The Tree of Life 2019

Folklore and traditions

Wine

Music and culture

Sport

20 January

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

23 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

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. Mărţişor Festival is for anyone eager to discove

CHIȘINĂU

18 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. Gourmets and wine lovers alike are invited to taste and discover local wines and their mak

CHIȘINĂU

1 MAY

MAI VIN First picnic of spring at Asconi winery

Moldovan dances Let your hair down and welcome in the spring! Wine, barbeque, dance - these words are music to the ears of every Moldovan. And where there's music, there is dance! On May Day, everybody drinks, eats and dances together – the Hora, Sirba an

PUHOI VILLAGE, IALOVENI

11 MAY

ORHEIUL VECHI MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON Cycling marathon in a unique landscape

The Orheiul Vechi XCM Mountain Bike Marathon is where sports, tourism and adventure come together to cycle through Moldova’s most picturesque region, Orheiul Vechi. There are so many beautiful places across Moldova to be discovered, promoted and valued.

IVANCEA VILLAGE, ORHEI

18 MAY

URBAN VIBES Regional wine and food festival

Chisinau is a vibrant city, full of creative and beautiful people. Come and discover them! If you are in to graffiti, hip-hop and breakdance, DJ shows, streetball, parkour, or even jiu-jitsu, then the Urban Vibes Festival in Chișinău is for you.

CHIȘINĂU

26 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

8 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

16 JUNE

DUMINICA MARE Festival of Moldovan traditions

Discover the authentic traditions of Duminica Mare (Pentecost Sunday). On Duminica Mare, widely considered the most important Sunday of the year, villagers decorate their households with herbs and leaves, and floors are covered with thick grass.

DOMULGENI VILLAGE, FLOREȘTI

14-16 JUNE

DescOPERĂ Open air classical music festival

When was the last time an event truly took your breath away? The DescOpera Festival is a unique musical event of rare beauty, organized at the foot of the Orheiul Vechi Reserve limestone cliffs, which create an incredible natural amphitheater.

BUTUCENI VILLAGE, ORHEI

30 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 ethnicities in the country. The festival has three main components: heritage costumes, guest costumes.

CHIȘINĂU

6 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, CRIULENI

7 JULY

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

11 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. Vasilii Gonceari inherited the craft from his fo

HOGINEȘTI VILLAGE, CĂLĂRAȘI

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

22-23 AUGUST

DOR CĂLĂTOR Open air music festival

A music festival with heart and soul. In August, the heart is more at home than ever, as we enjoy being closer to family and the peace of mind that the summer vacation brings. Music is everywhere, but especially in nature.

TBD

24 AUGUST

PURCARI WINE RUN Unique trail run through vineyards

Combine trail running with wine in the grounds of Chateau Purcari winery. Purcari Wine Run is a unique event, combining a 10km trail run with the beautiful vineyards of Chateau Purcari.

PURCARI, ȘTEFAN VODĂ

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

21-22 SEPTEMBER

BOSTANIADA Ethno-gastronomic festival

Immerse your senses in the season of harvest with delicious wine and hearty home-made food. Bostaniada invites you to the feast of autumn fruits and the splendor of this season, through a special exhibition of the biggest and strangest pumpkins.

BĂLĂBĂNEȘTI VILLAGE, CRIULENI

27-29 SEPTEMBER

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