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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Slovenia

Bled Island, 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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January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 2:  Second New Year's holiday (closures)

Through January 5:  Winter Fairytale, Lake Bled (lakeside holiday celebrations)

January 6:  Epiphany

February 3–9:  Winter Swimming World Championships, Lake Bled

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

February 15–25:  Kurentovanje Carnival, Ptuj

February 23:  Carnival procession, Bled

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

April 12–13:  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:  Second Labor Day holiday (closures)

May 13–16:  Druga Godba International World Music Festival, Ljubljana

May 31:  Pentecost (closures)

June 6–7:  Medieval Days at Bled Castle

June 11:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 12–14:  International Rowing Regatta, Bled

June 12–14 (likely):  Idrija Lace Festival, west of Ljubljana

June 15–21 (likely):  Ljubljana Jazz Festival

June 17–21 (likely):  Jurjevanje Folklore Festival, southeast of Ljubljana in Črnomelj

June 26–July 4:  Festival of Lent, Maribor (arts festival, fireworks)

June 25:  Statehood Day (closures)

July:  Bled International Music Festival (concert series)

July–August:  Ljubljana Summer Festival

July 1–4:  Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival, Ljubljana

July 9–12:  Festival of Beer and Flowers (Pivo-Cvetje, huge music festival), east of Ljubljana in tiny Laško

July 17–19:  Bled Days and Bled Night (folk music, crafts, fireworks, floating candles)

July 19:  St. Margaret's Fair, Bohinjska Bela

July 22–August 2:  Okarina Ethno Festival, Bled (world music)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 20–September 10 (likely):  Tartini Festival, Piran (classical music)

September 4–8 (likely):  Od Celja Do Žalca International Folklore Festival, Celje, Žalec and Laško (central Slovenia)

September 10–13 (likely):  National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Days (Dnevi Narodnih Noš), Kamnik (near Ljubljana; parades)

September 13 (likely):  Cow Ball (Kraviji Bal), on Lake Bohinj in Ukanc (procession of decorated cows, with traditional alpine sports, dancing, music, costumes)

September 17–20 :  Old Vine Festival, Maribor (wine, folk music and dancing)

October 12–25 (likely):  Maribor Theater Festival

October 25:  Ljubljana Marathon

October 31:  Reformation Day (closures)

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

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

November 14:  Folk Music Hit Parade, Lake Bled (Oberkrainerfest)

November 29–January 5 (likely):  Winter Fairytale, Lake Bled (lakeside holiday celebrations)

December:  Ljubljana Christmas Market, Bled's Festive Winter Village, Christmas events at Postonja caves (live nativity tableaux inside the caves, music and market just outside)

December 25:  Christmas Day (closures); Legend of the Sunken Bell, Lake Bled

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

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