Cultural life in Odessa is rich in original holidays and exciting festivals. Many of the events are of global significance and attract a heavy traffic of foreign tourists. One of such events is a festival called Days of Europe which is held annually and falls on the third week of May. An essential feature of the scale holiday is a variety of events taking place within the festival: children drawing contest, different exhibitions of photographic art, conferences, street concerts, kidsâ€™ fests and culinary performances.
Gastronomy part of the festival deserves special attention of tourists. The Prymorsky Boulevard is a favorite destination of gastronomy tourism enthusiasts during the festival as this is exactly the place of holding numerous culinary shows, master classes and fairs dedicated to ethic cuisine.
The same interesting national holiday is the Independence Day which is celebrated on the 24th of August. In the morning hours the residents of the city come to the Kulikovo field where a grand military parade and military machines display take place. After the show a part of military machines are exhibited on the square and the exhibition lasts till the late evening. One of the most remarkable and exciting events of the holiday is a fair, where one can explore and buy different handicrafts of local masters.