National Armenian Festivals



JAZZ FEST 2018

Location: Cascade Complex, Yerevan
Dates: April 30, 2018

This year, the official celebrations of an “International Jazz Day” will be held at the Cascade Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. Held every year on April 30th, the “International Jazz Day” brings together musicians and jazz groups from Armenia and across the world to celebrate jazz, and highlights its important role as a form of communication that transcends differences.

“WINE DAYS” IN YEREVAN

Location: Saryan Street, Yerevan
Dates: May 04-05, 2018

The “Areni Festival Fund” invites you to take part in the “Wine Days in Yerevan” two day activities. The program will be held on Saryan Street, where the representatives of the 15 most prominent Armenian wineries will offer their products, and the corresponding dishes with these wines will be offered by the renowned local restaurateurs.

DAY ONE: Tasting the white and rose wines, with the special dishes to go along with these wines. The degustation will be accompanied by live classical, jazz and rock music.

DAY TWO: Tasting the red wines, with the special dishes to go along with those wines. The degustation will be accompanied by live folk music and traditional Armenian dance.

The “Areni Festival Fund” will provide visitors with the coupons worth of 4,000 AMD. The price includes a glass, 3 coupons for wine tasting of the 3 producers at your request, and three the “20% off” coupons for food at any restaurant located in the designated area.

DOLMA FESTIVAL

Location: Hnaberd, Aragatsotn Province
Dates: May 20, 2018

Hnaberd will host the annual festival celebrating dolma, the dish prepared by stuffing grape leaves and other veggies with a variety of ingredients. You will be exposed to a number of variations of the dish, for preparing dolma is peculiar to every region, each possessing its own flavor due to the use of a different set of spices and herbs. Traditional music, singing and dancing will set the mood for the festival.

BREAD IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL

Location: TUMO Park, Yerevan
Dates: June 10, 2018

On June 10, within the frames of the “Yerevan Summer” three month program, the festival of Armenian dishes the “Bread in the Mountains” will be held in Yerevan under the motto the “Yerevan with Flair”. The annual “Bread in the Mountains Festival” is a one day affair of celebrating the ritual and traditional holiday dishes of Armenians and other minority groups. Join the thousands of festival-goers to enjoy delicious food and live entertainment for all ages.

SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL

Location: Khot, Syunik Province
Dates: June, 2018

Strategic Development Agency NGO (SDA) in cooperation with IDeA Foundation organizes the annual “Sheep Shearing Festival”, which will be held on Saturday, on June 10 at the Syunik Animal Market, next to the Khot rural settlement of the Tatev community in Syunik Province.

The festival is primarily aimed to promote local products, traditions and culture of the Vayots Dzor and Syunik provinces, as well as to develop rural tourism, which will contribute to the economic development of both regions.

The “Sheep Shearing Festival” presents:

a) the sheep shearing competition between 16 best shearers from the 14 communities of the region.

b) the exhibitions and fair with the produce of local manufacturers, homemade food and popular drinks of the communities.

c) other competitions and games, live music, dance, rope walking, sport tournaments, interactive games for kids (the guests will also have access to the food court, café and playground).

THE SYUNIK MULBERRY FESTIVAL

Location: Zorats Karer, Syunik Province
Dates: July 07, 2018

The “Syunik Mulberry Festival” will be held at the Goris Regional Park. The festival is primarily aimed at making Goris an attractive tourist destination and boosting the social and economic life of the communities around the area. Each community will be represented in the Park, offering the visitors the national and the regional dishes, primarily the mulberry products: the world renowned mulberry vodka, dried mulberries and doshab (the mulberry molasses).

THE VARDAVAR FESTIVAL – WATER FEST

Location: Yerevan
Dates: July 08, 2018

The word “Vardavar” has two meanings: “The Flaming of the Rose” and “To Sprinkle with Water”. According to a legend, the goddess Astghik spread love through the Armenian land by sprinkling rosy water and presenting roses. The god Vahagn kept and protected that love, constantly fighting against the Evil. This Pagan feast was transformed after the adoption of Christianity: on “Vardavar” in modern times, everybody pours water on one another, starting early in the morning. If you visit Armenia on this day, you should not feel displeased, or show you are offended, because it’s a long-preserved tradition that Armenians keep from generation to generation.

GOLDEN APRICOT FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Location: “Moscow” Cinema, Yerevan
Dates: July 08-15, 2018

The goal of this festival is to promote creativity and establish a network between filmmakers from different parts of the world. Another goal of this festival is to address through a film issues of human experience, the daily lives of people, both ordinary and extraordinary, their troubles and joys, as they try to determine meaning in a changing world, struggling to redefine themselves in a world that recognizes fewer and fewer boundaries.

YEREVAN COLOR RUN 2018

Location: Hamalir Complex, Yerevan
Dates: July, 2018

In the early morning all runners will gather in the Hamalir Complex area, have an energetic fitness warm-up, and get ready for the most exciting marathon. The thousands of runners will be doused from head to toe in absolutely harmless brights colors along the entire route, so you will not recognize yourself and your friends, when you guys hit the finish line! This is an entertaining marathon, so there will be no restrictions on the timing and rules. However, the first three men and three women will be awarded. The marathon will end with an incredible “Color Festival” party!

