Best Time to Visit Georgia

Two people hiking through the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

Seasons and Weather

Georgia may be a year-round destination, however, this country has a diverse climate thanks to its geographical position. Settled between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia is generally warmer and wetter in the west, with the east being cooler and drier. The shoulder months of mid-May to early July and September to October are considered the best times to visit, allowing you to avoid the freezing winter temperatures and heat of summer. But to give you a better idea of what to expect, here we take a closer look at each season and the activities they have to offer.

What's spring like in Georgia?

A great season to visit Georgia, spring is generally mild and sunny. As wintery weather can last into April, May is the best month to explore the cities or take day trips out into the surrounding countryside, which is carpeted with wildflowers. Georgia also celebrates its Independence Day on May 26th, with lively parades, exhibitions and concerts held across the country. The biggest of these celebrations is held in the capital Tbilisi, so time your visit with this commemorative day to gain a deeper understanding of Georgia’s history.

What's summer like in Georgia?

Offering warm temperatures without the summer crowds, June into early July is another great time to visit Georgia. The rest of July and August then mark peak season by the Black Sea and the lowlands can get uncomfortably humid. However, if you’re looking to do some hiking, this is a great time to venture into the more mountainous areas. It’s also the only season when you can guarantee snow-free walking in the Caucasus.

What's autumn like in Georgia?

Early September to mid-October sees generally warm and sunny weather, with trees changing colour and snow starting to fall in the mountains. One of the best things to do during these months is to head to Kakheti’s vineyards for the wine harvest. Telavi and Sighnaghi make great bases from which to visit the local wineries and enjoy a tasting.

What's winter like in Georgia?

From December to February, Georgia experiences freezing temperatures, particularly in the eastern half of the country. This is also the low season, except for in the mountainous regions where the winter sports season is in full swing. Ski lodges can get very busy, so we recommend booking your accommodation in advance if you’re planning to hit the slopes.

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Upcoming events

To help you organize your trip to Georgia, here's an overview of the festivals and events taking place over the next 12 months:

2019:

October 14th - Mtskheta-Svetitskhovloba
October TBC - Tbilisoba

2020:

May - New Wine Festival
July TBC - Art-Gene Festival
July TBC - Black Sea Jazz Festival

There's also a number of national holidays in Georgia and on these dates opening hours may be affected so plan your visit accordingly.

Raised wine glass at Tbilisoba Festival in Georgia

Festivals and Events

Alongside its charming cities and Black Sea coastline, Georgia offers a range of festivals to give you a taste of the local culture. Here's an insight into a few of the best that you may wish to experience on your travels.

When is Tbilisoba?

Held over a weekend in October, Tbilisoba celebrates the founding of Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi. Centered around the Old Town and Rike Park, this event offers open-air concerts, dance events and craft stalls. What’s more, there’s plenty of wine and tasty food to sample such as mtsvadi, which are shish kebabs, and spicy dumplings known as khinkali.

When is the New Wine Festival?

Despite Georgia being the oldest wine-making country in the world, this festival is one of the country’s newest additions. Celebrated at the end of the spring season in May, the New Wine Festival marks the time for unsealing traditional wine-making vessels called qvevri. With more than 60 varieties to sample and ideal weather, this festival is a great excuse to have a drink with the locals.

What is the Art-Gene Festival?

Located at the Ethnography Museum in Tbilisi, the Art-Gene Festival is a popular Georgian folk festival that has been held since 2003. The week-long event features folk music and dance performances alongside arts and crafts and plenty of food stalls with delicious Georgian cuisine. Both local and tourists alike are drawn here to escape the July heat and enjoy a cooling drink in the summer breeze.

What is the Black Sea Jazz Festival?

As the name suggests, this vibrant event is held in the Black Sea resort of Batumi. Jazz lovers from across the world are drawn to this city to witness performances by top jazz artists such as Diana Krall. In recent years, the festival has also broadened to include hip hop, R&B, funk and soul. Though be sure to grab your tickets early as they tend to sell out quickly.

What is Mtskheta-Svetitskhovloba?

Taking place on October 14th every year, this unique festival celebrates both the city of Mtskheta and its cathedral. Dating back to the 11th century, the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a beautiful example of Georgian church architecture and the burial place of several Georgian monarchs. Thousands of people gather in the city for this festival to witness an array of live music, traditional dances and handicraft displays.

See Also

For more useful information about visiting Georgia, check out these handy travel guide resources:

Best Places to Visit – the top travel destinations in Georgia
Top Travel Tips - info about the food, currency and more
Tourist Visas - what you need to know to enter Georgia