PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL 2020 IN BAGUIO: Schedule, Things to Do, Hotels, Travel Tips and More!

Panagbenga Festival 2020 in Baguio City
Panagbenga 2020 Schedule of Activities, Where to Stay, Things to Do, Travel Tips and More!

Planning a trip to Baguio City to witness this year's Panagbenga Festival?

Baguio City's most-anticipated and biggest flower festival, Panagbenga Festival 2020 is happening this February until early March 2020. As the most-attended festival in Northern Luzon, tourists and travelers are expected to flock to Baguio City to witness this annual festival of flowers with exciting and colorful events and activities lined up. The highlights of the Panagbenga 2020 - the grand street dancing and grand float parade will take place on February 29 and March 1, 2020, respectively. Take note of those dates.

Now on its 25th year or silver anniversary, this year's celebration is expected to be one of the grandest. If you're planning to join in the festivities, be sure to know the Panagbenga 2020 Schedule of events, where to stay in Baguio, how to get there, and other tips and reminders to have a memorable Panagbenga Festival 2020 experience.

Panagbenga Festival 2020 in Baguio City


What is Panagbenga Festival?

Panagbenga Festival is to celebrate not only the "season of blooming" of flowers but also the booming economy and progress of the "City of Pines." The word "Panagbenga" comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio City and the Cordilleras.


Panagbenga Festival 2020 Schedule of Activities

Grand Opening Day Parade

February 1, 2020 8:00 a.m.
Fireworks Display at 8:00pm
Parade Route: Panagbenga Park to DILG to Session Road to Magsaysay to Harrison Road to Baguio Athletic Bowl

Baguio Blooms Exposition

February 1, 2020 to Mar 8, 2020 
Location: Baguio Convention Center Parking Area

School-Based Landscaping Competition (Judging)

February 12, 2020 to February 15, 2020 
Location: Participating Schools in Elementary and High School

Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio

February 16, 2020 
  • Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio (Family Fair)
  • Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom (whole day)
  • Panagbenga Open Kite Flying Competition
  • Panagbenga Cultural Show
  • Fireworks Display at 8:00pm
Location: Melvin Jones Grandstand & Football Grounds

PMA Alumni Homecoming Weekend

February 14, 2020 to February 16, 2020 
Location: Loakan Road, Baguio City

Panagbenga Cultural Dance Competition

February 22, 2020 
Location: Melvin Jones Football Grounds


Panagbenga Grand Street Dance Competition and Parade

February 29, 2020 
A major highlight of the Festival. Participants dance and march to the different Cordilleran music, costume and tradition. The different categories in the competition are the high school, college and open-category.
Route: Panagbenga Park – DILG- Session Road to Magsaysay Avenue to Harrison Road to Baguio Athletic Bowl

Panagbenga Grand Float Competition

March 1, 2020 
The major highlight of the Festival, the biggest and grandest of its kind in the country. Flowers and other organic material decked floats are paraded and displayed during this day.
Route: DILG – Session Road to Harrison Road to Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds

Session Road in Bloom

March 2, 2020 to March 8, 2020 
A week-long event featuring expositions by the food and other hospitality establishments in the City and in the Country. It is during this event that Session Road is closed to vehicular traffic and Session Road becomes an al-fresco dining spot complemented by open-air concerts and performances.
Location: Session Road

Pony Boys Day

March 7, 2020 
Location: Wright Park, Baguio City

Closing Ceremonies

March 8, 2020 
Location: Baguio Athletic Bowl

Grand Fireworks Display

March 8, 2020 
Location: 5 Stations (City-Wide)

Be sure to mark your calendar and save the dates of the Panagbenga Festival 2020 events and activities!

Panagbenga Festival 2020 in Baguio City

How to Get to Baguio City?

  • Baguio City can be reached from Manila by bus or private transportation. Travel time is around 4-6 hours depending on the time you leave Metro Manila. For a more detailed post on how to get to Baguio City by bus or private vehicle, click HERE!

Top Best Hotels in Baguio City

HOTELS IN BAGUIO: Where to Stay in Baguio for Panagbenga Festival 2020?

Being developed and highly-urbanized city, Baguio has a wide array of hotels, inns, pension and transient houses. When looking for a place to stay in Baguio, you could choose from the wide selection of accommodations ranging from nice and high quality hotels, to affordable budget hotels and hostels, guest/pension houses, inns and transient houses.

