The "Tree of Life" 2020 Agenda
Cultural and tourist events under Moldova's tourism brand

MILEȘTII MICI WINE RUN

unique race through Mileștii Mici wine cellars

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Are you an avid runner who likes adventures? The Wine Run is a unique 10k race in Europe, held at a depth of 100 m through the underground wine cellar of the Mileștii Mici. In 2020 the competition will take place on February 9. All amateur and professional athletes are welcome to participate by registering online.

MĂRȚIȘOR

international cultural festival

  • When: March 1-10, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau and other localities
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Do you know the legend of Martisor? Martisor is the celebration of the arrival of spring and the name of a red and white tassel pin worn on the chest from March 1 to 31. Moldova’s Martisor 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 displaying the traditional and joyous greetings for the coming of spring. For more than 50 years, the Martisor Festival has paid homage to this romantic tradition through music and dance.

WINE VERNISSAGE

wine tasting in a gala atmosphere

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Do you love good wine and are in search of new blends? Moldova’s Wine Vernissage takes place twice a year in an elegant and distinguished setting. Wine lovers are invited to taste and discover wine from more than 40 Moldovan wineries in one place. Attendees will enjoy unlimited wine tastings while speaking with Moldovan winemakers and sommeliers who will share their traditions and innovations that go into making world-class blends.

MAY DAY

first picnic of spring

  • When: May 1, 2020
  • Where: Asconi Winery, Ialoveni, Puhoi village
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What’s the best way to celebrate the arrival 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 and many more.

ORHEIUL VECHI XCM MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON

cycling marathon

  • When: May 2, 2020
  • Where: Orhei, Ivancea village
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Looking for a biking adventure in rural Moldova? 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.

HEDERLEZ

the holiday of horse racing and popular games

  • When: May 6, 2020
  • Where: Ceadir-Lunga, Gagauzia
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Hederlez is the holiday that, according to the Gagauz tradition, marks the start of the New Year for raising cattle. That is why there is a real festival of horse racing, popular games and exhibitions of popular craftsmen from Gagauzia in Ceadir-Lunga on this day. Moreover, on Hederlez day, the largest horse exhibition in the country takes place at the “At Prolin” horse farm, where you will have the opportunity to see the elegant representatives of the Orlov breed. These and many other activities beautifully framed in the gagauz traditions await you at the Hederlez.

STREET FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

gastronomic festival and wine tasting

  • When: May 23-24, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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The street-food revolution will take place between May 23rd and 24th on the Eugen Doga pedestrian street. Several restaurants in the country will exhibit their best dishes, and wineries will present their finest selections of Bacchic substance. Take your friends along and enjoy the festival, since the organizers promise a lot of fun and good cheer!

ARTVIN PURCARI

celebrating wine and contemporary art

  • When: May 24, 2020
  • Where: Chateau Purcari, Stefan-Voda
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Warning! There is an excess of art at Purcari Winery in May, because the International Exhibition of Culture and Charity will be organized here. Artists from more than ten countries meet in the Stefan-Voda district, to exchange best practices and organize the most innovative exhibition of works of art. If you love to admire paintings, sculptures or listening to live music with a glass of wine in hand, then on May 24th, go to Purcari. And by the way, in buying a work from the exhibit you can contribute to the fund for the support of young artists from the Republic of Moldova.

VELOHORA

fun cycling race

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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 and enjoy a leisurely bike ride together.

SPARKLING PARTY

a sparkling wine festival

  • When: May 30, 2020
  • Where: Cricova
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Looking to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under the starry sky? Cricova’s Sparkling Night Party is the brightest summer event in Moldova, offering the largest and most extensive sparkling wine tasting. Those wishing to spend a warm summer evening enjoying a refreshing glass of sparkling wine can also listen to elegant jazz musicians. This event is not to be missed.

