Kyrgyzstan festivals and cultural events

Schedule and overview of popular festivals in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan festivals is a reflection of the rich history of nomadic customs and traditions of the Kyrgyz people. At festivals, the men traditionally demonstrated their equestrian and racing skills, hunters competed in archery and falconry, while women presented their handmade products.

Today, centuries later, the Kyrgyz keep the traditions of the past and organize large festivals bringing people together not only from Kyrgyzstan but also from different countries. The most popular ones are national festival of arts and crafts, cuisine and folklore festival, Kyrgyz kochu festival, felt festival, hunting birds’ festival and horse games festival. Festivals are held on picturesque jailoo (pastures), with installation of yurts (tents), cooking national dishes, arranging exhibition and sales of folk craft items.

A Kyrgyzstan national festival is the best way to enjoy the atmosphere of the Kyrgyz centuries-old traditions. 

Kyrgyzstan Festivals
Kyrgyzstan Festivals
Kyrgyzstan Festivals

Festivals in Kyrgyzstan in 2016

Event

Date

Place

Brief Description

Bike Challenge by

CBT Arslanbob

May 03

Tuesday

Arslanbob village,

(Jalalabat Oblast)

Join us and explore the amazing landscape of the Jalalabad region. A unique adventure in the mountains is waiting for you. Enjoy the beauty of our wonderful lakes and different villages. In addition to this unique experience we offer you a real Kyrgyz-Uzbek folklore show.

Nomad's movement and national horse games festival by

CBT Alay

 

July 16

Saturday

 Chyiyrchyk Jailoo

(Alay Region)

 

National horse games Ulak-Tartysh, Kyz-Kuumai, Tyiyn-Enmei, Er-Enish; Folklore show; Kyrgyz cuisine.

National Uzbek cuisine festival by

CBT Jalalabad

 

July 16

Saturday

 Kara-Alma village

(Jalalabat Oblast)

 

Uzbek cuisine cooking and demonstration.

National Horse Games Festival by

CBT Kyzyl-Oi

July 23

Saturday

Kyzyl-Oi village

(Suusamyr Valley)

National horse games Ulak-Tartysh, Kyz-Kuumai, Er-Enish; Folklore show; Kyrgyz cuisine.

Kyrgyz Traditions and Ceremonies Festival by

CBT Chong-Kemin

 

July 30

Saturday

Chong-Kemin valley Karool-Döbö village

 

Demonstration of traditional ceremonies (Beshik Toi, Tushoo Toi), testing of traditional dishes. Traditional music and national games. Exhibition and sale of handicrafts and souvenirs.

Yak and national horse games festival by

CBT Sary-Mogol

July 30

Saturday

 Sary-Mogol village

(Chong-Alay Region)

 

 

National horse games Ulak-Tartysh, Kyz-Kuumai, Tyiyn-Enmei, Er-Enish; Folklore show; Kyrgyz cuisine.

Kurak and terme festival

CBT Jalalabat

August 06

Saturday

Kara-Alma village

(Jalalabat Oblast)

Demonstration how to make kurak and terme, national handicraft. Master-class for participants. Folklore show.

Taigan and Burkut Festival by

CBT Tamchy

 

August 06

Saturday

Tamchy village

(Northern lakeshore of Issyk-Kul Lake)

 

Demonstration of hunting with a Golden Eagle; demonstration of Taigandogs, the Kyrgyz Borzoi; show of Kyrgyz national games “Ulak-Tartysh” and “Tyiyn-Enmei” on donkeys by children. Exhibition and sale of handicrafts and souvenirs.

Birds of Prey Festival by

CBT Bokonbaevo

August 13

Saturday

Jaichy yurt camp

(southern lakeshore of
Issyk-Kul Lake,
near Kok-Sai Village)

Demonstration of hunting with a Golden Eagle; folklore show; exhibition and sale of handicrafts and souvenirs; tasting of Kyrgyz cuisine.

National Horse Games Festival by

CBT Kochkor

August 20

Saturday

Batai-Aral Yurt camp, on the north-eastern shore of Son-Kol Lake National horse games Ulak-Tartysh, Kyz-Kuumai, Tyiyn-Enmei, Er-Enish; Folklore show; Kyrgyz cuisine.
World Nomads Games

September 3-8

Saturday-Wednesday

Cholpon-Ata

(Northern lakeshore of Issyk-Kul Lake)

Revival and preservation of the historical cultural heritage of the nomadic people’s civilization of the world.