The coming of spring after a long and cold winter is a festive event in itself! However, attending plenty of bright festivals makes it even more delightful. Would you like to greet the upcoming spring while taking part in a historical festival, listening to jazz, drinking excellent wine, riding a snowboard or having fun at a humor parade? March 2018 festivals in Ukraine offer numerous exciting options to start spring season in the most enjoyable way.
Meeting Spring in “Kyiv Rus`” Park near Kyiv
“Kyiv Rus`” historical park, located in Kopachev village not far from the capital, invites everyone to celebrate the beginning of spring while participating in numerous unusual entertainments. In the first weekend of spring 2018, the park presents “Meeting the Spring” program. The list of activities includes tasting delicious dishes of Ukrainian cuisine, choosing thematic souvenirs at the fair and taking part in many old Slavic rituals and games. For example, the guests will be able to give thanks to winter for all the positive events and to avoid all the problems in future with the help of a traditional ritual. In the course of the ritual, a person has to write all possible problems on a paper and then burn this paper in a big fire. There will be also a chance to make a wish that will surely come true, to try fresh Sun bread and to decorate special spring tree with colorful stripes of fabric. The guests will also enjoy horse riding theatre performance, photo sessions in historical clothes, archery in medieval shooting gallery and many other.
When: March 3-4, 2018
Where:“Kyiv Rus” Historical Park, Kopachev village, Obukhiv region, Kyiv oblast
Price: UAH 50–150
“Yednist`” XVII International Jazz Festival in Kyiv
Smooth sound of jazz in an early spring day – what can be better? If you agree, then welcome to “Yednist`” (“Unity”) – a traditional Ukrainian jazz festival with 17 years of history. During previous 16 festivals, 838 professional jazz musicians from 30 countries took part in the event. This year, the list of participants includes well-known jazz musicians from Ukraine, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Hungary. The performances of “ShockolaD” Ukrainian ethno-folk band and American singer Bria Blessing will be a perfect gift for any lover of elegant jazz music. “Yednist`” XVII International Jazz Festival in Kyiv is supported by All-Ukrainian Jazz Association.
When: March 16-17, 2018
Where: 53/3, Velyka Vasylkivska street, National Theatre of Operetta in Kyiv
Price: UAH 100-600
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Humorina Festival in Odesa
The unique, colorful and funny Humorina festival has been annually held in Odesa for 40 years already. The festival`s traditional date is April 1, but this year it falls on Sunday, so Odesa is going to start celebrating Humorina a day before – on March 31. The festival locations will be found in different places in the center of Odesa. Souvenirs fair and food festival will take place on Grecheska street, while special location for kids called “City of Childhood” will wait for visitors in the City Garden. Traditional Humor Parade will start on April 1 at Soborna square. The bright carnival procession will go through Deribasivska street, Dumska square and Prymorsky boulevard right to Ekaterininska square. The parade, consisting of numerous mimes, clowns, alive sculptures, dancers and comics fans will surely make everyone smile and laugh. Various comic performances will be held on scenes in the different locations: near Duke monument, Vorontsovsky palace, in City Garden and other. Besides, VIII International Festival of Clowns called “Comediada” will be held within Humorina on March 27 – April 1 in the House of Clowns in Odesa (23, Olgiyivska street).
When: March 31 – April 1, 2018
Where: Odesa, different central locations
Lviv Wedding Festival
Lviv Wedding Festival is a must-visit event for those who wish to get married or are just interested in the topic. Here all guests will have a chance to communicate with the representatives of the wedding industry, to get some useful advice, to visit show rooms and to take part in workshops. The entertainment program includes bright performances of artists and interactive lotteries. The festival will be separated into different areas: exhibition area, entertainment pavilions, show stages and a café with delicious Lviv coffee and sweets. All participants will get gifts and surprises, and loving couples will be able to order everything they need for upcoming marriage right at the place. Beautiful interactive decorations will create special holiday atmosphere of the event.
When: March 10-11, 2018
Where: South Expo center, 36, Schyretska street, Lviv
Price: UAH 50–80
Read: Main Cultural Events 2018
Dream Handmade Festival in Lviv
Welcome to the largest handmade festival of Western Ukraine! This event unites those who make, distribute and buy handmade and designer items as well as materials for handiwork, creative hobbies and kids` artwork. Dream Handmade Festival gives a unique opportunity to see the whole range of items for handiwork and art produced in Ukraine, to buy them wholesale and retail, to learn about types of Ukrainian handicraft and handmade and to meet Ukrainian handmade designers. The guests of Dream Handmade Festival will enjoy workshops, seminars, fair, merry music and creative atmosphere.
When: March 31 – April 1, 2018
Where: Palace of Arts, 17 Kopernika street, Lviv
Price: UAH 30
Z-Games on Snow in Bukovel`
Z-Games on Snow is a big music and winter sports festival, held by Z-Games and Sunny Days, well-known organizers of the best winter and summer sports & music events in Ukraine. During the whole week, the participants of the festival will be able to attend concerts of the best artists, loud club parties and to take part in exciting winter sports contests. The music will sound from the main stage in daytime, and at nights guests are welcome to have fun at disco in clubs. Z-Games on Snow will offer lots of fun contests such as Pool jam (competitions in an ice pool) and collective ride in funny clothes and swimsuits. Those who are not keen on skiing or snowboarding will also have many options for entertainment: numerous restaurants and bars, trolley, carting, rollercoaster and so on.
When: March 19–25, 2018
Where: Bukovel` Ski Resort, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast`
Price: UAH 1000 – 1250, some events for additional fee
Read: March 2018 Kharkiv Music Fest
XV International Wine Festival in Berehove, Zakarpattia
International Wine Festival will traditionally take place in Berehove, the winemaking capital of Ukraine, in the beginning of March. XV International Wine Festival will present products of the best winemakers of Zakarpattia. As usual, the festival is organized by Berehove Wine Knight Order of St. Wenzel, whose purpose is to develop and to popularize wine culture in Ukraine. During four days of the festival, the visitors will have a chance to taste the most delicious wines of Zakarpattia and dishes of Ukrainian cuisine; to take part in interesting contests and lotteries; to listen to the best folk bands and to see bright performances.
When: March 8–11, 2018
Where: Koshuta square, Berehove city, Zakarpattia oblast`
Visiting March 2018 festivals in Ukraine is a great chance to add more vivid colors and emotions to your spring.
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