Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between July 21 and 30, including a castle festival, a parkour meeting, a hip-hop dance and music festival, a festival of minorities, a special run, rowing to harp music, a historical train ride, and a lot of open-air music or concerts at romantic, historical sites.

Onyx will perform at the Legits Blast event in Banská BystricaOnyx will perform at the Legits Blast event in Banská Bystrica (Source: Courtesy of Onyx)

Western Slovakia

Trenčianske Bohuslavice (Nové Mesto nad Váhom)

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Žákovic Open - The 17th smaller, more intimate two-day rock music festival brings as a headliner the Czech band Tata Bojs, as well as other Czech and Slovak musicians and groups: Hex, Slobodná Európa, Čad, Medial Banana, Le Payaco, Billy Barman, Lavagance, Fuera Fondo, Cpt. Slice, Trolejboys, Plusminus, Autodrom and rapper Vec – with Sup - and songstress Katarzia. Starts: July 22-23; Trenčianske Bohuslavice. More info:

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SPORT: Box Gala 3 – The third year of the box event, both amateur and professional, will bring matches of fighters vying for trophies in the Adults and Youth categories, interviews with Slovak champions (Tomi Kid, Pavol Polakovič, Jan Balog, Attila Vegh) and after the award ceremony also a concert by Slovak rapper Kali and Peter Pan. Starts: July 22, 18:00; summer cinema – city amphitheatre, Halenárska 20. Admission: 10 (in advance)-€12 (on the site). More info:


HISTORICAL FESTIVAL: Hradovanie na Nitrianskom Hrade / Castle Games at Nitra Castle - The Nitra tourism agency, the non-profit organisation Castellum and the Bojník historical fencing troupe bring five performances called Hradovanie na Nitrianskom hrade during the 2017 tourist season. The day at Nitra Castle includes fencing, historical dances, courses in both disciplines, period cuisine, a fashion show of historical costumes, falconers, games for children and adults, as well as the dubbing of knights, a Turkish café, Oriental dances and more. This time, the theme is A Baroque Day. Starts: July 23, 13:00-18:00; Nitra Castle. Admission: €2.50-€5. More info: 0911/392860;;

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UPDATED: Nové Mesto nad Váhom

JAZZ FESTIVAL: OpenJazzFest 2017 – The popular open-air jazz fest celebrates its10th anniversary with two days of varied Slovak and foreign musicians and bands: Kenny Garrett, Ľudové Mladistvá, Rosario Smowing, China Mo-ses, Linda Oh, Cha Bud, Ján Berky Mrenica & Friends – featuring Stochello Rosenberg (SK, PL, NL, F: Martin Valihora, Eugen Botoš, Eugen Vizváry, Peter „Piťu“ Luha, Barbora Botošová, Marek Konček, Janka Orlická, Anita Soul and Jozef Merstein Jochymczyk) and the swing big band, Original Vintage Orchestra from the Czech Republic. Guitarist Stochello Rosenberg, a Dutch native, now performing in France, is perceived as the main star.

Starts: July 28-29, 18:00; Zelená Voda resort, Nové Mesto nad Váhom. Admission: €25 (one day)-€40 (both days). Tickets: More info:;

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Central Slovakia


GOSPEL FESTIVAL: Verím, Pane / I Believe, My Lord – The oldest Slovak gospel festival in Slovakia brings in its 27th year gospel music, masses, events for children and families, drama and music workshops, running lessons, choir singing, and more. Starts: July 18-23; Church, House of Culture and Pastoral Centre Námestovo. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: André Rieu – Live broadcast from a concert in Maastricht which hails the 30th anniversary of performances by violinist, conductor and entertainer Anré Rieu playing with his Johann Strauss orchestra. Starts: July 23, 16:00; Ster Century Cinemas, A. Hlinku Square 7B. More info:

Banská Štiavnica

CONCERT: Hrana Live – The Hrana project presents unique works of the late Marek Brezovský, a talented Slovak composer and musician who died young, performed by various musicians led by Brezovský’s friend and band-mate Oskar Rózsa. Starts: July 23, 20:00; Amphitheatre Banská Štiavnica, Novozámocká 20/A. Admission: €19 € in advance ( –online / Information Centre, Sv. Trojice Square)-23 € (on the site). More info:

Banská Bystrica

SPORT/EVENT: Parkour Meeting 2017 – The seventh international meeting of parkour fans and activists is the biggest of its kind in this region. The public can join in the warm-ups and exercise under the NSP Monument, as well as watch the performances. Starts: July 27-30, several sites – mostly the aprk under SNP Monument. More info:;

