The Balkan Calendar
listing Balkan festivals, workshops, tours and other events
in the U.S., Europe and around the World

(Updated 6/3/18)

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- JANUARY 2018 -

Kukeri Festival (Bulgaria - Razlog), Jan. 1

Epiphany Festival (Bulgaria - Kalofer), Jan. 6

The Golden Festival (USA - New York city), Jan. 12 - 13

Orthodox New Years Party (USA - Los Angeles), Jan. 13

Surva Kukeri Festival (Bulgaria - Pernik), Jan. 29 - 31


- FEBRUARY 2018 -

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Sliven Ensemble Anniversary Performance (Bulgaria - Sliven), Feb. 13

Greek Folk Festival (Greece), Feb. 17 - 19

Trakia Ensemble performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), Feb. 18

Kukerlandia Festival (Bulgaria - Yambol), Feb. 22 - 25    video    program

Kukeri Celebration (Bulgaria - Kabilé), Feb. 24

Petar Ralchev and Friends (Bulgaria - Dobrich), Feb. 24

Petar Ralchev Performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), Feb. 28


- MARCH 2018 -

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Folk Dance Workshop (Bulgaria - Sofia), Mar. 2

Laguna Folkdance Festival (USA - Los Angeles area), Mar. 2 - 4

Bulgarian Liberation Day Celebration (USA - Boston), Mar. 3

Bulgarian Liberation Day Celebration (USA - San Jose), Mar. 3

"Pesponedelnik" Kukeri Festival (Bulgaria - Shiroka Luka), Mar. 4    video    video2

Rosna Kitka Performance (France - Carla Bayle), Mar. 7

Film Festival (Bulgaria - Sofia), Mar. 7 - 29

Folkdance Clubs Festival (Bulgaria - Ruse), Mar. 10

Bulgarian Spring Break Tour (Bulgaria), Mar. 10 - 18

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Sofia), Mar. 17

Folk Talent Contest (Bulgaria - Plovdiv), Mar. 22 - 25

Chicago Spring Festival (USA - Chicago), Mar. 23 - 25

National Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Stara Zagora), Mar. 23 - 25

Spring Festival (Bulgaria - Velingrad), Mar. 24

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Haskovo), Mar. 24

Bulgare Ensemble performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), Mar. 26

Dance Festival (Bulgaria - Sofia), Mar. 30 - Apr. 1

Lazarovden Festival (Bulgaria - Balchik), Mar. 31


- APRIL 2018 -

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Bulgare Ensemble performance (Bulgaria - Ruse), Apr. 12

Wine and Food Festival (Bulgaria - Varna), Apr. 13 - 15

Balkan Trafik Festival (Belgium - Brussels), Apr. 19 - 22

Verea Festival (USA - Chicago), Apr. 21

Greek Thrace Traditional Dance Seminar (Germany - Stuttgart), Apr. 21 - 22

Greek Dance Workshop (Belgium - Brussels), Apr. 21 - 22

Serbian Dance Workshop (U.K. - Sheffield area), Apr. 21 - 22

Vlach Dance Workshop (USA - St. Louis), Apr. 28


- MAY 2018 -

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Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Levski), May 1

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Pazardzhik), May 2 - 11

Salt Festival (Bulgaria - Bata), May 5

Carpet Festival (Bulgaria - Chiprovtsi), May 5 - 6

Desi Dobreva Performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), May 8

BalkanFolk Festival (Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo), May 10 - 20

Folk Picnic (Bulgaria - Lyaskovets), May. 11 - 13

Dance Workshop (Greece), May 12 - 17

Dance Tour (Turkey), May 17 - 27

Nikolina Chakardikova Performance (USA - Chicago), May 18

Serbian Festival (USA - Washington DC), May 18 - 20

Antika Festival (USA - San Francisco), May 18 - 21

Rose Festival (Bulgaria - Kazanluk region), May 18 - Jun. 10    Festival program

Nikolina Chakardikova Performance (Canada - Montreal), May 19

Nikolina Chakardikova Performance (Canada - Toronto), May 20

Nina K. Romania-Bulgaria Tour (Romania, Bulgaria), May 22 - Jun. 5

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Elhovo), May 25 - 26

Folklife Festival (USA - Seattle), May 25 - 28

Greek Dance Festival (Belgium - Lier), May 26

Dance-clubs Festival (Bulgaria - Kazanluk), May 26    video

Folk Performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), May 26

Rose Celebration (Bulgaria - Karlovo), May 26

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Malko Tarnovo), May 26 - 27

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Sredets), May 26 - 27

Bulgarian Picnic (USA - Seattle), May 27

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Dupnitsa), May 27 - 30

Trakia Ensemble Performance (Bulgaria - Plovdiv), May 28

Spassov Folk Quintet Performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), May 28    video

Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Chelopech), May 28 - Jun. 3

Severnyashki and Trakia Ensembles Joint Performance (Bulgaria - Plovdiv), May 30

Rose Valley Tour (Bulgaria), May 30 - Jun. 4

Folklore Concert (Bulgaria - Kalofer), May 31

June Folkdance Camp (USA - Illinois), May 31 - Jun. 3

Rose Festival Tour (Bulgaria - Kazanluk), May 31 - Jun. 4


- JUNE 2018 -

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Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Sveti Vlas), Jun. 1 - 2

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Nessebar), Jun. 1 - 3

Singing Festival (Bulgaria - Obedinenie), Jun. 1 - 3

Rose Festival Tour (Bulgaria), Jun. 1 - 4

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Kranevo), Jun. 1 - 6    video

Bulgarian Festival (USA - Philadelphia), Jun. 2

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Pleven), Jun. 2

Bulgarian Picnic (USA - Chicago), Jun. 2

Dance Performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), Jun. 2

Dance-clubs Festival (Bulgaria - Tsarevo), Jun. 2 - 3    video

Nestinarstvo Fire-walking Ritual (Bulgaria - Balgari), Jun. 3

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Lokorsko), Jun. 3

Moisidis Dance Seminar (Greece - Kefalos), Jun. 3 - 12

Dance Performance (Bulgaria - Blagoevgrad), Jun. 4

Bulgarian language course (USA - Pittsburgh), Jun. 4 - Jul. 13

Five dance ensembles performance (Bulgaria - Plovdiv), Jun. 6    video

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Kiten), Jun. 6 - 10

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Hisarya), Jun. 7 - 11

Folklore festival (Bulgaria - Chuprene), Jun. 8 - 10

Folklore Festival (Austria - Vienna), Jun. 8 - 10

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Aytos), Jun. 8 - 10

Eagle on the Danube Festival (Bulgaria - Svishtov), Jun. 8 - 10

Strandzha and Trakia Ensembles joint performance (Bulgaria - Varna), Jun. 9

Folklore Performance (Bulgaria - Varna), Jun. 9

Dance Clubs Festival (Bulgaria - Trun), Jun. 9

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Arbanasi), Jun. 9 - 10

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Dupnitsa), Jun. 9 - 10

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Suhache), Jun. 9 - 10

Rick Steves Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Jun. 10 - 21    <- Waitlist only.

Mystery of Bulgarian Voices Performance (Bulgaria - Varna), Jun. 12

Kabilé Rose Valley Workshop (Bulgaria - Karavelovo), Jun. 12 - 20

Bulgare Ensemble performance (Bulgaria - Pleven), Jun. 13    video

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Albena), Jun. 14 - 17

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Varna), Jun. 15 - 16

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo), Jun. 15 - 17

International Dance Festival (Bulgaria - Haskovo), Jun. 15 - 17

Strandzha Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Tsarevo), Jun. 15 - 17

Dance Clubs Festival (Bulgaria - Pomorie), Jun. 15 - 17    video

History Fair (Bulgaria - Kabilé), Jun. 15 - 21

Euro-Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Tsarevo-Kiten), Jun. 15 - 25

Five dance ensembles performance (Bulgaria - Sofia), Jun. 16    video

Dance Clubs Festival (Bulgaria - Gorna Oryahovitsa), Jun. 16

Folk Music and Dance Performance (Bulgaria - Dalbok Izvor), Jun. 16

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Yavorovo), Jun. 16

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Lovech), Jun. 16

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Dolna Malina), Jun. 16 - 17

Mendocino Folklore Camp (USA - California), Jun. 16 - 23

Youth Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Primorsko), Jun. 16 - Jul. 7

