The Tree of Life 2020

Folklore and traditions

Wine

Music and culture

Sport

AUGUST

CUCUTENI Ancient culture and Cucuteni art festival

Witness of the birth of true art and discover the ancient civilization culture of Cucuteni. In the village of Ivancea, just 30 minutes away from Chișinău, dozens of international artists come together to take part in a creative camp where the only muse.

IVANCEA VILLAGE, ORHEI

17-18 AUGUST

GUSTAR Open-air festival of ethno-balkan music

If you like outdoor adventures with the soundtrack of great music, set up a tent and have fun till morning! Gustar Festival is a unique opportunity to spend a special weekend with family and friends in the embrace of an incredible natural landscape.

ORHEI

15 AUGUST – 15 OCTOBER

WINEMAKERS BATTLE An authentic competition across each stage of wine production

You can’t visit Moldova without a tour of Purcari Winery. Château Purcari is where tradition meets fairytale landscapes, and you can discover that wine is indeed poetry. More than 260 hectares of vineyard surround this wonderful place.

PURCARI, ȘTEFAN VODĂ

14 SEPTEMBER

MUST FEST Young wine festival

For late autumn visitors, our grape must is a must to taste. MUST fest celebrates the season of glory of the vine, and that unique product from the grape harvest - must. Come and take a tour through Cricova’s famous underground cellars, a paradise of red.

CRICOVA

JULY

WINE WITH A HAT

Where is the best place to cool off in Moldova? Friends gather in Orhei at Chateau Vartely. The winery provides the perfect place to cool off with a glass of fresh wine and enjoy good music in a relaxing atmosphere that awaits you.

CHATEAU VARTELY, ORHEI

1 - 10 MARCH

MĂRȚIȘOR International cultural festival

Do you know the legend of Mărţişor? Mărţişor is the traditional red and white symbol of spring. Pin it on your shirt or sweater from March 1st until March 31st, then hang it on a tree while you make a wish.

CHIȘINĂU

MAY

STRAWBERRY DAY FEST strawberry delicacies and refined wines

Ready to taste the freshest strawberries and wine? Come to Chateau Vartely for Strawberry Day Fest to relax and delight your senses with world-class wines or a refreshing cocktail and an abundance of fresh strawberries.

CHATEAU VARTELY, ORHEI

4-16 SEPTEMBER

“MARIA BIEȘU” INTERNATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET FESTIVAL

Is opera music your weakness? The annual Maria Biesu festival brings together artists and performers that keep the audience entranced and generates spontaneous applause.

CHIȘINĂU

OCTOBER 3-4

NATIONAL WINE DAY the biggest celebration of Moldova’s wine culture

Think you know everything about wine? The National Wine Day of Moldova will give you a thousand more reasons to stay pleasantly amazed by Moldova’s rich wine culture.

CHIȘINĂU

SEPTEMBER 13

FESTIVALUL LOZIEI celebration of Moldovan traditions

Where can you experience Moldovan traditions? Château Come to Festivalul Loziei to enjoy music, folk dances, traditional cuisine, exhibitions, handicrafts, masterclasses and competitions, as well as a concert delivered by renowned artists from Moldova.

S.LOZOVA, STRĂȘENI

SEPTEMBER

CRICOVA MUST FEST

Searching for a place to celebrate the grape harvest in Moldova? Cricova’s MUST Fest celebrates the glory of the Moldovan grape harvest season. Festival visitors can travel through the famous underground cellars, a paradise of wine!

CRICOVA

SEPTEMBER 25-27

ETHNO JAZZ FESTIVAL international music festival

Does jazz make you happy? Then Etno Jazz Festival is an event you can't miss. The Trigon band, hosts of the festival, surprises the audience every year with jazz bands from all around the world.

CHIȘINĂU

SEPTEMBER 20-30

THE EUROPEAN DAYS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

Where can you admire the beauty of autumn in Moldova and rich cultural heritage? European Heritage Days take place annually at Castle Mimi, in the village of Bulboaca. In 64 locations throughout Moldova, additional European Heritage Days are celebrated.

CASTLE MIMI, BULBOACA VILLAGE, ANENII

MAY 31

iPROSOP traditional towel festival

Want to become more familiar with Moldova's authentic traditions? iProsop is a unique festival, in southern Moldova, dedicated to the country's towel weaving tradition.

CIMIȘLIA, SELEMET VILLAGE

AUGUST 15-16

HODINA

The festival brings together more than 70 exhibitors who display crafts and culinary specialties, host wine tastings and workshops. DJs and musicians provide entertainment for the whole family.

POHREBEA VILLAGE, CRIULENI

09 February

MILEȘTII MICI WINE RUN

Calling passionate runners in search of adventure! Calling passionate runners in search of adventure! The Mileștii Mici depths of up to 100 meters in the labyrinthine cellars of Moldova’s most famous winery.

Mileștii Mici

29 FEBRUARY

UNDERLAND WINE & MUSIC FEST

Mesmerizing wine, thousands of barrels, cool stone labyrinths and decades of history: what else could Cricova cellars be hiding? Underland Wine & Music Fest is the first and only underground wine and street music festival in the world.

CRICOVA

30 APRIL

WINE VERNISSAGE Wine tasting in a gala atmosphere

Do you love good wine? Are you ready to discover a new favorite? Wine Vernissage is an elegant and distinguished soiree, which takes place twice a year in Chișinău.

CHIȘINĂU

2 MAY

ORHEIUL VECHI MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON Cycling marathon in a unique landscape

The Orheiul Vechi XCM Mountain Bike Marathon combines tourism and adventure, along the most picturesque Moldovan district, Orhei. The biking trail will allow you to discover Moldova’s rich landscapes, luscious rivers and see several native birds.