MAI DULCE

a festival dedicated to traditional Moldovan sweets

  • When: May 31, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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Do you have a sweet tooth? The MAI DULCE Festival is a Chisinau culinary tradition, where locals pay tribute to traditional dessert recipes and children celebrate the beginning of summer vacation. The atmosphere of the festival is charming and impossible to resist.

iPROSOP

traditional towel festival

  • When: May 31, 2020
  • Where: Cimișlia, Selemet village
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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. In Moldova, the woven towel (prosop) is hand-embroidered and a traditional household item used for various occasions. You’ll experience Moldova’s rich hospitality and the charm of Selemet village. The festival gathers towel embroiderers, offers towel weaving workshops, as well as displays other local traditions to celebrate Duminica Mare, Pentecost Sunday.

STRAWBERRY DAY FEST

strawberry delicacies and refined wines

  • When: June 6, 2020
  • Where: Chateau Vartely, Orhei
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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. Children can also enjoy organized events.

DUMINICA MARE

festival of Moldovan traditions

  • When: June 7, 2020
  • 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 homes with herbs and leaves. Floors are covered with thick grass, wormwood and other field plants. The 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, according to the region's cultural recipes.

ROSÉ DAY LA CASTEL MIMI

celebration of rose wines

  • When: June 13, 2020
  • Where: Castle Mimi, Bulboaca village, Anenii Noi
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Ready to enjoy rose at a castle? Enjoy an elegant and beautiful picnic at Castel Mimi, where you can enjoy many rose blends. There will also be entertainment for children so that parents can enjoy the festivities. Admire a unique water show, the sounds of music and see spectacular lights that will color the castle pink.

GAGAUZ GERGEFI

regional festival of national costume

  • When: June 13, 2020
  • Where: Comrat
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Gagauz Gergefi is the festival where the traditionalism of the Gagauz people is unleashed. Here the costumes that the Gagauz people used to wear daily, at weddings or holidays are presented. The kaleidoscope of the colors of this holiday will make you want to learn these crafts and take with you a part of the beauty of this festival. That is why, many master classes will be organized here to help you take a part of these skills along with you.

FRUMOS COVOR BASARABEAN

festival of traditional carpets

  • When: June 14, 2020
  • Where: Orhei, Clisova Nouă village
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Do you know the most precious dowry of a Moldovan bride? A hand-woven carpet! The village of Clişova Nouă in Orhei is considered by some to be a small capital of Bessarabian rugs. Here you can find the Carpet Museum, which features Moldova’s preserved carpet-making tradition and where craftsmen can show you how carpets are woven. Those looking for a dowry, will be able to admire and purchase authentic carpets. The art of carpet-weaving uses traditional equipment (razboi) is endangered in Moldova, but the Bessarabian Carpet Festival aims to preserve this tradition.

DescOPERA

open-air classical music festival

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When was the last time an event 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 festival takes Opera from its traditional setting and transports it into the midst of nature. Audiences simultaneously enjoy beautiful weather, fresh air, amazing views and classical music played live on a natural stage. Classical musicians, from the Moldovan National Opera, led by Austrian-conductor Friedrich Pfeiffer, perform well-known masterpieces that spans over three days.

FOLK COSTUME DAY

ethno-folkloric festival

  • When: June 28, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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What Moldovan tradition is celebrated on the last Sunday of June? Moldovans celebrate Folkloric Clothing Day, paying homage to authentic costumes representing Romanian folklore and other national ethnicities. The holiday has three key themes: heritage, guest and modern based on traditional customs. The "Ia," a Romanian blouse, is also widely represented at the festival.

IA MANIA

festival of traditional arts and crafts

  • When: July 5, 2020
  • Where: Dubăsari, Holercani village
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Do you want to know and understand Moldovans better? Discover the cultural traditions of Moldova at IA Mania. Founded in 2013, the festival 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 artisans who display handmade objects, chefs who cook traditional recipes, musicians and dancers all in the Holercani village stadium. The festival hosts the Mandria, Pride, contest for young designers who present fashion collections inspired by local traditions. A mural art contest, Cai verzi pe pereti, and the Podul de flori conference celebrate folklore inspired traditions.

