Plan your holidays according to this unique Festivals and Events Calendar - the best way to get in touch with unforgettable Kyrgyz national games, customs and traditions.
March 21-24 | Gastronomic festival "Nooruz"
The two-day grandiose gastronomic festival “Nooruz”, where you will spend wonderful and unforgettable days with various games, contests and many treats!
Location: Esperov Village, southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake
March 21 | Nooruz
Tradition of preparing national dish of sumolok on the day of the spring equinox, local governments would organize concerts and small national sport competitions. In honor of the Nooruz holiday the event exhibits works of local craftsman's with the most authentic and popular types of their products.
Location: Bishkek, All regions of Kyrgyzstan
March 21 | “Sumolok” Festival
Preparing the national dish “Sumolok”, national games, concert show. Nooruz is a holiday that unites all people in a large family and friendly circle. Where the main symbol is the traditional sumolok dish. It is believed that sumolok gives people a special vitality and energy. It is the strength of the body and spirit.
The word "sumolok" (the dish is also called "sumanak", "sumalak", "sumelek") comes from two words - "sum", which means "steamed wheat" and "laks" - wheat flour.
April 21-25 | Week of Traditional Music
The annual celebration of the Day of Traditional Music has become a good tradition, a holiday for the keepers of professional oral music. The aim of the week is to preserve, improve and develop traditional music, layers of oral-professional music in folklore and oral tradition in the era of globalization. Master classes on making national instruments and an exhibition of national traditional clothes and household tools are held.
Location: Bishkek, Ala-Too Square | Google Map
May 01 | Alpiniada 2022
The Alpiniada is held with the aim of popularizing mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, sustainable tourism, improving the skills of athletes and rescuers of the public rescue team, as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle and improving the health of the population.
Location: Bishkek, Ala-Archa Gorge | Google Map
May 10 | Festival of migratory birds
Creation and preservation of micro-reserves, development of ecological tourism.
Location: Kara-Talaa, Ton district, Issyk-Kul region
June 01 | Joo-Guluk Tushoo Toi festival
Annual festival. Festival program: 10 km marathon, starting from the center of Bokonbaevo village to the coastal zone of Manzhyly- Ata
Location: Bokonbaevo village and coastal zone of Manzhyly-Ata
June 20 | Kymyz Festival
The goal of the event is to praise the generosity of Kyrgyz people and treat guests with the traditional beverage Kymyz, and also to familiarize them with the therapeutic properties of this drink.
Herodotus spoke about this drink of the nomadic tribes, describing his last wanderings. To prepare koumiss, you must first choose the basis for fermentation. Mare or camel milk is suitable. Then wait for a certain fermentation time. After that, distillate is poured into raw unpasteurized milk and fermented at 300 degrees for 8-10 hours.
Kymyz combines the taste of both milk and alcohol. The higher the fat content of milk, the richer and stronger the Kymyz will be. The maximum strength of the drink is 5-6%.
Location: At-Bashy village, Naryn region | Google Map
June 26-27 | Festival AK Orgo Kotoruu
National yurt construction in order to recreate forgotten Kyrgyz traditions. Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. The first written description of a yurt used as a dwelling was recorded by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. He described yurt-like tents as the dwelling place of the Scythians, a horse riding-nomadic nation who lived in the northern Black Sea and Central Asian region from around 600 BC to AD 300.
Location: Kyzyl-Tuu village, Issyk-Kul | Google Map
June 26 | Kurak Jana Terme Festival
The festival is dedicated to Kurak – traditional name that is given to various types of products that are made from shreds sewn together (patchwork).
Kurak is the name given to various types of items made from scraps sewn together. The name comes from the word "kura", which means "sewn together - assembled from separate pieces" and refers to both finished products and the method of their production. This type of handicraft can be found throughout Central Asia. It was also practiced throughout Kyrgyzstan, but especially in the south.
Location: Barpy village, Jalal-Abad region
June 27-28 | Kyrgyz Shyrdak international festival
The goal is to pass on the heritage from the ancestors, preserve intangible cultural values, develop the Shyrdak craft, involve the next generation of young people in the field of crafts and prepare new young craftsmen for the next festival.
Location: Naryn | Google Map
July 03-04 | Agro-Ethno Fest
Folk show, pet exhibition, Kyrgyz national games, wool exhibition, national dishes, horse games.
Location: Yurt camp «Zhaichy» Issyk-Kul region | Google Map
July 15 | Ethno-festival “Teskey Jeek”
Program of the ethno-festival:
the show "Salbuurun";
yurt construction competition;
traditional equestrian games, Kok-Boru, Kyz Kuumai
Location: Territories of the Ton district Issyk-Kul region | Google Map
July 17 | Bugu Festival
In order to develop and preserve the heritage of the traditions of the Kyrgyz people (handicrafts, traditions, customs, national cuisine, national games - burkut saluu, hunting with taigans, salbuurun).
Also, there will be a competition of national clothes.
Short films about “Bug Ene”, “Ak Ilbirs” will be shown, where a folklore and ethnographic concert will also be shown in parallel.
