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Festivals 2021

ARMENIAN FESTIVALS 2021

Join the crowds that have been coming to our festivals year after year. Participate in cultural and sport events, film screenings, special exhibits, delicious food offerings, folk music, dance, and other activities. 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!

Snowman & Snow Art Festival

SNOWMAN & SNOW ART FESTIVAL

VENUE: Jermuk, Vayotz Dzor Province
DATES: cancelled for 2021

The Snowman & Snow Art Festival is a two-day event in the town of Jermuk in the Vayots Dzor Province, the wintertime haven of Armenia. At the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a snow art competition, where participants unleash their creativity to build snowmen and other ice figures. Since the Jermuk is also the heart of winter activities in Armenia, visitors can participate in ice-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking to the Jermuk waterfall, and riding on the Jermuk ropeway. The guests of the festival will be entertained with Armenian folk music and dance performances.

Yerevan Jazz Day

YEREVAN JAZZ DAY

VENUE: Cascade Complex, Yerevan
DATES: cancelled for 2021

Join Phoenix Tour for this year’s celebration of the International Jazz Day at the Cascade Complex in Yerevan. Yerevan 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.

Dolma Festival

DOLMA FESTIVAL

VENUE: Zvartnots Temple, Armavir Province
DATES: May 22, 2021

This is 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. Cooks will take part in a competition for the most unique recipe. Traditional music, singing and dancing will set the mood for the festival.

Yerevan Wine Days

YEREVAN WINE DAYS

VENUE: Saryan Street, Yerevan
DATES: June 04-05, 2021

Yerevan Wine Days is an annual street festival, gathering the true wine lovers on Saryan Street – a bustling hub of Yerevan’s young and innovative wine scene. The two-day event features Armenian wine tasting with complimentary appetizers and cheese selections from local vendors, and live Armenian jazz and local DJs. Yerevan Wine Days attracts thousands of visitors from around the world, including international food bloggers and avid enogastronomic tourists.

Ecotourism Festival

ECOTOURISM FESTIVAL

VENUE: Artavan, Vayotz Dzor Province
DATES: June 05-06, 2021

The Ecotourism Festival gathers eco-travelers from around the world to raise public awareness about ecotourism in a fun and adventurous way. Avid travelers and locals can expect an exhilarating combination of adventure and education, participating in morning yoga, trying local foods, participating in cycling competition, taking classes in mountain climbing, and the last, for the more adventurous types, camping under the stars.

Color Fest

COLOR FEST

VENUE: Megamall “Armenia”, Yerevan
DATES: June 12, 2021

Inspired by the Holi, a popular Indian festival, the Color Festival in Yerevan celebrates the arrival of the festive and joyous summer season with a messy and color fun! The visitors of the festival should expect to be doused from head to toe in absolutely harmless brights powders, while meeting friends and dancing to music played by local DJs. It is one of the most colorful events of June in Armenia, which will make your summer vacation truly unforgettable.

HayBuys Festival

HAYBUYS – ARMENIAN HERB FESTIVAL

VENUE: Yenokavan, Tavush Province
DATES: June 26, 2021

The HayBuis Festival, translated as “Armenian Herb,” is held in one of the most picturesque places of Armenia – the Apaga Resort, located in Yenokavan of Tavush Province, an area known for its beautiful forests and mountains. Visitors will learn about Armenian herbs and different methods of using them, including their healing properties. There will be also an herbal tea party, educational games to learn about forest biodiversity, master cooking classes and activities for children.

Bread in the Mountains Festival

BREAD IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL

VENUE: Republic Square Subway Station Park, Yerevan
DATES: (the dates will be updated soon) 2021

Within the frames of the “Yerevan Summer” three month program, the festival of Armenian dishes the “Bread in the Mountains” will be held in Yerevan under the motto the “Yerevan with Flair”. The annual festival is a one day affair of celebrating the ritual and traditional holiday dishes of Armenians and other ethnic minorities. Join the thousands of festival-goers to enjoy delicious food and live entertainment for all ages.

Syunik Mulberry Festival

SYUNIK MULBERRY FESTIVAL

VENUE: Karahunj, Syunik Province
DATES: cancelled for 2021

Syunik Mulberry Festival is primarily aimed at making Karahunj an attractive tourist destination and boosting the social and economic life of the communities around the area. Each community will be represented at the festival, offering the visitors the national and the regional dishes, primarily the Mulberry products: the world renowned Mulberry vodka, dried mulberries, jams and Doshab (the mulberry molasses). Participants will be able to see how the abovementioned products are prepared and also take part in the process. Traditionally, every holiday in Armenia is accompanied by Armenian national dances and music.

Sheep Shearing Festival

SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL

VENUE: Khot, Syunik Province
DATES: July 10, 2021

Sheep Shearing Festival presents a sheep shearing competition, fair with produce of the local manufacturers, homemade food & drinks from participant rural communities, as well as the games, live music and dances, and other entertainment. The best sheep shearers from 11 rural communities will participate in the competition. The main purpose of the event is to promote the local products, traditions and culture of the several provinces of Armenia, as well as to develop a rural tourism, which will contribute to the economic growth of the regions.