Five dance ensembles performance (Bulgaria - Varna), Jun. 17    video

Living Statues Festival (Bulgaria - Ruse), Jun. 17 - 19

Folklore and Medicinal Herbs Festival (Bulgaria - Kiselchovo), Jun. 20 - Jul. 1

Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Karnobat), Jun. 21

International Folklore Festival (Romania - Slobozia), Jun. 21 - 23

"Braid" Folklore Festival (FYROM - Ohrid), Jun. 21 - 25

Folk Orchestra Performance (Bulgaria - Konush), Jun. 22

Lavender Festival (Bulgaria - Karlovo), Jun. 22- 23

Haiduti Festival (Bulgaria - Hisarya), Jun. 22 - 24

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Kotel), Jun. 22 - 24

Carpets and Weaving Festival (Bulgaria - Kotel), Jun. 22 - 24

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Zamfirova), Jun. 22 - 24

Rusenski Carnival (Bulgaria - Ruse), Jun. 23

Cherry Festival (Bulgaria - Kyustendil), Jun. 23 - 24

Dance Club Festival (Bulgaria - Devin), Jun. 23 - 24

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Sandanski), Jun. 23 - 24

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Vratsa), Jun. 23 - 24

Bulgarian Festival (Cyprus - Limasol), Jun. 24

Rick Steves Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Jun. 24 - Jul. 5

Balkans Camp (Bosnia and Hercegovina - Sanski Most), Jun. 25 - Jul. 9

Pece Festival (FYROM - Dolneni), Jun. 29 - 30

Rila Mountains Festival (Bulgaria - Borovets), Jun. 29 - Jul. 1

Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Bansko), Jun. 29 - Jul. 1

Pautalia Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Kyustendil), Jun. 29 - Jul. 1

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Yagodovo), Jun. 30

Living Water Festival (Bulgaria - Ruse), Jun. 30 - Jul. 1

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Lozen), Jun. 30 - Jul. 1

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Zhaltesh), Jun. 30 - Jul. 1


- JULY 2018 -

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Romanian Dance Seminar (Romania - Timisoara), Jul. 3 - 13

Folklore Festival (Montenegro - Budva), Jul. 4 - 8

Iliana Bozhanova Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Jul. 4 - 18

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Varshets), Jul. 7

Dance Festival (Bulgaria - Velingrad), Jul. 7 - 8

Door County Folk Festival (USA - Wisconsin), Jul. 11 - 15

Galichnik Wedding (FYROM), Jul. 12

Jazz Festival (Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo), Jul. 12 - 14

Folk Festival (Serbia - Beograd), Jul. 12 - 15

Folklore Festival (FYROM - Ohrid), Jul. 12 - 16

Ethnic Arts Festival (Bulgaria - Karandila), Jul. 13 - 15

Kaba Gaida Festival (Bulgaria - Ravnogor), Jul. 14 - 15    video

Stockton Folk-dance Camp (USA - San Francisco area), Jul. 15 - 22

Serbian language course (Serbia - Valjevo), Jul. 14 - Aug. 3

Serbian language course (Serbia - Valjevo), Jul. 14 - Aug. 24

Manevski Macedonian Folk Seminar (FYROM - Vevchani), Jul. 16 - 25

Zagreb Folklore Festival (Croatia), Jul. 18 - 22

Moisidis Dance Seminar (Greece - Kozani/Grevena), Jul. 18 - 28

Macedonian Music and Dance Seminar (FYROM - Ohrid), Jul. 18 - 28

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Chelopech), Jul. 19 - 22

Choir Performance (U.K. - London), Jul. 20

Tarakluka Festival (Bulgaria - Tarakluka), Jul. 21 - 22

Tchan Folkdance Seminar (Bulgaria - Pavel Banya), Jul. 21 - 28

Children's Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Kmetovsi), Jul. 21 - 22

Stockton Folk-dance Camp (USA - San Francisco area), Jul. 22 - 29

Rhodope Workshop (Bulgaria - Ravnogor), Jul. 22 - 30

Tzvetanka Varimezova Singing Workshop (Greece - Crete), Jul. 23 - 28

Ivan Varimezov Gaida Workshop (Greece - Crete), Jul. 23 - 28

Greek Dance Seminar (Greece - Tsepelovo), Jul. 23 - 30

Macedonian Dance Seminar (FYROM - Krusevo), Jul. 24 - Aug. 3

Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar (FYROM - Berovo), Jul. 25 - Aug. 3

Wine Festival (Bulgaria - Burgas), Jul. 26 - 28

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Kyustendil), Jul. 26 - 28

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Stara Zagora), Jul. 27 - 28

Dorkovo Folklore Festival (Bulgaria), Jul. 27 - 29    video

Lark Camp (USA - California), Jul. 27 - Aug. 4

Kurdova Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Jul. 27 - Aug. 5

Tzvetkov Dance Workshop (Bulgaria - Blagoevgrad), Jul. 27 - Aug. 6

RomaFest Festival (Romania - Tirgu Mures), Jul. 28

Folklore Performances (Bulgaria - Stara Zagora), Jul. 28

Dance Festival (Greece - Athens), Jul. 28 - 29

"Ilinden Days" Festival (FYROM - Bitola), Jul. 29 - Aug. 2


- AUGUST 2018 -

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Roma Folklore Camp (FYROM - Sutka), Aug. 1 - 10

