The best time to visit Bulgaria

Diana Pantcheva (Bulgaria Gateway Staff) gives us some great advices on how to spend a wonderful summer in Bulgaria:   Want to know when is the best time to...

Diana Pantcheva (Bulgaria Gateway Staff) gives us some great advices on how to spend a wonderful summer in Bulgaria:


Want to know when is the best time to visit Bulgaria? I will tell you – NOW! Summer is the time when you will fall in love with the country wherever you go. There are so many places and events you can embark on a journey of magic music, art and smiley faces. Check out the best summer festivals in Bulgaria

1.WakeЪп! Bulgaria (6 – 9 July 2017)

WakeЪп! Open Air Festival is held over the meadows of the town of Kuklen on the road to the monastery St. Kozma and Damian, 15 km from Plovdiv. According to the organizers of the festival it is impossible to put in words exactly what happens in that place at the foot of the Rhodope Mountain. If one should explain what is “WakeUp!” with a single word the most precise word probably would be “experiment”.
So “Experiment #7” is coming up, crossing past and future, society and nature, old friends and new acquaintances.

2. A to JazZ Festival (7 – 9 July 2017)

The International A to JazZ Festival is one of the symbols of music Sofia, spreading the jazz spirit in the city and transforming it into a capital of improvised music for three days. The beautiful South Park 2 has welcomed an audience of more than 100 000 people and great musicians such as Kenny Garett, Roy Hargrove, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Richard Bona, Michel Camilo, Dianne Reeves, Jose James and many more.

3.  Vola Open Air (28 – 29 July 2017)

Music and much more on the top of beautiful peak Okolchica in Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park. You can check the artists for the 2017 edition of Vola Open Air here:

4.  International Bagpipe Contest in Gela (5 – 6 August 2017)

The first weekend of August holds the most famous folk music festival in Bulgaria with a contest of traditional bagpipes of Ilinden meadows at the village of Gela. Every year Rhodope council collects numerous of connoisseurs of Bulgarian folk music, at the meadows next to the chapel of St. Ilia, stretching rugs and melodies of the pipes sound till late hours.

5. International Jazz Festival Bansko (5 – 12 August 2017)

This is the biggest international Jazz Festival in Bulgaria. The enormous popularity which the festival enjoys among specialists and fans across the world has turned it into one of the foremost international cultural happenings in the Balkans. The quaint old town becomes a meeting place for emblematic figures of today’s music world.

6. Zheravna Festival of the National Costume (18 – 20 August 2017)

This festival brings you closer to the life of the Bulgarians from once upon a time. Participation in the festival is a voluntary act and those who want to join it have to observe its rules. The main requirement is to be dressed in folk costume. During the festival, there will be demonstrations of folk crafts, authentic Bulgarian folklore, traditional cuisine, rakia, wine and basically something for everyone to try.

7. Beglika Festival (23 – 27 August 2017)

The Bulgarian festival called Beglika  is waiting for you at the Weastern Rhodopa. This festival embraces the importance of the surrounding world, through musical and visual experiments in search of alternatives. Beglika will delight visitors with a variety of workshops, performances, theater, mountain sports, games and quality Bulgarian and Balkan music.

8. Voinegovtsi Wrong Fest (9 – 10 September 2017)

This music festival is held in Voinegovtsi village near Sofia. The main goal is the facilitation of the Bulgarian rock, alternative, ska and metal scene. You can check out the bands listed for this year’s edition here:

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