Vardavar

VARDAVAR

VENUE: Swan Lake & Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: July 11, 2021

This Pagan feast was transformed after the adoption of Christianity: on “Vardavar” in modern times, everybody pours water on one another, starting early in the morning. If you visit Armenia on this day, you should not feel displeased, or show you are offended, because it’s a long-preserved tradition that Armenians keep from generation to generation. The main event is traditionally organized at the Swan Lake and at the Republic Square.

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

GOLDEN APRICOT YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

VENUE: “Moscow” Cinema, Yerevan
DATES: July 11-19, 2021

“Golden Apricot” is the largest event in the cultural life of Yerevan, and indeed of the whole of Armenia. The internationally recognized festival brings together films and filmmakers from all over the world. 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.

Happy Planet International Festival Armenia 2019

HAPPY PLANET INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2021

VENUE: Tsaghkadzor, Kotayk Province
DATES: July 14-20, 2021

The group of artists and individual performers from Armenia and other countries are invited to participate in international festival held in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia’s most popular health resort. The best groups will be awarded in different nominations: the best dancing technique, the best dancing ensemble, the best scenic mastery, the best performance, the best music, the best costume and the sympathy of spectators.

The Watermelon Festival

THE WATERMELON FESTIVAL

VENUE: Swan Lake, Yerevan
DATES: (the dates will be updated soon) 2021

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 guests with juicy watermelons. The festival will be 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 its partner organizations.

Yell Extreme Park Festival

YELL EXTREME PARK FESTIVAL

VENUE: Yenokavan, Tavush Province
DATES: July 24-25, 2021

The Yell Extreme Park is located in one of the most picturesque places in Armenia, nestled in the forested hillsides of Yenokavan in Tavush Province. Visitors can take part in activities like the horseback riding, paragliding, mountain climbing, mountain biking and ziplining. Between experiencing the Park’s activities, visitors can enjoy music performances, cocktail& snack bars, and a night camping with friends around the bonfire, under the stars.

Taraz Festival

TARAZ FEST

VENUE: Northern Avenue, Yerevan
DATES: (the dates will be updated soon) 2021

This 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, as in the course of history the clothing of every region of Armenia received its unique style. National costumes , ornaments and other special samples made by the designers are presented at the festival by talented masters of embroidery, a number of fashion houses and Yerevan History Museum, with their fantastic collections of Armenian Taraz. Music and dance groups performing in ethno style will entertain the spectators.

Lavash Day

LAVASH DAY

VENUE: Tsaghkunk Village, Gegharkunik Province
DATES: cancelled for 2021

The festival is dedicated to the famous Armenian flatbread Lavash, which was included in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2014. The visitors can follow the Lavash baking process, hear stories about the famous bread and participate themselves in the baking process. They will also have the ample opportunity to taste Armenian food and drinks, presented by the various restaurants and local residents, take part in the vodka distillation process, as well as to enjoy the various game competitions and theatrical performances.

Rafting Festival

RAFTING FESTIVAL

VENUE: Tumanyan township, Lori Province
DATES: July 30 – August 01, 2021

The River Rafting festival is growing in popularity each year, and the Lori Province with the Debed River is undeniably one of the epicenters of whitewater rafting and kayaking in Armenia. While adrenaline junkies can certainly get their fix on the Debed River, the sport is safe and fun for people of nearly all ages and abilities. Pay attention to the safety talk, follow directions, go with and have fun!

Yerevan Beer Fest

YEREVAN BEER FEST

VENUE: Zakyan Street, Yerevan
DATES: August 14-15, 2021

The Yerevan Beer Fest is organized within the frames of the three month municipal program under the umbrella of “Yerevan Summer” events. The goal of festival is to acquaint people with peculiarities of Armenian beer and to unite the companies engaged in brewery at the Armenian market on one platform. The Fest will gather its beer fans at the Zakyan Street in Yerevan, where the leading Armenian beer producers will present their best products. During the event, you can not only enjoy fresh local beer, but also listen to live music and take part in many competitions with interesting prizes.

Honey & Berry Festival

HONEY & BERRY FESTIVAL

VENUE: Berd, Tavush Province
DATES: August 14, 2021

The Honey & Berry Festival is an annual festival that aims to showcase the richness of the region, highlighting its importance as a center for the production of honey and berries. The festival takes place in the Sorian National Park of the town of Berd in the picturesque Tavush Province, and is dedicated to the development of agriculture, beekeeping, folk crafts and tourism. Here visitors can taste and buy local honey and berries, as well as purchase traditional handicrafts. The festival will also feature jazz music, ethnic songs and dances, and interesting cultural programs.

Barbecue Festival

BARBECUE FESTIVAL

VENUE: Akhtala, Lori Province
DATES: August 21, 2021

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). Here you can taste more than 40 varieties of khorovats. The festival will be accompanied by traditional songs, dances, games and theatrical performances.

