Here’s a complete list of major annual Korean music festivals and year-end award ceremonies in South Korea for K-Pop fans!

Annual K-pop Festivals

1. Dream Concert 2019 – May 18

dream concert korea

The Dream Concert is one of the biggest annual K-pop festivals in South Korea and Asia, which features some of the most in-demand K-pop stars of the year! It’s indeed one of the hottest Hallyu concerts in Asia and boasts a stellar line-up every year. This year, Trazy offers Dream Concert 2019 standing zone ticket with Everland 1 day pass ticket. Dream Concert 2019 will be held on May 18, 2019.


2. KMF Korea Music Festival – August

KMF Korae music festival

KMF Korea Music Festival is an annual K-pop concert that aims to create programs that artists and fans can interact through diverse performance formats. The music festival always boasts star-stubbed line-ups and fun activities.


3. K-World Festa – August 

K world festa

The K-World Festa is the largest K-Culture, or Hallyu Festival in Korea. This 10-day festival includes elements of all things Hallyu, from K-Pop to K-Drama. In its grand opening and closing ceremonies, you can watch top K-Pop artists perform their world-renowned titles.


4. Incheon K-pop Concert (INK Concert) – September

Incheon K-pop Concert (INK), hosted by Incheon City and the Incheon Tourism Organization, is one of the leading K-pop concerts that brings high-flying K-pop artists and K-pop fans all over the world together. The concert usually takes place at Incheon Munhak Stadium in September.


5. K-Pop World Festival – September

Organized by South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, K-pop World Festival brings all K-pop fans and future K-pop stars to Changwon, the southern part of South Korea. You can take part in the festival as a competitor or just to enjoy the performances and competitions.

6. Asia Song Festival – September

Asia Song Festival (ASF), or A-Song-Fe, is an annual Asian pop music festival. The festival praises and celebrates the achievements of pop artists from Asian countries.

7. DMC Festival Kpop Super Concert – September

As part of the DMC Festival that celebrates achievements of MBC, one of the leading broadcasting stations in Korea, DMC Festival Kpop Concert invites the hottest K-pop artists and showcases eye-catching performances to the audience. The festival takes place at MBC Sangam Culture Square in September.

8. Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) – October

Boasting glamorous artist line-ups for its various events, Busan One Asia Festival takes places every autumn in Busan. The 10-day festival kicks off with a grand opening ceremony featuring only the best K-pop artists followed by other concerts and showcases including BOF Park Concert, Open Studio, Cover Dance Contest, Fan Meeting and more.


8. Incheon Airport Sky Festival K-Pop Concert – August

incheon airport sky festival 2019

Held at Incheon Airport’s culture park every late August, the Incheon Airport Sky Festival is the perfect summer festival to beat the heat. It features top-tier K-Pop artists that put on spectacular, exciting performances. If you’re in the Seoul area, or if you’re just arriving in Korea through Incheon Airport, this is probably the best festival to kick off your trip!


Annual Music Award Shows

1. Seoul Music Awards – January

Seoul music awards

Started in 1990, Seoul Music Awards is one of the biggest K-Pop events in South Korea. This music awards feature the best artists and singers every year. The winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year, through mobile votes, the popularity poll, digital downloads and album sales, and judges’ scores.


2. Golden Disc Awards – January

Golden disk awards

One of the year-end awards shows in South Korea, the Golden Disk Awards celebrates by giving awards to the artists have made outstanding achievements in the music industry.


3. Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards – January

Gaonchart annual music awards

The Gaon Chart K-Pop Music Awards is one of the major music awards shows in South Korea. Every year, Gaon Chart, the national music record chart, give awards to the winners according to data for sales of songs and albums from previous year’s Gaon year-end chart performance.


4. Korean Music Awards – February

The Korean Music Awards is another major year-end music awards show in South Korea, which acknowledges the achievements made by music artists in the past year. Renowned music critics, music radio producers, and other professionals within the Kpop industry decide the winners.

5. The Fact Music Awards 2019 – Apr 24

TMA the fact music awards

The Fact Music Awards is a new awards ceremony that features fans and K-pop artists together. This new type of K-pop music awards will be held on April 24th at Incheon Namdong Gymnasium this year. Trazy offers both seating and standing seats with the Everland theme park 1 day pass and transfer options!


6. Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards – August

soribada best k-music awards 2019

Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards is an award ceremony hosted by Soribada, a Korean music platform, and it is usually held in August or September. It took place at Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena last year.


7. Asia Artist Awards (AAA) – November

Asia Artist Awards

Asia Artist Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of Asian artists in the TV, film and music industry. The 2018 AAA took place at Incheon Namdong Gymnastics Stadium in November.


8. MBC X Genie Music Awards (MGA) – November

MBC Plus Genie Music awards

MBC Plus and Genie Music will be holding the MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards (hereafter MGA) for the first time this year. The ceremony will feature impressive performances from top K-pop artists as well as collaborations with foreign artists.


9. Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) – November

Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA, is one of the biggest music awards that is broadcast in 4 continents, including Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. Every year, MAMA presents a spectacular concept and theme of stages and shows.

10. Korea Popular Music Awards – December

KPMA Korea Popular Music Awards

KPMA is a new music awards festival which will feature not only the hottest K-pop stars but also some of the legendary stars who have led the Korean music industry. KPMA is about to host their very first event in Korea, so expect various K-pop titans to make an appearance for sure. 


11. SBS Gayo Daejeon – December

SBS Gayo Dajeon

Hosted by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), SBS Gayo Daejeon, also known as SAF Music Awards, is a major annual end-of-the-year music award show. Today, it’s held together with SBS Entertainment Awards and SBS Drama Awards as a part of SBS Awards Festival.


12. MBC Gayo Daejejeon – December

MBC Gayo Daejejeon is one of the best year-end music award ceremonies. The MBC, one of the 3 major broadcast corporations in South Korea hosts the show Dec 31 every year.

13. KBS Gayo Daechukje – December

One of the popular annual year-end events, KBS Gayo Daechukje, also known as KBS Music Festival, is held by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). The best artists are selected by viewers’ text-message vote.

14. MelOn Music Awards – December

The MelOn Music Awards is another major music awards show that takes place annually in South Korea. Based on digital sales and online votes collected from online music store MelOn, the winners are selected.

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45 thoughts on “A Complete Guide to Annual K-pop Festivals & Award Shows

        1. For Seoul Music Awards, they do not sell their tickets separately. You can only get the tickets by participating their online events and the mobile vote, so please check their website regularly. For Golden Disk Awards, the tickets are available on their website. However, the ticket sale has not started and their website has not been updated yet. You should check their website regularly for updates. Hope this answers your question:)

    1. Hi, you can apply on MBC’s website but the application pages have not been opened yet. So, please check their website regularly if you want to apply for the tickets. For your reference, the application period for MBC Gayo Daejejeon for last year started a week right before the date of the event. Hope this info helps! 🙂

      1. thank you for such a quick reply! and could you, by any chance, give me a link to their website? also, the application pages will only be in korean, right?

  1. Hi! Do you have the link to the Yes24 page where they sell the tickets for the KBS Gayo Daechukje tickets? When does the ticket sales start?

    May I also ask if there are other places/sites where I can purchase the tickets for the MBC Gayo Daejejeon or the Drama Awards Shows should I be unsuccessful in the application for the tickets on their respective sites? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, the ticket sale has not started on Yes24 so there is no link yet. A date for ticket sale has not been announced. But you may want to try applying for the tickets to KBS Gayo Daechukjae here: Please note that the page is only in Korean. Tickets to MBC’s year-end events are only available through website application. Hope this answers your question.

      1. Thanks for the info! I was looking around and can’t seem to find much information on this. Is there any way we can tickets for the KBS Drama Awards happening on the 31st of December? Thanks a lot!:)

  2. Hi, I am currently in seoul for a while. I have applied for SBS gayo daejun and am waiting for the results which will be revealed on 24th. Sbs gayo is on a monday whyyyy T.T so yeah i wanted to know if i can apply for tickets for kbs gayo as well.. do you by any chance know if the ticketing started? I checked yes24 but couldnt find anything any help i would be grateful ~~ ^^

  3. Hello, I have applied for the MBC gayo daejejun on Dec. 31 on their website. Is it possible to ideally increase your chances of winning by creating multiple accounts and applying. And should we make multiple accounts if my whole family wants to attend? Thanks!

        1. We do not have a definite answer for you as the website says that the SMS will be sent via the registered phone number. The SMS to the winners has been sent on 26th Monday at 6pm KST, so please check your SMS. If you haven’t received any message, it is highly likely that you have not made it.

    1. Hello, the ticket sale has not started yet. A good news for you is that we might be offering tickets for Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards on for this year! So please check out our website regularly for the update! 🙂

  4. Hi can you please, make a list of the dates for the music awards or festivals, so that I’ll know earlier. I’m really interested to buy a ticket if I have to.

  5. Hi ! I know it’s a late comment but I was wondering how can you buy tickets for the Melon Music Awards as a foreigner ? There isn’t a lot of people who talk about it 🙁 Also I saw that you can only buy a “global” ticket, and then exchange it on the day of the venue for your exact seat ? I don’t understand how it works and how you can get a ticket in the zone of your choice 🙁 Thank you

    1. Hi Luna 🙂
      We do not have any plans to provide booking service for the Melon Music Awards at the moment.
      Also, the ticket details and pickup method highly differs depending on the concert/event. I recommend you to check out each booking page on Trazy for more information 😀

    1. Hi Wana! We are sorry but we do not have a plan to sell the tickets of the mentioned event at the moment. We will open the deal as long as we get to contract with the event organizer. We recommend you to check our website regularly.

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