Best Romanian Festivals in 2024

20 Mar 2024
Who doesn't love festivals? They offer a wonderful chance to gather with friends, enjoy live music from your favorite artists, and appreciate various forms of art. If you're a festival enthusiast planning a trip to Romania, you're in for a treat with a wide array of exciting festivals held throughout the country. Check out the list below for some great options!

Transylvania International Film Festival (June – Cluj-Napoca)

For the cinephiles and would-be film critics, prepare your eyeballs for a feast at the Transylvania International Film Festival. Throughout quaint city squares, in open-air screenings (weather permitting because, you know, Transylvania), you’ll be able to watch everything from artsy indies to blockbusters that have yet to hit the big screen. It's a hypnotic mixture of Hollywood and European charms that could make any ol’ popcorn flick seem downright pedestrian.

Sighisoara Medieval Festival (July – Sighișoara)

Once upon a time, in the heart of Transylvania, cobblestone streets and colourful houses create the backdrop for a festival that's like stepping into a time machine. Welcome to the Sighisoara Medieval Festival! Don your cape, brandish that wooden sword, and have your dragon (if you've got one) on a leash because things are getting authentically medieval here. Jesters, knights, and even the odd blacksmith converge for a weekend of old-world charm that's so immersive, you'll be double-checking your phone to see if it still works.
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ARTmania Festival (July - Sibiu)

What happens when you mix art with mania? You get ARTmania, naturally. Nestled in the mythical city of Sibiu, this festival is where art installations meet rock concerts, and where your creativity can run wilder than a pack of wolves in the Carpathian Mountains.

Electric Castle (July – Cluj)

Ever thought about raving in a baron's backyard? Then Electric Castle is your spot. Picture this: A majestic castle, thumping electronic music, and a vibe so cool it gives the night breeze a complex. It's a mash-up of history and modernity where the walls (if they could talk) would probably say, "This bass is rather delightful, isn't it?“
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Neversea (July - Constanta)

If you fancy a bit of sand between your toes while dancing to heart-pounding music, make a splash at Neversea. The biggest beach festival in Romania invites you to the shores of the Black Sea for a seaside soiree that's more fun than building the world's largest sandcastle – and trust us, that's saying something.

SummerWell (August - Buftea)

SummerWell is basically your laid-back summer garden party if your garden was the size of a country estate and your guest list featured some of the globe’s hottest bands. Set on the outskirts of Bucharest, it’s the sort of place where you can soak up indie tunes with a drink in one hand and a selfie stick in the other – because you’ve got to brag about being here somehow.
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Rockstadt (August – Rasnov)

Alright, metalheads, this one's for you. Tuck that hair behind your horns and throw the sign of the horns at Rockstadt, Romania’s answer to "Where can I headbang without judgment?" Featuring international rock and metal bands, this festival is louder than thunder and twice as electrifying.

Untold Festival (August – Cluj Napoca)

Now, if electronic beats are your jam, then Untold Festival is your Eden. Think of it as the Woodstock of the digital age minus the mud and questionable hygiene choices. Cluj-Napoca’s colossal stadium turns into a thundering arena of sound where you can boogie to beats dropped by the likes of David Guetta and Armin van Buuren. And hey, vampires love it too— or at least the world-class light show suggests so!

Jazz in the Park (August – Cluj-Napoca)

Last but not least, for the smooth operators and saxophone lovers, there's Jazz in the Park. Imagine lounging on the grassy banks of Someșul Mic River, with cool jazz serenading your evening as the sun dips down for a bit of shut-eye. It’s like a lullaby for your soul but far groovier and less likely to put you to sleep.
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George Enescu Festival (September – Bucharest)

Named after the famous Romanian composer, the George Enescu Festival is an orchestration of classical maestros, stirring symphonies, and opera performances that could make even the statues weep. It's sophistication, culture, and a good dose of Romanian pride, shaken and stirred to perfection.
Souce: George Enescu Festival

And there you have it, folks – the crowning glories of Romania’s festival scene. Pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure by the scruff of its neck, and set your compass to Romania. Whether you're a vampire enthusiast, beat fiend, or movie buff, these festivals are your ticket to an epic escapade. Now go forth and fest like a local, and whatever you do, try not to upstage Dracula – he’s got a bit of an ego.


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