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

international pottery fair

  • When: August 9, 2020
  • Where: Calarasi, Hoginesti village
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Are you interested in crafts and traditions? ottery is one of Moldova's ancient craft and 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 spending time abroad, he returned home to continue the family business. Upon coming back to Moldova, Gonceari established Vatra Olarului, The International Pottery Fair, where visitors can buy pots, souvenirs and household objects. Dozens of craftsmen gather in the courtyard of the potter's home, displaying pride in their work. Kids can try the potter's craft during hands-on workshops. Traditional gastronomy, folklore and dancing all come together in the unparalleled atmosphere of the fair.

HODINA

collective outdoor picnic and experiences

  • When: August 15-16, 2020
  • Where: Pohrebea village, Criuleni
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Have you scheduled your next family reunion in Moldova? With so many people coming back home in August, loved ones can gather for an outdoor picnic during 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. Gather your loved ones, grab a quilt and come to the village of Pohrebea for an experience you won’t want to miss.

WINEMAKERS’ BATTLE

winemaking competition

  • When: August 15 – October 15, 2020
  • Where: Purcari, Ștefan Vodă
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Is Purcari on your Moldova bucket list? Château Purcari is the place where tradition meets fairytale landscapes. Here you have the chance to discover the deeper meaning of wine. With more than 260 hectors of vineyards, tourists can learn how the grapes are grown and harvested. They can also see the production processes for making wine. During the Winemakers’ Battle, guests will experience the entire wine production process, from the moment the grapes are harvested to labeling bottles, and of course sampling world-class wines.

DOR CALATOR

outdoor music festival

  • When: August 27, 2020
  • Where: Poiana Winery, Ulmu village, Ialoveni
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Where can families gather for great music? The annual Dor Calator festival brings together young instrumentalists and famous musicians, many whom you have heard, as well as up and coming artists. Because we like experiments and bringing diverse talent together, this music festival should be enjoyed by the whole family. During a time when many Moldovans return home to visit their family, grab a blanket and join us for a memorable musical picnic.

VINOPERA

a majestic musical and wine event

  • When: September 4, 2020
  • Where: Castel Mimi, Bulboaca village, Anenii Noi
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Where can you experience wines that are transformed into sound? At Castle Mimi on a Friday night, you can enjoy a beautiful story under the open sky, in an enchanting atmosphere, with friends, family and those dearest to you. 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.

MARIA BIEȘU

international opera and ballet festival

  • When: September 4-16, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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Is opera music your weakness? The annual Maria Biesu festival brings together artists and performers that keep the audience entranced and generates spontaneous applause. Talented artists from Moldova and abroad perform during this beautiful festival and showcase the diversity of culture in Moldova.

URBAN VIBES

a festival of urban culture

  • When: September 5, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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Have you experienced Chisinau’s lively and creative side? 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, while workshops will be offered for children. People from around the world come to enjoy Chisinau’s creative culture at the annual festival.

PURCARI WINE RUN

wine trail run

  • When: September 5, 2020
  • Where: Stefan-Vodă, Purcari village
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Looking for a fall run through the 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. Each stop bears the name of the most famous wine varieties: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rose, where runners can enjoy fruit, hydrate with water and of course taste wine of different varieties.

CRICOVA MUST FEST

young wine festival

  • When: September 12, 2020
  • Where: Cricova
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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 red, white, dry and sparkling wines. The streets of the underground cellars are marked by wine varieties, where you can take a stroll on the Legenda Plaiului street. While underground you’ll enjoy live music, artistic representations and film screenings. Another key attraction is the Wine School, which welcomes guests to sample select wines and learn about the art of serving wine from the prominent specialists.

FESTIVALUL LOZIEI

celebration of Moldovan traditions

  • When: September 13, 2020
  • Where: s.Lozova, Strășeni
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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. The purpose of the festival is to promote Lozova village as a destination of special importance at the national level, as well as the rural traditions of Moldova.

