Festivals in Bulgaria

Festivals in Bulgaria 


May 10–20:  Balkan Folklore Festival, Veliko Tarnovo

Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2018” is held within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” – The World is television. Musical Feаsts are held in different European cities and countries during the whole year under the aegis of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF.

Musical Feasts “Euro Folk ” comprise forty-five musical festivals. The main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” is No 1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Bulgaria.


Late May–mid-June (3 weeks):  Sofia Music Weeks

The Sofia Music Weeks International Festival is one of Bulgaria’s leading festivals of classical music and dance. Since 1970 the annual festival has been a meeting place for Balkan, European and world-famous performers and composers. As a bridge between other cultures, it offers a space for concerts, premieres, dance performances, contemporary art, masterclasses and a stage for young musicians. Musical genres other than classical, such as jazz and folk, are included in the intriguing mix.


June 1–3:  Rose Festival, Kazanlak

If you are looking for the best traditional festival in Bulgaria and want a real local experience with the smell of roses, the best time for that is during the rose-picking rituals and the world famous Festival of Roses in Bulgaria, taking place from late May to mid-June. The tour includes visiting the rose fields and becoming a part of the customs held in the southern part of Bulgaria during the rose harvesting.

The program of the Rose Festival in Bulgaria is exciting, and the visitors have the opportunity to witness the coronation of Queen Rose and traditional rituals of rose picking, recreated in an authentic atmosphere with lots of fun, songs, dances and carnival processions.


June 10–20:  International Chamber Music Festival, Plovdiv

The International Chamber Music Festival in Plovdiv is the oldest festival for classical chamber music in Europe. In all the years since its founding in 1964 until today the Festival has not been interrupted even once. Held annually in the period June 10 to 20 in the picturesque atmosphere of one of the most emblematic monuments in the Ancient Plovdiv — the Ethnographic Museum. 


Mid-June–mid-July:  Varna Summer International Music Festival (classical music)

This is the oldest music festival in Bulgaria and one of the festivals with the longest tradition in Europe. It is held every year in June-July.
Achieved national and international acclaim today the festival is a famous and prestigious forum of Bulgarian and world music and performing art in the field of classical music. The rich and varied programme is a visiting card of Varna as a centre of international cultural tourism. The diversity of genres features opera, symphony concerts, chamber and choral music, cross-over projects, thematic series, International Summer Academy.


8-13 August - The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is the oldest festival in Bulgaria of its kind. Its first edition was in 1998. Traditionally, the event is conducted every year between 8 and 13 August. The large popularity which the festival gained among specialists and admirers in the whole world turned it into one of the most important cultural events on the Balkan Peninsula.

Styles and groups are presenting the diversity in various directions in the genre participate in the program. Unforgettable concerts of great names of the global jazz scene!


Early September:  Apollonia Festival of Arts, Sozopol

The Apollonia Arts Festival is a major Bulgarian event held every year at the end of the summer in the seaside city of Sozopol. The festival’s primary sponsor is the Apollonia Art Foundation, founded in 1991.

The festival was first held in 1984. It lasts for ten days, during which time visitors may enjoy over 70 events – plays, open-air concerts, chamber music and jazz concerts, and films. The art gallery in Sozopol’s Old Town organises exhibits and literary evenings as part of the festival. There are also master classes in various disciplines – singing, piano, jazz improvisation, and acting. There are activities and performances for children at all of the events. Performers at the festival are both Bulgarian and international and include world-famous individuals and groups.


September (Fridays and Saturdays):  Puppet Theater Festival, Sofia

International Festival For Street And Puppet Theatre Sofia Puppet – programme


Late September–October:  Balabanov's House Music Days, Plovdiv