Festivals 2022

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Festivals 2022


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!


Yerevan Jazz Day


VENUE: Cascade Complex, Yerevan
DATES: April 30, 2022

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.

Yerevan Wine Days


VENUE: Saryan Street, Yerevan
DATES: June 03-05, 2022

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 three-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


VENUE: Artavan, Vayotz Dzor Province
DATES: June 04-05, 2022

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.

Sheep Shearing Festival


VENUE: Khot, Syunik Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.

Bread in the Mountains Festival


VENUE: Republic Square Subway Station Park, Yerevan
DATES: June 11, 2022

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.

Color Fest


VENUE: Megamall "Armenia", Yerevan
DATES: June 18, 2022

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.

Dolma Festival


VENUE: Zvartnots Temple, Armavir Province
DATES: June 19, 2022

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.

HayBuys Festival


VENUE: Yenokavan, Tavush Province
DATES: June 25, 2022

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.

Syunik Mulberry Festival


VENUE: Karahunj, Syunik Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival


VENUE: "Moscow" Cinema, Yerevan
DATES: July 10-17, 2022

"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


VENUE: Tsaghkadzor, Kotayk Province
DATES: July 14-20, 2022

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.

Lavash Day


VENUE: Tsaghkunk Village, Gegharkunik Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.



VENUE: Swan Lake & Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: July 24, 2022

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.

The Watermelon Festival


VENUE: Swan Lake, Yerevan
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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


VENUE: Yenokavan, Tavush Province
DATES: July 30-31, 2022

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


VENUE: Northern Avenue, Yerevan
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.

Rafting Festival


VENUE: Tumanyan township, Lori Province
DATES: August 13-14, 2022

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!

Honey & Berry Festival


VENUE: Berd, Tavush Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.

Yerevan Beer Fest


VENUE: Sayat Nova Street, Gyumri, Shirak Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

The purpose of this event is to present Armenian beer traditions and innovations in the market, spread the culture of pairing appropriate food with drinks, and, most importantly to promote event tourism in Armenia.

The area of the event will be divided into several zones:

"Novelty Zone" - there will be a special zone for the master class, where you can find out what food goes along with particular Armenian beer. We believe that after this master class, visitors will approach the pavilions more professionally to combine their beer and food. "Beer Zone" - in this zone, local Armenian beer companies will present a wide range of their products. "Dining zone" - here visitors can enjoy dishes that are ideally combined with beer and the snacks that complement the taste of beer. "Musical zone" - in this zone the guests will enjoy high quality music performed by different performers. And finally a "Play zone" - various beer games and competitions will be held in this zone.

The entrance to the event is free. To taste beer, the visitors should buy tasting packages which cost 5,000 AMD. The tasting package includes: a tankard, a case and coupons.

Cultural Revival Arts & Crafts Festival


VENUE: Dilijan, Tavush Province
DATES: September 03, 2022

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


VENUE: Charles Aznavour Square, Yerevan
DATES: September 10, 2022

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.

Gata Festival


VENUE: Khachik, Vayots Dzor Province
DATES: September 17, 2022

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.

Harissa Festival


VENUE: Musaler, Armavir Province
DATES: September 18, 2022

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).

Blessing of the Holy Chrism


VENUE: Echmiadzin, Armavir Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

In the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Holy Myron is brewed once every 7 years during the Feast of Blessing of the Holy Chrism, specially established for this purpose. This ritual is over 1,700 years old, and on September 25, 2022, another Chrismation ceremony will begin at the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin. The ceremony will be accompanied by the reading of prayers, the singing of psalms and sharakans (Armenian spiritual chants) in the presence of of numerous pilgrims from around the world. Preparation for one of the most mysterious and sacred ceremonies in the Armenian Apostolic Church, will begin forty days before the September 25, 2022

Tea & Coffee Festival


VENUE: Seasons Park, Yerevan
DATES: September 30-October 01, 2022

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. Visitors will stroll around the park, sampling and buying 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.

Barbecue Festival


VENUE: Akhtala, Lori Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.

Areni Wine Fest


VENUE: Areni, Vayots Dzor Province
DATES: cancelled for 2022

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.

Erebuni-Yerevan Festival


VENUE: Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: October 08-09, 2022

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.

International Balloon Festival


VENUE: Republic Square, Yerevan
DATES: October 13-17, 2022

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.

The Holy Lance Feast


VENUE: Echmiadzin, Armavir Province
DATES: December 03, 2022

On December 03, 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.