Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Bulgaria

Folk dancers, Veliko Tarnovo, 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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2018

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)

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

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

April 26–29:  Orthodox Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

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

Mid-May (10 days):  Balkan Folklore Festival, Veliko Tarnovo

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

Late May–July:  Sofia Music Weeks

Early June (weekend):  Rose Festival, Kazanlak

Mid-June (10 days):  International Chamber Music Festival, Plovdiv

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

Late July–early August (5 days):  International Folklore Festival Varna

August 15:  Varna Day

August 20–24 (likely):  International Folklore Festival, Burgas (dancing and music)

August 30–September 7 (likely):  Apollonia Festival of Arts, Sozopol

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

September (Fridays and Saturdays):  Puppet Theater Festival, Sofia

September 20–October 13 (likely):  One Dance Week, Plovdiv (contemporary dance)

September 22:  Independence day (closures)

September 15–October 27 (likely):  Balabanov's House Music Days, Plovdiv

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)