Bulgaria is one of the most exotic countries in Europe and is constantly growing. In addition to its long history, interesting culture, and great beaches, Bulgaria attracts many visitors with its summer festivals. Whether you want to learn more about Bulgarian culture or just enjoy the sun and music, you will find what you are looking for at one of the best summer festivals in Bulgaria:
List of Summer Festivals in Bulgaria
1. Carnival of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo
It is held annually in mid-May in the heart of Bulgaria – Gabrovo is about 200 km from Sofia. No one can say for sure when this top summer festival in Bulgaria started due to a lack of written records, but all the locals insist that it was already in the 19th century and one of the most joyful events in Bulgaria. A few days when people can forget their everyday worries and look at the world with a different eye. Carnival parades with people dressed for everything from wizards and elves to cartoon characters; satirical cartoons and major events as well as famous people occupy the city center. Of course, there is also plenty of homemade rakia and wine, Balkan music, and occasional “horo” (traditional Bulgarian circle dance).
When: Middle of May
2. Opera of the Peaks – Belogradchik Rocks
In 2020, the city of Belogradchik in northwestern Bulgaria will host the 5th edition of the annual opera festival. There is no better way to combine a love of opera with stunning nature. Last year, the program included Verdi’s opera “II Trovatore,” Carmina Burana, and the popular musical Mamma Mia, from the repertoire of the Sofia National Opera. The 3-part Wagner Festival at Magura Cave was especially spectacular. There is no doubt that the 5th anniversary holds new surprises.
When: End of July and beginning of August
3. International Jazz Festival Bansko
Over the years, Basko has repeatedly been the Bulgarian ski resort hosting the FIS Ski World Cup. Thousands of people book their winter vacations every year, but Bansko also has something to offer even when the snow is gone. Bansko has hosted the International Jazz Festival in early August for more than 20 years. It is the perfect excuse to breathe in the fresh air of the city and the Pirin Mountains while listening to live jazz performances by renowned Bulgarian and international artists every night
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When: Beginning of August
4. Udaya Yoga & Music Festival
Not necessarily what you’re expected to find in Bulgaria – “yogis” from all over the world, with 4 days of yoga and live music. This year, the festival returns to Borovets, where it all started 5 years earlier. With over 90 classes and workshops and 25+ teachers to choose from, live music is surrounded every night by the majestic Rila Mountains. This annual event is a must for anyone looking to expand their yoga practice.
Where: Borovets, Rila Mountains
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5. Rose Festival in Kazanlak
The Rose Festival has been organized annually for more than 115 years and is held in Kazanlak, which is part of the Rose Valley. This popular summer festival in Bulgaria celebrates Bulgaria’s deep relationship with Rosa Damascena – the Bulgarian oil-bearing rose. Despite being a relatively small country, Bulgaria is responsible for about 70% of the world’s rose oil production. The event attracts thousands of local and tourist tourists every day, with a variety of attractions and events, some of which: rose-picking rituals in different villages, a folklore festival, fireworks, sporting events, all in the structure of the final event – the coronation. the “queen of roses.”
When: First week of June
6. Meadows in the Mountains
It is located in the incredibly beautiful surroundings of the Rhodope Mountains and especially the Bulgarian village of Polkovnik Serafimovo, which in itself is a tempting experience unknown to many locals, known as the “Mountain Meadows”. An experience that no one else would expect in Bulgaria, but still here. An intimately soothing, wild, and psychedelic adventure playground for lovers of good things. It is one of the best summer events in Bulgaria that involves building a community and becoming part of the community. “Meadows” is something that can’t really be described in words, this is what you experience.
When: Early June
Where: Village of Polkovnik Serafimovo (Rhodope Mountains)
7. Cherry Festival in Kyustendil
Speaking of the biggest summer festivals and events held in Bulgaria, there is no way not to include a food-related festival. Bulgarian cuisine is rich in both flavors and recipes, however, sometimes the simplest things are the most delicious, and this festival confirms. At this two-day festival in Kyustendil, called the “orchard” of Bulgaria, you will be amazed at the variety and taste of Bulgarian cherries. Buckets stacked with cherries, all sorts of cherry delicacies from cakes and jams to juices and alcoholic beverages, the art created from the fruit itself, and the music and dance guarantee that you can have a great time on this unusual holiday.
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