Calendar of events under the "Tree of Life" country tourism brand umbrella

CRICOVA WINE RUN

a unique race through historic underground wine cellars

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Are you a passionate runner who likes adventure? Wine Run is an underground 10km race, unique in Europe, reaching depths of up to 100 meters in the labyrinthine cellars of Moldova’s most famous winery, Cricova. In 2018, the competition is scheduled for January 28th.

UNDERLAND WINE & MUSIC FEST

underground festival of street culture and wine

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What could Cricova cellars hide besides mesmerizing wine, thousands of barrels, the cool of its stone labyrinths and decades of history? Underland Wine & Music Fest is the first and only underground wine and street music festival in the world, unfolding underground in the legendary Cricova underground city and gathering over 100 national and international artists. Here, fairy tales connect with reality, miracles meet at every step, and wine flows without end to the sound of music. Street artists, jugglers, magicians, live statues, delicious food, and plenty of red, white, and sparkling wines await you in the streets and squares of Underland city!

MĂRȚIȘOR

international cultural festival

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Do you know the legend of Martisor? Martisor is the red and white symbol of spring, traditionally worn on the chest as a pin from March 1 until March 31, when it is hung on a tree while making a wish."Mărţişor" Festival is an attraction for those who want to discover the rich culture and talented artists of Moldova. Throughout March, music and dance ensembles from Moldova and abroad transform the Nicolae Sulac palace stage into a true parade of traditions, joyfully greeting the coming of spring. For over 50 years, the Martisor Festival has paid homage to this romantic tradition through music and dance, with help of local and foreign enthusiasts.

WINE VERNISSAGE

wine tasting in a gala atmosphere

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Do you love good wine? Are you always ready to discover new favorites? Wine Vernissage takes place twice a year in Chisinau, in an elegant and distinguished atmosphere. Gourmets and wine lovers alike are invited to taste and discover local wines and their makers. At the same time, the visitor can also explore the culture of local wines, and regional varieties and the inventions of our winemakers are put in perspective. Moldovan wine-makers and sommeliers are the main heroes of the evening, and visitors sail along with glasses of wine in hand, tasting all of Bachus’ novelties.

MAI DAY

first picnic of spring

  • When: 1 May
  • Where: Ialoveni, Puhoi village
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May Day at Asconi Winery. Wine, barbeque, dance - these words are music to the heart of every Moldovan. And where there's music there is dance! At May Day, everybody drinks, eats and dances together - the Hora, Sirba and other Moldovan dances!

ORHEIUL VECHI MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON

cycling marathon

  • When: 5 May
  • Where: Orhei, Ivancea village
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The “Orheiul Vechi” XCM Mountain Bike Marathon is an event where sports, tourism and adventure meet on their bicycles in the most picturesque Moldovan district, Orhei. Discover Moldova on a bicycle! There are so many beautiful places out there to be discovered, promoted and valued. We're glad that the organizers chose Orhei district to host this Mountain Bike marathon, simultaneously promoting Moldova’s touristic treasures and opportunities for sports activities.

DULCE FLOARE DE SALCÂM

regional ethno-folkloric festival

  • When: 13 May
  • Where: Cahul, Văleni village
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Had enough of your daily routine? Then it's time to fill up with a dose of energy and joy. Every May the "Dulce Floare de Salcâm" ethno-folkloric festival takes place in Văleni, a picturesque village on the shores of the Prut River. The festival brings together folk groups from the nearby region, but also from nearby counties in Romania. The event is traditionally organized in a blooming acacia (salcâm) garden at the edge of the village, where collections of various folk craftsmen and local producers are also exhibited.

AEROBIS BALLOON FIESTA 2018

international festival of hot-air balloons

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This year, the only hot-air balloon festival in Moldova turns into a true Moldovan tradition. Ballooning is a great experience for all adventure lovers, while a bird's eye view of Moldova is just magnificent! Come and see how the largest balloon has a height equivalent to that of a 9-story building.

MAI DULCE

festival of sweet traditions

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you know what a cherry basket, poppy seed pie or pumpkin pie is? The "MAI DULCE" Festival is a Chisinau culinary tradition, where homemakers pay tribute to traditional dessert recipes and children celebrate the beginning of the school holidays. The atmosphere of the festival is so charming that it’s impossible to resist.