Here are my most recommended hotels that I have personally stayed at during my previous trips:


Address: Ordonio Drive, Camp John Hay, Baguio, Philippines, 2600
Book Online: Check availability and room rates
Hotel Review: Read my full hotel review here


Address: 7 Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy. Manuel Roxas, Baguio City Proper, Baguio, Philippines, 2600
Book Online: Check availability and room rates
Hotel Review: Read my full hotel review here


Address: GSP Building, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City Proper, Baguio, Philippines, 2600
Book Online: Check availability and room rates
Hotel Review: Read my full hotel review here


Address: 68 Kisad Road, Roces, Baguio City Proper, Baguio, Philippines, 2600
Book Online: Check availability and room rates


Address: Upper Session Road, Baguio City Proper, Baguio City, Philippines
Book Online: Check availability and room rates


Address: No. 5, Arellano Corner, Moran Street, Barangay Gibraltar, Mines View Park, Baguio, Philippines, 2600
Book Online: Check availability and room rates
Hotel Review: Read my full hotel review here

ALSO READ: List of Top Best Hotels in Baguio City

But due to the festive season, I highly recommend that you plan your trip to Baguio City ahead of time. As early as now, you should book for your accommodation becausee hotels and transient houses in the city are expected to be fully-booked during Panagbenga Festival 2020, especially on the festival weekend or during the street dancing and grand float parade weekend.


WHERE TO EAT: Restaurants in Baguio City

Definitely, "food tripping" should be on top of your "to-do list" when visiting Baguio City. I've been to Baguio City many times in the past. What I love most about visiting the "City of Pines" is its wide array of homegrown restaurants serving local and international cuisines. I've suggested some of the must-try homegrown restaurants in Baguio City that I've personally tried and I recommend them for you to try too.

READ: Must-try Homegrown Restaurants in Baguio City

Top Things To Do in (and near) Baguio City during Panagbenga Festival 2020

  1. For first-timers, visit Baguio's famous tourist attractions:
    • Burnham Park
    • The Mansion
    • Wright Park
    • Teachers Camp
    • Panagbenga Park
    • Bell Church
    • Botanical Garden
    • Philippine Military Academy
    • Mines View Park
    • Lion’s Head
  2. Experience nightlife in Session Road
  3. Be amazed by the colorful houses at the Valley of Colors
  4. Go on an thrilling adventure at Tree Top Advanture Baguio
  5. Dip into a hot spring bath at Asin Springs
  6. Go on strawberry and flower picking at the Strawberry and flower farms in La Trinidad
  7. Appreciate arts at BenCab Museum and Tam-Awan Village
  8. For the more adventurous, climb Mt. Cabuyao and Mt. Sto Tomas in the nearby town of Tuba, or Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet
  9. Go on a Food Trip! Where to eat in Baguio? Click HERE
  10. Take that spiritual Journey (Baguio Cathedral, Lourdes grotto, The Pink Sisters Convent, Maryknoll Ecological Center)
  11. Rent an costume and dress up with the locals
  12. Stroll around Camp John Hay and enjoy nature walks, shopping, or even just to eat out
  13. Bury your negative thoughts in Cemetery of Negativism
  14. Sip hot chocolate at Choco-late de Batirol in Camp John Hay
  15. Visit the old Diplomat Hotel and Laperal House. You know what to do, just explore! :)
  16. Go bargain shopping for ukay-ukay at Baguio night market
  17. Buy Pasalubong and Goodies from local stores (Good Shepherd and Baguio City Market are must-visits!)

For a more detailed post on the things to do and see in Baguio City, you may ready post HERE.

Panagbenga 2020 Travel Tips and Reminders

  • When traveling to Baguio City wether on private car or by public transport, I recommend that you leave Metro Manila at night to avoid traffic congestion on your way up to Baguio. This will save you a lot on travel time.
  • Take advantage of online bus booking system and book your bus tickets in advance to and from Baguio City.
  • Book your hotel accommodation as early as possible. Hotels in Baguio get easily fully-booked during Panagbenga Festival.
  • Study the parade route and be there early to get a good spot to watch the parade and to take photos.
  • Wear warm and comfortable clothes. Baguio weather during February is cold, be sure to bring a jacket.
  • Always take care of your belongings and be mindful of the people around you. Baguio is generally safe, but it's always better to be cautious all the time.
  • Plan your itinerary and visit other tourist spots and attractions in Baguio City while enjoying the events and activities during Panagbenga Festival.
  • Baguio will be very full of tourists during the festival. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to walk as some roads will be closed to traffic or there will be heavy traffic congestion.

Let a thousand flowers bloom and enjoy the events and activities for Panagbenga Festival 2020! See you in Baguio City!


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