Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Slovakia

Grassalkovich Palace, Bratislava, 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


May 1:  Labor Day (some closures)

May 4–6:  Bratislava May Festival (concerts along the Danube, fireworks)

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

May 31:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

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

June 22–24:  Coronation Festival, Bratislava (medieval procession, fireworks)

June 28–July 1:  Východná Folklore Festival, west of Levoča

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

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

September 1:  Constitution Day (closures)

September 6–8:  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 27–October 14 (likely):  Bratislava Music Festival (classical concerts, opera, ballet)

October 11–16 (likely):  One World Film Festival, Bratislava (human rights documentaries from around the world)

October 19–21:  Bratislava Jazz Days

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

November 8–15 (likely):  Bratislava International Film Festival

November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)

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)


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

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

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

Early April (weekend):  Bratislava Marathon

April 19–April 22:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures); Easter market on Františkánske Square in Bratislava