Food, Festivals & Fun: June Events in Hoi An & Da Nang
Cau Lao Cook Off? Art & Culture? Boozy Brunches?
Posted: Thursday 1st June 2017
International kite festival
Another month has come and gone, and we’re (somehow!) rapidly moving towards the second rice harvest of the year. So, as the heat sets in, it’s time to get your calendars set for June. This month has plenty on offer, from the much-anticipated Quang Nam Heritage Festival, to art shows and culinary cook-offs, whilst not forgetting a day at the beach, or two!
THIS MONTH IN HOI AN & DA NANG
Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at The Pullman Da Nang: Sun 4th June
Sunday Brunch – once viewed as suspiciously fancy – is now a social staple, and what’s not to love? Its breakfast, but drinking isn’t frowned upon. Both the Almanity Hoian’s once a month gourmet blow-out and the charming Victoria Resort's weekly bubbly buffet are worth skipping a lie-in for. But far naughtier is the Pullman Da Nang’s Bubbles, Beats & Brunch. Providing free-flow bubbles, a lavish brunch buffet held beach-side in the beautiful Azure Beach Lounge. At a more drink-worthy time -- head there at 5:30pm for sundowner cocktails and the beach BBQ buffet, held in the gorgeous Azure Beach Lounge every Sunday
NB: Bookings are essential (it’s really that good). Email Mario - firstname.lastname@example.org for your table.
Pullman Da Nang, Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City.
Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival: Thursday 8th June
On the night of the 8th June the townsfolk will celebrate Hoi An's bygone days, by reenacting cultural activities and honouring their ancestors with offerings to shrines and burning incense. The old quarter is pedestrianised (no bicycles or motorised vehicles until 10pm) and fluorescent lights are banned, adding to the old world charm. This is a truly special night where you can wander the old town while it is lit up with lanterns and watch traditional performances, hear musical renditions, poetry recitals or watch as some of the older townsmen play a game of traditional Chinese chess.
Festival events kick-off in the old town from 17:30
The First National Kayak Tournament, Phu Ninh Lake/ Legends of Aspara Cultural Show, My Son: Saturday 10th June
Enjoy the beat of the drums, the roaring cheers and ice-cold beers while teams from across the country descend upon the beautiful Phu Ninh Lake (south of Hoi An) for the first national kayak tournament, then finish off the day with the cultural performance ‘Legends of Aspara’ as the sun sets over the Champa temples of My Son (it’s a lot cooler than a day trip and to get to Phu Ninh from Hoi An, you drive right passed My Son - it makes sense). For race times, transport and all festival advice and information, head to the Quang Nam Visitor Information centre at 47, Phan Chau Trinh street in Hoi An's old town.
The kayak race runs from 07:30-19:30 & Legends of Aspara starts at 7pm
An Bang Beach Festival 2017: 11-14th June
Sailing, surfing, sports and beach games - and potentially ‘the race of Vietnam sail boats and world windsurfing championship’. We’ll be reporting live to our facebook page (Hoi An Travel Guide, Coast Vietnam) from our kitchen window in the event that these events happen. Regardless, it's holiday time in Vietnam and even if the guaranteed beach breeze fails to whip up enough hot air to pick-up a sail, you can be sure of a real cultural experience as crowds flock to the beaches at sundown to escape the city heat.
Bring sunblock and sharpen your elbows.
Similar activities will also be held on the Cham Islands, Tam Thanh and Tam Ky beaches.
Daily, 08:30 to 19:00
Almanity Hoi An Buffet & Brunch: Brunch Sun 11th June at 12:00 & Buffet every Thursday at 18:30
The Almanity Hoi An's Sunday Brunch is legendary (or so we've been told - we've never managed to get a ticket). It's a monthly event where guests are invited to eat as much from the specialist food stations before they bust a button on their dress trousers (or get trousered - there's free-flow wine and beer). Alongside the usual Sunday roast staples, there's sushi, salads and cheese and desserts. Book early!
If the day doesn't work with your diary, don't despair! Every Thursday evening the Almanity put on a fabulous buffet spread including free-flow for those that would like to indulge.
326, Ly Thuong Kiet.
For reservations: email
PS - Yes, you can use the pool
PPS - It's 50% off for kids under 11 and free for kids under six!
Hoi An Silk Festival: 12-13th June
We’re all too aware of the need to be more eco-conscious, but sometimes forget that the fashion world is one of the most wasteful industries out there. Luckily for us, ladies, there is now a new generation of designers who are supporting the shift towards a more conscious way to consume. If you want to explore beyond the made-to-measure rack, the Hoi An Silk Festival is the place to be. With a focus on traditional, sustainable manufacturing processes and materials, the show will feature demonstrations by local artisans from over fifty handicraft villages with the option to purchase some of the rare and beautiful fabrics on display.
Hoi An Silk Village, 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Hoi An, 08:00-11:00
Hoi An International Food Festival Cau lao Challenge: 12-14th June
Hoi An is famous – rightly so – for its eclectic cuisine, and of all the dishes the most coveted is Cao Lau, a noodle dish served with just the right balance of mystery and intrigue for it to have featured in some of the biggest media outlets in the world.
