Ljubljana events and What's on 2015

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
16. - 18. Jan 2015

Alpe-Adria: Tourism and Leisure Faire
28. - 31. January 2015
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 2015
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
14. February 2015
Shrovetide carnival parade through the city`s old town streets.

Herring Feast
13. February
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.

Gibanica / Moving Cake festival
18 - 21 February 2015
The Gibanica festival is a biennial overview of dance creativity in Slovenia. It showcases the finest in Slovenian contemporary dance.

9th International Mountain Film Festival
23. - 27. Feb 2015
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
28. Feb - 8. March 2015
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.

The Welcoming of Spring
March
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.

17th International Festival of Documentary Film
10. – 17. March 2015
The festival opens issues of a documentary film and its influence to society and human rights. Various venues.

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

FairArt Fair
March
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
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.

Red Dawns Festival
March
International feminist and queer festival takes place at Metelkova Mesto.
www.rdecezore.org/?l=2011&lang=en

Collecta
26. - 28. March 2015
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
April
Orto Club features concerts of home and foreign pop, rock and metal bands.

Artistic Gymnastics World Cup
3. - 5. April
At Tivoli sports hall.

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 republike1. Free creative workshops in the afternoon!

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

SKIS Market
May
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.
www.skisova-trznica.si

3rd International ceramic trienal Unicum 2015
15. May - 30. Oct. 2015
Various locations.

Wire Path Walk
7. - 9. May 2015
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.
www.pohod.si

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
May
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 2015
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 2015
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 2015
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.

Ljubljana Wine Route
May
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.

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
May 2015
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.

Druga Godba, 31st International Music Festival
28. - 30. May 2015
“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.
www.drugagodba.si/en

ARTish Festival
May 2015
Every last Saturday of a month there is a selling exhibiton of unique products of Slovenian creators and artists. The festival programme also includes free creative workshops for adults and children, theatre performances, music concerts, charity projects such as exchange of used clothes, and various fundraising events. The event takes place at Gornji trg square.

Exodos - International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
June 2015
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 2015
Projections, discussions and lectures about photography will take place at ZRC SAZU and LP Bar. (Novi trg 2)

Franja Marathon
12. - 14. June 2015
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 Pride Parade

June 2015

22th Living Literature Festival
22. May. - 5. June 2015
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.
www.skuc.org

Summer Wine Spoils
June 2015
Beetween 12 and 9 p.m.in the old city center of Ljubljana.

Dance Beneath the Stars
June 2015
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.

FairArt Fair
June 2015
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.

Museum Summer Night
20. June 2015
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.

ARTish Festival
June 2015
Every last Saturday of the month there is a selling exhibiiton of unique products of Slovenian creators and artists. The festival programme also includes free creative workshops for adults and children, theatre performances, music concerts, charity projects such as exchange of used clothes, and various fundraising events. The event takes place at Gornji trg square.

Mini Summer, International puppet festival
June
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.
www.mini-teater.si

63st Ljubljana Festival
July – September 2015
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.
www.ljubljanafestival.si

Ana Desetnica, Street theatre festival
1. – 4. July 2015
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.
www.anadesetnica.org

56th Ljubljana Jazz Festival
2. – 4. July 2015
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.
www.ljubljanajazz.si

FairArt Fair
July
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.

Let`s meet in front of SKUC
17. - 26. July 2015
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.
www.skuc.org

Film under the stars
23. july - 15. Aug 2015
Open-air cinema is set up on the courtyard of Ljubljana castle featuring the most acclaimed movies from the past season.

ARTish Festival
July 2015
Every last Saturday of the month there is a selling exhibiiton of unique products of Slovenian creators and artists. The festival programme also includes free creative workshops for adults and children, theatre performances, music concerts, charity projects such as exchange of used clothes, and various fundraising events. The event takes place at Gornji trg square.

Trnfest
July - 1. September 2015
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.
www.kud.si

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

Young Lions 2015 - International Festival of Theatre and Dance
21. - 30. August
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.
www.bunker.si

ARTish Festival
Aug 2015
Every last Saturday of the month there is a selling exhibiiton of unique products of Slovenian creators and artists. The festival programme also includes free creative workshops for adults and children, theatre performances, music concerts, charity projects such as exchange of used clothes, and various fundraising events. The event takes place at Gornji trg square.

Emona Promenade 2015
Street festival. Performances of groups and solo artists from different countries. Location: Trnovo Bridge and Emonska ulica.
www.kud.si

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
4. September
Location: Zidovska ulica and Zidovska steza.

The countryside in the City: Gastronomy Products from Slovenian Farms
Sep 2015
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.

Medieval Days
September
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.
www.mini-teater.si

7th Codelli Classic Cars Festival
Mid Sept
Every year in September good old classic cars revive a memory of vintage Ljubljana.
www.codelli.com

FairArt Fair
Sep 2015
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.

EX PONTO Festival / "New Bridges"
25. Sept - 2. Oct 2015
The 21st 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.
www.exponto.net

Ljubljana Wine Route
September
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.

ARTish Festival
Sep 2015
Every last Saturday of the month there is a selling exhibiiton of unique products of Slovenian creators and artists. The festival programme also includes free creative workshops for adults and children, theatre performances, music concerts, charity projects such as exchange of used clothes, and various fundraising events. The event takes place at Gornji trg square.

21th Festival: City of Women – international festival of contemporary arts
October
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.
www.cityofwomen.org

Golden Stick Festival 2015
5. - 10. Oct
This is an international biennial theatre festival of theatres` for children from different European countries. Various locations.

Ljubljana Wine Route
October
Wine tasting and culinary event on the streets of Lubljana. On this day Posavje wine region will represent its wines.

FairArt Fair
October
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.

Ljubljana Marathon
October 2015
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.
www.ljubljanskimaraton.si

St. Martin's Saturday
November 2015
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, 25th Ljubljana International Film Festival
November
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.
www.liffe.si

30th Book Fair
November
Book novelties are presented in the cultural atmosphere of Cankarjev dom. For details check their web page.
www.cd-cc.si

FairArt Fair
Nov 2015
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.

31th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
November
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.
www.ljudmila.org/siqrd/fglf/

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
3. December 2015 – 2. January 2016
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, 11th animated film festival
December
Location: Kinodvor.
www.animatekafestival.org/

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.

 

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