In the past several years, a bunch of music festivals that started small in Romania, started to get some traction and became amazing attractions for people in the country and all over Europe. The quality of the music festivals in Romania is growing every year, just like the number of participants (both artists and people attending the events) so you should definitely consider – if you haven’t done so already – being part of one of Romania’s top music festivals.

The great news is that you have a bunch of great options in different times of the year and I am here to help you choose wisely the best music festival in Romania. How will I achieve that? Well, I will lest the best (in my opinion) below and you will choose the one that sounds best for you. Deal?

Untold

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One really young music festival (2017 will mark its 3rd edition), Untold grew insanely and became Romania’s top electronic music festival and one of the biggest and best festivals in the area. Taking place in Cluj Napoca, sometime in August, the Untold music festival brings on stage important names from the electronic music world. Previous editions brought on stage big names like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Avicii, Afrojack and more. Expect large crowds (around 300,000 for each of the previous editions) and tons of fun. This is definitely one of the must go places if you’re into music festivals!

You can find out more about the Untold music festival in Romania on their official website. Make sure to also visit Check in Price for best places to stay and more travel related articles and information.

Electric Castle

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Many people consider Electric Castle as the best music festival in Romania and I have a really good opinion on it as well. Mixing multiple genres (including rock, indie, hip hop, electronic and reggae) and taking place near a real Baroque castle close to Cluj Napoca, this festival is extremely popular in Romania and Europe, managing to bring together over 100,000 people to celebrate and enjoy great music. It usually takes place sometime in June, so the weather is great, while the artists performing are usually top notch. Some of the big names that performed in previous editions include The Prodigy, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Die Antwoord, Thievery Corporation, Dilated People and more. You will also have a chance to listen to many Romanian acts and you might even find yourself dancing near a Romanian celebrity – as many have joined the crowds to enjoy the Electric Castle music festival in Romania.

If you want to find out more about this festival, you can do so on its official website.

Plai Fest

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We’re moving away from Cluj Napoca but remain somewhat in the area: Play Fest is a festival that takes place in Timisoara sometime in September. This is a really interesting project, as it is completely organized and run by volunteers, being the biggest volunteer festival in Europe. Although the artist lineup is not as impressive as that of the previous two festivals, the fact that it’s run completely by volunteers and that there are complementary cultural events (like workshops, movie viewings and such) make it an important festival in Romania and an experience you should reward yourself with.

So why not find out more about it if you’re interested? Click here to visit its official website.

Metalhead Meeting Festival

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If you’re into rock music and you happen to be in Bucharest in late June, then the Metalhead Meeting Festival is a must. It usually takes place at the Arenele Romane, which is built to handle huge crowds and it grows in popularity every year. The lineup of artists is also really impressive, with bands like Sepultura, Moonspell, Paradise Lost or Kreator (to name just a few) and one of the bands for 2017 has already been announced: Behemoth. For fans of the genre, this is an amazing festival!

You can find out more about it here (they don’t seem to have an English version website, though).

Summer Well

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Another festival that grows in popularity every year and brings more and more music lovers together is Summer Well. The festival takes place in Buftea, which is near Bucharest and is usually held during the second weekend of August. The atmosphere there is usually amazing – for those who love nature, that is – and the lineup of artists performing there is more and more impressive every year. For example, some of the artists that performed in 2016 were The Chemical Brothers, Hurts, Milky Chance and more.

Although its not (yet) as popular as the festivals above – with around 40,000 participants in 2016 – this is a great choice for music lovers who don’t mind to spend some time surrounded by nature. Find out more about it on its official website.

Sibiu Jazz Festival

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For jazz lovers we have Sibiu Jazz Festival. Usually taking place in late May, Sibiu Jazz Festival brings together big jazz artists in Europe and Romania. Plus, it gives you a great excuse to visit one of the most popular and beautiful cities in the country, if you haven’t done so already. It’s also one of the oldest festivals in Romania: 2017 will mark its 46th edition!

