Upcoming Traditional Festivals in Bulgaria

Here you will find all upcoming tradition festivals and holidays in Bulgaria worth visit. I’m organizing tours to all the traditional events you will find in the list below. If you want to join you can contact me about the exact pricing and pick up points.

Please note that the list bellow is not full. There are many traditional festivals (more than 1000) during the whole year in all corners of Bulgaria. Just drop me a text with your travel plans for more information and I will find the best event during your stay. 

Bulgarian Festivals in January

06 January   Icy circle dance in Tundzha river
29-31 January Jubilee International Festival of Masquerade Games “Surva”

Bulgarian Festivals in February

05-06 February International Kukeri festival near Plovdiv
06-07 February Wine festival “Golden Grape” in Melnik
February The white Kuker festival in Strandzha
February Festival of the “Mavrud wine” in Asenovgrad
February Snake wedding and Wine Festival in Delchevo
February Bulgarian Wine holiday in Ivaylovgrad

Bulgarian Festivals in March

March The heated brandy festival in Apriltsi

Bulgarian Festivals in April

April Saint Lazarus’ day

Bulgarian Festivals in May

13th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th May Rose festival in Kazanlak
May Saint George’s day

Bulgarian Festivals in June

03-04 June “Nestinari” – Fire dance festival in Bulgari village
03-05 June Rose festival in Kazanlak
June Fire dances festival in Tsarevo

Bulgarian Festivals in July

29-31 JulyInternational festival of authentic folklore in Balkan mountains
JulyNational folk festival in Rhodope mountains

Bulgarian Festivals in August

19-21 August National Festival of the traditional costume in Zheravna
19-21 August Traditional folk festival of Karakachans in Balkan mountains

There are many other traditional Bulgarian holidays you can visit. If your travel plans do not match with the traditional holidays above just send me a quote with the exact dates of your travel and I will tell you the event schedule and what kind of festival you can visit during your stay in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian traditional festivals

Discover this country like never before… when you embark on your very own tour of traditional festivals in Bulgaria!

I regularly take tours to some of the most popular traditional festivals in Bulgaria, either as one-off day trips, or as a part of larger Bulgarian or Balkan tour. From folk festivals in Bulgaria, to ancient Bulgarian customs and traditions – I’ll be more than happy to offer you the same introduction, bringing you closer than ever to the people and their past.

Just tell me when you plan to visit, and I’ll let you know what’s happening around that time! Otherwise, if there’s any particular festival you want to go to – the Bulgaria Rose Festival, or the Kukeri Festival for example – then I’ll help you to plan your trip around those specific dates.

Why to choose me as your private guide:

  • Fully customized tour that meets your interests, your needs and budget.
  • Full organisation of your trip, even down to the smallest details.
  • Licensed local tour guide

Send your requirements now and let me show you the best of my beautiful country! Bulgaria is a richly traditional country, and here the year is divided up between dozens of different traditional holidays, festivals and other special occasions. From dance and folklore events through to wine making and harvests – from Orthodox celebrations, to ancient Thracian rituals – the traditional festival customs of Bulgaria will give you a rare and valuable insight into the rich history of our people.

Start planning your tour of traditional festivals in Bulgaria today!

Just send me a message, and tell me what you want to see. Otherwise, keep reading – and find out more about some of Bulgaria’s most famous festivals and traditions.

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Here you will find some more information about the most remarkable traditional festivals in Bulgaria.

Rose Picking Rituals/Rose Festival

If you’re looking for the best traditional festival in Bulgaria and want a real local experience with 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 are held in the southern part of Bulgaria during the rose harvesting.

