Events in Timisoara range from parties, to concerts and all kinds of festivals. Timisoara is a vibrant city that offers plenty of events…

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And who doesn’t love Christmas, with all its presents, cookies, mulled wine and the free time to relax and look forward to a jolly new year?! Timisoara, as most European cities, does its best at helping its locals and visitors nurture their Christmas spirit. And how does it do that?! The Timisoara Christmas Market is one of those ways.

[Later edit: This article talks about the 2017 Christmas market in Timisora. For our 2018 article, head here.]

 

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Timisoara Opera House during holiday events. Photo via timisoarachristmasmarket.ro

 

Timisoara Christmas Market 2018: 10 years of celebrating Christmas together

Timisoara has been organizing a yearly Christmas market for the last 10 years. The market has been growing slowly, but surely, year after year.
The Christmas market brings together local artisans and merchants, as well as local food and beverage “masters”. For tourists, the Christmas market is the perfect opportunity to “taste” the local culture: from mulled wine, to mulled “tuica” (a traditional Romanian drink, similar to brandy), to traditional sweets and traditional meat products, you can have your pick of authentic Romanian food.

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Local products at the Timisoara Christmas Market, photo via timisoarachristmasmarket.ro

In addition to these culinary delights, you can of course also do some of your Christmas shopping here. We’ll be honest here: not all the products are truly “authentic” or “crafted” locally, but some of them are. Unfortunately, the local authorities aren’t too strict in selecting who gets to display their goods in the Christmas market and so you can find some “generic” products there too. However, you can find beautiful handcrafted jewelry, knitted products, and beautiful Christmas decorations.

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Artisan gifts at the Timisoara Christmas Market, photo via timisoarachristmasmarket.ro

 

Timisoara Christmas Market: When and where?

The Timisoara Christmas Market takes place every year starting December 1st and up to January 8th in the Victory Square in Timisoara.

In addition to the market itself, there are several events planned here for the holiday season, including live pop concerts of popular Romanian artists. So, if you happen to drop there in the evening, you might enjoy some entertainment as well. You can find more details about the events here.

 

Bonus: 2nd Christmas Market in Timisoara

The winter of 2017 marks the opening of a second Christmas market in Timisoara, in the old Citadel of Timisoara.

This “Christmas at the Citadel” market has been organised by the Banat Museum. Even though this market is smaller than the more central one, as it is surrounded by the old citadel of Timisoara, it is a very pretty sight and therefore a great place to enjoy a mug of mulled wine.
This second market will also host several events during the holiday season.

Festivals and traveling a lot of times go hand in hand. Those of you who like both going to music festivals and travelling, probably try to combine these two passions as often as possible. If you are planning to travel to Timisoara, you should probably know that there are some great music festivals you could attend during your trip. In this article we will tell you about the best international festivals in and around Timisoara. And the best thing is that they are all quite affordable.

 

 

Revolution Festival – Organized by EXIT

Although you may not have heard of Timisoara Revolution Festival, we are sure you’ve already heard about the EXIT Festival from Novi Sad, Serbia. A few years ago, the organizers from Exit Festival and the local authorities from Timisoara teamed up and started organizing Revolution Festival. We can call it the “little brother” of the festival from Serbia.

The two-day festival has become one of the major attractions in Timisoara. The festival has already had 3 editions and some of the artists that played here are: Rudimental (Dj Set), Dubioza Kolektiv, Eluveitie,  Skunk Anansie, John Digweed etc.

Did we mention the festival has about 7 stages with a wide variety of music, starting with DNB, Rock, Reggae, Trance and Cuban music? No matter what your favourite music gender is, you can find something to dance to at this festival.

And the best thing?! The price.

Tickets: The ticket price is 15 Euro if you buy an early-bird ticket and about 20 Euro/day or 40 Euro/ 3 days at the entrance.

Period: Beginning of June, exact date to be announced.

Duration: this started out as a 2-day, festival, but the last edition lasted 3 days (Thursday-Saturday)

Location: The Timisoara Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)

 

 

Plai Festival – World Music

 

Plai festival was first organised in 2006 and every year it gathers thousands of festival-goers from all over the world. Plai is actually more than just a music festival, but a cultural one. One of their aims is to celebrate cultural diversity, by hosting different kinds of workshops and events. With activities like theater plays, film projections, handmade workshops and, of course, music, PLAI festival has become a landmark for festivals in Romania.

In 2014 PLAI Festival has been nominated by European Festivals Awards for the Best Small European Festival Title. Some of artists who have visited the festival throughout the years are: Al Di Meola, Mariza, Paco de Lucia, Zaz, Patrice, Gentleman, Asian Dub Foundation, Baba Zula, Manu Chao, Everlast and more.

Tickets: about 30 Euro for 3 days of festival

Period: First Weekend of September

Duration: 3 days (Friday-Sunday)

Location: The Timisoara Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)

 

JazzTM – Timisoara Jazz Festival (Free Entrance)

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Although JazzTM is quite young – the first edition was held in 2013 – it fast became one of the best jazz music festivals in Romania. Some of the organizers have also worked on PLAI Festival and their 11 years of experience has surely paid off.

With one main stage in the city centre, in Victory Square, and 2 more stages in different parks around Timisoara, the festival has gathered some of the most appreciated jazz players from all over the world.

Some of the artists which played on stage of JazzTM: Paolo Profeti European Collective , Paolo Profeti European Collective, Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express, Imany, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Al, Jareu, Andreya Triana, The Cat Epire, Richard Bona etc.Warfield

Tickets: FREE

Period: beginning of July

Duration: 3 days (Friday-Sunday)

Location: Victory Square

 

 

Garana Jazz Festival

 

The Garana Jazz Festival first started off as a jam session back in 1997. It was just an event between friends at “Hanul La Rascruce”. It has since then become one of the most important open-air jazz festival in Central and Eastern Europe.

The festival takes place in the village of Garana, in the Semenic Mountains, one of the must-see places if you are around Timisoara. Besides the great music, Garana offers an opportunity for a great getaway from the city, thanks to the lovely views it offers. It is surrounded by two lakes, forests and, of course, fresh air. Even though this isn’t in Timisoara, it is just a 3-hour drive away and the trip is worth it, both for the music and for the views.

If you need accommodation during your stay, make sure to book your accommodation in advance, as most of the festival-goers book theirs (for the festival) with as much as one year in advance. But don’t worry, you can also camp there – there are plenty of people who just camp in nature during the whole festival.

Tickets: about 65 Euro for the 4-day festival or 20 Euro for a 1-day ticket

Tickets: Abouy 60 Euros

Period: usually mid-July

Duration: 4 days (Thursday-Sunday)

Location: Garana, Caras-Severin