Ljubljana events and What's on 2016

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.

Magic Salsa Festival
15. - 17. Jan 2016

Alpe-Adria: Tourism and Leisure Faire
28. - 31. January 2016
Location: Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Center.

Following Preseren`s Footsteps
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 2016
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.

Dragon Carnival
8. February 2016
Shrovetide carnival parade through the city`s old town streets.

Herring Feast
10. February 2016
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.

10th International Mountain Film Festival
15. - 19. Feb 2016
40 world class mountaneering films from all over the world will be featured, there will also be book presentations, lectures and discussions. Taking place in Cankarjev dom, cultural and congress centre.

Fable, Short Story Festival
27. Feb - 7. March 2016
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. In Ptuj and Maribor as well.

Red Dawns Festival
4. - 8. March 2016
International feminist and queer festival takes place at Metelkova Mesto and Rog.

18th storytelling festival
7. - 11. March 2016
Wide variety of stories for story listeners of all ages will be told in Cankarjev dom, cultural and congress centre.

The Welcoming of Spring
11. March 2016
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.

18th International Festival of Documentary Film
March 2016
The festival opens issues of a documentary film and its influence to society and human rights. Various venues.

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
19. March 2016
The event presents home made products from numerous Slovenian farms form different Slovenian regions. Bread, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, wine, potica, meat products, spirits,.... Place of venue: Central Market at Pogacarjev trg square adjacent to Tripple bridge and Preseren square.

FairArt Fair
It is a fair of unique hanmade artistic products of inovative young Slovenian designers. It is on once per month, placed at the main open market.

International Puppet Day
21. March 2016
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.

24. - 26. March 2016
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
Orto Club features concerts of home and foreign rock and metal bands.

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
16. April 2016
The event presents home made products from numerous Slovenian farms form different Slovenian regions. Bread, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, wine, potica, meat products, spirits,.... Place of venue: Central Market at Pogacarjev trg square adjacent to Tripple bridge and Preseren square.

Creative Fair
Every Tuseday from May to December unique handmade products are exhibited and on sale. From lether to textile, from fine art paintings to jewellwry and natural cosmetics. Located in the Maximarket passage, adjacent to the Parliament building and Cankarjev dom. Address: Trg republike 1. Free creative workshops in the afternoon!

Musical Festival Spomladanski Samar - Spring Slap
Musical and dance performances. Dance Theatre Ljubljana and Prulcek bar.

SKIS Market
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.

Wire Path Walk
5. - 7. May 2016
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 organized 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.

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
14. May 2016
The event presents home made products from numerous Slovenian farms form different Slovenian regions. Bread, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, wine, potica, meat products, spirits,....Central Market at Pogacarjev trg square adjacent to Tripple bridge and Preseren square.

Castle Days
May 2016
Castle days bring you and your children back in time, in time of medieval kings, princesses, dragons and fearless knights and warriors. Ljubljana castle.

International Day of Museums
18. May 2016
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.

Graduation Parade

May 2016
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.

Druga Godba, 32nd International Music Festival
26. - 28. May 2016
“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.

Exodos - International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
June 2016
Performings of dance and theatre artists forom all around the world. It also includes artists' talks, workshops and other events. Various venues.

Photonical moments: Festival of contemporary photography
June 2016
Projections, discussions and lectures about photography will take place at ZRC SAZU and LP Bar. (Novi trg 2)

Franja Marathon
10. - 12. June 2016
This is a recreational cycling competition that starts in BTC City. The longest route is 156 km long, half marathon 97 km, for children 1,5 km.

Ljubljana Wine Route
18. June 2016
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.

Ljubljana Pride Parade

June 2016
A parade of everyone who supports human rights, freedom and equality of LGBTIQ+ persons.

23th Living Literature Festival
June 2016
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.

Dance Beneath the Stars
17. June 2016
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
18. June 2016
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.

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.

64st Ljubljana Festival
July – September 2016
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
July 2016
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.

57th Ljubljana Jazz Festival
28. June – 2. July 2016
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.

Let`s meet in front of SKUC
July 2016
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.

Film under the stars
July and Aug 2016
Open-air cinema is set up on the courtyard of Ljubljana castle featuring the most acclaimed movies from the past season.

July - 1. September 2016
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 2016 - International Festival of Theatre and Dance
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 2016
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.

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
3. September 2016
The event presents home made products from numerous Slovenian farms form different Slovenian regions. Bread, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, wine, potica, meat products, spirits,.... Place of venue: Central Market at Pogacarjev trg square adjacent to Tripple bridge and Preseren square.

European day of Jewish culture
4. September
Location: Zidovska ulica and Zidovska steza.

Medieval Days
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.

8th Codelli Classic Cars Festival
Mid Sept
Every year in September good old classic cars revive a memory of vintage Ljubljana.

EX PONTO Festival / "New Bridges"
17. - 26. Sep 2016
The 23st International Festival of Contemporary Performing ExPonto Festival Ljubljana Arts EX PONTO will take place on different locations in Ljubljana. It is recognizable by the quality programme, which combines top-notch theatrical aesthetics with social and political topicality. This year for the first time it will include a programme of documentary films from the area of former Yugoslavia.

22th Festival: City of Women – international festival of contemporary arts
An annual festival offering room to female art and culture is 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.

Ljubljana Marathon
30th October 2016
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.

St. Martin's Saturday
5. November 2016
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, 26th 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.

31th Book Fair
Book novelties are presented in the cultural atmosphere of Cankarjev dom. For details check their web page.

32th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
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. It is taking place in Slovenska Kinoteka.

9th Culinary Festival
24. - 25- November 2016
This festival brings you the tastiest culinary feats that the greatest Slovenian chefs prepare for the casual visitors and connoisseurs. The festival helps to educate, evolves the tastes of traditional Slovenian dishes, strengthens the connections between Ljubljana and the Slovenian countryside as well as promotes the most delicious and authentic tastes that Ljubljana and Slovenia have to offer. Place of venue: Grand Union Hotel.

19th Slovenian Wine Festival
24. - 25- November 2016
Many home made and also foreign wines are presented. It takes place at Grand Union Hotel.

Day of Culture
3. December
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
End of Nov 2016 – 2. January 2017
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, 12th animated film festival
Location: Kinodvor.

New Year in Ljubljana
31. December
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.