Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Bulgaria

Folk-dancing festivals abound in Bulgaria.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates at the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit Events in Bulgaria and/or the country's official tourism site.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Bulgaria. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 6:  St. George's Day (Gergiovden, closures)

May 8–10:  Fanta Dance Festival, Sofia (Latin-American street music and dance)

May 8–18:  Balkan Folklore Festival, Veliko Tarnovo

May 15–June 7:  Rose Festival, Kazanlak

May 24:  Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day (celebrating Bulgarian culture and the Cyrillic alphabet; closures)

June–July:  Sofia Music Weeks

June 10–20:  International Chamber Music Festival, Plovdiv

June 20–July 22:  Varna Summer: International Music Festival (classical music)

June 26–July 22:  Summer Music Festival at the Ancient Theater, Plovdiv (Verdi operas)

July 31–August 2 (likely):  Varna Summer Jazz Festival

August 1–21:  International Arts and Crafts Fair, Varna

August 2–6:  International Folklore Festival Varna

August 15:  Varna Day

Late August:  International Folklore Festival, Burgas (dancing and music)

Early September:  Apollonia Festival of Arts, Sozopol

Early September:  Aylyak Fest, Plovdiv (city culture festival)

September 6:  Unification Day (closures, celebrations in Plovdiv)

September:  International Festival of Military Orchestras, Veliko Tarnovo

Mid-September:  Puppet Theater Festival, Sofia

September 20–October 30:  Balabanov's House Music Days, Plovdiv

October 23–November 1:  One Dance Week, Plovdiv (contemporary dance)

November 1:  Revival Leaders' Day (observances)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Second Day of Christmas (closures)

December 31:  New Year's Eve (festivities, especially in Sofia)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

Feburary 1:  Day of Remembrance and Respect to Victims of the Communist Regime

March 3:  Liberation (from Ottoman rule) Day (closures)

April 29–May 2:  Orthodox Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)