Beautiful waterfalls and folk dance lessons at the chestnut festival

If you visit the chestnut festival you will be able to learn more about nature, to explore beautiful waterfalls and to discover the magic of the Bulgarian folklore. It will be held for the 6th consecutive time in the village of Kolarovo, Belasitsa from 13th to 15th October. The first day of the festival will open an exhibition of local artists, and everyone will be able to get acquainted with the region’s heritage.

chestnut festival

Saturday’s festival day will begin with games for the youngest. Children will be introduced to the amazing and colorful world of butterflies. The beginnings of the games are at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone will be able to join the expedition in the mountains and learn a little more about chestnuts. The group will be led by a mountain guide. In the same hour, the performance “See how simple it is”.of the puppet theater of Blagoevgrad will begin.

chestnut festival

At 11 a.m. is also is the beginning of the organized visit of the Samuil Fortress, and the walk in history will last for an hour. From 12 o’clock are planned games for children and grown-up –  “Journey through the Amazing World of Belasitsa”. If you miss them you have the chance to join again at 6 p.m. The festival tents, which will feature traditional foods, products, and objects from the region, will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you want to learn how to make fridge magnets, you should visit the festival at 2 p.m.

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Throughout the afternoon you will be able to enjoy authentic songs, dances, customs and humor from the region. If you want to learn local traditional dances you can do it at 4 p.m. The evening will end with dance fiesta with drums and zurli. On the 15th of October at 9.30 a.m. is the beginning of the excursion “The wonderful waterfalls of Belasitsa”. If you include a mountain guide, you will be shown the beauty of the region along the Kamenishka River. At the same time, you can join another trip – a visit to Rupite, the temple of Vanga and the ancient town of Heraclea Sintica.

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I love to travel because of the encounters with diverse people and cultures and the chance to touch other worlds. And this can happen even without leaving the borders of your own country. For example, at a festival, you can travel thousands of years and dozens of borders without leaving your place. For me, the journey is not only beautiful landscapes and ancient landmarks but also thousands of human stories. Let's learn them together.