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If you’re planning a trip to Bucharest anytime soon, get ready for an awesome urban adventure. From April 6th until October 13th, the city is bringing back its super cool “Open Streets” event for the 4th year in a row.

Every weekend, a stretch of the iconic Calea Victoriei boulevard gets transformed into a car-free pedestrian zone from 10 AM to 10 PM. You can stroll freely between Victory Square all the way down to the intersection with Gheorghe Manu Street, soaking up the vibes without any pesky traffic.

But that’s not all! The city’s lining up a jam-packed program of artistic performances, live music concerts, dance shows, kids’ workshops, outdoor exhibitions, sports activities and playgrounds. Imagine meandering through an open-air theater and stumbling upon spontaneous acts by local artists and performers. Talk about an urban scene-stealer!

We already had our first stroll in the area the last weekend and were pleasantly surprised by the number of cafes, terraces, and bars that line the boulevard this year. With cars banished, it’s the perfect setting to leisurely sip a coffee or a enjoy an ice-cream, or have taste of local beer, while people-watching .

Last year, over a million people joined the fun, and you can bet your travelers’ boots that 2024 will be even more epic. The whole shebang is organized by the Bucharest City Hall, ARCUB Cultural Center and PROEDUS Sports Center, so you know it’s legit.

Just be mindful that some surrounding streets will be closed off to cars during the event for everyone’s safety, which might add up to traffic jams, if you are in a hurry elsewhere. But don’t sweat it – public transportation will be diverted to keep things running smoothly, and we always recommend walking in the central area.

Here’s the Facebook page of this event:

So there you have it, globetrotters! Mark those calendars and get ready to experience Bucharest’s urban buzz like a real-life flaneur. Strolling, people-watching and soaking up cultural vibes – what better way to spend a weekend in the Romanian capital? Let’s do this!


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