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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)

January 6:  Epiphany

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

February 19–March 1:  Kurentovanje Carnival, Ptuj

February 23:  Carnival procession, Bled

March 24–27:  FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Finals, near Kranjska Gora in Planica

April 17–18:  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–June:  Druga Godba International World Music Festival, Ljubljana

May 27–June 12 (likely):  International Wildflower Festival, Bohinj

June 4–5 (likely):  Medieval Days at Bled Castle

June 5:  Pentecost (closures)

June 10–12:  International Rowing Regatta, Bled

June 16:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 17–19:  Idrija Lace Festival, west of Ljubljana

June 22–26:  Jurjevanje Folklore Festival, southeast of Ljubljana in Črnomelj

June 24–July 2:  Festival of Lent, Maribor (arts festival, fireworks)

June 25:  Statehood Day (closures)

June 27–30 (likely):  Ljubljana Jazz Festival

June 29–July 2 (likely):  Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival, Ljubljana; takes place in a few smaller towns several days before and after the Ljubljana dates

June 30–July 18 (likely):  Bled International Music Festival (concert series)

July–August:  Ljubljana Summer Festival (classical music)

July 7–10 (likely):  Festival of Beer and Flowers (Pivo-Cvetje, huge music festival), east of Ljubljana in tiny Laško

July 19:  St. Margaret's Fair, near Bled in Bohinjska Bela (crafts market and music)

July 22–24:  Bled Days and Bled Night (folk music, crafts, fireworks, floating candles)

Late July (12 days):  Okarina Ethno Festival, Bled (world music)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 18–September 11:  Tartini Festival, Piran (classical music)

September 9–11 (likely):  National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Days (Dnevi Narodnih Noš), near Ljubljana in Kamnik (parades)

September 18 (likely):  Cow Ball (Kraviji Bal), on Lake Bohinj in Ukanc (procession of decorated cows, with traditional alpine sports, dancing, music, costumes)

September 29–October 2:  Old Vine Festival, Maribor (wine, folk music and dancing)

October 13–26 (likely):  Maribor Theater Festival

October 23:  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 12:  Folk Music Hit Parade, Lake Bled (Oberkrainerfest)

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)