The capital of adventures
Ljubljana is the capital of adventures and it offers an abundance of interesting experiences in all seasons. This charming and lively city in the midst of untouched nature will take your breath away at every step. It is particularly charming in summer, when its streets and squares are flooded by street artists and musicians, and the diverse programmes of Ljubljana's music, film, children's, and culinary festivals also create a pleasant atmosphere. Which ones should you visit? We have made a selection of some recommendations.
Satisfy your taste buds at the Open Kitchen
From early Spring to late Autumn, excellent dishes from all over the world are offered every Friday at food stands in Pogačar Square in Ljubljana (at the Ljubljana marketplace on the banks of the River Ljubljanica). The aroma of šmorn (a scrambled pancake) and the Prekmurje Bograč stew will tempt you from one end of the square, while burgers are made and flames rise from Asian woks at the other. Order a quick snack and continue your stroll around the city.
The aroma of the Open Kitchen occasionally also spreads to other Slovenian cities. Local and other dishes can be tasted in the streets of Celje, Koper, Novo Mesto, and Nova Gorica.
The musical luxury of the Ljubljana Festival
In summer months, the Ljubljana Festival offers high-quality cultural and art programmes by internationally renowned artists. In past summers, Ljubljana has already hosted many incredible soloists, orchestras, conductors, bands, and other performers. What has it got in store this year? The opening of the Ljubljana Festival will take place on Kongresni Trg Square with a performance of Verdi’s Aida opera, and the famous tenor Plácido Domingo is coming to Ljubljana, among others. This time, the audience will be able to see him in the role of conductor.
Cinema under the stars
Film Under the Stars (Film pod zvezdami) is a summer cinema in a magical location in the courtyard of Ljubljana Castle. At the most star-studded cinema in the city, you can see a selection of the most talked about films from the past cinema season, and the schedule also includes premieres and pre-release previews. The films are screened in their original language with Slovenian subtitles; Non-English language films also include English subtitles. See you at the castle?
The unique sounds of the Druga Godba Festival
Druga Godba and its rich selection of folk music and modern interpretations from all over the world is considered one of the most important musical festivals in central Europe. This unique festival with a tradition that goes back more than thirty years is expanding its territory this year, as musical guests will perform in Piran as well as in Ljubljana.
Theatre in the city streets
The all-Slovenian international street theatre festival Ana Desetnica has been using urban art to transform the use of public spaces and open up such spaces to people for 20 years. This year, Ana’s caravan of world artists will once again travel through Slovenia and invite you to go into the streets of Ljubljana and other towns and cities! Join them and enter a world of limitless imagination – the world of street artists!
Jazz on the streets of Ljubljana
Lovers of jazz should not miss the Ljubljana Jazz Festival at the end of June. It is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. This year will be its 60th. The festival programme will be accompanied by events in the park behind the Cankarjev Dom Hall, many lectures, and two exhibitions. Check the festival schedule and go to concerts of renowned performers of the world jazz scene.
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.
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.
The floating Snežnik Castle
Snežnik Castle lies in idyllic surroundings in the midst of the forests of the Notranjska region. In August, a very special festival called Floating Castle takes place here. Over a few days, this festival, which is playfully called ‘medved-narodni’ (a play on the world ‘international’ – ‘bear-national’ – bears are well-known inhabitants of Notranjska forests), hosts various musical and concert experiences and performers from all around the world.
Summer evenings in Kočevje
This summer, the Kočevsko region is not only inviting enthusiasts who love unspoilt nature and sports activities, but also lovers of cultural and social happenings. Every Thursday evening, musical evenings focusing on diverse genres will take place in the town square in Kočevje. Allow yourselves to be charmed by the town on the River Rinža!