Festivals and Events
Aside from taking in the sights, sound and scents of the City of Pines, visitors will find no want of fun and festivity in Baguio. Tribal festivals afford insights into the culture of the hardy mountain tribes who have held onto their own proud heritage despite a certain degree of assimilation and acculturation. Every November, the Grand Canao is held - a thanksgiving celebration in the highland tradition wherein animals are ritually slaughtered then roasted before being set on the festive table. Much merrymaking accompanies the feasting and drinking of the tapuey or rice wine, as games such as tug-of-war, spear-throwing, variations of arm, leg, and body wrestling, and even a hut-building contest are held in time-honored contests of strength, strategy and endurance. The event also highlights indigenous songs, dances and ceremonies of the different peoples of the Cordilleras.
Celebration of the start of the New Year highlighted by fireworks.
As Baguio is a melting pot of cultures, various Chinese groups have flocked into the city, assimilating themselves as regular member of the community. Thus, the Chinese celebration of the New Year, which is highlighted by sharing of moon cakes and fireworks, has been an integral part of Baguio's list of events.
Otherwise known as SUMVAC, the event is an annual celebration of the city of Baguio featuring the selection of Lucky Summer Visitors, concerts, trade fairs and observance of Holy Week.
Focuses on Baguio as a spiritual center. The first commemoration initiated by the religious sector of Non-Government Organizations started last March 1991. The theme was "Baguio, a journey to spiritual renewal."
Focuses on Baguio as the "Flower Garden City of the North". Highlights include, flower exhibits, lectures, garden tours, floral contest and a parade of floats. It is scheduled every third week of February.
Commemorates the anniversary of Baguio since it became a chartered city in 1909. Art exhibits, parades, programs, cultural shows, and sister-city programs often scheduled.
An innovation introduced by the Baguio Association of Hotels and Inns, where records as regard to the biggest and heaviest tossed-salad is annually broken. Covered by national and local media, this is aimed at promoting vegetables produced in the Region.
This is an annual event started in November 1989 sponsored by the Baguio Arts Guild, the Department of Tourism and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This envisioned Baguio to be the permanent venue for the festival. The features of the event are visual arts, which include photography, film video, sculpture and art installations, and ethnic arts.
A month long celebration of the Christmas season featuring numerous activities like cantatas, children's mardigras, sports competitions, and the selection of the Lucky Foreign Visitors and Cordillera Balikbayans.
A tourism affair showcasing cultural and artistic presentations of various ethno-linguistic groups in the city as an avenue for greater unity and multi-cultural appreciation.
An international golf tournament using the facilities of the Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay. This annual sports event is held every first week of December and ushers in the various activities of Christmas.