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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2014

September 6–22:  International Festival of Military Orchestras (Veliko Tarnovo)

September 16–22:  Puppet Theater Festival (Sofia)

September 20–October 30:  Balabanov’s House Music Days (Plovdiv)

September 22:  Independence (from the Ottoman Empire) Day (closures)

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)

2015

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 10–31:  Orthodox Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

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

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

Mid-May:  Balkan Folklore Festival (Veliko Tarnovo)

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

Early June:  Rose Festival (Kazanlak)

June–July:  Sofia Music Weeks

Early/mid-June:  International Chamber Music Festival (Plovdiv)

Mid-June–July:  Varna Summer: International Music Festival (classical music)

Mid-June–early July:  Summer Music Festival at the Ancient Theater (Verdi operas, Plovdiv)

Early July:  Sofia Rocks (rock festival)

Late July–early August:  Varna Summer Jazz Festival

Early August (likely):  International Folklore Festival Varna

August:  International Arts and Crafts Fair (Varna)

August:  One Dance Week (contemporary dance, Plovdiv)

August 15:  Varna Day

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

Early September:  Apollonia Festival of Arts (Sozopol)

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

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

September:  International Festival of Military Orchestras (Veliko Tarnovo)

Mid-September:  Puppet Theater Festival (Sofia)