Armenia has a great gradient of culture. And all that gradient you may feel by participating in festivals taking place in Armenia. All the festivals are about Armenian art, culture, cuisine, nature and history.
So, here are the festivals in 2018 in Armenia!
Tourism festivals in Armenia 2018: Spring
Yerevan wine days (May 4-5, Saryan str., Yerevan ). Participate in wine celebration in Yerevan. During 2 days guests may taste all the types of Armenian wine, enjoy Armenian dances and music . And , of course, taste the delicious Armenian cuisine and hospitality.
Tolma Festival (May 20, Hnaberd, Ararat province): learn how to make Armenian tolma– the “queen” of the local cuisine and a “must-taste” dish while in Armenia (and, perhaps, “a must-make and share” back home).
Tourism festivals in Armenia 2018: Summer
Sheep Shearing Festival (June 9, Khot village, Syunik province): plunge into the local sheep shearing contest, festivity of national dances and songs in picturesque Khot village, in the close vicinity to Tatev Monastery – Armenia’s medieval jewel.
Hartak festival (9,10 of June, Gyumri). Hartak is a two day long marathon of experience exchange. It is a platform for sharing knowledge and experience through master classes, workshops and speeches in a non-formal environment.
The festival program will be made up of 4 main blocks: Technology, DIY ( do it yourself), Arts, Body and soul.
Also, it is a great opportunity to visit Gyumri- one of the most beautiful cities in Armenia.
Ecotourism Festival (June 16-17, Artavan village, Vayots Dzor province): this event will host a special camp with 120 tents for tourists as well as a series of lectures on first aid, protection of biodiversity and other eco-tourism-related issues. But, above all, it’s a wonderful occasion to marvel astounding lushness of Vayots Dzor nature in early summer.
Haibuys: Armenian Herb Festival (June 30, Yenokavan village, Tavoush): Armenia has the huge types of herbs. All of them have medicinal properties. Some of them can be used for treatment of different diseases, and some can be used for relax-effect tea. Haibuis fest hosts the ways too see, discover and use the Armenian herbs. In fest you will see traditional horse races, carpet making of different kind of herbs, and , of course, national songs and dances. And form Yenokavan you may have a great hike or horse ride tour to wonderful Lastivar waterfall cascade, the paradise of Armenian nature.
Syunik’s goods festival (July 7, Karahunj observatory, Syunik): located in prehistoric observatory Karahunj’s territory, the Syunik’s goods festival hosts various pavilions presenting national culinary traditions, souvenirs, and food of course! It is a great opportunity to meet natives and have a great time in Syunik, and of course, explore wonderful Karahunje! join the lavish fiesta of Syunik marz organic products- dried fruit, lavash, local dishes and drinks and artisan crafts.
Mulberry Festival (July 7, Goris, Syunik province): taste local organic fruit and berries and take part in the production of famous Goris mulberry vodka. However, beware: it’s quite a strong alcoholic drink – it’s “on the same wavelength” with tequila and rum!
Vardavar Festival (July 8, Swan lake, Yerevan): be ready to bathe in water because Vardavar is all about pouring water to each other and “washing away the sins and negative energy” this way (by the way, the “water-pouring festival” dates back to the pagan times). But don’t worry, it’s going to be fun and refreshing- July is almost 40 degrees hot in Armenia!
Raspberry Festival ( Ashotavan village, Syunik): have taste the sun of Armenia. Feel the smell of small pink berries, that gave us nature. Meet natives of Syunik village, feel their culture and hospitality. Also, Syunik is the best destination for hot summer time tour destination.
Watermelon Festival (July 14 (Swan lake, Yerevan): famous for its taste, Armenian watermelon couldn’t not to have its own festival. Breathe the freshness of Swan lake cold water and taste the delicious Armenian fruits. enjoy the ways of decoration that big berry.
Yerevan Taraz (national costumes) Fest (August 04, Northern ave., Yerevan): the festival hosts demonstration of costumes, as well as food-tasting, local song, dances and traditional Armenian sports. Be ready to get dressed up as a local living in ancient times. During the fest you will fill the Armenian national costume and will take vintage style photos, learn the costume history, and enjoy the fashion show based on national costume elements.
Honey and Berries Festival (August 13, Berd town, Tavush province): marked with pristine landscapes and hospitable people, Berd is home to the sweetest honey, fruit and berries which you will fill up with a lot if you visit this tourism festival this year.
Beer festival (August 18, 19, Swan lake, Yerevan). Armenian beer famous for its historical traditions and quality. Enjoy the great event on Swan lake. Enjoy the competitions, music, Yerevan evening life beat and, of course, beer dishes and beer!
Barbecue Festival (August 18,19, Akhtala town, Lori province): traditional Armenian khorovats (barbecue) festival is a contest of professional chefs and a festivity for meat-loving foodies: just imagine, you can taste over 40 types of this dish (which taste and smell is tempting for even keen vegetarians!).
Armenian tourism festivals: fall 2017
Tourism festivals in Armenia: Carpets Festival (August 15 ( Dilijan town, Tavush province): famous for their centuries-old tapestry and rug-making skills, Armenian artisans will showcase and sell their masterpieces at the festival. A traditional ornamented Armenian carpet is an excellent souvenir to take home from Armenia.
Tourism festivals in Armenia: Gata Festival (September 30 (last Saturday of September), 12:00, Khachik village, Vayots Dzor marz): another fall festival will be enticing for the sweet-teeth as gata is a yummy Armenian pastry stuffed with khoriz- butter, flour and sugar- and sometimes ornamented with traditional symbols.
Tourism festivals in Armenia: Wine Festival (October 6-7, Areni and Rind villages, Vayots Dzor province): the oldest and largest festival in Armenia, the Wine Festival can potentially become a major event in the region attracting not only wine-makers and wine lovers but those who want to taste and buy local food – dried fruit, pastry, cannery, lavash and others. (By the way, Areni village is home to the world’s oldest winery- 6000 years old!)
Tourism festivals in Armenia: High Fest International Performing Arts Festival (October 1-10, Yerevan): jump into bustling Yerevan cultural life in “velvet autumn”- the best season to visit the city. The 10-day event brings together actors from across the globe, and the program features various genres- starting from classical drama up to experimental performances.
Tourism festivals in Armenia: Duduk Festival (October 13-15, Yerevan): if you’re enchanted by the tunes of Armenian duduk (you heard the main theme to the Gladiator movie, haven’t you?), schedule a day trip to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to take part in this comparatively young festival and walk around in this charming city.
Tourism festivals in Armenia: Erebuni-Yerevan Celebration (October 7-8, Yerevan): and, finally, to wrap up the “festival season” with the most elevated spirits, visit “Yerevan Day” (as dubbed by locals)- a vibrant celebration with national music, performances, exhibitions and open-air concerts. By the way, Yerevan celebrates its 279*th anniversary in 2017 (locals love to boast that their hometown is older than “eternal Rome”.)
Images: Alexander Raths, Poprotskiy Alexey, Ilya Vartanian, Shushan Harutyunyan
Text: Sirvard Amatuni