Armenian Festivals

Must-Attend Traditional Festivals in Armenia

Armenia outlines its cultural and traditional events through various unique festivals. Every festival is distinguished by its own characteristics and events. The great interest among locals and foreigners makes the organizers be more creative and innovative year by year. Each year a new festival is added to the list of existing ones. Here are the most interesting and unique festivals held in Armenia:

Fish festival is held in April in Abovyan town, Kotayk region. The participants of the festival have a unique chance to taste a variety of fish dishes and be involved in the artistic part of the celebrations.

Tolma festival is held in May in Sardarapat Memorial, Armavir region. Visitors taste various types of Armenian tolma and enjoy folk songs, dances and contests.

Ecotourism festival is held in June in the communities of Gomk and Martiros, Vayots Dzor province. The aim of the festival is to raise eco-tourism awareness as well as to develop the industry in the province.

Sheep shearing festival held in June in Halidzor, Syunik region, is one of the most interesting ones. The participants taste Armenian traditional dishes, watch live performances and enjoy national songs and dances.

“Bread in the Mountains” festival in Erebuni Museum – Fortress in Yerevan, is also held in June. You have an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture and history of bread baking and the rituals of Armenian people.

Mulberry festival in Goris town of Syunik region is as warm as the month itself: it is held in July. There are dozens of berries and fruits to taste. You also have an exclusive opportunity to get acquainted with the production of mulberry vodka and taste it.

Armenian Taraz festival gives chance to discover the most aesthetic part of Armenian culture and history, to be introduced with the traditional costume of Armenia-Taraz. The festival is held in July in the village Sarnaghbyur, Shirak region.

Golden Apricot International Film Festival held in July in Yerevan, is dedicated to the theme of Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations, and features a multitude of films representing various nations and religions.

Navasard festival is held in August in Tsaghkhunk village, Gegharkunik region. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the pagan New Year. The festival is full of singing, dancing, fortune-telling and playing various games.

Carpet festival is also held in August in Dilijan, Tavush region. The aim of the festival is the exhibition and sale of carpets and other authentic handmade items of folk artists.

Honey and Berry festival is held in August in Berd town, Tavush region. During the festival guests have opportunity to taste various types of honey and berries. The festival includes various exhibitions and events.

Barbecue festival is the most delicious one. Guests have a chance to enjoy folk and contemporary music and dances. It is held in September in Akhtala town, Lori region.

Gata festival is held in October in Vayots Dzor, in the village of Khachik. You have opportunity to witness how the world’s largest gata is baked and enjoy songs, dances, various games and contests.

Wine festival held in October in Areni village, Vayots Dzor region, is the most popular one among locals and tourists. The variety of Armenian wine and national music turn your day into a real feast.

International Theater Festival held in October in Yerevan, is among the most attractive ones. Theater groups from various countries take part in the festival.

Duduk Festival is held in October in Gyumri - the cultural capital of Armenia. The aim of the festival is to present the significance of this instrument for Armenians and give opportunity to musicians from various countries to perform on one stage.

Erebuni-Yerevan Festival is dedicated to Yerevan’s anniversary and is celebrated in October in Yerevan. Various cultural and sports events are held at the festival. The city turns into a real wonderland.