Upcoming Events (Feb – March 2020) in Georgia You Cannot Miss!

Upcoming Events (Feb – March 2020) in Georgia You Cannot Miss!

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Sitting pretty in the Caucasus region, where Eastern Europe meets Western Asia, is the country of Georgia, known for its scenic beauty, snowy mountains and charming hospitality. Over the past few years, Georgia has become a popular tourist destination for travelers from the UAE and other parts of the middle east. This boom in Georgia tourism has also led to a lot of happening events that take place throughout the year. We have collated a list of important events in Georgia so next time you are visiting, you can experience at least one of them.

Events in Georgia, 2019 - 2020

1. 2020 Rugby Europe Championship

people playing Rugby In its 4th season, the Rugby Europe Championship is a must witness for sports enthusiasts. This year’s competing teams are Georgia, Portugal, Belgium, Romania, Russia and Spain. And if you happen to visit Georgia during March, do check out the rugby championship’s timetable because the country will be hosting matches at two of its venues – the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi and the Aia Arena in Kutaisi.

When: 1st and 2nd weeks of March 2020

Where: Tbilisi and Kutaisi

2. Tbilisi Jazz Festival

A saxophone - Tbilisi Jazz Festival Home to some of the most talented jazz musicians, Georgia hosts 2 wonderful Jazz festivals every year – the Tbilisi Jazz Festival and the Black Sea Jazz Festival. The Tbilisi Jazz Festival is in its 20th year now and this year’s lineup includes brilliant talent such as singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland, violinist Guja Mardini and 5-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, to name just a few.

When: 25th to 28th March 2020

Where: Rustaveli Theater and Singer Jazz Club, Tbilisi

3. Tbilisi Tango Weekend Winter Edition

Festivals and events in Georgia Europe - Tango weekend In its 12th year, the Tbilisi Tango Weekend is a 3-day long milonga with experienced Georgian and International DJs. Celebrating the Argentinian dance form in all its glory and nitty-gritties, this event boasts of a comfortable dance venue with hardwood floors, excellent sound system and even generous servings of Georgian wine. Ready to tango your heart away?!

When: 31st January to 2nd February 2020

Where: Tbilisi No. 66 School, 28 Asatiani Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

4. Tbilisi International Film Festival

Tbilisi International Film Festival
Lights, Camera, Action!
The Tbilisi International Film Festival is in its 20th year now. Celebrating the best of Georgian as well as European cinema, this film festival has special screenings which hosts well-known actors, directors, producers and cameramen. And if you want to have an exceptional experience in Georgia, you should definitely attend the screenings of a few movies while visiting Tbilisi in December.

When: 1st to 8th December 2019

Where: Tbilisi

5. Skiing season, Gudauri

Gaduari Georgia Europe Skiing
Snow + skiing = a fantastic time in Georgia, Europe!
Come December and Georgia’s mountains get covered in layers of pristine snow. And this is when the ski resort of Gudauri starts seeing skiers and adventure lovers knocking on its doors. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you should buy a season ski pass of Gudauri, book your flights, pack your bags and leave on a snowy rendezvous with Georgia this December.

When: December 2019 to April 2020

Where: Gudauri

6. New Year Village

Christmas and new year in Georgia Every year, the Tbilisi City Hall hosts a New Year Village which boasts of pulsating live concerts, gorgeously lit up Christmas trees, lip smacking food, shopping opportunities and even an ice-skating rink. This fun New Year Village is open from 10 a.m. to midnight and if you are planning on visiting Tbilisi around Christmas, do keep aside an evening to explore this cultural extravaganza.

When: 24th December 2019 to 7th January 2020

Where: Deda Ena Park, Tbilisi

7. Alilo

Alilo Georgia Europe Christmas in Georgia is celebrated not on 25th December but on the 7th of January (based on the date when the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates it). Known as the festival of Alilo, the day begins with people dressing up in costumes, mostly in the form of biblical Magi and angels. The people carry flags of Georgia and start marching across the main roads of the city, collecting treats and useful items, not for themselves, but for the lesser privileged. The items and treats collected during the Alilo march are then donated to organizations that help the underprivileged. The evening of Alilo looks sort of like Halloween; children dress up in costumes and go ‘trick or treating’ in the neighbourhood.

When: 7th January 2020

Where: Although Alilo is celebrated across the country, the best place to witness it is in Tbilisi.

8. Georgian International Festival of Arts

Festivals of Georgia, Europe
Music, dance, plays and performances - the perfect ingredients of a memorable vacation in Georgia!
The Georgian International Festival of Arts, also known as GIFT, is held every year in honour of popular Russian stage director Mikhail Tumanishvili. It is a treat for theatergoers and the art-lovers who like to experience the culture of a place in a unique way. GIFT is a wonderful mix of live musical and dance performances, theatre plays, workshops, masterclasses, seminars and sessions with some of the most established names in the theatre community.

