Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in 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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2016

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

May 3:  Constitution Day (Swieto Trzeciego Maja, celebrates Europe's first constitution; street fairs, including Wrocław's Festival of Good Beer; closures)

May 15:  Pentecost (closures), also Kraków Marathon

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

May 29–June 5:  Kraków Film Festival

Mid-June:  Lajkonik Festival, Kraków (colorful traditional parade)

June:  Sztuka Ulicy, Warsaw (street performers festival)

Mid-June (2 days):  Wianki Festival, Kraków (midsummer festival; wreaths on rafts in Vistula River, fireworks, music)

June 25–July 3:  Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków

June 29–July 2:  Open'er Festival, near Gdańsk (alternative rock/pop festival)

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

Early July (1 week):  Crossroads Festival Kraków (world music)

July 29–August 7:  Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival

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

Mid-July–mid-August (3 weeks):  St. Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk (market stalls, music, general revelry)

August 5–13:  International Chopin Festival, Duszniki-Zdrój, southwestern Poland (world's main Chopin festival, held in the composer's house)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 19–20:  Live Music Festival, Kraków (hip-hop, rock)

Mid-September (1 week):  Sacrum Profanum Festival, Kraków (contemporary and experimental music)

Mid-September (9 days):  Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music

October 1 (likely):  Rawa Blues Festival, Katowice

October 7–16:  Warsaw Film Festival

October 9–16 (likely):  Unsound Festival, Kraków (avant-garde music)

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

Early December (1 week):  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)

2017

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

April 16–17:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

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

May 3:  Constitution Day (Swieto Trzeciego Maja, celebrates Europe's first constitution; street fairs, including Wrocław's Festival of Good Beer; closures)