Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Slovakia

Grassalkovich Palace, Bratislava
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


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

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

Through February (likely):  Ice-skating rink on Hviezdoslav Square, Bratislava

April 7 (likely):  Bratislava Marathon

March 29–April 1:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures); Easter market on Františkánske Square in Bratislava

May 1:  Labor Day (some closures)

May 3–4 (likely):  Bratislava May Festival (concerts along the Danube, fireworks)

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

May 30:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

Mid-June–July (likely):  City (Magio) beach, Bratislava (imported sand, beach chairs on the riverbank)

June 24–26:  Coronation Festival, Bratislava (medieval procession, fireworks)

June 27–30:  Východná Folklore Festival, west of Levoča

July–August (likely):  Viva Musica! Festival, Bratislava (classical, jazz, world music, including many street performances)

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

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

September 1:  Constitution Day (closures)

September 6–17 (likely):  Salamander Days, northeast of Bratislava in Banská Štiavnica (tribute to Slovakian miners' traditions, culminates in evening parade on second Friday of September)

September 15:  Our Lady of Sorrows Day (closures)

September 20–October 6 (likely):  Bratislava Music Festival (classical concerts, opera, ballet)

October 18–20:  Bratislava Jazz Days

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

November 1–7 (likely):  One World Film Festival, Bratislava (human rights documentaries from around the world)

November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)

December:  Christmas Fair, Bratislava

December–February (likely):  Ice-skating rink on Hviezdoslav Square, Bratislava

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

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

December 31:  New Year's Eve (concerts and fireworks in Bratislava)