hwamyeong Ecological Park, Haeundae Culture Square and more


The biggest flea market in Korea returns for another year nationwide.

Period: October 20, 2019

Venue: Song Sang-hyeon Square

LPGA BMW Ladies Championship 2019

Women’s golf comes to Busan with 84 of the world’s best competing for the title.

Period: October 21 – 27, 2019

Venue: LPGA International Busan, Gijang


VOLOSI is a music group formed by highlanders of the Silesian Beskid mountains and classically-trained musicians.

Period: October 25, 2019

Venue: Busan Citizens Hall

Busan Mackerel Festival

Feast at a festival dedicated to Busanite’s favorite fish.

Period: October 25 – 27, 2019

Venue: Songdo Beach

Halloween 2019

Grab your best costume and head out for a night of Halloween shenanigans.

Period: October 26, 2019

Venue: Local bars

Busan International Footwear, Techtextile & Fashion Fair 2019

Fashion Week returns to BEXCO where you can see the latest designs at fashion shows, booths and more.

Period: October 31 – November 2, 2019

Venue: BEXCO

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