Ljubljana events and What's on 2014
Ljubljana is burstling with the cultural entertainment for its people and also enjoyed by tourists where the language is not a barrier. During the summer, the streets of Ljubljana are daily changes into small markets, street theaters and concerts venues. There is a number of cinemas, galleries and museums to keep you entertained all year long.
Alpe-Adria: Tourism and Leisure Faire
24. - 27. January 2014
Location: Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Center.
Following Presern`s Footsteps
31. Jan - 9. Feb 2014
Open-air concerts by singing choirs and vocal groups at locations where Preseren lived or worked or spent his time.
Slovenian cultural holiday
8. February 2014
Number of cultural events, theatre performances, concerts take place all around Slovenia and Ljubljana, too. Ljubljana`s museums and galleries are admission free. The holiday is dedicated to France Preseren, the gratest Slovenian poet.
9. February 2014
Shrovetide carnival parade through the city`s old town streets.
13. February 2014
Culinary event featuring frehswater and sea fish specialities has been held at the Union Hall of the Union Hotel anually since 1908. From 11 am to 5 pm.
Red Dawns Festival
26. March 2014
International feminist and queer festival takes place at Metelkova Mesto.
The Welcoming of Spring
11. March 2014
A traditional event of handicraftsmen launching wooden clogs with burning candles inside them into waters as a sign of rejoicing at no longer having to work by lights. Starts at 5.30 pm.
International Puppet Day
On the day you can join and see any performance of Puppet Theatres for free, since this is the day when they open their door to honor puppetry art and to make it more recognized.
16th International Festival of Documentary Film
13. – 20. March 2014
The festival opens issues of a documentary film and its influence to society and human rights. Various venues.
Fabula, Short Story Festival
26. Feb - 8. March 2014
Short story as a genre is taken as art. The event will gather a number of home and international renowned authors. The event will be held on several locations in the city center. Ptuj and Maribor as well.
27. - 29. March 2014
Collections of numismatists, philatelists, phone cards, fossils and minerals, antiquities and other things from all over the world. Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Center.
Ortofest - music festival
2. - 28. April 2014
Orto Club features concerts of home and foreign pop, rock and metal bands.
Artistic Gymnastics World Cup
18. - 20. April
At Tivoli sports hall.
Arve Henriksen 4tet - jazz concert
22. April 2014 at 20.00
Cultural and congress centre Cankarjev dom
Amon Amarth - death metal concert
4. May 2014
This Swedish death metal band is not for faint hearted and has gained in popularity in recent years among metal fans. The concert will take place in Kino Siska - center of urban culture. Take a bus or use a city bike.
The Bureau of Atomic Tourism - free jazz concert
6. May 2014 at 20.00
Cultural and congress centre - Cankarjev dom.
Wire Path Walk
9. - 11. May 2014
During the WW2 Ljubljana was the only city in Europe, which was encircled by a barbed wire and thus had a status of a city concentration camp. The reason for the barbed wire was the fact, that Ljubljana had one of the best resistance movements in Europe. Fascists were never able to find and uncover it. For the memory of those dreadful and brave times, an every – year walk is organized by the track of the wire. Usually it happens around 9th May, when Ljubljana was liberated in 1945. The longest track is 35 km long.
Caetano Veloso: Abracacao - Concert
11. May 2014
Place of venue: Cultural and congress center Cankarjev dom.
It is one of the biggest student fiestas. Student clubs from all over Slovenia gather at one place, presenting their local particularities, including food, drinks and sights. Concerts and food and drinks stands bring the event to a celebration, lasting until late hours. If you are a student or eager to meet Slovenian ones or just feel like a party, this is a must. Usually it is located at Ilirija Stadium by the Tivoli Park.
Laibach - alternative rock concert
16. May 2014
NSK artistic industrial rock expression. Point of venue: Krizanke summer theatre
International Day of Museums
18. May 2014
It is the day when museums prepare special program to characterize the significance of institutions that sustain collection of artifacts connected to the nation`s history and its heritage. It is worth using the day for museums. No entrance fee.
23. May 2014
The tradition of dancing quadrille at the prom at the end of four-year secondary education moved to the streets in 2001. At first in Ljubljana only, later in other Slovenian cities as well and recently as an international project, pupils have broken the Guinness World Record in synchronous dancing. If you are in Ljubljana at the time, you will not regret it. The show is big and to see so many young people dancing simultaneously is an absolutely marvelous sight.