Arts and Crafts Fair (Bulgaria - Varna), Aug. 1 - 21

Folksinging Festival (Bulgaria - Petrovo), Aug. 4

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Tsaravets), Aug. 4 - 5

Pirin Sings Festival (Bulgaria - Predela), Aug. 4 - 5

Bulgarian Family Tour (Bulgaria), Aug. 4 - 12

Gaida Festival (Bulgaria - Gela), Aug. 4 - 5    video1    video2

Folklorama Festival (Canada - Winnipeg), Aug. 5 - 18

Traditional Dance Seminar (Greece - Florina), Aug. 7 - 17

Rhodope Summer Academy (Bulgaria - Shiroka Luka), Aug. 6 - Aug. 19

Sziget Festival (Hungary - Budapest), Aug. 8 - 15

Folk Music Workshop (Bulgaria - Razlog), Aug. 8 - 20

Brass Bands Festival (Serbia - Guca), Aug. 9 - 12    video

Greek Dance Seminar (Greece - Orma), Aug. 10 - 20

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Belitsa), Aug. 11

Virgin Mary Festival (Bulgaria - Dobrich), Aug. 11 - 12

"Festival of the National Costume" (Bulgaria - Zheravna), Aug. 17 - 19    video

International Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Burgas), Aug. 20 - 24

Greek Dance Seminar (Greece - Fanari), Aug. 21 - Sep. 4

"Folk Postcard" Festival (FYROM - Ohrid), Aug. 23 - 27

Dance and Culture Workshop (Greece - Ikaria), Aug. 23 - 31

Folk Festival (Bulgaria - Sandanski), Aug. 24 - 26

Karakachani Festival (Bulgaria - Karandila), Aug. 24 - 25

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Cherni Vit), Aug. 25 - 26

Folklore Festival (Montenegro - Herceg Novi), Aug. 25 - 31

Rick Steves Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Aug. 26 - Sep. 6    <- Waitlist only.

Apolonia Arts Festival (Bulgaria - Sozopol), Aug. 31 - Sep. 8


- SEPTEMBER 2018 -

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Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Polski Trambesh), Sep. 1

Serbian Festival (Canada - Vancouver), Sep. 1 - 2

Two-Part Singing Festival (Bulgaria - Nedelino), Sep. 1 - 2

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Borovo), Sep. 1 - 2

Primorsko Pearl Festival (Bulgaria - Primorsko), Sep. 1 - 4

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Albena), Sep. 1 - 6

Puppet Festival for Adults (Bulgaria - Plovdiv), Sep. 3 - 7

Festival of Traditional Foods and Crafts (Bulgaria - Kurtovo Kanare), Sep. 7 - 9

Balkanik Festival (Romania - Bucharest), Sep. 7 - 9

Yogurt Festival (Bulgaria - Momchilovtsi), Sep. 7 - 10

Embroidery Festival (Bulgaria - Beloslav), Sep. 8 - 9

Music and Dance Festival (Croatia - Zaton), Sep. 8 - 11

Rick Steves Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Sep. 9 - 20    <- Waitlist only.

Bulgarian Cuisine Tour (Bulgaria), Sep. 16 - 21

Dance Festival (Greece - Athens), Sep. 17

Tzvetkov Dance Workshop (Germany - Berlin), Sep. 21

Rugs and Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Shishkovtsi), Sep. 21 - 23

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Balchik), Sep. 21 - 24

Plum and Rakia Festival (Bulgaria - Troyan), Sep. 21 - 24

International Festival of Brass Orchestras (Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo), Sep. 22

Child-raising Traditions Festival (Bulgaria - Radilovo), Sep. 22 - 23

Tzvetkov Dance Workshop (Germany - Berlin), Sep. 22 - 23

Bulgarian Treasures Tour (Bulgaria), Sep. 23 - 30

Rick Steves Bulgaria Tour (Bulgaria), Sep. 23 - Oct. 4    <- Waitlist only.

Dance Festival (Greece - Athens), Sep. 24

Harvest Festival (Bulgaria - Kyustendil), Sep. 29

Greek Dance Seminar (Spain - Bilbao), Sep. 29 - 30

Folkdance Festival (Bulgaria - Stara Zagora), Sep. 29 - 30


- OCTOBER 2018 -

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Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Voditsa), Oct. 6 - 7

Gaida Festival (Bulgaria - Devin), Oct. 8 - 14

Children's Music Festival (Bulgaria - Kyustendil), Oct. 12 - 13

Folklore Festival (Bulgaria - Sandanski), Oct. 12 - 14

Pumpkin Festival (Bulgaria - Sevlievo), Oct. 14


- NOVEMBER 2018 -

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Kolo Festival (USA - San Francisco), Nov. 23 - 24


- DECEMBER 2018 -

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Macedonian Folklore Seminar (FYROM - Mavrovo, Skopje), Dec. 23 - Jan. 2