Festivals & Events - July 2006

July 1 - 2, 2006
Vadul Izei – 5 miles away from Sighetu Marmatiei
Festival of Wedding Traditions (Festivalul Nuntilor)
Young women in Romania begin planning for their wedding
day long before they know who they will marry. Hopeful,
young girls begin making and collecting accessories for their
trousseau, or hope chest, as early as six years old.
For this annual festival, families gather to display their daughter's trousseau.
More Info:
Telephone: (262) 330.200

July 2, 2006
Brancovenesti - 15 miles away from Targu Mures
The Cherry Fair (Targul Cireselor )
Every beginning of the summer is celebrated in Brancovenesti with this beautiful folk festival. Enjoy the sweet freshness of cherries while watching performances of Transylvanian popular folk dances and songs. While in the village, make sure you pay a visit to the16th century Kemeny fortress, located on the hill overlooking the Mures Valley.

July 9, 2006
Iliesesti - 5 miles away from Suceava
Festivalul Muntelui RarauRarau Mountain Festival
Also known for the beautiful winter traditions, the village of Ilisesti hosts an interesting folklore festival on the second Sunday in July.

July 4 - 14, 2006
Sighetu Marmatiei
Sighet Sculpture Workshop (Tabara de Sculptura)
The Sighet Sculpture Workshop is an annual event that provides a relaxed atmosphere to learn just about anything on sculpture, in the beautiful surroundings of the Maramures region.
More Info:
Telephone: 0744.604.318

July 13 - 16, 2006
Garana - 60 miles southeast of Timisoara
Garana International Jazz Festival(Festivalul de Jazz Garana)
The Jazz version of Stowe (VT) TangoFest.
More Info:
Telephone: 0723.334.150
E-mail: contact@garana-jazz.ro

July 14 - 16, 2006
Bucharest, Museum of the Romanian Peasant
Saint Ilie Fair (Targul de Sfantul Ilie)
Visitors can enjoy traditional folk costumes, music, dances and craft workshops during this festival, a replica of the traditional fairs held in many villages around the country on Saint Ilie’s Day (July 20).
More Info:
Telephone: (21) 212.96.61
E-mail: mtr@digicom.ro

July 15 - 24, 2006
Sighetu Marmatiei
Sighet Painters’ Workshop (Tabara Pictorilor Amatori)
Spend a week drawing inspiration from the lush-green scenery and colorful-rich traditional villages of Maramures, while painting in your own unique style.
More Info:
Telephone: (262) 330.171

July 16, 2006
Polovragi (Oltenia) - 30 miles west of Curtea de Arges
The Fair of Polovragi (Nedeida)
A history-rich tradition, this folk fair is part of the Nedeia celebrations that take place throughout the country around the Saint Ilie Day (July 20). While in the area make sure you take time to visit the beautiful Polovragi Monastery and the cave in the Oltet gorges.

July 15 - 16 2006
Gaina Mountain - 5 miles away from Avram Iancu commune and
45 miles away from Cluj
The Maiden’s Fair (Targul de fete de pe Muntele Gaina)
Among the celebrations taking place around Saint Ilie`s Day (July 20), the ancient Maidens` Fair on Gaina Mountain is probably the most famous. During this traditional match-making festival, villagers in traditional costume walk up to Gaina Mountain plateau for dancing, feasting and choosing a mate.

July 28 – 30, 2006
Festival of Medieval Arts and Crafts “Medieval Sighisoara”
(Festivalul de arta Medievala)
Sighisoara is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and the venue for Romania’s most remarkable street festivals: The Festival of Medieval Arts and Crafts. Re-creating a medieval atmosphere, complete with troubadour music and costume parades, street entertainers and handicraft displays, open air night concerts and medieval ceremonies, this event will allow you to immerse yourself in the lore and legends of medieval Transylvania. For a unique experience have lunch in the house where Vlad Tepes (the real Dracula) was born.
More Info:
Telephone: (265) 771.280/ extension 183
E-mail: primaria@sighisoara.org.ro

July 30 – 31, 2006
Moeciu - 5 miles away from Bran and 20 miles away from Brasov
Summer’s Fair (Targul de Vara)
Artists from throughout the region display their traditionally hand-woven coats and hand-sawn along with wood-crafts and pottery. You will have a chance to taste the many different types of local cheese and have fresh-cut meat cooked on an open grill.