Salsa Flower Power - salsa festival
16. - 17. May 2014
At Buba Dance School (Vodovodna cesta 25) & Bolero Dance School (Dunajska cesta 49).
16. - 18- May 2014
Castle days bring you and your children back in time, in time of medieval kings, princesses, dragons and fearless knights and warriors. Ljubljana castle.
Vasko Atanasovski Trio - etno music concert
20. May 2014
The concert starts at 8 pm at the Ljubljana Castle.
Ljubljana Wine Route
24. May 2014
Wine tasting and culinary event on the streets of Lubljana. On this day Primorska wine region will represent its wines in the old city center of Ljubljana.
Juana Molina - world music concert
29. May at 9 pm
This amazing Argentinian artist performs at Cankarjev dom.
Druga Godba, 30th International Music Festival
30. - 31. May 2014
“Druga Godba” is an annual very well visited music festival for those, who prefer different, alternative or ethno. Performers from all over the world, including Africa, South Amerika and Asia, are introduced at locations with special atmosphere, like open-air Krizanke or Metelkova Mesto, the alternative quarter of the city. For more info about program and tickets check their web page. Druga godba rates among the world's 25 best international music festivals.
Emona: A City of the Empire
30. May 2014 - 31. May 2015
This year the city of Ljubljana, its people and all the Slovenes celebrate 2000th aniversary of the Old Roman town of Emona, which was established in the year 14 A.D. For that reason many events until the May of next year will present the heritage that the old Romans left behind.
Magnifico & Serbian Army Orchestra - concert
31. May at 21.00
Krizanke summer theatre is the place of venue.
Photonical moments: Festival of contemporary photography
2. - 6. June 2014
Projections, discussions and lectures about photography will take place at ZRC SAZU and LP Bar. (Novi trg 2)
La Vie En Rose - interntional evening of chansons
3. June 2014
At Cankarjev dom.
Gogol Bordelo- gypsy punk concert
3. June 2014
The concert takes place in Cvetlicarna. It is just a bit too far to walk from the city center so we recommend taking a bus.
6. - 8- June 2014
This is a recreational cycling competition that starts in BTC City.
Ljubljana Pride Parade
7. - 14. June 2014
Queens of the Stone Age - rock concert
9. June 2014
At Krizanke Summer Theatre.
21th Living Literature Festival
13. -20. June 2014
For the purpose of popularization of literature and promotion of young writers, the festival remains special for the combination of music and word. It is taken from inside to the streets into hands of people. More specifically - in front of the SKUC Galery at Stari trg. No fee.
Summer Wine Spoils
14. June 2014
Beetween 12 and 9 p.m.in the old city center of Ljubljana.
Dance Beneath the Stars
14. June 2014
At 21 p.m. the castle lights will turn off and you will find yourself in a part of romantic or energic dancing experience on the courtyard of the Ljubljana castle under the open sky.
Museum Summer Night
21. June 2014
It is the day, when museums and galleries open their doors out of office hours until late in the evening, offering guides, workshops, video presentations, concerts, lectures etc. Entrance to every museum is free of charge.
Billy Idol - concert
24. June 2014
The legend of British rock music is back on the stage in Dvorana Tivoli.
Mini Summer, International puppet festival
International puppet and theater festival for children is sponsored by Mini Theatre, happening mainly at Ljubljana Castle and Krizevniska street, though other locations as well. Theaters from all over Europe present their plays, some for adults too.
62st Ljubljana Festival
1. July – 1. September 2014
The trademark of Festival Ljubljana represents some of the most important and recognized annual events happening from the end of June till the start of September. International philharmonic orchestra concerts, open-air cinema, fine arts colony, opera, ballet, theatre and 61 years of tradition give this festival high artistic value and credibility. For program and more information check their web page.
Ana Desetnica, Street theatre festival
2. – 5. July 2014
It is international festival of a street theatre that takes place on several locations in the city center. At the time streets of Ljubljana work as one big theater.
54th Ljubljana Jazz Festival
2. – 5. July 2014
In 3 days of the festival famous names of international and Slovenian jazz are presented. The stage is located at Cankarjev Dom and Krizanke, the open air theatre. Tickets can be bought at Hard Rock music shop on Trubarjeva street 40 as well.
