Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Slovakia

National pride is especially strong in late summer, when Slovaks celebrate National Uprising Day (Aug 29) and Constitution Day (Sept 1).
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Slovakia.
  • Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2015

April 30–May 17 (weekends only):  International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits, near Prievidza at Bojnice Castle

April 30–May 2:  Bratislava May Festival (concerts along the Danube, fireworks)

May 1:  Labor Day (some closures)

May 8:  Liberation Day (commemorates end of World War II; closures)

June 4:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June–August:  City beach, Bratislava (imported sand, beach chairs on the riverbank)

June 26–28:  Coronation Festival, Bratislava (medieval procession, fireworks)

Late June:  Viva Musica! Festival, Bratislava (classical, jazz, world music)

Late June or early July:  Anniversary of Napoleon's Siege of Bratislava (1809 battle reenacted in Janka Kráľa park, across the river from the Old Town)

July 3–5:  Východná Folklore Festival, west of Levoča

July 5:  Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day (closures)

August 29:  National Uprising Day (commemorates uprising against Nazis; closures)

September 1:  Constitution Day (closures)

Early September:  Salamander Days, northeast of Bratislava in Banská Štiavnica (tribute to Slovakian miners' traditions, culminates in evening parade)

September 15:  Our Lady of Sorrows Day (closures)

Mid-September–mid-October:  Bratislava Music Festival (classical concerts, opera, ballet)

October 23–24:  Bratislava Jazz Days

November 1:  All Saints' Day/Remembrance Day (religious festival, some closures)

Mid-November (one week):  Bratislava International Film Festival

November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)

Late November (one week):  One World Film Festival, Bratislava (human rights documentaries from around the world)

December:  Christmas Fair, Bratislava

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day/St. Stephen's Day (closures)

December 31:  Christmas Eve (concerts and fireworks in Bratislava)

2016

January 1:  New Year's Day/Republic Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

January–February:  Ice-skating rink on Hviezdoslav Square, Bratislava

March 25–28:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures); Easter market on Františkánske Square in Bratislava

March 27 (likely):  Bratislava Marathon

Early May (weekends only):  International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits, near Prievidza at Bojnice Castle

May 1:  Labor Day (some closures)

Early May:  Bratislava May Festival (concerts along the Danube, fireworks)

May 8:  Liberation Day (commemorates end of World War II; closures)

May 26:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)