The program of the rose festival in Bulgaria is very interesting and the visitors have the opportunity to witness the coronation of Queen Rose and traditional rituals of picking and rose, recreated in an authentic atmosphere with lots of fun, songs, dances and carnival processions. Details about the Bulgarian festival of roses 

Traditional Kukeri Festival

The International Bulgarian Festival of Masquerade Games “Surva” in Pernik is the most prestigious manifestation of traditional folk games and customs with masks in Bulgaria and the Balkans, list in the World Intangible Heritage of UNESCO. It promotes reached today variants of the ancient rituals of the Bulgarian folklore tradition.
Traditionally, this Bulgarian traditional festival competition involved about 6000 people in about 100 groups from all ethnographic regions of Bulgaria and guests from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Visitors from all over the world come in this small town to share the magic of this traditional festival in Bulgaria, to see and touch the masks and wish health and luck. Custom tour to Kukeri festivals in Bulgaria

Nestinari Dances/ Fire-Walking

Nestinari dancing is based on an ancient cult. Dancers perform the ritual on live coals, barefoot. It is typical for the Bulgari village located in the mountain of Strandzha, and is practiced on the night of June 3. During the dancing they carry an icon of the Saints Constantine and Elena, whose holiday is celebrated on June 3.

Before the dancing, at morning time, a procession led by the nestinari goes to the nearby sacred spring. All villagers attend the procession. At the spring, the icons are consecrated and a round dance is formed. Then the procession tours the village and reaches a chapel where the nestinari stay until nightfall, listening to drums to get into trance. A fire is lighted which goes on until the evening. At night, the nestinari start dancing on the live coals. Nestinari dances are also performed in other places in the country, as part of tourist attractions.

Folk Festivals

Bulgaria may be a small country, but on its territory there are seven folklore regions that are famous for their peculiarities. Different traditional costumes, customs, food and various dances and songs. Hundreds of traditional folk festivals are held every year all around Bulgaria. Dance groups and ensembles, choirs and individual singers gathered from all corners of Bulgaria get together to celebrate various events and have fun. See all folk festivals in Bulgaria 

Wine Festivals

Bulgaria is a country known not only for its rich culture, history and beautiful scenery, but the wine making which takes a big part of the local life. Actually, the production of wine on these lands dates back to ancient time. Even the Thracians who inhabited the land were dedicated winemakers.

Because of the history, and just because the Bulgarians are not just producers and consumers, but also connoisseurs of fine wine, a lot of holidays in the country are related to the magic drink. If you are wine lover and want to get closer to the magical customs related to the wine, you must necessarily visit some of the traditional wine festivals held in different parts of Bulgaria.

Fruit and Food Festivals

Bulgarian fertile land is the reason the different regions of Bulgaria to grow a various fruits and vegetables, depending on the altitude and climate. Western Bulgaria – cherries, peaches in South Bulgaria, mountainous areas – plums and blueberries, central Bulgaria – pumpkins. In the past the production was important for feeding the people lived in there, that is why they have made a cult of the fruits.

Every year they organize celebrations for one or several days in which the local people dance and sing, cook marmalades, prepare aromatic drinks and express their gratitude to the Mother Nature asking her to be merciful to their crops in the future. Know more about the food holidays in Bulgaria

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3 Responses

  1. Sonya

    Hello Adriana, I would like to ask you about the winter traditional festivals in Bulgaria, if there are any? I’m planning to be in Sofia in January and would love to visit some event like this. I know that it will be cold as hell, but your photos look so much fun!

    1. Adriana

      Hi Sonya, good to hear from you! There are few traditional festivals in Bulgaria at this time of the year. Actually, some of the most interesting at all. In the begging of the month – 6th of January there is a Bulgarian traditional holiday called “Epiphany”, famous with the “ice circle dances”. On this day many Bulgarian men dance traditional dances in the cold river. There is one more great traditional festival at the end of January called “Surva” festival – International Bulgarian Festival of Masquerade Games. There you can explore the ‘kukers’, which are one of the oldest and most fascinating of Bulgarian traditions.
      I will update the list of the traditional festivals in Bulgaria soon and let you know if there something interesting comes up.

  2. Sonya

    Thank you so much! I’ll talk to you soon when I know te exact dates of my trip. Looking forward to visit some traditional festival in Bulgaria with you.

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