Location: Animal shelter «Bugu Maral» Naryn State Reserve | Google Map
July 15-17 | Kol-Fest - Central Asian music and arts festival
Kol Fest is the first music and art festival in Central Asia, bringing together people, music and art from different countries. Kөl Fest is a place where you can relax from everyday worries, plunge into the culture and modern music of different countries. The Festival will be held on the southern coast of Issyk- Kul lake. This large-scale event would involve three days of creative art and interactive activities.
Location: Southern coast of Issyk-Kul lake, Bokonbaevo village | Google Map
July 25 | Issyk-Kul eco-ethno festival Temir Kanat
Attracting residents of Kyrgyzstan and all of humanity to strengthen measures and protect the environment, respect for nature, expanding further activities to increase the number of snow leopards.
Location: Temir-Kanat village, Ton district Issyk-Kul region
July 29 - August 01 | International “Oimo” festival, Bishkek
Artisans from different countries exhibit their products at the stalls of the Handicrafts Fair, which continues traditions of the Silk Road.
Location: Bishkek, a square near «Ala-Too» movie theatre, National Museum of Fine Arts named after Gapar Aitiev
August 01 | National horse games Festival
Traditional horse-riding competitions in Ulak- tartysh, Kyz-Kuumai, Tyin- enmey and er-enish.
Ulak tartysch (goat ripping)
Several teams are involved in this game, which is very popular in Kyrgyzstan. The referee places a dead, gutted goat into the center of the court without a head. At the referee's mark, the players gallop to the dead animal. One grabs it, holds it with his foot and rushes over the racetrack. He is followed by members of other teams to wrest the buck from him. The goat goes from one to the other until the victorious rider puts him in the predetermined place. There are two round circles at the end of the field, bordered by old hoops, as goals. Anyone who manages to throw the goat into the opponent's goal has won one point.
Kyz Kumai (catch the girl)
Kyz-Kumai is a national riding game from Kyrgyzstan. A young single woman and a single young man take part in this game. Both have to be able to ride well because the young man on the racetrack has to catch up with the girl who galloped off some time earlier. If the young man catches her, he has the right to kiss her, in the old days he was even able to marry her. But if the clumsy young man cannot catch up with the girl, the young woman on the way back can hit him with the whip.
Tyiyn Enmei (picking up the coin from the ground)
In this race, a few riders can participate. The total length of the distance from the starting point to the finish - not more than 100 meters, the participant comes to the starting line after the judge's sign. On the clean and smooth flagged ground, 50-60 meters from the starting line, there is a coin to be picked up by the rider. The participant should ride in a gallop. For each participant three rounds are allowed. Victory is awarded to the one who has picked up the coin several times from the ground.
Location: Kyzyl-Oi village, Suusamyr | Google Map
End of July/first days of August | Birds of Prey Festival
The Birds of Prey Festival is one of the brightest and most exciting events in the cultural events of Kyrgyzstan. Here you can see a lot of birds of prey - from eagles and golden eagles to gyrfalcons and falcons. Predatory and willful birds with sharp claws and graceful beaks are natural
hunters, whom in some incomprehensible way people learned to tame in ancient times.
Location: Tong village, Southern coast of Issyk-Kul Lake
August 01-02 | Adventure Tourism and Mountaineering Festival of Alai Valley
National games, artists performances, climbing, trekking, downhill skiing, walking, riding on horseback and yaks.
Location: Osh region, Achyk-Tash tract
August 03-08 | | International “Oimo” festival, Cholpon-Ata
Artisans from different countries exhibit their products on the shelves of the Craft Fair, which continues the traditions of the Great Silk Road. Artists and amateur groups perform at the venues, a solemn parade of artisans and festival guests is held.
Location: Cholpon-Ata, Northern coast of Issyk-Kul Lake
August 14 | Birds of Prey Festival
exhibition of the birds of prey,
national games with tourists;
yurt construction competition.
Location: "Zhaychy" Yurt camp, Southern coast of Issyk-Kul Lake | Google Map
August 21 | Festival "Shirge zhyar"
Fest of shepherds. The main goal is the revival of the ancestors of the nomads, the development of rural agrotourism.
Location: Taldy-Bulak, Talas region
August 29 | National dish festival
Cooking national Kyrgyz and Uzbek dishes. At the festival, you can see how traditional dishes are prepared, as well as taste them. Folklore concerts are also held. It should also be noted that almost all dishes of Kyrgyz cuisine have meat as the main ingredient: lamb, beef, horse meat and yak meat. This is due to the pastoral traditions of the nomadic Kyrgyz, which go deep into antiquity.
Location: Jalal-Abad city
September 16-17 | Nukura Festival
"Nukura" festival is held in order to attract both Kyrgyz and foreign tourists to the city of Naryn, and to get acquainted with the local culture and traditions that have existed for many years since the founding of the city of Naryn. Also, a demonstration of the traditions of the Kyrgyz people is envisaged.
Location: Naryn city
October 02 | Autumn Walnut Marathon
Marathon in the world's largest walnut fruit forest. During the holiday you can see a lot of interesting traditional moments and participation in various competitions.
Location: Jalal-Abad region, Arslanbob village | Google Map