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LJUBLJANA EVENTS

LJUBLJANA EVENTS AND WHAT`S ON

Ljubljana is burstling with the cultural entertainment for its citizens and also enjoyed by tourists where the language is not a barrier. During the summer, the streets of Ljubljana are daily changed into small markets, street theaters and concerts venues. In the winter time Christmas Market is incomparibly admired and visited. There is a number of cinemas, galleries and museums to keep you entertained all year long.

Visit Ljubljana and welcome to enjoy in numerous cultural events scheduled throught the year! Plan your time and find out what`s on in Ljubljana with our useful visitor information.

Whether you are a dancing junky or enthusiast who has to dance at least one night away or you`re just someone who likes to enjoy a pleasant evening dancing or socializing with well-spirited locals, then going to one of the dancing parties is just the right choice for you.

Ljubljana’s dancing scene has become stronger and versatile with years. You can choose from most popular salsa party, bachata and kizomba nights to swing parties and tango milongas. Some of the live music Ljubljana events also include dancing parties.

When and where? Check out the list of regular dancing parties in town in this section.

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July

 Gala Hala Stage at Metelkova Mesto
1.-31. July 2019
Every year in August Gala hala club at the Metelkova mesto autonomous culture centre is home to artists, alternative people and various subcultures and a popular hang-out for young people.

Slovenian folk dances by the Ljubljanica river
22. July 2019 at 18.15
Slovenian folk dances by the Ljubljanica river.
Location: Dvorni trg Square.

Moscow Chamber Orcestra “Musica Viva”
22. July 2019 at 20.00
Location: National Gallery

Grainne Hunt, concert
23. July 2019 at 20.00
Location: Museum for Graphic Arts, Tivoli Park.

Ljubljana Art Market
27. July 2019, 9.00 – 16.00
Location: Breg

ARTish Market
27. July 2019, 9.00 – 18.00
Location: Gornji trg Square.

Queensrÿche, heavy metal
28. July 2019
Location: Kino Siska, Centre for Urban Culture. 19.30.

Skunk Anansie, concert
29. July 2019
Location: Kino Siska, Centre for Urban Culture. 20.00.

Georgian Chamber Orchestra
30. July 2019
Location: Slovenian Philharmonic. 20.30.

Permanent Cacti Collection
Until 3. November 2019
A unique exhibition of cacti in the glasshouse, which includes over 1000 plants.
Location: Arboretum Volcji Potok, about 30 km from Ljubljana in direction of Kamnik. 

Library under Treetops
Until 30th September 2019
Borrow books, comic books, magazines and newspapers in different languages free of charge.
Venue: various.

Art Nouveau architecture in Slovenia exhibition
Until Sep 15th
An outdoor exhibition featuring 80 photographs of Ljubljana’s Art Nouveau heritage.
Location: Jakopic Promenade in Tivoli Park.

Mini Summer: International Festival for children
Until Sep 1st
Mini Summer is an international puppet and children’s theatre festival held on Sundays throughout the summer on various locations. 

August

TrNOVfest
1.-31. August 2019
Every year in August Trnovo district hosts one of the largest and oldest festivals in Ljubljana Trnovfest with concerts, theatre events, parties. The district is reachable on foot. Location: KUD France Preseren. 

The Cameristi Della Scalla
1. August 2019 at 20.00
A program of works by Tartini. Location: National Gallery. 

Ljubljana Beach Volley Challenge
2.-4. August 2019 
For three days Congress Square will turn into a city centre beach volleyball pitch. It will host a beach volleyball championship bringing together top international volleyball athletes.

Vadim Kolodenko Piano Concert
7. August 2019 at 20.30
Location: Krizanke Summer Teatre

Alena Baeva, violin & Vadim Kolodenko Piano Concert
8. August 2019 at 20.00
Location: National Gallery

Il Terzo Suono
9. August 2019 at 20.00
International Baroque ensemble. Location: Krizanke Summer Teatre.

Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
14. August 2019 at 20.00
One of the most promising names in contemporary neopsych, excelling also due to an exceptional sense of live improvisation. Location: Kino Siska – Centre for Urban Culture. 

