The Ultimate Guide to Busan’s Festivals this October

October is a perfect month to visit Busan, as the whole city is filled with fun events and festivities. The weather will be cool enough to roam around the city pleasantly, and also there are 2 huge festivals that you shouldn’t miss out on; BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 which is the largest Hallyu festival in Korea and Busan Fireworks Festival.
Here are all the details you need to know about these festivals.
1. BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 (Oct 20 ~ 28)
The BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 is a mega Hallyu event where you can enjoy various Korean cultural contents. It is the largest festival held in Busan every year, and during the period, the whole city is filled with festivities!
BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 takes place in all over Busan, and thankfully getting around Busan is very easy due to its straightforward public transit system. Just like any other big city in Korea, they have a convenient subway and bus system.
The highlight of BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 is its opening & closing concert. They are some of the best and largest K-pop events in Korea, boasting a star-studded line up every year. If you want to attend these main events, make sure to book it as early as possible as the tickets are always selling out very fast!
Also, there are many more K-pop & Hallyu events than just the opening/closing concert, and the best part is that they are all FREE! Check out some of the best events of BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 below and enjoy the festival to the fullest!
1) Opening concert
• Date: October 20, 2018 (Sat)
• Time: 7:00 pm KST
• Location: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
• Line-up: EXO, Wanna One, Seventeen, NCT 127, Celeb Five, MAMAMOO, EXID, GFriend and more
• Ticket info: Tickets sale for BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 opening concert has been closed.
2) Closing concert
• Date: October 28, 2018 (Sun)
• Time: 7:00 pm KST
• Location: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
• Line-up: Red Velvet, NCT Dream, Favorite, Dynamic Duo, Rhythm Power and more
• Ticket info: You can get the exclusive standing or ground seat tickets for BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 closing concert on 
Click here for the ticket information →
* is the official English booking site for BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018.
3) BOF Park Concert
• Date: October 21, 2018 (Sun)
• Time: 7:00 pm KST
• Location: Busan Citizen Park
• Line-up: K.WILL, CHUNGHA, and more
BOF Park Concert is a free concert that is open to all citizens and visitors. It is a picnic-like concert that takes place in the huge park. Also, don’t miss out on the flea market in the park too!
4) Made in Busan
• Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
• Location: Busan Cinema Center, Yongdusan Park, BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)
Made in Busan is designed for fostering regional performances. This is where local artists and citizens come together, and there will be more than 20 local artist teams performing all across Busan!
5) BOF land
• Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
• Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)
BOF Land is the main festival ground where you can experience lots of Hallyu content with no genre limitations! It is the venue of various events, such as the K-POP New Star Showcase, the Made in Busan Performance & Exhibition Programs, and the EverySing Audition.
6) BOF Goods shop
• Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
• Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)
There will be a gift shop during the festival where you can buy exclusive merchandise & souvenirs designed by BOF and SM TOWN. Be sure to check out and get some unique gifts!
2. Busan Fireworks Festival 2018 (Oct 27)
Along with the BOF Festival, the Busan Firework Festival is also a must-see festival in Busan for October. It is the biggest firework festival not only in Korea but also in Asia. This year, the Busan Firework Festival takes place on October 27, which is during the BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018. So, you can enjoy both festivals if you make your way to Busan in that period!
The sandy Gwangalli Beach is a perfect stage for the sky sparklers with various displays. To fully enjoy the festival, book your seat on the beach beforehand and savor the spectacular view from the best viewpoint.
Tickets for 2018 Busan Fireworks Festival are available on
Click here for the ticket information →
Last but not least, don’t forget to visit which is the official English booking site for BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 & Busan Fireworks Festival 2018, and enjoy Busan to the fullest!
* BusanOneAsiaFestival 2018 is sponsored by Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Tourism Organization.
Image Source: Busan Tourism Organization, 2017 BOF Official Photos.

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