DUMINICA MARE

festival of Moldovan traditions

  • When: 27 May
  • Where: Florești, Domulgeni village
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Curious about the authentic traditions of the popular Duminica Mare (Pentecost Sunday) holiday? During this holiday, widely considered the most important Sunday of the year, people decorate their households with herbs and leaves. Floors are covered with thick grass, wormwood and other field plants. The festival is open to all those keen discover or rediscover the ethno- folkloric traditions and craftsmanship of our people, while gourmet-lovers can taste local foods prepared by local housewives, according to the region's ancient recipes.

iPROSOP

festival of traditional towels

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Want to know Moldova's authentic traditions better? iProsop is a unique festival, organized in Southern Moldova, dedicated to the towel weaving tradition. In Moldova the woven towel (prosop) is a traditional household hand-embroidered item used for various occasions. The charm of the event is set by the host, Selemet village, and the festival gathers many towel embroiderers, towel weaving workshops, exhibits and other local traditions to celebrate Duminica Mare (Pentecost Sunday).

DescOPERA

Open-air classical music festival

  • When: 15-17 June
  • Where: Orhei, Butuceni Village
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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 Reservation limestone cliffs. The event takes Opera from its traditional scene and transports it into the midst of nature. Audiences get the unique opportunity to simultaneously enjoy beautiful weather, fresh air, amazing views and classical music, played live on an improvised natural stage. The festival showcases well-known classical masterpieces and spans 2-3 days, during which visitors can enjoy performances featuring artists from the Moldovan National Opera, led by conductor Friedrich Pfeiffer from Austria.

FRUMOS COVOR BASARABEAN

festival of traditional carpets

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Do you know the most precious dowry of a bride in Moldova? A hand-woven carpet! The village of Clişova Nouă, Orhei, is considered by some to be a small capital of Bassarabian rugs. Here you can find the Carpet Museum, whose craftsmen preserved the carpet-making tradition and can show you how carpets are woven. Those looking for a dowry will be able to admire authentic carpets at the exhibition, or even buy some. The art of carpet- weaving using traditional equipment (razboi) is endangered in Moldova, but the Bassarabean Carpet Festival is contributing to its salvation.

DeVin & DeGust

regional wine and food festival

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The "DeVin & DeGust" Festival is the first event in Moldova celebrating Moldovan Wine blended with traditional dishes, and the specific culture of each region with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). The "DeVin & DeGust" experience offers a unique opportunity to discover the wine, gastronomic, tourist and cultural potential of Moldova’s PGI areas. Here visitors can attend wine tastings and dishes from the PGI regions, take part in gastronomic theater and master classes held by famous chefs and sommeliers, and enjoy a special cultural show from regional artists.

SPARKLING NIGHT

sparkling wine night

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Summer is the time when you can relax, admire the stars, and capture them in your glass with a perfect sparkling wine. Sparkling Night is Moldova’s most dazzling summer event, which also hosts the country’s most grandiose and extensive sparkling wine tasting. Those eager to spend a hot summer night with a cool refreshing glass of sparkling wine in the elegant ambience of a jazz music concert must not miss this event.

FOLK COSTUME DAY

ethno-folkloric festival

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On the last Sunday of June, Moldovans celebrate Folkloric Clothing Day, paying homage to authentic costumes representing Romanian folklore and the folklore of other ethnicities in the country. The holiday has three key themes: heritage costumes, guest costumes, and modern costumes based on traditional costume. The "Ia", a Romanian blouse, is also widely represented at the festival.

IA MANIA

festival of traditional arts and crafts

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Do you want to know and understand Moldovans better? Do you want to discover the cultural traditions of Moldova? Go to IA Mania, a festival founded in 2013, which promotes traditional hand-embroidered blouses, and supports the craftsmen who carefully preserve this tradition. The event is organized on the banks of the Nistru River and gathers dozens of artisans with hand-made objects, dozens of chefs with traditional recipes, music and dance, workshops, animation and other activities, all in the Holercani village stadium. The festival hosts the "Mandria" (Pride) contest for young designers which presents fashion collections inspired by traditions. The festival also organizes the mural art contest "Cai verzi pe pe pereti", and the "Podul de flori" conference on folklore inspired themes.

LA VATRA OLARULUI VASILII GONCIARI (VISIT TO POTTER VASILII GONCIARI’S ABODE)

international pottery fair

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Are you interested in crafts and traditions? Pottery is one of the ancient crafts forming Moldova's cultural traditions. Hogineşti village is home to one of the most valued potters in Moldova. Vasilii Gonceari inherited the craft from his ancestors and after a period spent abroad, Gonceari returned home to continue the family business and establish the "Vatra Olarului" International Pot Fair, where visitors can buy pots, souvenirs and household objects. Dozens of craftsmen gather in the courtyard of the potter's house, each showing pride in their work. Kids can try the potter's craft in hands-on workshops. Traditional gastronomy, folklore and dancing all come together in the unparalleled atmosphere of the fair.