If you want to find our more about it, check out its official website.

These would be the best music festivals in Romania. The best thing about them is that they all happen in a relatively short timespan, so if you plan your journey carefully, you can mark them all on your list this year – and see an important slice of Romania while doing so!

14 COMMENTS

  1. I had no idea Romania had so many festivals????. Pretty cool. I am a bit old for music festivals. I’ve always liked going to concerts of artists that l enjoy. Billie Idol, The Cars, Hall and Oates etc. it’s nice to know there are choices. People love their Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals ????

    • A bit too crowded, music a bit too loud for me too 🙂 Plus, I don’t really dig electronic music in most cases, but there are surely a lot of people out there who do. And with my back problems, the idea of spending one night (or more) sleeping on the grass… doesn’t sound amazing! 🙂

  2. Calin: I’m afraid I concur w/ Kemx2 re age. Still, it looks like a lot of fun for the younger crowd. I thought “Death Cab for Cutie” was a weird name for a group, but Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Die Antwoord, Thievery Corporation, Dilated People, etc, are pretty “out there,” too. 😉 Do you and Wife Romania check these out? Maybe a little harder to mosh with Eric in tow.;-)
    Now, the Sibiu Jazz Festival would attract me, though. The other festivals, while certainly located in scenic areas, wouldn’t draw me in. I’m just not a fan of today’s music. Me, I’m more for classical music, or “Golden Oldies.”
    Not that I’m a partaker, but what are the marijuana laws? Can people smoke cannabis in public–at these music festivals. (I think the stuff really stinks–how can anyone breath in the nasty stuff?!)
    I noted on Bing, today’s (21/11/2016) image is http://www.bing.com/search?q=Salina+Turda&form=hpcapt&filters=HpDate%3a%2220161121_0800%22
    A couple of weeks ago they had another image from Romania. Mighty pretty county, you have.
    ~Teil

    • You should really listen to some Die Antwoord or Skrillex, Teil. That could be… interesting :)) We don’t go to these music festivals either, we prefer our mp3 playlists and comfy couches for most cases 🙂

      Regarding marijuana… it’s considered an illegal drug in the country but I doubt people at those festivals even try to hide it from the public. I remember that last year when we were at Eforie Nord, some guys that always happened to stay near us (or us near them) kept smoking like it was the normal thing to do. So yes, even though it’s considered illegal and you could even go to jail if you are caught, most young people don’t care about that too much. It’s not like everybody’s smoking joints at every corner, though 🙂

  3. I think you’ve got the party-pooper senior set here. Music festivals aren’t my thing either. But maybe I could be persuaded to go to the Plai Fest by Timisoara. There seems to be a lot on offer there besides music. Just one more side to Romania I didn’t know about.

  4. Calin: Tell me you DON’T have this craziness in Romania!!!
    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3971386/One-person-shot-dead-outside-Macy-s-Black-Friday.html
    Truly, I am afraid to go to any place in the USA where herds of humans congregate!
    How’s the weather? Have you gotten your first high electric bill? Have you seen these?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jE1YOXJcn8
    Of course you have different electricity current, but maybe there’s something comparable which will work in Europe?
    Teil (Party-Pooper Young Senior)

    • Hello Teil, fortunately, we don’t have that (yet). Black Friday was introduced here by online stores and it’s a really fun thing: we’re not taking physical locations by storm, but websites. Every year, all websites report more traffic and more sales than ever. So it’s a good approach – virtual shots are better than real ones 🙂

      Regarding the electrical bill, we have a stranger system in our city (they estimate consumption, then they read the actual numbers and adjust every 3 months). But I keep track of things myself and the bill will be around 390 lei as we’re using about 600 KWh this month. Fortunately, in the meantime, the city solved their problems and we’re receiving solid and cheap heat from them, so we’re putting the electrical heaters away.

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