Celebrate Thai New Year & Start of Thai Restaurant Week, April 22/29


Weeklong celebration features a Songkran Street Festival, April 22 & 29, 2017 in Woodside, Queens

New York - April 20, 2017: The Thai Community in New York in conjunction with The Royal Thai Consulate-General in New YorkTourism Authority of Thailand New York and the Thai Restaurant Chamber of Commerce of New York, are commemorating the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) and Thai Restaurant Week. An eight-day celebration features a street festival in little Thailand, Woodside, Queens, April 22 and 29, 2017 and special limited-edition menus at Thai restaurants throughout New York City. 

The first and last day (April 22nd and 29th) of the week-long Songkran Festival which celebrates Thai New Year will include:

  • Thai cultural performances
  • Muay Thai showcase
  • A Beer Garden by Chang
  • Cooking demonstrations by Pinto Garden Restaurant's executive chef
  • Cooking competition
  • Thai street food booths
  • Artisanal umbrella painting
  • Dance workshops
  • An art exhibition by Thai Artists in New York (Only on April 29th)
  • A special exhibition celebrating the life and work of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
  • Water blessing Ceremony

To kick-start the event on April 22nd, New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm and the Consul-General of Thailand will deliver addresses, followed by a traditional Thai Buddha procession which will culminate in the traditional water blessing ceremony.

 In addition to various cultural activities, attendees of the festival will have an opportunity to win flights to Thailand provided by Norwegian Airlines, visit the Pop-up Chang Beer Garden, and sample some of the best Thai cuisine in New York City from Yajai Restaurant, Pinto Garden, Topaz and Thai Select.

 To give participants the opportunity to experience Thailand first-hand, the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York has partnered with Norwegian Airlines to provide complimentary flights for a few lucky winners. For a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Thailand on Norwegian Airlines, attendees of the Songkran Street Festival are invited to post a photo on Instagram using the hashtags #SongkranFestival and #FlyNorwegian. Diners experiencing Thai Restaurant Week should check-in by adding location at a participating restaurant on Instagram and post a photo of their dish using the hashtags #ThaiRestaurantWeek and #FlyNorwegian. Winning entries will be selected by the organizing committee.

 The Songkran Festival Street Fair will take place on Woodside Avenue between 75th and 77th Street, Queens, on Saturday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 29th from 12 pm to 6 pm. For further information, please visit the Royal Thai Consulate General NY page on Facebook.

 NYC Thai Restaurant Week will be in full swing from April 22-29. Participating restaurants will feature a special limited edition Songkran menu to celebrate the Thai New Year. For a list of participating establishments, visit: http://www.thairestaurantweek.com.

 The Songkran Festival and Thai Restaurant Week are brought to you by The Thai Community in New York in partnership with The Royal Thai Consulate-General, New Yok Chang Beer; Tourism Authority of Thailand New York; New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm; Norwegian Airlines; the Thai Restaurant Chamber of Commerce of New York; Thailand Board of Investment, New York; Thai Trade Center, New York; and Bank of Thailand, New York.