Events

Music in Bansko

International Jazz Festival

This enormously popular music festival, held from around 6 to 13 August, brings smouldering saxophonists and riotous jazz ensembles, both Bulgarian and international, to the heart of Bansko. Major events are held on…
Wine in Melnik

Golden Grapes Festival

It's hardly Bacchanalian – this is small-town Bulgaria, after all – but this annual knees-up gathers local wine producers to showcase their wares and tempt tourists with wine tastings, all set to a backdrop of singi…
Performing Arts in Bansko

Summer Theatre Festival

During the first week of July, Bulgaria's biggest names in theatre come to Bansko for a celebration of the stage. Book accommodation early and check with the tourist office for a full calendar of events.
Music in Bansko

Horizon Festival

A week-long festival of live music, DJ sets and hard partying (think hot tubs, flash mobs and daredevil skiing), in between late-season snowboarding or skiing in the mountains around Bansko.
Music in Pirin Mountains

Pirin Sings

Choral folk songs echo through the mountains at this village festival, along with a skirt-shaking folkloric costume spectacular. Since 1962 the festival has brought together a program of local crafts, dance and musi…
Carnival in Bansko

Bansko Liberation Day

Folklore performances, commemoration ceremonies and public concerts mark Bansko's date of liberation from the Ottomans in 1912.
Cultural in Bansko

Celebration of Bansko Traditions

Several days of traditional merry-making, including folk dancing, Bulgarian national costume and local recipes.
Wine in Melnik

Trifon Zarezan Festival

Melnik owes so much to Sveti Trifon, patron saint of the vine, that Trifon Zarezan Festival is celebrated twice: once on 1 February, and then again during the bigger event, Golden Grapes Festival.