We present you 12 of the most interesting events in Ljubljana and its surroundings, which bring people together, preserve old habits and customs, or help create new ones.
February (Shrove Saturday), Ljubljana
The Dragon Carnival consists of a Shrovetide parade along the Ljubljana’s streets and an accompanying entertainment programme. It is a family-friendly event that your children will definitely enjoy. The parade consists of traditional Shrovetide figures originating from pagan folk tradition, such as the kurents, laufarji and morostarji.
11 March, Ljubljana
The Welcoming of Spring is one of the most beautiful traditional events. It is especially intended for families with children. A day before Gregorjevo (St. Gregory’s Day) children send off candle-lit wooden miniature boats downstream and thus observe an old custom of welcoming spring.
March – October (Every Friday), Ljubljana
Do not miss the Open Kitchen. At the Central Market chefs from all over Slovenia prepare and sell their dishes right in front of you. You can enjoy Slovenian cuisine catering to all taste preferences, from the traditional and local to the exotic world cuisine.
Mid-May – Mid-June, Ljubljana
The Lighting Guerrilla brings light to the city centre. Galleries, streets, squares and parks in the city centre come to life with lighting elements of all kinds, exhibitions, video and spatial installations, screenings, performances and art workshops.
June and November, Ljubljana
The Wine Route in the centre of Ljubljana introduces Slovenian winemakers from all wine-growing parts of the country. The wine is accompanied by a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes. The entertainment programme includes brass band music and performances by folklore dance groups.
June, Savlje, Ljubljana
Štehvanje is a traditional folk event in Ljubljana’s Posavje resembling ancient chivalry tournaments. Unmarried men from Savlje, Kleče and Ježica compete against each other in an equestrian game to win women’s attention. Using metal bats they have to smash a wooden barrel.
Ancient Greek legend has it that in one of their quests Argonauts, led by Jason, arrived all the way to the Ljubljanica springs. Their quest is commemorated every year with a festival where you can enjoy a re-enactment of Argonauts’ adventures and an accompanying programme of ethnological, cultural, culinary and entertainment events.
The Ana Desetnica street theatre festival transforms Ljubljana’s streets into one big stage for a couple of days where performers, acrobats, circus performers and fire artists enchant and provoke the audience, as well as incorporate the spectators into their show. Do not miss the autumnal fiery edition of the festival Ana Plamenita and the winter edition Ana Mraz.
In the Kamnik old town, a parade takes place where national costumes from various Slovenian regions as well as other nations from all over the world are presented. At the festival, which was first organised in 1966, you can also enjoy the accompanying entertainment programme and a selection of traditional culinary delights.
The traditional Medieval Day in Ljubljana comprises performances of groups in medieval costumes, chivalry tournaments and camps, creative workshops, games and dancing. The Medieval Day is accompanied by the Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music.
What makes the Ljubljana Marathon special? The Ljubljana Marathon is an event that reflects the active life of the city’s residents. The route is attractive as it almost exclusively runs along the streets of Ljubljana. Each year the number of runners from all over the world increases.
The November Gourmet festival presents Ljubljana's top culinary offer. In addition to the main events, such as Ljubljana Wine Route, Slovenian Wine Festival and the closing event, November Gourmet Finale, several venues around the city host a broad variety of exciting events, workshops and tastings. Select restaurants also offer November Gourmet festival menus.
In the Advent season, Ljubljana becomes a bustling city decorated with original space-themed Christmas decorations. You can enjoy the holiday market in the old city centre as well as numerous outdoor concerts, Father Frost parades and other free events.