Events

There are a number of exciting festivals, celebrations and events in Romania throughout the year.  Here´s a list of some of the most important.
































Sighisoara Medieval Festival

The medieval fortress of Sighisoara values its cultural historic potential during this festival, as it  transforms itself into a great scene in which unconventionally designed areas offer participants from all over the world little pieces of authentic art, meant to satisfy the diversity of tastes.
Characters dressed in silk and lace, wearing armours and swords, kings and queens, princes and princesses, knights and ladies, and funny masks will awake the imagination of the people walking the narrow streets of the medieval city. Contests will encourage visitors to integrate themselves into this atmosphere, while the King and the Queen will crown the most beautiful princess in the festival.


Measurement of the Milk Festival - Transylvania

The practice of the shepherds spending summer in the high pastures protecting the flocks from bears and wolves and making cheeses for the community´s winter sustenance, has given rise to Measurement of the Milk Festivals (Masura Laptelui).
These festivals are taking place all over the mountains of Transylvania, starting with the first Sunday of May and take place until the middle month of July. At dawn of each Sunday in this period, the flocks are brought to a glade outside the village, where the "measurement" takes place. The she-goats are milked by women and the ewes by shepherds - the yield of each family ´s animals is measured to determine the quota of cheese that they will receive during that season. The ritual is followed by much feasting and dancing.


FanFest - Rosia Montana

FânFest is the biggest multi-art activist festival in Romania which started with a community's struggle to protect their land and inspired a generation.
It started with the battle to stop the largest GOLD MINE in Europe and grew to be the epicenter of one of the biggest civil and environmental movements in Eastern Europe.
Roșia Montană, this tiny village in the Apuseni Mountains in Transylvania has captured the imagination and hearts of people from across the world who come to FânFest to enjoy music, exhibitions, theater, dance, workshops, debates and express solidarity with the campaign to save Roșia Montană.


Garana Jazz Festival – Timisoara

Garana Jazz Festival, one of the best festivals in the region. Luxuriate in amazing natural scenery, with quality sounds of jazz during a weekend in the middle of July.
The village of Garana is located around 40 km from Resita (Caras Severin). The village is worth visiting all year long, not only during the jazz festival. The fresh air, mountains that surround the village, and the architectural simplicity combined with the German austerity, transpose you to another century.
Poiana Lupului is located right before the entrance to the village. This is where the jazz festival unfolds every year. As the festival takes place in the middle of nature, accommodation is only in tents. If you are a not an outdoors kind of person, then you can choose one of the guesthouses in Garana.
The musical range goes from authentic jazz for the experts to the accessible jazz for the public.


The Girl Fair of Mount Gaina – Apuseni

Apuseni largest festival, it was originally a means of allowing young men who were often away shepherding for two thirds of the year, to meet young women from other communities and to pursue matrimony.
The Girl Fair (Targul de Fete) of Muntele Gaina takes place on the Sunday before July 20 on the flat top of Mount Gaina, roughly 33 km west from Campeni, near the village of Avram Iancu.
Naturally, prospective spouses made every effort to enhance their appeal, the girls being displayed in their finest attire, surrounded by linen, pottery, and other items of dowry - even to the extent of carting along rented furniture. Nowadays, this aspect of the fair has all but disappeared, but thousands still come for the music and spectacle.


The Pageant of the Juni - Brasov

The Pageant of the Juni (Sarbatoare Junilor) is held on the first Sunday of May, traditionally the only day of the year that Romanians could freely enter the Saxon city.
The name derives from the Latin word for "young man", and on this day the town´s youths dress up in costumes and, accompanied by brass bands, ride through town in groups named after famous regiments - the Dorobanti, or the Rosiori - while the married men, or Old Juni, bring up the rear. Some of the elaborate Juni costumes (now in the Schei Church Museum) are over 150 years old, while one of the Rosiori wears a shirt sewn with 44.000 spangles that weights 9 kg - the product of four months´ work by Brasov´s women each year.


Transylvania International Film Festival – Cluj Napoca, Sibiu

TIFF is the first international film festival in Romania, a festival of fresh visions full of imagination which has transformed into an annual cultural event. After its first edition in 2002, the festival became very well known and appreciated all over the country as the most important cinematographical event.
In 2007 the festival grew by projecting movies in Sibiu. TIFF became the first place where the most important national premiers of local productions took place. The festival is highly appreciated for the quality of its programmes, its lively atmosphere and for the multitude of its events, starting with seminars and workshops, and keeping on with concerts and parties until dawn. The main goal of the organisers is to promote the art of cinematography and to exhibit a few of the most important, current, films, which chosen along criteria that value the originality of their subjects and the strength of their figures.