Ljubljana Challenger 3x3
16.-18. August 2019
16 top street basketball teams from all around the world, competing for inclusion in the FIBA 3x3. Location: Congress Square.

Onegin`s Demon
20. August 2019 at 20.30
Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin is one of the most famous works of world literature. Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same title, based on Pushkin’s work, first saw the light in 1879. Location: Krizanke Summer Teatre.

19th Emona Promenade
22. August 2019 at 18.00
A street festival featuring theatre troupes and solo artists from different countries. Visitors can observe various fine artists in action and take part in art, music and dance workshops. Start location: Cobbler`s Bridge.

Deerhunter, concert
22. August 2019 at 20.00
Contemporary indie rock. Location: Kino Siska – Centre for Urban Culture. 

Young Lions Festival
23.-31. August 2019
International festival brings together performing groups and solo artists whose work is characterized by original approaches to theatre and dance. Location: The Old Power Station, Slomskova 18

Festival VIBRA
26.-31. August 2019
Dance Theatre Ljubljana hosting internationally acclaimed dance makers – choreographers, dancers, teachers, theoreticians, bringing an injection of dance and creativity into Ljubljana. Location: Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Prijateljeva ulica 2.

Open Air Cinema
26. August 2019 at 21.00
The Open air Cinema, modelled on the grand open-air cinemas adorning the town squares of Bologna and Locarno. Location: Congress Square.

Nights in Ljubljana Old Town 
29.-31. August 2019
A mini festival symbolically concluding Ljubljana’s summer event season. Location: Outdoor stages, streets and squares in the old city centre.

Festival of Urban Culture 
30.-31. August 2019
Electronic music, design, fashion and socially useful events.
Location: Tobacna Ljubljana. 

Permanent Cacti Collection
Until 3. November 2019
A unique exhibition of cacti in the glasshouse, which includes over 1000 plants.
Location: Arboretum Volcji Potok, about 30 km from Ljubljana in direction of Kamnik. 

Library under Treetops
Until 30th September 2019
Borrow books, comic books, magazines and newspapers in different languages free of charge.
Venue: various.

Art Nouveau architecture in Slovenia exhibition
Until Sep 15th
An outdoor exhibition featuring 80 photographs of Ljubljana’s Art Nouveau heritage.
Location: Jakopic Promenade in Tivoli Park.

Mini Summer: International Festival for children
Until Sep 1st
Mini Summer is an international puppet and children’s theatre festival held on Sundays throughout the summer on various locations. 

September

Boatmen`s Fights 
1. September 2019 at 12.00
It used to be a tradition of the Ljubljanica river boatmen’s guild to organize boatmen’s fights. The winners of the fights, which are first mentioned in written records in 1092, were highly regarded by other members of the boatmen’s guild. Location: Trnovski pristan Embarkment.

Svetlana Zakharova  & Friends  
3. September 2019 at 20.30
Location: Krizanke Summer Theatre

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra   
4. September 2019 at 20.00
Location: Cankarjev dom cultural centre 

Smokeasac, concert
6. September 2019 at 21.00
Location: Kino Siska – Centre for Urban Culture. 

KS X
12.-19. September 2019
Celebration of the 10th anniversary of Kino Siska. They’ll dedicate ten days to music, film, visual arts, comics, dance and the other artistic fields. Location: Kino Siska – Centre for Urban Culture. 

2019 Men`s European Volleyball Championship
12.-26. September 2019
Location: Stozice Sports Park Arena

Permanent Cacti Collection
Until 3. November 2019
A unique exhibition of cacti in the glasshouse, which includes over 1000 plants. Location: Arboretum Volcji Potok, about 30 km from Ljubljana in direction of Kamnik. 

Library under Treetops
Until 30th September 2019
Borrow books, comic books, magazines and newspapers in different languages free of charge. Venue: various.

Art Nouveau architecture in Slovenia exhibition
Until Sep 15th
An outdoor exhibition featuring 80 photographs of Ljubljana’s Art Nouveau heritage. Location: Jakopic Promenade in Tivoli Park.

October

City of Women
1.-13. October 2019
An annual festival offering room for 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 at several locations in Ljubljana, usual and alternative ones.
www.cityofwomen.org

Countryside in the City: Let`s go to the Farms
5. October 2019, 9.00 – 14.00
Cultural and culinary event, where you can taste the best that Slovenian farms and rural country has to offer. Location: Pogacar Square.

