10 Festivals in Romania to Attend in the Autumn of 2016

Any season you decide to visit Romania is a great time to attend a festival since you will always find something interesting going on whether it’s music, film, art or maybe even a gastronomic event. This fall is no exception as you have plenty of interesting festivals to choose from in the coming months. Take our insider advice and try at least one or two of the top festivals in Romania this autumn.

Oktoberfest Brasov

25 August-4 September in Brasov

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Oktoberfest starts early this year, but you still have time to catch it. This is that kind of festival that just sells itself without a lot of marketing effort. Good beer, meters of sausages, good music, games, tasty food and happy people in the historical center of medieval Brasov are the main words that describe the event. An addition this year will be the Castle of Bakers where you can purchase Bavarian bakery specialties. While in Brasov, don’t forget to take at least half a day to discover the city on foot.

Entrance: free

Find out everything you need to know on www.oktoberfestromania.ro

The Potters’ Fair

3-4 September in Sibiu

A trip to Transylvania in early September isn’t complete without attending the 50th edition of the Potters’ Fair, the oldest festival of this kind in Romania. The Big Square from Sibiu will be filled with over 130 artisans from all over Romania and their hand-made creations available for sale. Don’t hesitate to bring your kids, they can try for themselves to create veritable pottery.

Entrance: free

Find out everything you need to know on www.turism.sibiu.ro

Bucharest Art Film Festival

8-11 September


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The best movies about art and artists are projected at this first edition of the festival dedicated to the great Romanian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi. The opening will focus on the life and creations of the great artist, accompanied by Mircea Tiberian’s live piano performance.

Entrance: free

Find out everything you need to know on http://artfilmfestival.ro

The Mechanical Music Festival

9-11 September in Iasi


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A truly unique event in Romania, only taking place once every two years, this festival is a rare chance to discover mechanical music, from musical boxes to mechanical pianos and street organs. There will be lots of concerts, dance, animations, projections and many performances to entertain the public. The festival brings together participants from countries like France, Germany, Slovenia, Norway and Austria. Plus, it is in the heart of Moldavia, right next to the Palace of Culture, one of the most impressive historical monuments in the country.

Entrance: free

Find out everything you need to know on www.fimm.ro

Bucharest Street Food Festival

9-11 September


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It’s the first edition of this one of a kind festival and it promises to be as tasty as it sounds. Take an authentic culinary tour and learn a little more about this side of urban culture all over the world. You also get to hear bands like Nouvelle Vague, Dub Pistols, Jaya the Cat, Ziggi Recado, and Audio Bullys while trying everything from tacos to burgers and burritos.

Entrance: free until 4 pm/paid ticket after 4 pm

Find out everything you need to know on www.facebook.com/BucharestStreetFoodFestival

Sibiu Opera Festival

12-30 September in Sibiu


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Sibiu is the perfect city to host such an important cultural event. The Opera festival gathers some of the best voices from Romania interpreting top opera roles. During this event also take place the international canto competition Vox Artis for young lyrical artists. The performances will take place at Thalia Hall, but also at the beautiful Evangelical Church from Huet Square.

Take at least half a day to discover the historical part of Sibiu on foot.

Entrance: paid ticket

Find out everything you need to know on www.filarmonicasibiu.ro

The Wood’s Road Festival

2 October in Campulung Moldovenesc

Wood has always been one of the most important raw materials in Bucovina, being used from furniture and housing to art and decorative objects. Nowadays you can attend this traditional festival and see for yourself the wonders that a little bit of attention and plenty of talent can create out of wood. The fair comes in a package with traditional musical performances, traditional cuisine and live demonstrations of artisans.

Entrance: free

Johnny Raducanu International Jazz Festival

21-23 October in Braila

This is a festival you shouldn’t miss if you’re passing through Braila. Johnny Raducanu is one of the biggest names in the world of Romanian jazz, a true lover of the style, but also of his home city, Braila. The festival dedicated to his memory consists of two sections, recitals by professional artists and a competition with participants aged between 16 and 35 years old. Last year’s edition was won by artist Ana Cristina Leonte.

Entrance: free

Find out everything you need to know on www.facebook.com/FestivalJohnnyRaducanu

Nigel Kennedy: Vivaldi the New Four Seasons

16 October in Bucharest


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Nigel Kennedy, one of the best violonists in the world is coming in Bucharest to treat evey classical music enthusiast with a modern approach of the classical Vivaldi’s Four Season written back in the 18th century. Nigel Kennedy will be accompanied by his band of 30 musicians. Only three days later, the artist will have a new show, this time in Cluj-Napoca.

Entrance: paid ticket

Kings on Ice & Vienna Strauss Orchestra

9 December in Cluj-Napoca

This almost legendary spectacle is retuning in Cluj-Napoca after it was sold-out in 2015. The Polyvalent Hall will shine with talent, passion and years of hard work in this flawless ice-skating ballet accompanied by great classical music.

Entrance: paid ticket

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