At the heart of festival action

Are you thinking about spending a summer night out on the town? That’s easy. Towns in the Central Slovenia offer an array of diverse festivals in the summer, guaranteeing you won’t be bored. From different musical rhythms and street theatre shows to the intoxicating smell of street food – enjoy the festival atmosphere.

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.

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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.

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Satisfy your taste buds at the Open Kitchen

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.

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Musical luxury of the Ljubljana Festival

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.This year’s edition of the festival will be its 70th. At the festival, you will also be able to listen to the group celebrating, like the festival, its 70 years, the Slovene Octet.

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Cinema under the stars

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?

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Theatre in the city streets

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!

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Jazz on the streets of Ljubljana

Jazz on the streets of Ljubljana

Lovers of jazz should not miss the Ljubljana Jazz Festival in mid-June, which is considered to be one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. 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.

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Lively summer in other towns

If you venture from the capital to any other town in Central Slovenia in the summer, you can learn about their tradition and character at festivals. Each town has its own story, which traditional festivals are usually built on and they are worth a visit. In addition to ethnological festivals, you can find festivals of contemporary art and culinary festivals, which will treat your taste buds.

Find lace and dumplings in Idrija

The UNESCO town of Idrija prides itself on its rich heritage of the former mercury mine. While men used to work in mine shafts, their wives and girlfriends skilfully interlaced threads and created wonderful bobbin lace. And a smell of delicious Idrija žlikrofi dumplings came from the kitchen. The latter two Idrija specialities have their own summer festivals.

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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.

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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. 

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Castle Festival – the most fun on the Kolpa River

In the summer, the Kočevsko region is not only inviting to fans of unspoilt nature and sports activities, but also lovers of cultural and social events. Don’t miss the music Castle Festival taking place at the idyllic location in the village of Fara on Kolpa River in August, where top national and international musicians will be performing and the concerts will be supplemented by theatre shows and culinary delights.

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An abundance of cultural events awaits you in Slovenia every day of the year. Admire the masterpieces of nature and the works of human hands and feel the lively vibe of festival events.



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