Tinta Festival
10.–13. October 2019
The festival is connecting numerous galleries, libraries or other cultural spaces. Every year a lot of Slovene and foreign guests come to exhibit or lecture about their comics, talk as guests at the panels, young authors compete for an exhibition, with a comic auction being held, and similar. Main venue: Kino Siska. Other venues: DobraVaga Gallery, Slovenska kinoteka, Trubarjeva hiša literature, Atrij ZRC SAZU, Galerija Alkatraz, AKC Metelkova mesto, Pritličje, Vodnikova domačija  …

17th Ljubljana Marathon
26.-27. October 2019
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 the route (7, 21 and 42 km). 
www.ljubljanskimaraton.si

Permanent Cacti Collection
Until 3. November 2019
A unique exhibition of cacti in the glasshouse, which includes over 1000 plants. Location: Arboretum Volcji Potok, about 30 km from Ljubljana in direction of Kamnik. 

November

November Gourmet Ljubljana
2.-30. November 2019 
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: different.

Permanent Cacti Collection
Until 3. November 2019
A unique exhibition of cacti in the glasshouse, which includes over 1000 plants. Location: Arboretum Volcji Potok, about 30 km from Ljubljana in direction of Kamnik. 

Ljubljana Wine Route
10. November 2019

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, Ljubljana International Film Festival
13. – 24. November 2019
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

Slovenian Wine Festival
14. November 2019 
Many homemade and also foreign wines are presented. It takes place at Grand Union Hotel.

CoFestivalan international festival of contemporary dance
22. – 27. November 2019 
Dance performances and workshops, lectures, film screenings and interviews. Place: Kino Siska, Centre for Urban Culture

Naked Stage – International Improvisational Theatre Festival 
November
Naked Stage International Improvisational Theatre Festival presents a selection of representative performances of the impro theatres around the world and has extended its scope to improvisation in arts and music. In 2010 it went back to its roots, the improvisational theatre par excellence, a spontaneous comedy within the confines of the theatre.
en.goli-oder.org

Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
23. Nov – 1. Dec 2019
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 to kill myths, calming down emotions, joining people of different beliefs and building a rightful Europe. It is taking place in Slovenska Kinoteka.
www.ljudmila.org/siqrd/fglf/

Book Fair
26. Nov – 1. Dec 2019
Book novelties are presented in the cultural atmosphere of Cankarjev dom. For details check their web page.
www.cd-cc.si

December

Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
23. Nov – 1. Dec 2019
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 to kill myths, calming down emotions, joining people of different beliefs and building a rightful Europe. It is taking place in Slovenska Kinoteka.
www.ljudmila.org/siqrd/fglf/

Book Fair
26. Nov – 1. Dec 2019
Book novelties are presented in the cultural atmosphere of Cankarjev dom. For details check their web page.
www.cd-cc.si

Day of Culture
3. December
December 3rd is the birthday of Slovenian greatest poet , Dr. France Preseren and for that reason the day is dedicated to culture. Museums, theatres, galleries, libraries and other cultural institutions open their door and entrance is free.

Holiday Winter Fair
End of Nov 2019 – 3. January 2020
Annually at the start of December Ljubljana gets beautifully decorated and stands to offer souvenirs, Christmas gifts, foods and drinks are set in the Old Town by the river and at the marketplace 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, animated film festival
2. – 8. December 2019
Location: Kinodvor.
www..animateka.si

Festive December 2019
– four Ljubljana Christmas markets in the old town, 
– free open-air concerts, 
– Novi trg Square will host concerts of pop artists (every evening from Dec 14th until Dec 25th)
– the annual free Christmas concert of top Slovenian artists on 24th of Dec at 5 pm (in front of the Town Hall)
– folk and pop live music on Pogacar trg Square (Dec 25th)
– street theatre performances of Ana Mraz theatre group (happening in Spica Park, which is a 15-min walk from the city center (happening on the 26th, from 6.30 – 8.30 pm)
– every evening from 26th – pop and rock concerts on Kongresni trg Square 


New Year in Ljubljana

31. December 2019
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