Romania is known for its rich heritage and joyful events and holidays. Through the year, Romanians celebrate birth, marriage, death as a part of life-cycle, not to forget our ancient heritage, religious holidays, customs and traditional events, festivals that have remained unchanged over the years. If you want to visit Romania, see our Romania Events calendar for 2015 so you can have a complete experience of your time here.
Romania Events Calendar 2015
Sibiu Lights – December 15th 2014-January 1st 2015
Led’s exhibition in a big decor with colorful lights, built on wooden structures in the form of a tunnel.
Dragobete – February 24th
The Romanian equivalent of Valetine’s Day is celebrated across the country.
Location: Across the country
Martisor – March 1st
The countrywide folk holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
Location: Across the country
National Festival of Easter Eggs – March
A unique event in the country, the national festival of painted eggs is organized annually on ,,Shrove Tuesday” at the beginning of the Big Fasting, wishing to point out the beautiful tradition of this area – the egg painting.
Location: Ciocanesti-Suceava (Bukovina)
EUROPAfest – May 8th – 23rd
One of the biggest international music festivals in Romania attracts jazz, pop, blues and classical acts from all over the world. In addition to a host of concerts across dozens of venues, it also runs jam sessions and workshops for up-and-coming musicians and hosts the prestigious Jeunesses International Music Competition.
Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) – May 29th – June 7th
This lively festival, that has become one of the most popular of its kind in Eastern Europe, attracts more than 55,000 attendees, and draws directing and acting talent from around the globe.
Category: Theatre & Film
Bucharest Biennale – May 25th – July 22nd
Bucharest Biennale is a Contemporary Arts festival aimed at promoting the arts by means of cultural exchanges and collaborations within Europe and abroad.
FITS – June 12nd – 21st
The third in Europe as amplitude and dimension as referred to the arts of the spectacle, FITS attracts Tens of thousands of spectators from all over the world.
Eastern European Vintage Bike Rally – July 1st – 23rd
The main attractions are a speed bike race on the salt track and Vintage bike race and parade in downtown Turda.
Bucharest of Old – July
Celebration of the city as it was 150 years ago. Parade of 1800s costumes, horse-drawn carriages, traditional food, music and special performances.
B’estFest – July 6th – 8th
The only Romanian music festival included in the Top 20 European Festivals includes a generous camping space, one main stage, a dance arena, unconventional art exhibitions, creative workshops, games, fashion-fairs, film screenings and sports areas. Turned into a Summer Camp, the festival is truly an amusement park for all ages!
“Full Moon” Festival – July
The first film festival in Romania focused exclusively on horror and fantasy pictures, and takes place each year in Biertan, Sibiu county.
Location: Biertan – Sibiu
Sighisoara Medieval Festival – July 24th – 26th
Three-day celebration of medieval arts, crafts, music. Recreating the atmosphere of medieval Sighisoara using medieval arts, music, and crafts.
The Maidens’ Fair (Targul de Fete) – July 20th
Traditional matchmaking festival where villagers in traditional costume walk up to Gaina Mountain for dancing, feasting and choosing a mate.
Location: Gaina Mountain
ARTmania Festival – July 31st – August 2nd
The ARTmania Festival platform supports the fine arts, especially photography and painting, with focus on the music directly linked to or derived from the rock culture.
Category: Music & Art
Transilvania International Guitar Festival – August
Professional guitarists perform and lead masterclasses, while soloists and chamber groups participate in a highly regarded competition. Visitors can gaze enviously at the fine instruments on display in a special guitar exhibition.
Dance at Prislop (Hora de la Prislop) – August
Traditional celebration of ties among three of Romania’s main regions: Transylvania, Moldova and Maramures; villagers parade in traditional costume to Prislop Pass in the Carpathian Mountains, then participate in traditional dances, singing and feasting.
Location: Maramures, Moldova, Transylvania
Romania’s Folk Art Festival – August
Initiation in folk art creation (pottery molding, textile embroidering, woodcarving and more) offered, for free, by proeminent folk artists to those interested in traditional crafts.
The Medieval Festival “Transylvanian Fortresses” – August 28th – 30th
For 3 days the fortress of Sibiu will be transformed in a genuine medieval marked populated by princesses and knights, monks and minstrels, jungglers and jesters.
George Enescu International Festival – August 30th – September 20th
The George Enescu Festival 2015 will pay special tribute to Romania’s most famous composer and musician. Some of the world’s most famous conductors, soloists, symphonic orchestras and chamber ensembles will perform in Bucharest on this very special occasion and competitions will be held for piano, violin and voice. http://www.festivalenescu.ro/en/festival-2015
Plai Festival – September
Plai Festival is a three-day music festival made entirely by volunteers taking place annually, in the second weekend of September at Muzeul Satului Bănăţean, an outdoors ethnographic museum.
Sambra Oilor – September
Festival marking the return of the sheep herds from the Mountains.
Category: Nature & Wildlife
Oktoberfest – October
German tradition adopted after a Bavarian model: beer plentiful, German music, Bavarian dishes, fanfare, a huge tent and contests.
KinoFest – October 26th – 28th
Discover and promote young film-makers, musicians, and creative artists in their creative endeavors in 3 competitions: Animation, Fiction, Micromovie.
Bucharest Early Music Festival – October 30th – 31st
An unique event, harmonizing rare and delightful archaic sounds from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque ages.
Halloween in Transylvania – October 31st
Tours, shows and celebrations following the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s novel character, Count Dracula.