BOSTANIADA

ethno-gastronomic festival

  • When: September 19 – 20, 2020
  • Where: Criuleni, Balabanesti village
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Looking for a fall food 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 from the strangest, the biggest, to the smallest and many others. At the festival, you can find a wide range of local products: vegetables, fruits, tools, articles of wood, textiles, clothing and other crafts. Folk craftsmen also present masterclasses on pottery, wood sculpting, wicker weaving and embroidery.

CHISINAU INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

international running race

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Are you passionate about sports? The International Chisinau Marathon brings together more than 17,000 people from 50 countries around the world. Race participants test their endurance at distances of 5k, 10k, half and full marathons. At the finish line, all participants are awarded a medal and the winners get valuable cash prizes.

ETHNO JAZZ FESTIVAL

international music festival

  • When: September 25-27, 2020
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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. During a week of live concerts, featuring emerging and seasoned jazz artists, the sounds will recharge your senses during this international music festival.

NATIONAL WINE DAY

the biggest celebration of Moldova’s wine culture

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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. More than 60 Moldovan winemakers from large and established wineries to small and emerging vineyards wait for you in the center of Chisinau. Over two days, winemakers encourage you to taste and appreciate their diverse blends. The festival spreads out from Chisinau to the wineries scattered across the countryside. Each winery prepares an attractive program with many exciting discoveries. October is the perfect time to visit Moldova, and each year you can see our national pride for our wine growing more and more.

CHISINAU CITY DAY

Anniversary of the capital

  • When: October 14, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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A week away from Wine Day, the Chisinau dwellers' souls continue squirming because they celebrate Chisinau City Day. All the dwellers and guests of the capital meet in the Great National Assembly Square to have fun together. Here you will find fairs, activities for children, masterclasses for children and parents, and on the big stage of the market, throughout the day a concert featuring the most famous artists of the Republic. So, if you are planning a visit to Chisinau in the middle of the fall - you are welcome to this feast!

GAGAUZIAN SARAP YORTUSU

Gagauz wine festival

  • When: November 1, 2020
  • Where: Comrat
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Did you know that the main symbol of the Gagauzia Wine Festival is the Gagauz wooden flask? History says that throughout history this people respected the tradition of not tasting young wine until the national holiday "Kasim", celebrated on November 8. Therefore, every year, on the first Sunday of the month of Brumar (November), wine producers celebrate their liquors in the largest event of the region. These and many other subtleties of Gagauz customs can be found here. Don't miss the opportunity!

UNDERLAND WINE & MUSIC FEST

underground festival of street culture and wine

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What is residing within Cricova’s cellars, stone labyrinths and decades of history? decades of history? Mesmerizing wines, thousands of barrels and so much more. Underland Wine & Music Fest is the first and only underground wine and street music festival in the world, taking place in the legendary underground city of Cricova. Fairy tales will connect with reality, while wine flows alongside the sound of music. More than 100 national and international exhibitors will display their talents ranging from street artists, jugglers, magicians to live statues. Delicious food and ample red, white and sparkling wines await you in the streets and squares of Underland city!

COVORUL DORULUI

the national carpet fair

  • When: December 12, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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Where can you see traditional rugs in one place? The Târgul Covorul Dorului celebrates the authentic Romanian rugs, of a UNESCO treasure. Visitors can discover the motifs and traditions of carpet making. The festival also allows people to see how Moldovans perform traditional customs to prepare for winter. Professionals and amateur art groups display their works, which are representative of Moldova’s diverse districts.

WINE VERNISSAGE

wine tasting in a gala atmosphere

  • When: December 18, 2020
  • Where: Chisinau
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Where can you warm up with a good glass of wine? The winter Wine Vernissage invites guests to discover new wines and warm up during the cold winter months. In an elegant and distinguished atmosphere, people from around the world gather to taste and discover Moldovan wines. Winemakers are excited to discuss the Moldovan winemaking traditions and technology being used to create new blends. The bi-annual event is one of Moldova’s premier wine festivities of the year.