During last few years Armenia has developed a strategy of outlining its cultural or traditional events and food peculiarities through festivals. Each year a new unique festival is added to the list of existing ones causing creativity and innovations. The interest among locals and foreigners toward festival is growing parallely with the speed of light. Below is the list of festivals to be held in Armenia in 2016.
February 26-27 – «Snowland 2016», skiing festival held in Tsaghkadzor. Organised by Bliss Events.
April – Fish Festival in Abovyan. Organized by the “Development and Preservation of Armenian Culinary Traditions” NGO
May – Tolma Festival in Armavir, Sardarapat. The goal is to draw attention to Armenian dishes and traditional cuisine. Organized by the “Development and Preservation of Armenian Culinary Traditions” NGO
June – Ecotourism Festival in Gomq and Martiros communities, Vayots Dzor Region. The aim of the festival is to promote eco-tourism development in Vayots Dzor and raise public awareness about it.
June – sheep shearing festival in Halidzor village. Organized by IDeA Foundation.
June- “Bread in the Mountains” festival. The goal is to get to know the culture and history of baking bread and the rituals connected with the Armenian people. Organized by the “Development and Preservation of Armenian Culinary Traditions” NGO
June – Mulberry Festival. 3rd Saturday of June, near the Amaras monastery in Artsakh. Beginning at 5:00 pm. Organized by Areni Foundation.
July – “Syunik’s Goods” festival in Goris. Will be held in the first Saturday of July (02.07.2016), starts at 1:00 pm. During the festival different communities present their products, traditional dishes. Organized by Areni Foundation.
July -Will be held in the first week of July in Goris, Syunik Region. The aim is the introduction of mulberry vodka and tasting.
July – Armenian Taraz festival. Sarnaghbyur village. The participants will be introducing traditional clothes, costumes.
July- Golden Apricot International Film Festival held in Yerevan. Organized by Golden Apricot International Film Festival http://www.gaiff.am/hy/regulations:
August- Navasard festival. The aim is to celebrate the pagan New Year. Organized by the “Development and Preservation of Armenian Culinary Traditions” NGO
August – Carpet Festival held Dilijan, Tavush region. Will take place in the second Saturday of August. The aim of the Festival is to exhibit and trade carpets and other works of folk artists.
August – Honey and Berry Festival held in Berd, Tavush region. The goal is to savor and sell various types of honey and berries, as well as drinks made of them.
September – Barbecue Festival held in Akhtala, Lori region. Organized by “Development and Preservation of Armenian Culinary Traditions” NGO
September – “Gata” festival held on the last Saturday of September in Khachik village, Vayots Dzor region. It will start at 12:00, (residents will present traditional dishes of national cuisine, you can taste the most toothsome gata, enjoy songs, folk dances). Organized by Areni Foundation.
September – “Wine” festival held in Rind village Vayots Dzor Region on the last week of September. It will start at 5:00 pm. Festival will illustrate traditional method of grape processing, homemade vodka tasting, folk songs, dances.
October – International Theater Festival held in Yerevan. Theater groups from different countries take active part in this annual festival. It has been organised for 7 times by now.
October – Wine Festival held in Areni village, Vayots Dzor. It will start at 1:00 pm. The aim of the festival is to introduce home-made wine, folk dances, songs, games, traditional methods of wine making, flashmob dance, wine production in the parade. Festival will last until 20:00. Organized by Areni Foundation.
October – Duduk Festival. Gyumri.
October – Erebuni-Yerevan Festival. In 2016 Yerevan celebrates its 2798 anniversary.