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Rike Park during summer | © Marcin Konsek / WikiCommons
Rike Park during summer | © Marcin Konsek / WikiCommons
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When Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Tbilisi?

Picture of Baia Dzagnidze
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Updated: 2 April 2018

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. Spring here is short and warm sunny days turn into hot summer months by late April. Summers are quite hot and humid, while autumn and winter are both reasonably mild – if you are expecting to see snow-covered Tbilisi in winter, you’ll be disappointed. It rarely snows in the capital. We’ve run through the best months to visit the capital here, whether you’re drawn to sunny weather or festivities.

January

Winter months in Tbilisi are laid back, especially during January when the nation celebrates New Year for at least two weeks. Georgians follow the Orthodox Calendar, so New Year’s is a much bigger deal than Christmas. They celebrate Christmas on January 7 and the Orthodox New Year on January 14. If you’d like to experience how locals celebrate this holiday, then the first weeks of the month are a perfect time for your visit.  Moreover, there’s a religious procession every year on January 7 called Alilo, where people walk from Rose Revolution Square to the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Rainfall: 4 days

Temperature: 41°F (5°C)

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Alilo Procession in Tbilisi | © Paata Vardanashvili / WikiCommons

February

February continues to be laid back. The weather is similar to January: a bit cold during the day, even if the sun is shining. There are no special holidays or celebrations in this month and locals start to count down the days to spring. However, you can still have a pleasant walk in the center of the city, explore its backstreets, visit museums and indulge in tasty Georgian cuisine.

Rainfall: 4 days

Temperature: 41°F (5°C)

March

Locals have dubbed March the ‘crazy’ month, as the weather changes numerous times per day. Even though this is the month that ushers in spring, the weather can still be wintery: it can be gloomy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon, or it can rain very suddenly on a warm sunny day. Come prepared with an umbrella or raincoat. Nature starts to flourish from the second half of the month, making Tbilisi a perfect backdrop for your Instagram.

Rainfall: 5 days

Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

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Nature starts to bloom in spring | © Moxeve18 / WikiCommons

April

In April, the weather is warm and it becomes pleasant to walk around the city and take day trips from Tbilisi. The first few days may still be chilly, but as the weeks go by, the weather gets warmer and you’ll notice more and more people sitting in the parks and recreational areas. Georgian Easter typically falls in April, depending on the Orthodox calendar, and Georgians also mark April 9. This was the day of the tragedy of 1989, when an anti-Soviet demonstration was dispersed by the Soviet Army, resulting in 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries. April 9 is now remembered as the Day of National Unity and is a public holiday. The Parliament of Georgia was the epicenter of the event, therefore, you’ll see many bouquets laying around this area.

Rainfall: 7 days

Temperature: 59°F (15°C)

May

Locals love May, when the weather is warm enough to wear light clothes but not too hot as in the summer months. There are also several public holidays and events throughout the month. On May 9, the country celebrates Victory Over Fascism so you’ll see veterans in their uniforms in Vake Park and lots of bouquets on various monuments throughout the city. May 26 meanwhile is Independence Day. The central roads are closed for cars, and instead there’s a military procession and speeches by the President and representatives of the government. There’s a fair on Rustaveli Avenue where the different ministries have their stands and showcase their achievements to the public.

Additionally, the city hosts the New Wine Festival in the first weeks of the month, where you can try wines from late-harvest grapes made either by traditional or European methods. For book lovers, Tbilisi hosts an international book fair where local publishers and bookstores exhibit their products with special, promotional prices. Documentary film lovers will appreciate a CinéDOC-Tbilisi film festival, which brings some of the most influential movies to the capital.

Rainfall: 9 days

Temperature: 68°F (20°C)

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A parade on Independence Day in Tbilisi | © U.S. Army Europe / Flickr

June

June is a great month for those who don’t like the sweltering summer heat.  Locals love spending days outdoors, either at the terrace cafés, parks or at the festivals. In June, Tbilisi Open Air hosts music festivals in the outskirts of Tbilisi, bringing together local and international artists of rock and electronic music. Moreover, you’ll see many locals at Lisi and Turtle Lakes, appreciating their spare time with family and loved ones.

Rainfall: 8 days

Temperature: 77°F (25°C)

July

The temperature slowly gets higher and higher from the month of July, and many locals take a vacation to either a Black Sea coast or abroad. However, those who stay in the city try to escape the heat at the neighboring Lisi and Turtle Lakes. Additionally, the city hosts a traditional folk festival called Art-Gene at the Ethnographic Museum of Tbilisi, where local bands and dance ensembles host concerts. Do remember, however, that there is no air conditioning in the public transport or many of the museums, so do remember to stay hydrated.

Rainfall: 5 days

Temperature: 77°F (25°C)

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Crafts on display at Art Gene Festival | © Kober / WikiCommons

August

Usually August is quite hot in Tbilisi and many locals can’t take the heat. If you are one of these people, it’s better to stay in Tbilisi for only a couple of days before moving on to either the lowlands or mountain regions of the country. The city tends to be a bit deserted for at least half of the month as many vacation to Batumi or other parts of the country. Those who stay try to escape the hot summer evenings at open-air bars or parks.

Rainfall: 5 days

Temperature: 86°F (30°C)

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Rike Park during summer | © Marcin Konsek / WikiCommons

September

Autumn in Tbilisi is beautiful, complete with falling leaves and colorful nature. However, the weather still stays warm, so it’s still pleasant to wander around the city. It’s in September that the city celebrates Tbilisoba, the day of Tbilisi. Even though the exact date of its foundation is unknown, the celebration is movable each year. Previously it was celebrated on the last weekend of October when the grape harvest was over, however, the festivities have been moved to the sunny days of September instead.

The end of the month also brings Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre that continues through to the beginning of October. The festival includes international and local theater companies, masterclasses, exhibitions, and workshops.

Rainfall: 5 days

Temperature: 68°F (20°C)

October

The weather from October usually starts to get chillier. However, it’s still mild enough to explore the city – just make sure to bring a jacket and umbrella with you. The outdoor activities might be limited due to the weather, but there are plenty of things you can do. On October 14, Georgia celebrates Svetitskhovloba, so make sure to visit Mtskheta and attend the celebration there. You can also enjoy plays in the theater, listen to live music in various bars of Tbilisi, visit museums, attend Kolga Photo Festival or try all sorts of local wines in Tbilisi’s wine bars.

Rainfall: 5 days

Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

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Autumn in Tbilisi | © Mostafameraji / WikiCommons

November

November can get quite cold and wet, limiting the things you can see and do. It’s not the best time to visit Tbilisi compared to other months of the year; however, the prices for accommodation and flights do drop down rapidly and you might get a great deal. Fortunately, there are some events you can still enjoy despite the weather. For instance, Tbilisi Jazz Festival brings internationally acclaimed jazz artists to the city and is one of the most beloved local events. Meanwhile, photography lovers can visit Tbilisi Photo Festival and see the works of Asian, European, and the Middle Eastern photographers.

Rainfall: 4 days

Temperature: 41°F (5°C)

December

December is one of the most boring months in Tbilisi, as there are not many cultural events happening in the city. The weather is a bit too cold for walking around and it rarely snows either. When the nearby mountains get snow-covered, many winter sports-loving locals flock to the closest ski resort, Gudauri. Towards the end of the month, everything gets hectic in preparation for the New Year.

Rainfall: 4 days

Temperature: 41°F (5°C)