Traditional events in Ljubljana

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Dragon Carnival © U. Boljkovac

Dragon Carnival

February, city centre
Ljubljana's traditional Dragon Carnival includes a procession through the streets of Ljubljana and a programme of entertainment for children and adults. The carnival procession consists of groups of traditional shrovetide and other themed carnival figures from Slovenia and abroad.

The Welcoming of Spring © N. Žgank

The Welcoming of Spring

11 March, Gradaščica canal, next to the Eipprova ulica street
The Welcoming of Spring is one of most beautiful traditional events aimed mostly at families with children. It takes place in Ljubljana before St. Gregory's Day, revives the handicraftsmen’s tradition of launching wooden clogs with burning candles inside them into waters as a sign of rejoicing at no longer having to work by lights. According to folk tradition, St. Gregory brings spring. By the Julian calendar, his name day (12 March) is the first day of spring.

Open Kitchen © D. Wedam

Open Kitchen

Mid-March to October, Fridays at the Central Market (Pogačarjev trg square)
Do you wish to explore the culinary delights of Ljubljana, all in one place? Do you wish to meet the chefs and watch them prepare the meals live at a relaxed gathering? Then do not miss the Open Kitchen! 
Official website of the event

Druga godba © Ž. Koritnik

Druga godba

May, Kino Šiška Centre of Urban Culture and other venues
Druga godba, a festival of ethnic, world and, to a lesser extent, contemporary jazz music, ranks among Europe's best festivals of slightly alternative music difficult to fit neatly into musical categories.
Official website of the event

June in Ljubljana © D. Wedam

June in Ljubljana

Mid-June, Kongresni trg square
The programme of this free of charge festival taking place each on a big stage in the middle of Kongresni trg square is quite diverse. In the morning it starts with children's performances, continues with lighter entertainment in the afternoon. In the evenings it presents an eclectic cross-section of artistic events from concerts, theatre, opera and ballet performances to electronic dance music parties.

Imago Sloveniae: Summer in Ljubljana Old Town © Imago Sloveniae Archive

Imago Sloveniae: Summer in Ljubljana Old Town

From the second half of June to the end of August, historic city centre
Summer in Ljubljana Old Town is a festival traditionally livening up summer evenings in Ljubljana with mainly free classical, jazz and world music music concerts held in the picturesque settings of the old city centre.
Official website of the event

Ljubljana Festival

Ljubljana Festival

End of June to September; Križanke summer theatre, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre and other venues
The Ljubljana Festival, with its long history and tradition of presenting premier artistic events, contributes significantly to the cultural life of Ljubljana in the summer. The festival’s rich programme of concert, opera, and ballet events features internationally renowned artists, including some of the world's most recognised names in music and performing arts.
Official website of the event

Ana Desetnica - street theatre festival © D. Wedam

Ana Desetnica - street theatre festival

June or July, city centre streets
The Ana Desetnica international festival presents contemporary creative currents in the field of street theatre and circus. It distinguishes itself by its sophisticated artistic concept and by the efforts of its organizers ensuring that it significantly contributes to the city's vibe each year.
Official website of the event

Jazz Festival Ljubljana © N. Žgank

Jazz Festival Ljubljana

July, Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)
Each year, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival features some of the world's biggest names in jazz, attracting music lovers from home and abroad. Since 1960, when it was founded as a festival presenting classical jazz bands from former Yugoslavia, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival has kept pace with international developments in the genre. Today it provides a connoisseur's choice of music and offers an exciting insight into creativity in contemporary jazz.
Official website of the event

Young Lions - international dance and theatre festival

Young Lions - international dance and theatre festival

Second half of August, Old Power Plant (Stara elektrarna) and other venues
Each year, the Mladi levi festival brings together performing groups and solo artists renowned for their unique creative approaches to theatre and dance.
Official website of the event

Imago Sloveniae: Nights in Ljubljana Old Town

Imago Sloveniae: Nights in Ljubljana Old Town

End of August, historic city centre
Nights in the Ljubljana Old Town conclude the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival and the summer festival season altogether with an extensive three-day programme. Countless free events take place simultaneously in numerous outdoor venues accross the historic city centre. The festival's trademarks are sounds of jazz with an ethnic touch and dancing on the streets.
Official website of the event

Medieval Days © D. Wedam

Medieval Days

September, historic city centre
The programme of Ljubljana's Medieval Days traditionally includes medieval-costumed performances, a festival of medieval and Renaissance music and a medieval market.
Official website of the event

International Biennial of Graphic Arts

International Biennial of Graphic Arts

Autumn months every odd year, International Centre of Graphic Arts (Mednarodni grafični likovni center) and other venues
The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts is the world's biggest and one of the most renowned events of the kind. During its more than 50-year history it has received huge acclaim from artists, experts and public alike.
Official website of the event

BIO - Ljubljana Biennial of Industrial Design

BIO - Ljubljana Biennial of Industrial Design

October every even year, Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO)
BIO is a prestigious biennial international exhibition of industrial design products, visual communication pieces and design concepts.
Official website of the event

Ljubljana Marathon © D. Wedam

Ljubljana Marathon

End of October, streets of Ljubljana
The Ljubljana Marathon is a mammoth celebration of running participated by nearly 22,000 runners from 40 countries. Ljubljana Marathon is getting more popular every year and the number of participants is on the increase. Competitors are running a classical marathon (42 km), a half marathon (21 km) or various shorter recreational races. All the races are held within the wider city centre area.
Official website of the event

Ljubljana Wine Route

Ljubljana Wine Route

Early November, historic city centre
Ljubljana Wine Route, held annually in Ljubljana city centre, on the banks of the river Ljubljanica, brings together winemakers from all the wine-growing regions of Slovenia. Apart from wines, it also features traditional Slovenian dishes. Wines and food are available to visitors both for tasting and purchase at favourable prices. The event also offers an opportunity to enjoy brass band concerts and folklore shows and thus experience a bit of Slovenia's rich cultural heritage.
Official website of the event

LGBT Film Festival

LGBT Film Festival

End of November, Slovenian Cinematheque
The programme of the festival features films by gay and lesbian filmmakers and other films dealing with themes related to homosexuality. With its more than 30-year history, the Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival enjoys the reputation of being Europe's oldest festival of the kind.

LIFFe - Ljubljana international film festival

LIFFe - Ljubljana international film festival

November, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre and other venues
The LIFFe festival offers an insight into the very best in European and international film production.
Official website of the event

December in Ljubljana - outdoor festivities © D. Wedam

December in Ljubljana - outdoor festivities

December, old city centre
In December, the festively decorated old centre of Ljubljana hosts a varied programme of events intended for people of all ages and tastes. Every year, the festive atmosphere culminates in the New Year's Eve celebrations held in the city's three main squares.