ARMENIAN FESTIVALS 2017
Come and enjoy our hospitality and explore the popular annual Armenian festivals and events held in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Participate in cultural and sport events, film screenings, special exhibits, delicious food offerings, folk music, dance, and other activities. Spend a leisurely day with your friends and family viewing beautiful handcrafts or idling through the exhibits that capture the fascinating history of the Armenians. Try a delicious meal and have a great time while you are at it. Join the crowds that have been coming to our festivals year after year. Phoenix Tour Armenia is proud to be associated with those celebrations and will assist you in every step for you to be part of these exciting events! So, enjoy your visit with us and don’t forget to bookmark this site on your browser!
JAZZ FEST 2017
VENUE: Cascade Complex, Yerevan
DATES: 30 April, 2017
This year, the official celebrations of an International Jazz Day will be held at Cascade Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. A meeting place of global cultures, Yerevan is an ideal location to highlight the extensive influence of jazz. Held every year on April 30th, 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.
SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL
VENUE: Khot, Syunik Province
DATES: June 10, 2017
Strategic Development Agency NGO (SDA) in cooperation with IDeA Foundation organizes the annual Sheep Shearing Festival, which will be held on Saturday, 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) Sheep Shearing Competition between 16 best shearers from the 14 communities of the region.
b) Exhibitions and Fair with the produce of the 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.
All guests will also have access to Food Court, cafe and playground*.
TARAZ FESTIVAL – TRADITIONAL ARMENIAN COSTUMES
DATES: 05 August, 2017
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, and the traditional Armenian Taraz is divided into two large groups – Western and Eastern Armenian.
FESTIVAL OF CARPETS
VENUE: Dilijan, Tavush Province
DATES: August, 2017 (the date will be updated soon)
Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are famous for 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 the carpet craftsmanship, and place it in your home. Just pay a visit to a beautiful town of Dilijan, and choose a carpet or any handmade items you like.
VENUE: Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: 07-08 October, 2017
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.
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS
“WINE DAYS” IN YEREVAN
VENUE: Saryan Street, Yerevan
DATES: 05-06 May, 2017
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 1: Tasting of 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 2: Tasting of 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 Fund will provide 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 territory.
PAN-ARMENIAN DOLMA FESTIVAL
VENUE: Hnaberd, Ararat Province
DATES: 20 May, 2017
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.
BREAD IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL – “YEREVAN WITH FLAIR”
VENUE: TUMO Park, Yerevan
DATES: 10 June, 2017
On June 10, within the frames of “Yerevan Summer” three month program, the festival of Armenian dishes “Bread in the mountains” will be held in Yerevan under the motto “City 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.
KARABAKH MULBERRY FESTIVAL
VENUE: Amaras, Martuni Province, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
DATES: June, 2017 (the date will be updated soon)
Residents of the village of Sos in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic along with guests, will take part in the mulberry harvesting ceremony and process of vodka preparation, as well as the tasting famous Karabakh mulberry vodka during their first Mulberry Festival held on the grounds of the Amaras Monastery, near the village of Sos in the Martuni Province of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The festival will be accompanied by local folk music and dance.
THE SYUNIK MULBERRY FESTIVAL
VENUE: Goris, Syunik Province
DATES: 01 July, 2017
The Syunik Mulberry festival will be held at the Goris Regional Park, starting at 13:00pm. 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 – world renowned mulberry vodka, dried mulberries and doshab (the mulberry molasses).
THE WATERMELON FESTIVAL
VENUE: Swan Lake, Yerevan
DATES: 15 July, 2017
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 locals and the guests with juicy watermelons. The festival is 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 partner organizations.
YEREVAN BEER FEST
VENUE: Swan Lake, Yerevan
DATES: 19 August, 2017
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.
VENUE: Akhtala, Lori Province
DATES: 09 September, 2017
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 barbecue: “Barbecue in the fireplace”, “Barbecue on the horizontal bar”, “Barbecue in the hole” (shepherd barbecue) and “Barbecue in ground oven” (tonir). The festival will be accompanied by traditional songs, dance, games and theatrical performances.
VENUE: Musaler, Armavir Province
DATES: 17 September, 2017
Musaler became famous after six Armenian villages on the Mediterranean coast in Ottoman Turkey decided to put resistance during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. For 53 days Armenians fought for their lives against Turkish soldiers and survived. They were rescued by the French sailors who spotted the banner which Armenians tied up to the tree saying “Christians in Distress: Rescue.” There is a village in modern Armenia called “Musaler”, in the near proximity to Yerevan, where the Memorial to that event is erected, and 40 huge pots of harissa are being cooked every year on the anniversary to celebrate the act of utter bravery by those Armenian villagers. Those villagers were offered “harish” by the French sailors who rescued them. So you will see why the festival centers around the cooking of harissa. Harissa consists of chicken or lamb mixed with wheat or other grains into porridge. At the preparation of harissa Musalerians are gathering around the bonfire, and sing traditional songs all night long.
VENUE: Khachik Village, Vayots Dzor Province
DATES: 30 September, 2017
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 two meters long delicious gata and other traditional dishes, while you get entertained with traditional songs and folk dances. The festival will start at noon local time.
ARENI WINE FESTIVAL
VENUE: Areni Village, Vayots Dzor Province
DATES: 07 October, 2017
The interest to the 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, folk and traditional music, dance and theatrical performances and, of course, a lot of wine.
THE VARDAVAR FESTIVAL – WATER FEST
DATES: 23 July, 2017
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 evil. This feast was transformed after the adoption of Christianity: on Vardavar in modern times, everybody pours water on one another, starting early in the morning, and no one is allowed to feel offended or displeased by mischief on that day.
THE HOLY LANCE FEAST
VENUE: Holy Mother See of Echmiadzin, Armavir Province
DATES: 02 December, 2017
On December 02, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the Feast of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. At 10:30am, a Divine Liturgy will be held in the Mother Cathedral on the Feast of the first Illuminators of the Armenian Church. On this occasion the Holy Lance 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 Lance. The Holy Lance will remain on display in the cathedral until late that evening.
GOLDEN APRICOT YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017
VENUE: “Moscow” Cinema, Yerevan
DATES: 09-16 July, 2017
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.
ReANIMANIA YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM AND COMICS ART FESTIVAL 2017
VENUE: “Moscow” Cinema, Yerevan
DATES: 28 October-03 November, 2017
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.