Deep Purple - rock concert
16. July 2014
Open air concert at Kongresni trg square.
Let`s meet in front of SKUC
18. - 27. July 2014
Near the Well of Hercules on Gornji trg you can witness many theater, literary, musical and dancing presentations, making the old part of town even more catchy. With workshops for children and a market of books and artistic works, everyone can find something for himself. No fee.
29. July - 1. September 2014
Trnfest is a festival which takes place every year during the whole month of August. Various concerts, theatres, musical or video performances are held outside on the street and thus free of charge. Location: Quarter Trnovo. Just ask locals where to go, because it's difficult to find.
Young Lions 2014 - International Festival of Theatre and Dance
23. - 31. August 2014
Presentation of theatre and dance artists from all over the world is set mainly at the location of Stara elektrarna, Slomskova ulica 18, though on other locations as well. For details and program see their web page.
Emona Promenade 2014
Street festival. Performances of groups and solo artists from different countries. Location: Trnovo Bridge and Emonska ulica.
The Old Town Nights
End of August
As traditional enclosure of the “Summer in the Old Town of Ljubljana” festival, it symbolically represents an ending of summer beats of the city. During the 5 days the entire Old Town breathes various kinds of art, food, drinks and concerts of usually rock, classical and ethno music.
European day of Jewish culture
Location: Židovska ulica and Židovska steza.
The traditional Medieval Days and Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music will take place on different locations in the city. The main event at the Ljubljana castle will be followed by others at Triple Bridge, Congress Square and City Park. Dancers, musicians, actors, swordsmen and jugglers from Serbia, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and Slovenia will create an unforgettable medieval experience.
7th Codelli Classic Cars Festival
Every year in September good old classic cars revive a memory of vintage Ljubljana.
Ljubljana Wine Route
20. September 2014
Wine tasting and culinary event on the streets of Lubljana. On this day Podravje wine region will represent its wines in the old city center of Ljubljana.
2nd half of September
Ex Ponto is an International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Production. It takes place on different locations in the city.
20th Festival: City of Women – international festival of contemporary arts
An annual festival offering room to female art and culture is for the 19th time representing artistic productions of women all over the world. The essence of their play, music, literature, visual art and video productions is to point out the wrongful and disproportionate participation of women in culture and life in general. It is taking place on several locations in Ljubljana, usual and alternative ones.
25. - 26. October 2014
This relatively young European marathon annually attracts thousands of sportsmen. The run starts in the city centre and runs around the Mostec hill. There are three different lengths of route (7, 21 and 42 km). This year already 16th international marathon takes place in Ljubljana.
Ljubljana Wine Route
Wine tasting and culinary event on the streets of Lubljana. On this day Posavje wine region will represent its wines.
St. Martin's Saturday
8. and 15. November 2014
On St. Martin`s day grape juice turns into wine. It is the day when many Slovenes visit wine regions of the country and celebrate. In the old town of Ljubljana celebrations will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m..
Liffe, 24st Ljubljana International Film Festival
The Ljubljana International Film Festival has gained its credibility and attraction throughout the years with chosen movies in competition from all over the world. Location: Cankarjev dom.
29th Book Fair
Book novelties are presented in the cultural atmosphere of Cankarjev dom. For details check their web page.
30th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
29. November – 7. December 2013
Ljubljana Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is the oldest film festival of this kind in Europe. Through decades of economic and political changes it has helped killing myths, calming down emotions, joining people of different believes and building a rightful Europe. 26th in a row is taking place in Slovenska Kinoteka.
Day of Culture
3. December 2013
Celebrating birthday of Slovenian greatest poet Dr. France Preseren, 3rd Dec is dedicated to culture. Museums, theatres, galeries, libraries and other cultural institutions open their door and entrance is free.
Holiday Winter Fair
3. December 2013– 2. January 2014
Annually at the start of December Ljubljana gets beautifully decorated and stands offering souvenires, Christmas gifts, foods and drinks are set in the Old Town by the river and at the market place one next to another. At this festive time street concerts, theatres and other events are frequent. For event program visit Tourist Information Office of Ljubljana.
Animateka, 10th animated film festival
New Year in Ljubljana
Every year thousands of citizens wait for the New Year on the streets of Ljubljana. Celebrations with concerts take place at different locations in the city center. For program visit Tourist Information Office of Ljubljana.
- The best source on what's on in Ljubljana is the municipal web site