Cultural Revival Arts & Crafts Festival

CULTURAL REVIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

VENUE: Dilijan, Tavush Province
DATES: September 04, 2021

The Cultural Revival Arts & Crafts Festival held in Dilijan every year, promotes regional-specific arts and crafts, including decorative arts like pottery, blacksmithing, woodworking, and national cuisine. Visitors can also catch a glimpse of carpet-weaving techniques and view different types of Armenian carpets – some from museum collections brought out for open air display. You will have a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of that craftsmanship, and place it in your house. Just pay a visit to a beautiful town of Dilijan, and choose a carpet, or a rug you like. Throughout the festival, groups perform songs, dances and play the traditional musical instruments of different communities from across Armenia.

Yerevan Music Night

YEREVAN MUSIC NIGHT

VENUE: Charles Aznavour Square, Yerevan
DATES: September 11, 2021

Yerevan Music Night brings together music lovers and insures them with a positive mood on Charles Aznavour Square. During the evening the locals and the city guests can attend a live concerts, performed in various musical styles and genres, and by the best musicians and singers around. Free admission. The aim of the event is to develop tourism and increase the recognition of Armenia and Yerevan in the world.

Harissa Festival

HARISSA FESTIVAL

VENUE: Musaler, Armavir Province
DATES: (the dates will be updated soon) 2021

Harissa is an Armenian national meat dish, which in its appearance resembles a stew made from cracked wheat and poultry meat. Harissa is associated with the events of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey in 1915, when six Armenian villages on the Mediterranean coast in Ottoman Turkey decided to resist.

For almost 53 days, the Armenians of Musaler fought for their lives against Turkish soldiers and survived. There was very little food on the mountain and Harissa was the main food of the rebels, thanks to which they were saved from hunger and could keep the defense from the advancing Turkish troops. In the end, they were rescued by French sailors, who noticed a white banner that the Armenians tied on a tree with the inscription “Christians in distress: Save!”

In modern Armenia there is a village, also called “Musaler”, where a monument to this event is erected. Every year, in September, Musalerians gather at the monument and celebrate the victory they won a century ago. All night long, in 40 huge cauldrons, they cook the beloved Musalerian dish Harissa and treat everyone present, gather around the bonfire and sing patriotic songs (40 cauldrons symbolize 40 days of heroic resistance of Armenians against the Turkish army).

Gata Festival

GATA FESTIVAL

VENUE: Khachik, Vayots Dzor Province
DATES: September 18, 2021

The Gata Festival is a one day affair of celebrating the traditional Armenian dessert Gata. There are many variations of Gata, and every town or a region 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 the walnuts. Join the festival and enjoy delicious Gata and other traditional dishes, while you get entertained with traditional songs and folk dances.

International Balloon Festival

INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL 2021

VENUE: Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: (the dates will be updated soon) 2021

Balloons from different countries of the world will shine in the sky of the city of Yerevan, creating a fabulous and unforgettable experience for all present. The official opening of the festival will take place on the Republic Square. The primary aim of the festival is contributing to the growth of tourism, small aviation and aeronautics in Armenia.

Erebuni-Yerevan Festival

EREBUNI-YEREVAN FESTIVAL 2021

VENUE: Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: (the dates will be updated soon) 2021

The first official celebration of “Erebuni-Yerevan” was held in October of 1968: the 2750th anniversary of our capital was celebrated. Since then, the “Erebuni-Yerevan Festival” is celebrated widely with various events held around the city. In the evening in Republic Square representatives of Armenian music art, as well as international singers will perform on the occasion of the anniversary of the “old and young” capital. The festival will be concluded with a firework.

Areni Wine Fest

ARENI WINE FESTIVAL

VENUE: Areni, Vayots Dzor Province
DATES: October 02, 2021

The interest to the “Areni Wine 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 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 also games for all ages, traditional music, dance and theatrical performances.

Tea & Coffee Festival

TEA & COFFEE FESTIVAL

VENUE: Seasons Park, Yerevan
DATES: October 15-16, 2021

The Tea & Coffee Festival’s two-day event in Yerevan brings together all the tea and coffee lovers at Seasons Park on Mashtots Avenue, a beautiful public space in Yerevan. Visitorswill stroll around the park, sampling and byuing both, the well known and new brands of teas and coffee. The wide selections of herbal, berries and fruit teas also offer an opportunity to learn about their production and enjoy the flavorful produce of Armenia’s highlands, long after the summer has gone. The festival will be accompanied by a varied educational programs & entertainment shows.

Reanimania Yerevan International Animation Film Festival

REANIMANIA YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM & COMICS ART FESTIVAL 2021

VENUE: “Moscow” Cinema, Yerevan
DATES: October 23-28, 2021

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.

The Holy Lance Feast

THE HOLY LANCE FEAST

VENUE: Echmiadzin, Armavir Province
DATES: December 04, 2021

On December 04, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the “Feast of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew”. On this occasion the Holy Spear, with which Jesus Christ was pierced on the Cross, from Geghard Monastery 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 Spear. The Holy Spear will remain on display in the Cathedral until late that evening.