THE WATERMELON FESTIVAL

Location: Swan Lake, Yerevan
Dates: July 14, 2018

The annual “Watermelon Festival” is held in the heart of Yerevan, at the Swan Lake. During the event, the watermelon carving specialists will demonstrate their skills and treat guests with juicy watermelons. The festival will be accompanied by live performances of the popular performers. The games and various competitions will be organized during the event, and the winners will be awarded by the Yerevan Municipality and its partner organizations.

TARAZ FESTIVAL

Location: Yerevan
Dates: August 04, 2018

The festival is arranged every year and it is a celebration of one of the richest of Armenian traditions – “Taraz”. Traditional “Taraz” (national dress) reflects the cultural identity of the nation and the peculiarities of the national character. In the course of history the clothing of every region received its unique style and features, so the traditional Armenian “Taraz” was divided into two large groups – Western and Eastern Armenian.

YEREVAN BEER FEST

Location: Swan Lake, Yerevan
Dates: August 18-19, 2018

The “Yerevan Beer Fest” organized within the frames of the three month municipal program under the umbrella of “Yerevan Summer” events. The Fest will gather its beer fans at the Swan Lake, where the leading Armenian beer producers will present their best products. During the festival numerous contests will be held such as, “The Fastest Beer Drinker”, “The Fastest Beer Drinker with a Straw”, “The Fastest Hot Dog Eater”, “The Fastest Peanut Peeler”, “The Fastest Crayfish Eater”, and many other contests.

BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Location: Akhtala, Lori Province
Dates: August 19, 2018

If you want to try a good barbecue, come to this festival. The delicious festival is devoted to one of the Armenian’s most appreciated dishes – khorovats (barbecue). During the festival you will learn all four ways of making a khorovats: “The Barbecue in the Fireplace”, “The Barbecue on the Horizontal Bar”, “The Barbecue in the Hole” (shepherd’s barbecue) and “The Barbecue in the Underground Oven” (tonir). The festival will be accompanied by traditional songs, dance, games and theatrical performances.

FESTIVAL OF CARPETS

Location: Dilijan, Tavush Province
Dates: September 08, 2018

Armenia and Karabakh are famous worldwide for their handmade carpets, and you can see a great variety of them during the annual “Carpet Festival”. You will have a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of that craftsmanship, and place it in your house. Just pay a visit to a beautiful town of Dilijan, and choose a carpet, or a rug you like.

HARISSA FESTIVAL

Location: Musaler, Armavir Province
Dates: September 15, 2018

Musaler became famous, when six Armenian villages on the Mediterranean coast in Ottoman Turkey, have decided to put resistance during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. For almost 53 days Armenians fought for their lives against the Turkish soldiers and survived. Eventually, they were rescued by the French sailors who spotted the banner, which Armenians tied up on the tree saying “Christians in Distress: Rescue!”. The villagers were offered “harish” to eat by the French sailors who rescued them. There is a village in modern Armenia called similarly “Musaler”, where the memorial to that event is erected. So you will see why the festival centers around the cooking of harissa. The 40 huge pots of harissa are being cooked every year on the anniversary of that event, to celebrate the act of utter bravery by those Armenian villagers. The harissa consists of chicken or lamb, mixed with wheat or other grains into a thick porridge. At the preparation of harissa the Musalerians gather around the bonfire and sing traditional and patriotic songs all night long.

GATA FESTIVAL

Location: Khachik, Vayots Dzor Province
Dates: September 22, 2018

The “Gata Festival” is a one day affair of celebrating the traditional Armenian dessert gata. Gata is a pastry or sweet bread, and there are many variations of gata, and every town or a region will have their own version. It can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes and may be decorated or left unadorned. One popular variety is gata with khoriz, a filling that consists of flour, butter and sugar. Gata can have other fillings such as nuts, most commonly walnuts. Join the festival and enjoy the 2 meters long delicious gata and other traditional dishes, while you get entertained with traditional songs and folk dances.

EREBUNI-YEREVAN FESTIVAL

Location: Republic Square, Yerevan
Dates: September 29-30, 2018

The very first time the “birthday” of the city was celebrated in 1968, when the capital became 2,750 years old. Then this tradition was terminated and renewed only in 1998. Since then, the “Erebuni-Yerevan Festival” is celebrated widely with various events held around the city.

ARENI WINE FESTIVAL

Location: Areni, Vayots Dzor Province
Dates: October 06, 2018

The interest to the “Areni Wine Festival” grows each year involving more and more people, including both wine makers and wine lovers. It is also a great way to discover Armenia, its culture and traditions. During the “Areni Wine Festival” you can savor the best variety of Armenian wines that are highly valued by consumers worldwide. The opening starts with bright and spectacular parade of the best winemakers, accompanied with singing and dancing. In the frame of this colorful festival there are games for all ages, Armenian folk and traditional music, dance and theatrical performances and, of course, a lot of wine!

REANIMANIA YEREVAN FESTIVAL 2018

Location: “Moscow” Cinema, Yerevan
Dates: October-November, 2018

The ReAnimania’s goals are to facilitate the development of animation art, educate a new generation of world class animators and provide a forum for presenting works of Armenian animators in the international arena, as well as introduce examples of the world’s finest animated films to the Armenian audience.

THE HOLY LANCE FEAST

Location: Echmiadzin, Armavir Province
Dates: December 01, 2018

On December 01, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the “Feast of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew”. On this occasion the Holy Spear from Geghard will be taken to the Mother Cathedral in Echmiadzin, and during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the faithful will have the opportunity to kiss it and receive blessings from the Spear. The Holy Spear will remain on display in the Cathedral until late that evening.

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