Azerbaijan is gearing up for the winter season with a plethora of festivals and events to offer unforgettable experiences for all. Take a break from skiing in the mountains or strolling in the beautiful Old City and head to one of many special events taking place around the country.

Azerbaijan is nestled between Europe and Asia with daily flights from Dubai that can get you to Baku in under 3 hours. From international performances to delicious gatherings, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy with family and loved ones. Your winter holiday won’t be complete without experiencing the richness of this country’s culture.

Mark your vacation calendar and get the most out of your escapade by attending these vibrant cultural highlights:

Baku International Jazz Festival – 18-27 October, Baku

Showcasing Azerbaijan’s deep and historic ties to jazz music, this event hosts both local and internationally renowned artists performing at various venues across the city.

Pomegranate Festival – November, Goychay

Bright, sweet and juicy, pomegranates are a national symbol of Azerbaijan. Known for having some of the most delicious pomegranates in the country, Goychay hosts an annual cultural festival filled with pomegranate-oriented food and desserts, music, dancing, parades and more. Wine lovers can also savour the taste of homemade pomegranate wine from the recent harvest, as well as participate in competitions for the fastest pomegranate eater and best pomegranate squeezer. Free entry.

Peter Bence’s World Tour concert – 22 November, Baku

Prepare to be enthralled by the incredible abilities of Peter Bence, Guinness World Record holding pianist with the fastest fingers. The Hungarian pianist will be presenting his latest album in Baku with a night filled with music and entertainment in the capital.

“Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” Christmas/ New Year Fair – December-January (Date TBC), Baku

Nothing warms the heart in the dead of winter quite like a festive Christmas fair. Fountain Square in downtown Baku will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with stalls selling clothes, books, souvenirs and more. Once you’ve completed your gift shopping, relax under the lights at one of the many cafés with a hot cup of tea and traditional sweets. Free entry. 

Source: Hill+Knowlton Strategies