IVANCEA VILLAGE, ORHEI

23 MAY

URBAN VIBES a festival of urban culture

The Urban Vibes festival features Moldova’s creative artists showcasing graffiti, hip-hop and breakdancing, as well as DJs, streetball, parkour and jiu-jitsu. Competitions and performances by professionals will be enjoyed by all.

CHIȘINĂU

1 MAY

MAY DAY First picnic of spring

May Day, the arrival of spring, will be celebrated at Asconi Winery, where guests can enjoy wine, barbeque and dancing. Experience a Moldovan tradition where families gather to drink, eat and enjoy traditional cultural dances such as the Hora & Sirba.

ASCONY WINERY, PUHOI VILLAGE

MAY 30

VELOHORA

Want to enjoy a fun and relaxed cycling adventure for the entire family? VeloHora is the largest cycling event in a former-Soviet territory. The joyous event is a celebration for the whole family to share a memorable experience at the festival.

CHIȘINĂU, PMAN

31 MAY

MAI DULCE Festival of sweet traditions

Do you have a sweet tooth? Let us tempt you with croissants with rose-petal jam, and hand-coiled pastries with poppy seeds or pumpkin! ‘MAI DULCE’ Festival is a Chișinău culinary tradition, where housewives pay tribute to traditional dessert recipes.

CHIȘINĂU

MAY

SPARKLING PARTY a party dedicated to sparkling wine

It’s not just the stars that sparkle at the summer’s most elegant and refined event. Summer is the time to relax, look at the stars, and capture them in your glass with a perfect sparkling wine. Sparkling Night is Moldova’s most dazzling summer event.

CRICOVA

7 JUNE

DUMINICA MARE Festival of Moldovan traditions

Discover the authentic traditions of Duminica Mare!he festival is open to everyone who would like to discover Moldova’s ethno-folkloric traditions and craftsmanship. Gourmet-lovers can taste traditional Moldovan cuisine prepared by locals.

DOMULGENI VILLAGE, FLOREȘTI

13 JUNE

ROSÉ DAY AT CASTEL MIMI National rose wine day

National Rosé Wine Day at Castel Mimi: Celebrate rosé elwine together. An elegant and beautiful picnic at Castel Mimi is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram pics, but don’t forget to live in the moment too. Here, Rosé Wine is the king of the party.

BULBOACA VILLAGE, ANENII NOI

14 JUNE

FRUMOS COVOR BASARABEAN Festival of traditional carpets

What is the most precious dowry item for a Moldovan bride? A hand-woven carpet! The village of Clişova Nouă, Orhei, is considered by some to be a small capital of Bassarabian rugs. Come to the Carpet Museum.

CLIȘOVA NOUĂ VILLAGE, ORHEI

19-21 JUNE

DescOPERĂ Open air classical music festival

The DescOpera Festival is a unique musical event of rare beauty, organized at the foot of the Orheiul Vechi Reservation limestone cliffs. The festival takes Opera from its traditional setting and transports it into the midst of nature.

BUTUCENI VILLAGE, ORHEI

28 JUNE

FOLK COSTUME DAY Ethno-folkloric festival

Wear Your IA With Pride! On the last Sunday of June, Moldovans celebrate the Day of Folk Costume, rediscovering the authentic Romanian folk costumes and ethnicity in the country. The festival has three main components: heritage costumes, guest costumes.

CHIȘINĂU

5 JULY

IA MANIA Festival of arts born out of traditions

How can you get to know and understand Moldovans better, and explore their cultural traditions? Go to IA Mania, a festival founded in 2013, which promotes the traditional Moldovan hand-embroidered blouse.

HOLERCANI VILLAGE, DUBASARI

9 AUGUST

LA VATRA OLARULUI VASILII GONCIARI International pottery fair

Discover Moldova’s stunning crafts and traditions. Pottery is one of the ancient crafts at the center of Moldova's cultural traditions, and Hogineşti village is home to one of Moldova’s most valued potters.

HOGINEȘTI VILLAGE, CĂLĂRAȘI

27 AUGUST

DOR CĂLĂTOR Open air music festival

The annual Dor Calator festival brings together young instrumentalists and famous musicians, many whom you have heard, as well as up and coming artists. This music festival should be enjoyed by the whole family.

POIANA WINERY, ULMU

AUGUST 30

VINOPERA a majestic musical and wine event

VinOPERA, an outdoor party at Castel Mimi, provides quality music and exceptional wines. Listen to classical, folk and rock compositions by talented musicians who will delight your ears with works performed in an absolutely special way.

CASTEL MIMI, BULBOACA VILLAGE, ANENII NOI

SEPTEMBER 5

PURCARI WINE RUN Unique trail run through vineyards

Purcari Wine Run is a unique trail race in Moldova, which takes place in the grounds of the Chateau Purcari winery. Here you can find beautiful landscapes and bountiful vineyards. Along the running route, there are rest areas every 2 km.

PURCARI, ȘTEFAN VODĂ

SEPTEMBER 19 – 20

BOSTANIADA Ethno-gastronomic festival

Bostaniada is an ethno-gastronomic festival, held annually on the last Sunday of September. The festival celebrates the pumpkin harvest and all that it brings. Different competitions are organized to honor diverse pumpkins.

BĂLĂBĂNEȘTI VILLAGE, CRIULENI

SEPTEMBER 25 -27

CHISINAU INTERNATIONAL MARATHON International marathon

Are you ready to test your endurance in a brand-new setting? Then the International Marathon Chisinau is for you. Gathering over 17,000 people each year from 50 countries around the world, the race tests their stamina over distances of 5, 10, 21 and 42 km

CHIȘINĂU