Go with the flow
Feel the lively summer vibe of European Destinations of Excellence in Slovenia. Learn about their tradition and culture, possibilities for actively spending your free time, taste local specialities, and enjoy fun moments at numerous events. Check which festivals and events you just shouldn’t miss.
A cherry festival in the Brda Hills
In addition to wine, the locals in the Brda Hills are also proud of their cherries. Just as summer is about to start, when the branches are bending under the weight of this dark red fruit, the Cherry Festival is held. The heart of this festival in the Brda Hills is a traditional parade where locals introduce their customs to visitors; weddings in the Brda Hills are also a special event, as couples promise each other eternal love in the idyllic surroundings of the blooming Brda Hills. You can also experience this landscape covered in vineyards, orchards, olive groves, and sweet Brda villages by actively participating in sporting events. The cherry on top is a tasting of Brda wines and other specialities of Brda cuisine.
The festival-filled valley of the River Soča
Experience summer festival excitement along the emerald mountain beauty, the River Soča. The Soča Valley is a paradise for outdoor adventures, which can be experienced at the Soča Outdoor Festival in late June. Music lovers who enjoy various genres, such as metal, reggae, punk, rock, and blues, can visit exciting summer festivals where the rivers Soča and Tolminka meet. A noteworthy festival is a festival called MetalDays, a recipient of the Greener Festival Award. There is also something for those with a creative spirit and for foodies.
Laško, a town filled with beer and flowers
If you are a beer lover, visit Laško in July, where the Beer and Flowers Festival (Pivo in cvetje) is held. Here, you can taste Slovenia’s most well-known beer brand, learn about the rich beer brewing tradition, and other special features of Laško which literally flourishes during the festivals. Due to a wide range of concerts and other events, you will not have time to be bored during the three days of the festival.
Jurjevanje celebration in Bela Krajina
In the land of white birch trees along the River Kolpa, you can visit the oldest folklore festival in Slovenia. Learn about Bela Krajina’s cultural heritage and visit this festival where diverse European and global cultures meet. You can also join the dances of folklore groups or learn some Bela Krajina dances or other dance steps. A wide range of fun, creative, and sporting events and learning about Bela Krajina’s gastronomic specialities can be an excellent addition to your family trip to Bela Krajina.
Find lace and dumplings in Idrija
Discover the beauty interwoven among the small threads of Idrija lace. Observe the artistry of bobbin lace makers who go up against each other in an annual competition and admire their works of art exhibited at the Idrija Lace Festival at the beginning of summer. The lace-making tradition is also accompanied by various events, from concerts to creative activities related to lace. In August, you can try out another special element of this UNESCO town – the Idrija žlikrofi (dumplings filled with potatoes, onions, etc.). These filled dumplings will win over even foodies with the most refined palate. You can enjoy an abundance of these dumplings, prepared in a variety of ways, at the Idrija Žlikrof Festival.
Sweet moments in Koper
As you take a walk through Koper, you will be amazed at its attractive cultural and historical heritage, and its surrounding area will take your breath away due to the wealth of flavours that can be encountered at numerous gastronomy festivals. If you have a sweet tooth, visit the town in September, when the streets are filled with the aroma of sweet Istrian delicacies. The Sweet Istria Festival also reveals its “sweet delights” at a number of accompanying events and workshops.
Days of Solčava
Visit the mountain landscape of the Solčavsko region sheltered by the Kamnik and Savinja Alps. There, you will be able to experience a genuine contact with tradition. This is also home to the Jezersko-Solčavsko sheep, an indigenous variety of sheep, whose wool is used to make various products. Experience a mixture of tradition and modernity at the Days of Solčava. In addition to learning about shepherding tradition and wool products, enjoy fun, creative, and sporting events. You can also go on a cycling trip on the Solčava panoramic trail or take a guided trip through the Logar Valley, where you can visit the Rinka Waterfall.