An abundance of events
There are plenty of reasons for you to visit Slovenia in 2019 – from the dynamic landscape with numerous active adventures to rich cultural heritage and fine cuisine. There will also be many events, so here are a few tips on which sports events, cultural anniversaries, concerts and events in Slovenia you should not miss.
Cheer with us
Slovenia is a land of world-class and recreational athletes. We are ranked among the best in the world in terms of medals per capita from the greatest sports competitions. Many Slovenians do sports, with hiking, cycling and running being most popular. Winter sports are also very popular, so it is no wonder that Slovenia is home to as many as six world cup venues for various winter sports. Do not miss great competitions in warmer months. Let's create a wave in Slovenia.
Historical turning points and anniversaries
We will mark a few round-number anniversaries in Slovenia in 2019. Ptuj is preparing to mark the 1950th anniversary of when the town was first mentioned in historical documents, and Prekmurje will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the annexation of Prekmurje to its motherland. We will also remember a few important men from the world of culture – the great Slovenian poet France Prešeren and two great painters Rihard Jakopič and Zoran Mušič.
Isn't it great to visit a good concert and fly on the wings of music and a thrilled crowd? Experience unforgettable moments during shows of famous names coming to Slovenia next year. In February, gentle souls will be entertained by Tom Odell, who is coming to the Tivoli Hall, while the icon of electropop and hip hop Neneh Cherry will perform at Kino Šiška. Great concerts will be opened at the Stožice Arena by the famous tenor José Carreras in March, while lovers of classical music are in for a treat in May when Ljubljana hosts the violin virtuoso André Rieu. You will be taken to the world of unique rock and roll by Lenny Kravitz at the end of April, and you should not miss a concert of the legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler in June.
A few great concerts will also be held at venues very near Slovenia. In Graz, you can enjoy a concert of Muse at the end of May and Elton John's show in July. Klagenfurt will host Ed Sheeran's concert at the end of June and Bon Jovi's tour will stop off there in mid-July.
Take a ride on the cultural roundabout in 2019
This year will see plenty of action in culture. Numerous traditional festivals and events will cheer up summer days and nights in particular. Learn about the Slovenian soul at ethnological shows, indulge in various music festivals or let your imagination run wild at various film and theatre festivals. The cultural vibe will be lively in other months too. At the beginning of the spring, you can attend Shrovetide carnivals, and experience the arrival of spring and love on St Gregory's Day. Celebrate together with the people of Piran a new salt harvesting season, and celebrate World Bee Day with us in May. 2019 is also the year of the Biennial of Graphic Arts and the Biennial of Industrial Design. The autumn will be marked by events for a new wine vintage culminating on St Martin's Day. The autumn is most merry in Maribor at the Old Vine Festival. During Advent, take a walk around decorated towns full of holiday events and feel the joy as you await the New Year.
A gastronomic journey through 2019
You will not be hungry as you wander Slovenia in 2019. You can fill your stomach at selected restaurants, nice pubs, at tourist farms and mountain huts. You can also enjoy Slovenian delicacies on the street.
Numerous year-round gastronomic festivals will showcase the variety of tastes of individual Slovenian regions. You can treat yourself to cherries from Brda at the Cherry Festival in June, learn about the character of Izola at the Fishermen’s Fest in August, and taste Idrija's culinary treat at the Idrija Žlikrof Festival or treat yourself to a plate of bograč at the Bogračfest in Lendava. Those with a sweet tooth, do not miss the Chocolate Festival in Radovljica in April and Sweet Istria in Koper in September. Numerous events are related to wine. The Open Kitchen in the centre of Ljubljana and other towns around Slovenia is a special gastronomic experience. Visit the Jestival in the Soča Valley in the autumn, and the November Gourmet in Ljubljana and the Tastes of Radol'ca are also interesting culinary experiences.
The most demanding gourmets do not overlook the best restaurants as selected by renowned international gastronomic guide Gault & Millau.
Can you hardly wait for 2019?
For the time leading up to the New Year to go by more quickly, visit decorated towns and pick the place where you’ll spend New Year's Eve.