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Top Free 2023 Festivals Across South Korea in Fall! (K-pop Concerts Included!)

As the vibrant colors of autumn sweep across South Korea, it's the perfect time to step outdoors and immerse yourself in the lively festival scene. From cultural extravaganzas to cinematic celebrations, here's a list of top free festivals across the country that allow you to relish the crisp autumn breeze while enjoying a diverse range of activities.


1. OPENHOUSE Seoul



- Date: October 14-22, 2023


OPENHOUSE Seoul is a unique festival that invites you to explore the hidden gems of the city. During this event, historic and culturally significant buildings, which are typically closed to the public, open their doors. You'll have the chance to step inside and appreciate the architectural wonders of Seoul. It's a fantastic way to experience the city's rich heritage while enjoying the pleasant autumn weather!


2. Busan One Asia Festival


Busan One Asia Festival 2023 Poster (Trazy)
Busan One Asia Festival 2023 Poster (Trazy)

- Date: October 21-22, 2023

- Location: Busan



The Busan One Asia Festival is a grand celebration of Asian culture, featuring K-pop concerts, cultural exhibitions, and a variety of performances! Join the festivities along Haeundae Beach and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. With the cool autumn breeze and the sound of music in the air, it's an experience you won't want to miss!


3. Gwangju Food Festa


The Gwangju Food Festival is great for families who want to immerse themselves in Korean culture (Korean Tourism Organization)
The Gwangju Food Festival is great for families who want to immerse themselves in Korean culture (Korean Tourism Organization)

- Date: November 3rd, 2023

- Location: Gwangju


Gwangju Food Festa is a paradise for foodies. This festival showcases the rich culinary traditions of Gwangju and beyond! You can savor a wide array of delicious Korean dishes and international cuisines, all while enjoying the pleasant weather of autumn. It's a feast for the senses that won't cost you a dime!


4. Gwangju Fringe Festival


Gwangju Fringe Festival 2023 poster (Gwanju Fringe Festival Facebook page)
Gwangju Fringe Festival 2023 poster (Gwanju Fringe Festival Facebook page)

- Date: October 20 (Friday) ~ October 22 (Sunday), 2023

- Location: May 18th Democracy Square, Geumnam-ro, and the Arts Street area, Gwangju


The Gwangju Fringe Festival is a celebration of the arts, featuring a diverse range of performances, exhibitions, and creative expressions. Whether you're into theater, music, visual arts, or street performances, you'll find something to captivate your imagination! Stroll through the charming streets of Gwangju, experience the artistic vibe, and revel in the cool autumn days.


These free festivals across South Korea offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the autumn breeze while immersing yourself in a world of culture, art, and entertainment. Whether you're a film buff, a food lover, or simply looking for a good time, these events have something for everyone. So, mark your calendars and get ready to embrace the beauty of autumn in South Korea!


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