When: 19th October to 16th November 2019

Where: Tbilisi

9. Rtveli

Rtveli Festival Georgia
Ready to be a part of a rural celebration?!
A traditional festival of Georgia which finds its origins dating back to 8000 years, Rtveli is a rural grape harvest festival that includes folk songs, dancing and of course, wine making! And although a family affair, many vineyard owners are now opening their doors for tourists so that they can experience Rtveli too. If you are lucky enough, you will also get to taste pelamushi and churchkhela (sweets made using grape juice) and grape brandy along with the wine.

When: Late September to mid-October every year

Where: Rural Georgia

10. Stand-Up By Aleksandr Revva & Mikhail Galustyan

Stand up comedy by Aleksandr Revva & Mikhail Galustyan at the Comedy Club
Stand up comedy by Aleksandr Revva & Mikhail Galustyan at the Comedy Club
This powerful stand-up comedy duet is known for their explosive, energetic interaction and taking you into a world of laughter. Aleksadr Revva and Mikhail Galustyan is bringing their project 'Funny and even Funnier' this time in Tbilisi and can be considered as one of the most important event in Tbilisi. Guests will be met by their time-tested acts, stage images and new sketches. Get ready to emerge into laughter as this duo tickles your funny bone!

When: 2nd October, 2019

Where: Petre Melikishvili 1, Tbilisi

11. Tbilisoba 2019

People celebrating Tbilisisoba on the streets of Tbilisi
People celebrating Tbilisisoba on the streets of Tbilisi
Beautiful landmarks, delectable cuisines, welcoming people, all add up to Tbilisoba, the annual festival that takes place during the first week of October every year. Tbilisoba is one of the most important festivals in Tbilisi that celebrates culture, diversity and history of the country. Let this be another reason to visit Georgia during October as this festival is extremely easy on the pocket hence has been on the bucket-list for many budget travelers. This festival was first established in 1979 and it soon became an annual celebration for both Georgians and foreigners alike! Enjoy the various culinary fares and local entertainment including a gala concert that brings the streets of Tbilisi to life.

When: 5th & 6th October 2019

Where: Streets of Tbilisi

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12. Gandagana Festival

Green colorful landscape in Adjara, home to the Gandagana Festival
Green colorful landscape in Adjara, home to the Gandagana Festival
Gandagana is a traditional rural festival that takes place in the Adjaran villages of Georgia. The Gandagana is an open air festival with agricultural produce of the year, local souvenirs, folk shows and music, wine produce, handicrafts, etc. The aim of this festival is to popularize and increase footfalls the mountainous Adjara region. This festival is organized by the Adjara Tourism Department since 2015 and is one of the most colourful confluence of culture, diversity and tourism.

When: 5th & 6th October 2019

Where: Adjara Region

13. Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba

Folk music and dance during the Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba festival
Folk music and dance during the Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba festival
Mtskhetoba Svetitskhovloba is a festival celebrated by the Orthodox Christians in Georgia. Svetitskhovloba is an ancient 11th century Cathedral known as the burial for Christ's robe and one of the most sacred places in Georgia. The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is situated in the town of Mtskhetoba, which is 20 kms away from Tbilisi. Every year on the 14th of October, orthodox Christians, people of other faith and foreigners traditionally attend the Cathedral. Apart from this traditional visit, the festival is filled with music, traditional dance, demonstration of traditional crafts and of course lip smacking local cuisine.

When: 14th October 2019

Where: In & Around the Svetitskhovloba Cathedral

14. The Echowaves Festival

The Echowaves Festival at the Anaklia Beach Resort
The Echowaves Festival at the Anaklia Beach Resort
Echowaves is an electronic music festival that takes place on the scenic Anaklia Beach. If you are a beach bum and an EDM lover this place is for you. Set amidst the gorgeous Georgian mountains, this festival brings the underground electronic music scene to life. This is indeed a rare location for a music festival, but the long beaches, beautiful sunsets, stunning stages amongst the natural background is a treat to the eyes.

When: 22nd-25th August 2019

Where: Anaklia Beach Resort

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15. Oodabno Festival 2019

Oodabno Festival takes place in Udabno, amidst the semi-desert of Kakheti
Oodabno Festival takes place in Udabno, amidst the semi-desert of Kakheti
This is the Second Edition of the Oodabno Festival, that takes place in the middle of a Georgian semi-desert, surrounded by steppe expanding till hundreds of kilometers. From Polish, Georgian and French alternative music, to photo screenings, exhibitions, art installations including lip smacking cuisine, this festival is everything served to you on a platter. Experience a unique and intimate ambiance with exceptional music in this festival.

When: 30th August - 1st September 2019

Where: Udabno, Kakheti

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16. BIAFF - Batumi International Art-House Film Festival

Image is for representational purpose only
Image is for representational purpose only
The Batumi International Art-House Film Festival began in 2006 to enhance a cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through Art-House and Non-Commercial films.  This film festival gives an opportunity and a platform of interaction between well known global directors, editors, aspiring film makers while giving the local cinema the much needed boost.

When: 13th September

Where: Tbilisi Sports Palace

If you wish to  attend any of the above mentioned events in Georgia, we would like to suggest our customized Georgia packages.
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