GUSTAR

open-air festival of ethno-balkan music

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Do you and your friends like adventures in nature with good music? What about setting up a tent, and having fun till morning? The Gustar Festival represents a unique opportunity to spend a special weekend with family or friends in an incredible natural place, where you can listen (and dance!) to the most popular artists of the moment. Camp fires, camping, traditional food, a handicraft fair, entertainment for children – at Gustar Festival we have it all. If any of this sounds like you, come and join us in Orhei!

PURCARI WINE RUN

unique wine trail run through vineyards

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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 of various elevations, unpredictable lands, and a lot of vineyards. There are pit-stops every 2 km, bearing names of the most famous wine varieties: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rose, where runners can eat fruit, hydrate with water and of course taste wine of different varieties.

CRICOVA MUST FEST

young wine festival

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Cricova MUST fest celebrates the glory of the Moldovan grape harvest season. Visitors to the event travel through the famous underground cellars, a paradise of red, white, dry or sparkling wines, where almost every variety has its own street. Take a stroll on the Legenda Plaiului underground pedestrian street, accompanied by beaujolais, live music, artistic representations, and film screenings, etc. Another key attraction is the Wine School, welcoming guests with select wines and lessons about the art of serving this nectar from the most important specialists.

BOSTANIADA

ethno-gastronomic festival

  • When: 15 September
  • Where: Criuleni, Balabanesti village
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Bostaniada is an ethno-gastronomic festival, which is held each year on the last Sunday of September. The festival celebrates the pumpkin harvest and all that it brings. Different competitions are organized at the festival, to identify the strangest pumpkin, the biggest pumpkin, the smallest pumpkin etc. At the fair you can find a wide range of local products: vegetables, fruits, tools, articles of wood, textiles, clothing, and other hand-made artefacts, while folk craftsmen present masterclass sessions in pottery, wood sculpture, wicker weaving, or embroidery.

CHISINAU INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

international running race in the capital

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Are you passionate about sports? Or maybe you would like to test your resistance in a brand new place? Then the International Marathon Chisinau is for you. Gathering over 17.000 people each year from 50 countries around the world, and testing their endurance at distances of 5, 10, 21 and 42 km, this is the biggest sporting event of the year. At the finish line all participants are awarded with a medal, and the winners get valuable prizes.

“MARIA BIEȘU” INTERNATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET FESTIVAL

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Is opera music is your weakness? Does the theater make you vibrate? Each edition of the "Maria Biesu" festival brings artists and performances that keep the audience entranced and generate spontaneous, lengthy applause. Valuable artists from Moldova and abroad honor this beautiful festival with their presence, diversifying the cultural life of the country.

ETHNO JAZZ FESTIVAL

international music festival

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Does Jazz make you happy? Then "Etno Jazz Festival" is definitely an event you can't miss. The "Trigon" band, host of the project, surprises the audience every year with jazz bands from all around the world. A week of live concerts with both young and seasoned Jazz artists will cure you of your daily routine and charge your batteries for a long time.

NATIONAL WINE DAY

the biggest celebration of wine traditions

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CreYou think you know everything about wine? The National Wine Day of Moldova will give you a thousand more reasons to stay pleasantly amazed. Over 30 participants, including wine producers from across the country, from large famous companies to small and crafty artisans, are waiting for you in the Great National Assembly Square. Over two days, these producers encourage you to taste and appreciate their wines. The festival spreads out from Chisinau to the wineries scattered across the countryside, each one preparing an attractive program with many exciting discoveries. October is the perfect time to visit Moldova, and each year you can see our national pride growing more and more.

WINE VERNISSAGE

wine tasting in a gala atmosphere

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Do you love good wine? Are you always ready to discover new favorites? Wine Vernissage takes place twice a year in Chisinau, in an elegant and distinguished atmosphere. Gourmets and wine lovers alike are invited to taste and discover local wines and their makers. At the same time, the visitor can also explore the culture of local wines, and regional varieties and the inventions of our winemakers are put in perspective. Moldovan wine-makers and sommeliers are the main heroes of the evening, and visitors sail along with glasses of wine in hand, tasting all of Bachus’ novelties.