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)

January 6:  Epiphany

February 3–13:  Kurentovanje Carnival, Ptuj

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

March 21–24:  FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Finals, near Kranjska Gora in Planica

March 31 & April 1:  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 19:  Pentecost (closures)

May 20–28 (likely):  Druga Godba International World Music Festival, Ljubljana

May 23–26 (likely):  European Rowing Championships, Bled

May 24–June 9:  International Wildflower Festival, Bohinj

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

June 1–2 (likely):  Medieval Days at Bled Castle

June 3–16:  Maribor Theater Festival

June 7–9 (likely):  International Rowing Regatta, Bled

June 14–16 (likely):  Idrija Lace Festival, west of Ljubljana

June 19–23 (likely):  Jurjevanje Folklore Festival, southeast of Ljubljana in Črnomel

June 21–19 (likely):  Festival of Lent, Maribor (arts festival, fireworks)

June 25:  Statehood Day (closures)

June 26–30 (likely):  Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival, Ljubljana; takes place in a few smaller towns several days before and after the Ljubljana dates

June 29–July 18 (likely):  Bled International Music Festival (concert series)

July–August:  Bled Summer (series of cultural events)

July–August:  Ljubljana Summer Festival (classical music)

July 3–6 (likely):  Ljubljana Jazz Festival

July 12–14 (likely):  Festival of Beer and Flowers (Pivo-Cvetje, huge music festival), east of Ljubljana in tiny Laško

July 21 (likely):  St. Margaret's Fair, near Bled in Bohinjska Bela (crafts market and music)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 24–September 4:  Tartini Festival, Piran (classical music)

September 6–8 (likely):  National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Days (Dnevi Narodnih Noš), near Ljubljana in Kamnik (parades)

September 15 (likely):  Cow Ball (Kraviji Bal), on Lake Bohinj in Ukanc (procession of decorated cows, with traditional alpine sports, dancing, music, costumes)

September 26–29 (likely):  Old Vine Festival, Maribor (wine, folk music and dancing)

October 19–20:  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)

December:  Ljubljana Christmas Market, Bled's "Winter Fairy Tale" festivities (including lakeside market), 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)