Free time in Sibiu | Top events and places

Dancesport, ballet, guitar, books and…muscles are the proposals for how you can spend your free time in Sibiu this weekend. All in all, I have to tell you that from Friday to Sunday we will enjoy great weather. The Institute of Meteorology has reported that we’re going to have plenty of sunshine, with temperatures from 29 to 31 degrees, and the wind will blow lightly, just enough to make the heat bearable.

So, take advantage of the stray summer during these autumn days and check out the best venues in Sibiu. You have a wide range of choices, both in the middle of Sibiu and beyond, in locations surrounded by idyllic landscapes, clean air and adventure.

Books make you richer.

First on our list of events is the Sibiu Book Festival – Open Minds, a – you guessed it – book festival. We welcome the idea of such an event especially when you think that we live in a world where technology has the bad habit of resibiu free timeplacing the interest for books and reading. And “a bookless room is like a soulless body” Cicero once said. Sibiu Book Festival is a relaxing festival, perfect for your free time, that combines the pleasure of reading with quality music as it perfectly fades into the weekend. It takes place between September 14th and 17th , in the Small Square. There will be many books, new titles, special offers, and a collection and donation campaign. 

Did you know, for example, that the smallest book in the world has 0.9 mm both in length and in height, like a grain of salt, but it has 30 pages, out of which 3 are coloured? Or that the Bible is the world’s best-selling book, that Shakespeare invented over 17,000 words and that Essenza Wine & Books in Sibiu is a place like no other where you can combine good wine with jazz and old books? You can make reservations for wine tastings and events using the Essenza Wine&Books page. And the best part…you’ll have 10% discount off the bill!

How to lift a bus and be seen by people in 89 countries.

Saturday, September the 16th, between 14:30 and 20:00, the world’s most powerful people meet in the Big Square. “Strongman Champions League Romania” will create a part of Goliath’s world in Sibiu. There will be buses drawn by people, huge wheels and stones and nine athletes will compete over their muscles. It is a “power lifting” competition set up in 2008 following the “World’s Strongest Man” circuit. 

strongman competition
Photo : Silvana Armat

Participants are the world’s best athletes who face over 20 contest stages, based on strength, skills and resistance. Sibiu hosts 5 of them, and the rest are taking place elsewhere in the world. At the end of the competition the most powerful man on the planet is chosen. Sounds…heavy, right? The event has global coverage being transmitted by the Eurosport Channel within a 52-minute show to be broadcast in 89 countries.

dancesportDance the weekend away.

This Friday and Saturday the secrets of dancesport are uncovered in Sibiu. The Transylvanian Grand Prix 2017takes place at the Transylvania Hall. If we are to believe the organisers, it is the most important dance event in Romania. Every year, there are over 2,000 athletes from all over the world, and over 20 World Ranking Pairs have confirmed that they will be at Sibiu. The competition is intended for amateur athletes participating in World Open Standard and World Open Latino, and it is structured on age groups. Tickets for this event can be purchased on But beware! If you decide to go, you will definitely want to go out dancing.

And there’s no better place for that than the ultra glamorous Liquid the Club. As always, Saturday night comes with special events, and there’s no exception this weekend! Celebrity Daniela Crudu and the cool Silviu Andrei DJ are in the house this Saturday at Liquid! Make reservations for this (or any other) party using the Liquid the Club page, and you’ll get 15% discount off the bill! Cheers to that! 

Food. Awesome food. Street food.

The best part of this coming weekend? An event we’ve been very much waiting for – “Foodie – Street Food Cuisine”, the awesomest culinary festival. The organisers want to take out the culinary art outside the restaurants’ kitchens, to take it to Cetatii Street – the most beautiful street in Sibiu – and to offer three really memorable days! There’s also very good music in store for us, with the help of “The Noise”, “Les Elephants Bizarres”, “Omelette”, “GOLAN”, “Yellow” and “Sarmalele Reci”. Some of the best street food is just waiting for all of us to sample it. We’re talking grilled goodies, burgers, paella, waffles, ice-cream, all that’s good in this world 😉 And we could tell you a lot about this event, but wouldn’t you rather see it for yourself?

street food sibiu

Especially when it takes place on one of the most interesting areas of Sibiu, near the third fortification belt, built between 1357-1366. The three towers of the guilds, the Gunsmiths Tower, the Carpenters Tower and the Potters Tower were built in the 14th-15th centuries, and the way they have preserved their appearance over thousands of years is remarkable. So make sure you get to see them this weekend!

A more delicate touch.
peer gynt ballet
Photo : TBS / Ovidiu Matiu

We could not finish the list of events without recommending the opening of the Sibiu Opera Festival. The event marks the start of the 2017-2018 season of the Sibiu Ballet Theatre and takes place on September 15th at 19:00 at the Thalia Hall. The show opening the season is “Peer Gynt”, a contemporary dance choreographed by Aleisha Gardner, on the live music of musicians Monica Florescu – Fernandez and Makcim Fernandez Samodaiev. The show is extremely popular, so maybe you will take advantage of your free time and attend it. You can buy tickets from the ticket offices of the State Philharmonic of Sibiu and

That being said, we look forward to a weekend with great food, books, and dancing. Hope you have a great one!

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