Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia, including a lot of open-air events. cycling, charity events, two organ festivals, a theatre and a film festival, a botanical exhibition, a weekend of traditional crafts, folklore-ethno concerts, and more.   

Past edition of the ÚĽUV Craftsmen Days in BratislavaPast edition of the ÚĽUV Craftsmen Days in Bratislava (Source: Sme )



DANUBE CRUISE: A three-hour-long cruise with a speedy ship to the Gabčíkovo waterworks, including passing the ship lock chamber. Starts: Aug 29, 12:30-15:30; passenger harbour. Admission: €13(children aged 2-15)-€19. More info:


LIVE MUSIC/GASTRONOMY: Summer warm-up party with alternative, progressive music (Hank The DJ & Tana Deformed, King Dubois & Ba’al (Flight to Jamaica DJs) + King Shaba Kong & Pokyman (Fayah Soundsystem) and good, vegan food. Starts: Aug 29, 15:00; Fuga, Továrenská 14. Admission: voluntary (proceeds will go to support the Vegan Feast). More info:    


LIVE MUSIC: Czech bluegrass legend Robert Křesťan and his Druhá tráva band come to Bratislava to play their songs in an open-air concert, including from their latest album Pojďme se napít. Starts: Aug 30, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:    


READING FESTIVAL: Ibby Institute, within its international project on importance of reading for the wider public, organises the Book Feast as an open-air festival connecting books and their readers physically, while also supporting this year’s Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava. Starts: Aug 29-31; various times and venues in the Old Town. Admission: free. More info:


ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: Ornamenty / Ornaments is a musical project combining traditions with contemporary art, and the folklore music of  SĽUK ensemble as combined with the ethno-jazz band Pacora Trio and solo multi-instrumentalist Marek Pastírik. An eponymous album has also been released. Starts: Sep 1, 17:00; Istra Centrum, Hradištná 43, Bratislava-Devínska Nová Ves. Admission: free. More info:


ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: The Bratislava-based world music band called Banda (Samo Smetana-violin, vocals; Alžbeta Lukáčová-cymbalom, vocals; Ivan Hanula-viola, buzuki, vocals; Peter Obuch-bass, vocals; Eva Brunovská-vocals, keyboard; Igor Ajdži Sabo-drums, vocals) will perform by the city walls. Starts: Sep 1, 19:00; Bratislava city walls, near the entrance to St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: free. More info:


HISTORY/CYCLING: Spots – The sixth edition of this series focusing on art connected with non-traditional venues re-discovers the forgotten, deserted historical lido at Vydrica, where special bicycles will be exhibited. Visitors are encouraged to bring and present their own bikes. Starts: Sep 1, 16:00; forest lido Vydrica. Admission: free. More info:


BIRD-WATCHING: Autumn migration of birds on the plains of the Morava river is the motif of this edition of bird-watching, trying to find water birds, birds of prey, and songbirds. Starts: Sep 1, 9:00(-15:00) – 28 kilometres; Devínska Nová Ves, bus stop Na Hriadkach. Admission: voluntary. More info:  


EXHIBITION OPENING: Andrej Dúbravský – Rural Desires – The solo exhibition of a young Slovak artist living alternately in New York and in Slovakia is his first more comprising and complex solo project in Slovakia, curated by Michal Stolárik. Starts/Open: Sep 3, 17:00 (runs Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, until Nov 15); Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443-1556(-8);


LIVE MUSIC: Head of the institute for avant-garde music, Experimental Intermedia, Phill Niblock – also a New York composer and filmmaker, representative of minimalism, or, recently defined, drone music – comes to Bratislava to give a concert, supported by local mystic drone-ambient duo БРАДА (Boris Sirka a Nenad Brankovič). Starts: Sep 3, 20:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Within the Cathedral Organ festival (KOF) and in cooperation with the Polish Institute, Polish organist Roman Perucki will play the works of Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, F. Nowowiejski, M. E. Bossi, and Z. Kruczek. Starts: Sep 3, 19:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €1-€8. More info:


WISHES: Deň želaní / Day of Wishes 2015 – By buying a balloon-dove for €5 and sending it to the sky, participants will support the wishes of seriously ill children, as the proceeds will go to charity. Starts: Sep 3, 17:00; Eurovea galleria. Admission: €5. More info:


MULTI-GENRE FESTIVAL: Rozbaľ to, Bratislava! – The multi-genre festival of young and mostly for the young will present the best local bands, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, dancers and painters, supported by renowned performers like VEC&Škrupo, Bad Karma Boy, La3no Cubano and Walter Schnitzelsson. Starts: Sep 3-4; Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: voluntary. More info:    


JAZZ: A voyage on the Danube river will be accompanied by the music of Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa and his Traditional Club. Starts: Sep 4, 17:00; Passenger harbour, Fajnorovo nábrežie. Admission: €13. Tel: 02/5293-3321;


GASTRONOMY: Vegan Feast – The biggest event of its kind offers not just ideas about food made without any meat and animal products, but also lectures, workshops, film screenings, music and a selection of cosmetics not tested on animals. Starts: Sep 5, 10:00; Námestie Slobody / Freedom Square. Admission: free. More info:


TATTOO: Tattoo Wars Bratislava – The third year of this summer event shows the top work of elite tattooers competing in various categories, with the accompanying programme including The Susie Haas Band, the Ramones Bratislava; Bratislava Burlesque Academy, pole dancing – Kira Lassakova, costume organisation Star Wars 501st Legion Slovakia Outpost. Starts: Sep 5, 11:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €6 (advance sale at Madmaxon shop, Heydukova Street)-€8. More info:  


TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: Dni majstrov ÚĽUV / Craftsmen Days ÚĽUV – The festival hailing traditional arts and crafts celebrates 25, while the organiser, the ÚĽUV centre for folk art production, celebrates its 70th anniversary. Traditional crafts will be combined with folklore music and dance, demonstrations (e.g. of lace-making), a fashion show, and more. Starts: Sep 5-6; squares in downtown Bratislava. Admission: free. More info:     

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Coronation Mass – Commemorating the 452nd anniversary of the coronation in Bratislava of the first Hungarian emperors to be crowned here, Maximilian II and his wife Maria of Spain, The Choir of Bratislava and soloists will perform the Holy Mass – Coronation Mass by Mozart. Starts: Sep 6, 10:30; St Martin’s Cathedral. More info:  


ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: Liron Meyuhas, young Israeli percussionist, singer and composer brings her performance La Gitana to Slovak audiences.

