Most of the Tunisian holidays and festivals take place in the summertime, and most are focused on music, crafts, or other aspects of Tunisian culture.
Tunisian Medina Festival
The main venue of the Tunisian Medina Festival is held in the municipal theater in Tunis during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Although Ramadan is always on the same day on the Islamic calendar, but the date on the Gregorian calendar will vary from year to year. In addition to the religious ceremonies that usually take place during the Ramadan period, this festival also features international films and musical performances. You will see live street shows and people dressed in medieval costumes across the city.
Festival of the Oases of Mountain in Tamerza
This annual festival is held in March in Tamerza to commemorate the birth and life of one of Tunisia’s most renowned poets, Abou El Kacem Chebbi. This oasis festival in Tunisia’s largest mountain oasis features live performances, music shows, animation shows, local art show, film screenings, horse racing and poetry readings that attract many local and foreign tourists. Visitors can also sample local food and purchase local crafts.
International Festival of Carthage
Held in Carthage’s Ancient Roman 7,500-seat amphitheater, the festival starts in mid-July and continues into August. The first International Festival of Carthage was held in 1964, but the festival has since grown into one of North Africa’s largest entertainment festivals. James Brown, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles are just a handful of the legendary musicians who have performed at this festival.
International Festival of Hammamet
Like its sister festival in Carthage, Hammamet’s annual international festival is a celebration of music, dance, and other performing arts. Renowned jazz musicians and other musicians from around the globe gather at this scenic coastal community in northeast Tunisia to perform for over one month between July and August. This international festival also hosts nearly a dozen French theatrical plays as well.
International Ulysse Festival of Djerba
This festival running from July until August in Houmt Souk, Djerba attracts visitors from across the country and the world with performances by local actors, musicians, and visual artists. One day of the festival is dedicated entirely to children’s entertainment, another day is dedicated to sports, and another day focuses on arts and crafts made by women.
Tozeur Oasis Festival
Starting in winter (dates vary each year) performers from 10 different countries take part in southern Tunisia’s largest cultural festival. Since its inception in 1938, this festival has taken place every year with the exception of a brief period during WWII, and became international in 1991. Parades, poetry recitations, film screenings, and horseback riding and racing along southern Tunisia’s oasis are some of the featured highlights of this festival.
International Festival of the Sahara
Originally named the ‘Camel Festival’ when it was first held in 1910, this festival is Tunisia’s oldest and most eminent festival. Held in the H’naiech Stadium in Douz each winter, this festival is a four-day tribute to southern Tunisia’s unique nomadic cultures and traditions. Main events include camel marathons, Arabian horse racing, and traditional Bedouin wedding ceremonies.