Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Poland

Street musicians, Kraków, Poland
Vibrant traditions live on in Poland.
  • 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 Poland.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Poland. 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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2018

July–August:  Jazz na Starówce, Warsaw (free Saturday concerts on Old Town Square)

July 28–August 19:  St. Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk (market stalls, music, general revelry)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 17–18:  Live Music Festival, Kraków (hip-hop, rock)

September 11–17:  Sacrum Profanum Festival, Kraków (contemporary and experimental music)

September 21–29:  Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music

September 27–29:  Rawa Blues Festival, Katowice

October 7–15:  Unsound Festival, Kraków (avant-garde music)

October 12–21:  Warsaw Film Festival

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

November 11:  Independence Day (closures)

November 29:  St. Andrew's Eve (partying before St. Andrew's Day; some closures)

December:  Christmas market, Kraków

December 7–13:  Watch Docs, Warsaw (human rights film festival)

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

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

December 31:  New Year's Eve (huge street party in Kraków)

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

April 21–22:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 28:  Kraków Marathon

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

May 3:  Constitution Day (Swieto Trzeciego Maja, celebrates Europe's first constitution; street fairs)

Late May–early June (9 days):  Kraków Film Festival

Early June (weekend):  Wrocław Good Beer Festival

June 9:  Pentecost (closures) 

June 20:  Corpus Christi (religious festival with procession; closures)

June 27:  Lajkonik Festival, Kraków (colorful traditional parade)

June 21–23 & June 28–30 (likely):  Sztuka Ulicy, Warsaw (street performers festival)

June 22 (likely):  Wianki Festival, Kraków (midsummer festival; wreaths on rafts in Vistula River, fireworks, music)

Late June (8 days):  Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków

July 2–5:  Open'er Festival, near Gdańsk (alternative rock/pop festival)

Early July (4 days):  Crossroads Festival Kraków (world music)

Late July–early August (9 days):  Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival (includes many performances in English)

Early August (9 days):  International Chopin Festival, Duszniki-Zdrój, southwestern Poland (world's main Chopin festival, held in the composer's house)