On a normal day, we’d be egging you to sample the dish from a streetside hawker (because Granny knows best), but for two short summer days Hoi An Sculpture Garden will become a saucy melting pot as the clever folk responsible for Hoi An’s incredible International Food Festival gather gastro gods and chef superstars from all over the globe. The challenge? To reimagine Hoi An’s signature dish for the 21st century. 16:00 - 17:00
Quang Nam Festival: Worthy Mentions
Though many that pass through Hoi An find it difficult to leave, some of the best rewards for travellers seeking a taste of the ‘real’ Vietnam can be found in Quang Nam. Straddling the border to Kon Tum (famous for its ethnic groups and ginseng), is Ngoc Linh, a 2,598-metre high mountain of the Annamite Range. To the west, Po Mu Forest, Tay Giang district (home to 20 Vietnamese ethnic groups and 725 gigantic trees thought to be over 1,000 years old). To the east, the Cham Islands, a world Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO, and to the south, Tam Hai, an idyllic island with a black volcanic rock formation bearing a striking resemblance to the UK’s Jurassic coast. Each, will be hosting their own festival events for the duration, and all are well worth the visit.
For up to date details on all the events, please visit the Quang Nam Tourist Information Centre (47, Phan Chau Trinh st) or go to http://quangnamheritagefestival.com
Quang Nam Heritage Festival Closing Ceremony: 14th June
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately, Hoi An doesn’t believe in quiet exits. Instead, a hive of colourful celebrations are planned for the closing ceremony. Expect traditional performances, engaging speakers and a few exciting surprises.
20:00, Hoai River Square, Hoi An
Weekly Events Holy Pig Park Brunch: Saturday's from 11:30 till 3pm
This uber-cool container barbecue beer hall comes with edgy graffiti and a menu designed by award-winning Louisiana pitmaster, Al Harris. The menu is epic - BBQ ribs, Holy smoked wings, burgers, Asian salads and (for the grown-ups) rum cocktails and craft beer. The best way to get your fill is to head there for the weekly Park Brunch, a family event with kid friendly activities like face painting, a water slide, water gun fighting, swimming pool and the grand finale -- Pig racing - alongside an all you can eat BBQ buffet. The Park brunch is held every Saturday from 11:30 - 3pm, but if you can make it there's always a deal to be digested on their Facebook page
For more details on their daily offers and to apply for an invite, go here
Cocobay, Truong Sa Road, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. 16:30 - 22:30.
Fancy a Free Tipple (or three)? Friday 2nd June 2017
Free wine tasting & nibbles
When the warm weather hits, there’s nothing better than a cold glass of wine. Take shelter from the heat and try a curated selection of pours from dry to sparkling, all produced under an iconic label that’s too rude for us to feature in print (thanks Guy). The two hour event will be hosted at the gorgeous French bistro, Bettina from 6-8pm. Better than that, it’s free!
5, Phan Chau Trinh
Cam Nam Island & Tam Thanh beach, Hoi An Kite Festival: 8-10th June 2017
Details are scant for what may well (let there be wind) be one of the most colourful, artistic events of the summer, but for those familiar with ‘Hot An’s’ June climate, any sport - be it wind surfing, sailing (and yes these sporting events may well feature during An Bang’s beach festival) that replies upon a breeze can’t really be guaranteed and a back-up location, Tam Thanh beach a 40 minute drive south of Hoi An has been tallied around. Wind or no wind - kite festival highlights will include participants from Hue’s 200-year-old kite club and traditionally hand crafted kites in the form of phoenix, pheasants and dragons.
From 08:00 - 17:00, daily
Quang Nam Heritage festival: 9-14th June 2017
Passionate about new ideas, creativity, and culture?
Introducing the colours of Vietnam’s intangible cultural Heritage. Hoi An, Tam Ky and the many small towns between, will be hosting a bevy of colourful cultural events and performances in celebration of the sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival. This year’s event is held under the theme of ‘connecting cultural heritage’, and there are dozens of talks, workshops, art, performances, masterclasses, panels and exhibitions planned in honour of Vietnamese cultural values and traditions. We’ve listed the highlights, but expect to be dazzled with art and photography exhibitions, festival food, cultural displays and in the city itself, a traditional fair.
Co Tu Festival Night: Friday 9th June 2017
The Co Tu, a spiritual community, who live a quiet and sustainable existence preserving the traditional culture, arts and customs of their ancestors in the mountains of Quang Nam will be visiting Hoi An on the night of the full
moon. Commencing with a traditional song and dance performance due to be held at 5pm in the Hoi An sculpture garden. Other performances that night will be held at 6pm at 26, PhanBoi Chau street, where they will set-up their looms and display a host of ethnic handicrafts, agricultural products and brocade. The grand finale will be a traditional dance performance beginning at 7:30pm at the beautiful Anantara resort.