Social Life in Armenia
Connecting with people and socializing are essential components of college life, regarded especially important for incoming students as they adjust (themselves) to the realities of new living arrangements and cultural experiences. Beyond the vibrant academic experience at universities in Armenia, getting involved in extracurricular activities and discovering the country will enrich students’ life who can immerse themselves in the active social life and enjoy the diverse opportunities Armenia offers. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, local food, music festivals, cultural events, historical tours, and nightlife.
Festivals around Armenia
As you explore social life in Armenia, you may consider taking part in various local festivals that range from religious celebrations and cultural events to food and drink fests. Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, and Vardavar, celebrating the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, are major religious holidays widely celebrated in the country. For food and drink lovers, Armenia can offer dolma, barbecue, gata, mulberry, watermelon, beer, and several wine festivals. For those who prefer to build their social life around cultural events, the Yerevan Jazz Days, Yerevan Taraz Fest — the festival of national costumes — or the International Film Festival “Golden Apricot” and HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival are popular occasions to consider. Check out the Armenian Events Calendar for the upcoming festivals.
Gastronomy in Armenia Connects People
Social life in Armenia often revolves around exploring and sharing good food. Yerevan city center boasts of vibrant dining options with restaurants for any taste and high-quality food and service at reasonable prices. Yerevan is a city brimming with cafes with the most popular ones located around Republic Square, Cascade, and along Saryan Street. While socializing in a lively or relaxed ambiance, you are served delicious Armenian and international foods in restaurants and cafes not only in the capital city but also in major towns of Armenia, such as Gyumri, Vanadzor, Dilijan, and Tsakhkadzor. Nowhere in Armenia will you taste such an amazing variety of fish dishes as in an open-air fish-farm restaurant “Cherkezi Dzor” in Gyumri. Being located in “Cherkez” ravine, this cosy nook attracts thousands of locals and tourists who indulge themselves with scrumptious food and enjoy the staff’s hospitality.
Walking Tours in Yerevan and Day Trips in the Regions
Another way to enjoy the social life in Armenia is to take free cultural walking tours in Yerevan or guided hiking tours in various picturesque corners of the country. The relatively small size of Armenia allows traveling anywhere in the country in just several hours. One of such miraculous beauties worth visiting is Dendropark located close to Stepanavan, Lori Region. “Sochut” Dendropark is the first botanic garden in Armenia founded by the Polish engineer and famous forester Edmund Leonowicz in 1931. During these outdoor activities, you will not only discover the gems of Armenia but also make new friends and acquaintances.
Nightlife in Yerevan — A Safe Way to Socialize
Armenia is the 7th among the world’s safest countries, according to Gallup International’s 2019 Global Law and Order report. So nightlife can be another option for you to have an active social life. The Republic Square becomes particularly lively during warm summer nights when the singing fountains play their colorful show. Yerevan has many clubs, bars, and pubs located in the city center that regularly organize fun parties. Local bands perform in various genres, including jazz, hard rock, and ethnic music.