Starts: Sep 6, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). More info:


RUN:  People can run not just for fun or competition, but also to collect money – e.g. for the Linka detskej istoty hot line for children in need. The tracks vary from 3 to 21 kilometres, with one being reserved for families with children. Starts: Sep 6, 10:00; Partizánska lúka-amphitheatre. Admission: €0 for families)-€30. More info:


EXHIBITION: Galeria drotaria – The big representative exhibition shows the traditional art and craft of tinkering, so typical for Slovakia. Open: weekdays, 10:00-16:00 until Sep 6; Justi’s Hall of the Primate’s Palace, Primaciálne Square 1. More info:   


MUSIC FESTIVAL: Lodenica – The festival of country, tramping and folk music Lodenica presents a host of Slovak and some foreign performers, including the Swedish band Rednex. Starts: Aug 27-29, camp Lodenica. Admission: €12(one day)-€19(in advance)-€22. Tickets:, more info:  


JEWISH CULTURE: Európsky deň židovskej kultúry / European Day of Jewish Culture 2015 – On this occasion, the Jewish Community in Komárno organises a daylong programme of debates, presentations, a lecture, a book presentation, awarding of Kehila and Kehila Chaver prizes, choir music, and a speech by chief Hungarian rabbi, Róbert Frölich- in Slovak and Hungarian languages. Starts: Aug 30; Jewish Community centre, Menház, Eötvös 15. Admission: free. More info:





ROCK FESTIVAL: Terchovský budzogáň – After one year’s break, the rock festival named after a typical Slovak weapon, the mace, brings bands from Slovakia (Horkýže Slíže, Slobodná Európa, Stormclear, The Paranoid, Ine-kafe, Dorian Gray, Arzén, Konflikt, Zóna A, Mad, Frequency, Caliber X, Everlong, Smola a hrušky, Ranná nevoľnosť), the Czech Republic (Totální nasazení, Škwor, Doga, The Snuff) Finland (Korpiklaani) and Germany (Freedom Call; Destruction). Starts: Aug 28-30; Terchová amphitheatre. More info: 02/5293-3321;  


HUMOUR FESTIVAL: Festival of Humour and Satire - Kremnické gagy takes place for the 35th time, bringing Slovak and foreign professionals together in theatre, visual and literary arts, a circus, etc., including humorists, with an international jury selecting 8 laureates from among 32 to vie for the Grand Prix 2015. Starts: Aug 28-30, various sites in Kremnica. More info:


FILM FESTIVAL: Hviezdne noci / Starry Nights – The four-day festival focuses mostly on the history of Slovak and world cinematography. Starts: Aug 27-30; house of culture, synagogue, courtyard of the Bytča Renaissance Castle. More info:     

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vivat Vox Organi – The festival of organ music brings Polish organist Roman Perucki on one of the Wednesdays, when concerts take place. Starts: Sep 2, 19:30; Cathedral of St Francis of Xavier, SNP Square. More info:


PHOTO EXHIBITION: The competition of the Association of Slovak photographers (ZSF) evaluating 797 art photos by 126 photographers (including from the Czech Republic, Austria and Ukraine who are also members of ZSF) selected one fourth of them in two categories to be exhibited in Ružomberok until te end of August and then to tour Sliač, Košice, Žilina, Považská Bystrica, Senica, Prague and Krakow. Open: weekdays 8:00-17:00; weekends 11:00-17:00 until Aug 30; Liptov Museum, Štefana Nikolaja Hýroša. Admission: €1.50. More info:





CYCLING EVENT: Prešovský cyklomaratón / Prešov Cycling Marathon 2015 – The cycling marathon leads through the municipalities in Prešov and Sabinov districts. There will also be an afternoon of games and competitions for children in Stará Dúbrava, a ball in country-dance style with the Country Casino band. Starts: Aug 29; Prešov. More info:


ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: Balkan Night: Fanfara Transilvania – The famous Romanian band from the town of Cugir plays traditional Balkan brass music. Starts: Aug 28, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €6-€8. More info:


LIVE MUSIC: After a US tour, the Bratislava Hot Serenaders will play in Slovakia, this time in PKO Prešov. Starts: Aug 30, 19:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. More; tickets:


BOTANICAL GARDEN: Citruses and palms – This exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Citrus klub Košice and Slovenské trópy company, offers many species of citruses, palms – including the frost-resistant. Open: daily 9:00-17:00 until Sep 1; Botanical garden of P. J. Šafárik University, Mánesova 23. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 055/2341-667;


SPORT: HC Košice - EC KAC Klagenfurt – The ice hockey match between the local hockey club and Austrians is part of the Champions Hockey League. Starts: Sep 3, 18:00; Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12. More info:


EXHIBITION: Martin Augustín – All that I Like / Všetko čo mám rád – The solo exhibition of Slovak poetic painter whose works are combined with the lyrics of Slovak poet/songwriter Kamil Peteraj. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until September 10; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. More info:  

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