Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Slovenia

Colorful traditional costumes are a highlight of Slovenia’s National Day of Culture.
  • 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 Slovenia.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Slovenia. 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.
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2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany

February 1–18:  Kurentovanje Carnival (Ptuj)

February 8:  National Day of Culture (celebrates Slovenian culture and national poet France Prešeren; closures)

March 19–22:  FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Finals, near Kranjska Gora in Planica

April 5–6:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 23:  St. George's Fair, Ptuj (medieval market)

April 27:  National Resistance Day (closures)

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (some closures)

May 2:  Labor Day Holiday (closures)

May 24:  Pentecost (closures)

May 28–30: Druga Godba International World Music Festival, Ljubljana

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

June 19–21:  Idrija Lace Festival, west of Ljubljana

June 24–28: Jurjevanje Folklore Festival, southeast of Ljubljana in Črnomelj

June 25:  Statehood Day (closures)

June 26–July 11: Festival of Lent, Maribor (arts festival, fireworks)

Early July (four days):  Ljubljana Jazz Festival

Early July (four days):  Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival, Ljubljana

July–August:  Ljubljana Summer Festival

Mid-July (five days):  Festival of Beer and Flowers (Pivo-Cvetje), east of Ljubljana in tiny Laško

Mid-July (three days):  Bled Days and Nights (folk music, crafts, fireworks, floating candles)

Mid-July–mid-August (two weekends):  Okarina Etno Festival, Bled (ethno music)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

Mid-August–mid-September:  Tartini Festival, Piran (classical music)

Mid-September (10 days):  Old Vine Festival, Maribor (wine, folk music and dancing)

September 20:  Cow Ball (Kraviji Bal), on Lake Bohinj in Ukanc (procession of decorated cows, with traditional alpine sports, dancing, music, costumes)

Mid-October (two weeks):  Maribor Theater Festival

Late October:  Ljubljana Marathon

October 31:  Reformation Day (closures)

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

November 11:  St. Martin’s Day (official first day of wine season, wine festivals across Slovenia)

December:  Ljubljana Christmas Market

December:  Christmas events at Postonja caves (live nativity tableaux inside the caves, music and market just outside)

December 25:  Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day; Independence and Unity Day (closures)

December 31:  New Year’s Eve (fireworks in Ljubljana, Bled, elsewhere)