Events in Almaty

The end of August and the beginning of September are always saturated in Almaty with city festivals, concerts, fairs, etc. The main reason for numerous large-scale events is City Day of Almaty. Officially it is celebrated on the 16th of September, however a whole month is filled with a huge number of events. The events will cover mainly 5 sites: the Abai square, the Astana square, the Almaty Arena, the Park of the First President, and the streets of Panfilov and Zhibek Zholy.

On August 25-26 the Festival of Classical Music "Kөk-Tөbe Opera - 2018" will be held. Here, at the annual open-air music festival you will hear the voice of opera stars and see worldwide ballet performance. The special guest of the festival will be an Italian tenor - Vincenzo Costanza!


"Gakku Dauysy" is an annual Kazakh music festival organized by the TV channel "Gakku TV" (September 15, 15.00-23.00, Square Astana).

ARTBAT FEST - the ninth international contemporary art festival, starts on August 24, the theme of the current public art project - "Water Stream". The festival was first organized in 2010 by an initiative group consisting of artists, and businessmen. Since 2012, ARTBAT FEST went beyond the Arbat (a part of the Zhibek Zholy pedestrian street) - installations began to be installed in unusual locations in the city, and the program of the festival was expanded with indoor exhibitions. During 8 years of the festival more than 250 artists and curators from 26 countries took part in this work. (read more about the festival).

Many other events will be held. Such as the festival of orchestral music in the open air "Festival of Orchestras", Family Festival Day (September 9, at the "Astana" Square); International garden festival "Almaty garden show", Muzzone Dance Party, International Festival of Monumental and Decorative Arts "Mural", moto freestyle "Red bull FMX JAMS", "Almaty Film Festival", project "Junior Eurovision", celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alatau district, "Almaty Fest Big City Picnic", exhibition-fair of carpet products, performance of the State Orchestra "Camerata of Kazakhstan", Night festival "Yarkocross", etc.

There will also be the Festival of books "KITAP FEST", which will be held for the fifth time on September 8 at the square "Astana"; there is an opportunity to meet with domestic authors, visit book fair, creative master classes, reading poetry and the largest book exchange in the metropolis.


For fans of classical and folk music, there will be an opportunity to hear various symphonic, folklore-ethnographic, variety-symphony orchestras.

Many will enjoy modern music, as there are performances by DJs, representatives of hip-hop and POP-industry and electronic music at international music awards and festivals, as well as a lot of performances of domestic artists.


To find out the dates and places of events, go here