Top 5 Things I Look Forward To Every Kadayawan Season

Just by thinking about Kadayawan already brings so much excitement in me. There is something about this festival that makes me feel more alive during the month of August. 2017 is the 10th year that I will be celebrating Kadayawan in Davao city. While I may be busy these days, I will make it to a point that this year's celebration is going to be an epic one for me! In this article, let me share the top five things that make me excited about this annual festival celebrated by every Dabawenyo.

1. The Smell and Taste of Durian

While durian may be available for any day of the year, its price is relatively low and affordable during the Kadayawan season. For the previous months, the price for this fruit was around Php 250 to Php 300. But since the King of the Festivals is fast approaching, the price is now down to Php 100 or less. There is a high supply of Durian anywhere in Davao city during the celebration of Kadayawan. As a big fan of the Puyat and Arancillo variety of Durian, this is such a good news for me. It means that I can now give in to my cravings for durian without spending much for it.

2. Food Trips Everywhere

I love to eat. You love to eat. We all love to eat. That is why hearing the words "food trips" is like hearing music to our ears. Somehow, there is comfort in knowing that we can have the food trip we want anytime we like. This is made easier during the Kadayawan season as many pop-up food bazaars are made available. We can finally have a one-stop place for all our food cravings -- from street food to pinoy favorite dish to desserts. We can try all the dishes we want from some homegrown Davao restaurants just in one area.

Kadayawan Neon Market

When: August 10, 11, 12 and 13
Where: SM Lanang Premier, Parking Lot C


When: August 17, 18, 19, 20
Where: Palma Gil St. (beside Pasalubong Center or People's Park)

South By Mouth Food x Music Festival

When: August 16, 17, 18
Where: SM City Davao, Parking Lot C.

Festival of Flavors

When: August 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27
Where: Felcris Centrale Al Fresco Area

3. Exciting Kadayawan Activities

Photo credits: Rhonson Ng

Davao city will surely become more cheerful with the line up of activities prepared by the City Government. One of the events that I look forward to every year is the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan which showcases dance contingents from different regions of Mindanao. What is to love about it? The theatrical street dancing  anchored on Indigenous traditions. It will start from Roxas Avenue to San Pedro Square.

Check the schedule below:

To get updates about the upcoming festival, follow Kadayawan sa Davao on Facebook.

4. Pop-Up Stores

Kadayawan is also the best time to shop from several sellers or suppliers. Most of the exhibitors in the pop-up bazaars sell their products only through their online accounts. However, for the Kadayawan season, they are going to bring their best-selling items in a one-stop area to make shopping more fun and convenient for everyone.

On August 17-20, the Great Kadayawan Trade Fair and Bazaar will be open again. Enjoy the Holiday Payday Weekend at the Davao Convention Trade Center. The Event will feature the widest variety of products ranging from home-made jams, hand woven baskets, RTW's, Real Estate, and a leap to into the motoring industry with aftermarket parts and accessories.

5. Kadayawan Promos (SUPER SALE)

During this festive season, everyone wants to participate in sharing the fun and excitement. Even business owners and local establishments will take part in the celebration by giving good deals to all Dabawenyos. Below is a  round-up of the Kadayawan offers I found online:

Colorful Flavors at Cafe Marco (Marco Polo Davao)

Celebrate the colorful flavors of Davao's 11 tribes and savor the rich culture of the Filipino in this culinary journey at Cafe Marco from August 14 to 21, 2017. For inquiries & reservations, call 221 0888 or message Marco Polo Davao on Facebook.

Bountiful Feasts at Misto (Seda Abreeza)

Misto is showcasing all your Kadayawan favorites this August! Take your pick as they feature Davao’s best dishes in our ala carte menu, or have them all in our special buffet spreads. Kadayawan Dinner Buffet is scheduled from August 17-19, 2017, with live cultural performances from Pangkat Silayan.

Special Treat From Starbucks Philippines

Enjoy a Grande featured Frappuccino blended beverage for only Php 100. Promo is valid only in Mindanao stores every Wednesday from August 16 to September 6 (3pm to 6pm)

Spark Coffee + Crafts: Php 20 OFF

Kadayawan Sale by Yumto Davao

Kadayawan Sale at Abreeza Mall

Kadayawan Festival Sale at SM Lanang

Seekhana Study Hub: Buy 1 Take 1 Offer 

 Seekhana will give away BUY 1 TAKE 1 milkshakes or Cadbury hot/iced chocolate to all walk-in customers for the whole Kadayawan week.


  1. What an exiting line-up. Can't wait for it to begin. And who can say no to a sale? Is going to be epic.

  2. What's up in any festivity? It's more on the festivity's historical value, cultural and the like or otherwise. We know that people are generally attracted to local festival if it has something much to do with the culture of the place. But it seems that business takes its opportunity for that particular activities. Well, that is how business operates whether we take it or not. Anyway good luck to Kadayawan Festival. More power.

  3. Hey, thanks for teaching me something new. I love posts where I can learn about new cultures. I am sure the festival is wonderful.

  4. Being away for 10 years means missing 10 years worth of fun and food during Kadayawan. They've got durian here, but nothing beats Durian from Davao.

  5. The Kadayawan activities seem very fun! Food stalls and pop-up stores can make any event more exciting.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  6. Durian is one of the most delicious and best fruits in the Philippines not only sweet but delicious. Such a nice place in the Philippines. I hope someday I can visit and to travel in Philippines to see what a beauty this place is.


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