Throughout the year, Romanians celebrate their ancient heritage, changing seasons, religious holidays and life-cycle events, such as birth, marriage and death, with festivals that have remained unchanged for centuries.
Some of Europe's most traditional folkways are meticulously preserved here, with young celebrants wearing the same costumes and dancing the same steps to tunes played on instruments traditional to their forefathers since time immemorial.
Festivals provide wonderful opportunities for visitors to experience the amalgam of the people who make up this country whose Latin roots dating from the Roman Empire make it unique in East-Central Europe.
Here is Romania's Calendar of Events - 2017 as announced by the local authorities/ organizing entities.
Major festivals throughout the year include:
The Traditional Crafts Fair - Bucharest
Artisans and crafts enthusiasts from all over Romania gather at the Village Museum in Bucharest to offer free demonstrations of traditional woodcarving, rug weaving, textile weaving and embroidering, pottery molding,
glass blowing, egg painting and more.
Bucharest of Old
Celebration of the city as it was 150 years ago.
Parade of 1800s costumes, horse-drawn carriages, traditional food, music and special performances.
Sighisoara Festival of Medieval Arts and Crafts
Three-day celebration of medieval arts, crafts, music, that recreates the atmosphere of medieval Sighisoara.
The Maidens' Fair (Targul de Fete)
Centrury-Old matchmaking festival where villagers in traditional costume walk up to Gaina Mountain Plateau
for traditional music, dancing, feasting and finding a mate.
Dance at Prislop (Hora de la Prislop)
Traditional celebration of ties among three of Romania's main regions: Transylvania, Moldova and Maramures; villagers parade in traditional costume to Prislop Pass in the Carpathian Mountains, then participate in traditional dances, singing and feasting.
Romania's Folk Art Festival
Initiation in folk art creation (pottery molding, textile embroidering, woodcarving and more) offered, for free,
by preeminent folk artists to those interested in traditional crafts.
Festival marking the return of the sheep herds from the Mountains.
Wine Making Festival
Celebration marking beginning of the grape harvest.
Halloween in Transylvania
Shows and parties related to Bram Stoker's novel character, Count Dracula.
Festivals of Christmas Traditions
Of all the events scheduled during the year, folk festivals are, perhaps, the most colorful.
While some festival dates remain fixed, others change year by year so it's wise to check before your trip.
For the latest updates and more information please contact the nearest Romanian Tourist Information Office.