Autumn in Armenia
As painful as it is not spending time by the pool every week, we now welcome the most stunning season of the year: autumn

It’s high time we said goodbye to smoothies, ice-cream and long summer days. As painful as it is not spending time by the pool every week, we now welcome the most stunning season of the year: autumn. Armenia undergoes a wondrous transformation that no amount of long, fancy words would do justice describing it. Yerevan sheds its primary pink color and embraces its new orange tone. Walking down the streets of the city becomes an adventure. Every step you take feels awfully satisfying with the sound of leaves crunching under your feet. Every corner is tinctured a different shade of autumn. Instead of grabbing your usual cold drink after work, you now indulge yourself in hot chocolate that tastes like a piece of heaven. The chilly weather is ideal for taking long walks at 3 pm without sweating under the sun. Everything falls into place.

The gradually descending temperature is no justification to stop engaging in outdoor activities. If anything, now is when you should take part in those more. The most popular attraction is Stepanavan. Picture this: you’re having a picnic in a vast forest slowly fading from green to golden with a cup of hot tea and blankets to keep you warm. The perfect autumn setting. To experience that, Stepanavan Dendropark should be the first place on your list. Dendropark, a natural forest turned into a forest park, is where you go for botanical tours since it is home to more than 500 plant specimens.
The bewitching nature of the park seduces not only tourists, but locals as well. It is a favored place for school trips, excursions and camping. The fresh air there will give you a year’s worth of meditation. For a similar experience but on a cozier, smaller scale, Alea park is another available option to add to your list. Also located in Stepanavan, the park is a local favorite. On your way to the park, make sure you stop by to check out Lori Fortress, an 11th century composition. The fortress overlooks a breathtaking view of golden forests, a view worth dying for. 

Another must-see spot is Dilijan National Park, located in Tavush province. Haghartsin, Goshavank and Mastosavank Monasteries can be found here. Besides being known for its cultural monuments, the national park is noted for its rich fauna and flora, enriching the area with more than 800 species of beetles and 902 species of vascular plants. 29 species of endangered flora occupy the park. While hiking in the park, you have to make a stop by Lake Parz. The roads leading there may not be perfect, so think of it as a hidden treasure in the park. 
Parz Lake
We all have birth certificates, and so does Yerevan. Turning 2799 years old this October, Erebuni Yerevan holiday is Armenia’s favorite event. Celebrated differently every year, the city, decorated with flags, comes to life with music playing and cries of festivity heard from every corner. Every song is dedicated to the capital city.
Erebuni Yerevan
This year, from the 14th of October till the 17th, Skyball is presenting “Discover Armenia from the Sky” festival. Hot air balloons from all over the world will be covering the sky, creating an enchanting spectacle. Now that’s something you wouldn’t want to miss. 
Balloon Fest
Jazz lovers, gather around. The annual Yerevan Jazz Fest is what you should be attending this fall. This year, the opening is taking place on the 26th of October at Sports/Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan with Grammy Award winner bassist Marcus Miller headlining. Armenian State Jazz Big Band performs on October 29th at Aram Khachaturyan Concert Hall. The line-up of Day 4 of Yerevan Jazz Fest 2017 is full of talented Armenian musicians and a special guest from Senegal, taking place on November 1. The second headliner of the jazz fest is four time Grammy Award winner Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, performing on November 3rd.
yerevan jazz fest 2017
The Embassy of Germany is hosting Piano Battle meets Orchestra at Aram Khachaturyan Concert Hall on October 6. The concert symbolizes the grand finale of the Week of German Language in Armenia. The MC of the event is Sergey Sargsyan of ArmComedy.
piano battle
The Embassy of Japan is hosting Japan Movie Festival in Yerevan, Gyumri and Ejmiatsin from October 19-22. There is no admission fee or registration. The movies on the list are A Tale of Samurai Cooking, Maestro!, Have a Song on your Lips, A Band Rabbit and a Boy, Abraxas, Thermae Romae, Mameshiba. 
japan movie fest
Now of course all these hikes and festivals sound enticing and appealing, but you also have to be equally productive. With the school year beginning, it’s best if you participate in workshops and seminars before you’re drowned in homework and midterm exams. Girls in Tech - Armenia, collaborating with Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center, Enterprise Incubator Foundation and USAID Armenia, is organizing Hacking for Humanity hackathon on the 7th of October. The goal of the event is to come up solutions to technological challenges with the help of women.
hacking for humanity
FAST is also conducting a workshop on Machine Learning for Discovery Sciences at Armenia Marriott Hotel from October 18-21. The workshop provides a thrilling atmosphere for students, scientists and researchers to work with international experts and establish collaborations. 
machine learning for discovery sciences
And finally, something to keep you physically active. If you’re an avid jogger, you can take part in Run for Vayots Dzor. The story goes like this: a girl said she’ll run 1 mile for every $10 donated to One Armenia’s campaign. And guess what? Now she’s going to run 100 miles! You can either join her on the run on November 11, or you can donate to the campaign. The run is taking place in order to encourage people to visit the small vineyards of Armenia. If running still doesn’t sound interesting to you, think of it as if you’re running to get alcohol. That ought to change your mind!
Vayots Dzor
Don’t let rainy days stop you from doing anything this autumn. Get your umbrellas, raincoats and rain boots and be prepared for longer, colder nights. Enjoy the cool breeze while you can, because winter is coming.  

Posted byAnnie Akkam
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