Central Asia Events & Festivals 2018

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Posted on: 2 June 2018

Central Asia Events & Festivals for 2018

Central Asia has some of the unique festivals and events that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Our list includes events that can be interesting to travelers visiting this region, events that showcase the cultural heritage of Central Asia during major tourist season. Thus, our Central Asia Events & Festival for 2018 covers the period between July and October. Most of the festivals will take place in Kyrgyzstan, because the festivals are organized by Community Based Tourism groups that are present practically only in Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy the celebrations and let us know how was your Central Asia trip.

Events & Festivals for July

Capital City Day, Astana, KazakhstanI love Astana sign near Ishim river in Kazakhstan during EXPO2017 tour

On July 6, 1994, it was decided that Astana will become the new capital of the independent Kazakh Republic. In 1998 Akmola was renamed to Astana, which in Kazakh means capital. In 2018, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Astana usually hosts big celebrations dedicated to this national holiday. There will be also some celebratory events at the shopping malls and public places.

When: July 6, 2018

Where: Astana, Kazakhstan

Spirit of Astana, Kazakhstan

Open Air Contemporary Ethnic Music Festival will take place at the square next to Bayterek tower. It is part of Astana’s anniversary celebrations.

When: July 6-8, 2018

Where: Bayterek, Astana, Kazakhstan

Ethno-Fest South Shore, Kyrgyzstan

Local festival that showcases Kyrgyz culture. The program includes a folklore show, exhibitions of local masters of handicrafts, demonstration of ethnic horse games, and cooking master class. It will start in the morning at around 9.30 with the registration of the guests and the closing ceremony is planned for 16.30 in the evening.

When: July 15, 2018, 09:30 -16:30

Where: Ton Village, House of Manaschi

More information available at https://southshorekg.com/festivals/

International Salbuurun Festival, KyrgyzstanKyrgyz Eagle Hunter

This is a unique festival concentrated on traditional types of hunting that were practiced by the nomad people. There will be a demonstration of eagle hunting, archery competitions among boys and girls, as well as an exhibition of Kyrgyz Taigan or greyhound dogs.

When: July 21, 2018, 10.00 – 16.00

Where: Uch-Korgon village, Issyk Kul region

Yak and national horse games festival

Demonstration of traditional horse games and very special wrestling on yaks. For more entertainment, there will be a folklore show with traditional singing, dancing and cooking.

When: July 22, 2018

Where: Sary Mogol village, Chon Alay region

More information on their website

National Horse Games Festival, Song-Kul, Kyrgyzstanhorse games and horse riding tour in kyrgyzstan

Watch the demonstration of national horse games and enjoy national songs, dance performance and try local specialties of Kyrgyz cuisine. If you must choose one festival to visit, go to Song Kul. It is a spectacular lake of unusual beauty at an altitude of around 3000 meters above sea level. Beautiful mountains, yurts and traditional games…

When: July 25, 2018

Where: North-eastern shore of Song-Kul Lake, Batai-Aral Yurt Camp

Horse Games Festival, Kyzyl Oi, Kyrgyzstan

Enjoy national horse games and traditional folklore show at gorgeous Suusamyr valley. It is just around 4 hours drive from the capital city, Bishkek.

When: 29 July, 2018, 9:00 – 19:00

Where: Kyzyl Oi village, Suusamyr Valley

Events & Festivals in August

Apricot Festival, Kyrgyzstan

Apricots are widespread around Issyk Kul lake, this festival is dedicated to harvesting season and stresses on the importance of agriculture to this region.

When: August 4, 2018, 10:00-17:00

Where: Kekilik beach, Ton village

Birds of Prey Festival, Kyrgyzstan

Watch an impressive demonstration of traditional hunting with the help of an eagle. The show will be followed by numerous folklore shows, dances and songs. There will be also the exhibition of traditional handicrafts and art objects. You can also learn some moves from traditional dance Kara Jorgo and watch how the traditional felt carpets are made.

When: August 11, 2018

Where: Jaichy Yurt Camp, Kok Say village  near Bokonbaevo

Jump into Traditional Kyrgyz Music

Young musicians and composers get together and will play traditional Kyrgyz music instruments.

When: August 15-16, 2018

Where: Bel Tam Yurt Camp, near Bokonbaevo, Issyk Kul region

International Festival of Eco-Ethno Orientation, Kazakhstan

FourE – is an open-air festival that revolves around 4 themes that start with a letter E- Eco, Ethno, Emotion & Evolution. These broad concepts include indeed various music, workshops and cultural events. Unlike other open-air festivals, it forbids use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, so it is kind of an open air that stresses more on its spiritual side of having fun.

Where: Almaty Region, 35 km from Almaty city

When: August 17-19, 2018

More information on this event you can find on their official website

Independence Day of Kyrgyzstan

When: August 31, 2018

Where: Main public squares in all cities of Kyrgyzstan

Events & Festivals in September

Independence Day of Uzbekistan

Big celebrations at main city squares and folk concerts and traditional food.

When: September 1, 2018

Where: In all cities of Uzbekistan

World Nomad Games, KyrgyzstanWorld Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

The largest and truly nomadic festival in whole Central Asia. It takes place once every two years and it is an event that you should not miss. There will be around 3000 athletes competing in a variety of nomadic games such as wrestling, archery and equestrian games.

When: September 2-8, 2018

Where: Cholpon-Ata, Issyk Kul region, Kyrgyzstan

Independence Day of Tajikistan

When: September 9, 2018

Where: Public Squares in major cities of Tajikistan

Nukura Fest, Kyrgyzstan

Nukura means authentic, so you will get to see authentic Kyrgyz traditions, songs, dance and cuisine. For foodies, there will be also food tasting and master classes of Kyrgyz traditional cuisine.

When: September 17, 2018

Where: University of Central Asia, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Before attending events, please double check with their official websites or their social media accounts, since there can be changes on short notice. Keep in mind that you will need to register or buy tickets to be able to attend the festivals. Central Asia souvenirs from festivals



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