Banská Bystrica

DANCE/MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Legits Blast – The 8th year of the festival of hip-hip and break dance will see performers from 70 countries, with legendary US rap group Onyx being the headliner. Line-up also includes locals, like PJ & DJ FunkDat, Vec, Tono S., Škrupo, Joe Trendy, Supa, Jožis Engerer, Czech Vladimir 518, Slovak rapper Rytmus and US rapper R. A. the Rugged Man. Part of the festival is the Outbreak Europe competition in 1vs1, 2vs2, women 1vs1 and kids battle 2vs2 categories. Starts: July 28-30; Europa Shopping Center, battle of the Top 16 countries – upper parking lot of Europa SC. Tickets: More info:;;

Banská Štiavnica

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sitno Blues - The cultural-music festival with international participation offers music, workshops, a crafts market, a culinary market, sport and accompanying events – for individuals and families. Line-up includes Dorrey Lin Lyles & Johnie Shepperd Band (USA), Jimi barbiani Band ft. Pietro Taucher (IT) and Slovak ZVA 12-28 Band, René Lacko & the Downton Band and Kiero Grande on Saturday; as well as a culinary market, crafts market, a culinary show about herbs and spices, a photo-exhibition, discussions and other accompanying programme events on Sunday morning and Slovak and Czech bands Inekafe, Korben Dallas, Medial Banana, Gingerhead, N3O Akustika, and Arzén on Sunday afternoon. Starts: July 28 (17:00), 29 (10:00 markets, 16:00 music)-30 (15:30); Amphitheatre – Počúvadlianske Lake, near Banská Štiavnica. Admission: €10 (one day)-€15 – only for concerts. More info: or


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Festival peknej hudby / Festival of Nice Music – The summer festival of classical music features Bratislavské gitarové kvarteto (Bratislava Guitar Quartet – Miloš Slobodník, Yorgos Nousis, Radka Krajčová, Martin Krajčo) at 11:00 and Cellomania (Jozef lupták, Eugen Prochác, Ján Slávik) at 20:00. Starts: July 29 – 11:00, Baroque Chapel of Sv. Anton manor house; 20:00 Knight's Hall of the Old Castle in Kremnica. More info:


MULTI-GENRE FESTIVAL: Kiosk 2017 – The 20th jubilee year of the mutli-genre festival that explores theatre, dance, music and also other phenomena, like light design, focuses on 15 scenic projects of the works of the new generation of artists who come to the scene, as well as on the issue of the New Viewer (especially in the accompanying programme): who is the new viewer, how artists wish them to be, and how to make audiences interactive and inclusive. Starts: July 27- 30; Stanica Žilina – Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €4-€6 for individual programmes (via, €14-€18 for the whole festival (in advance,€15-€20 (on the site). More info:

Eastern Slovakia


FOLK/MINORITY CULTURE: Spolu / Together – The festival of tolerance called Spolu / Together presents the culture of ethnic minorities which lived or are still living in the village of Gelnica: Roma music by Žigovci troupe, Ruthenian music by folk ensemble Slovinka from Slovinky, culture of Carpathian Germans by the Spitzenberg choir from Mníšek nad Hnilcom, traditional Jewish music by Nataša Kotelesová (of the Kaschauer Klezmer Band from Košice) and Patrik Ádám (of Klezmer Chaverim from Budapešť). Musical guests are the bands Korben Dallas from Bratislava and Fúzy Múzy from Prešov. The cultural programme includes events for the mentally challenged, the Wandering Gallery project, workshops for children and other events. Starts: July 21, 17:00; amphitheatre Gelnica. More info:


SPORT/EVENT: Beh o slovenský opál / The Run for Slovak Opal – In the vicinity of the opal mines around the villlage of Červenica (in the Prešov District), a runing competition will take place for the first time, in the categories of Men,Women and Children under 15. Winners will get cups garnered with Slovak opal, the track is 6 kilometres long. Starts: July 22, 9:00-12:30-registration, 13:00-run. Admission: starting fee €5, free for onlookers. More info:


CONCERT/EVENT: Opera Evening – The Betliar branch of the Slovak National Museum (SNM) has organised an opera evening with soloist of the Slovak National Theatre, soprano Andrea Vizvári, paying a tribute to the Czech countess Eleonóra Kaunitz (1862-1936) who married local count Géza Andrássy, and who supported poor, students and associations, and who also loved music. Andrea Vizvári will sing famous operatic arias from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. After the concert, a free guided tour of the manor house will follow. Starts: July 22, 18:00, Betliar manor house (in bad weather, local culture house). Admission: free. More info:

High Tatras

TOURISM/EVENT: Benátska Noc / Venice Night – The Venice Night has become a nice tradition: it offers rowing on Štrbské Pleso lake to live harp music, and also living mirror statues. During this weekend, there will also be a sculpting symposium, sport events and the fols crafts meeting – with 85 folk craftsmen from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and the Ukraine. Starts: July 22, 17:00 (Venice Night); Štrbské Pleso. More info:


SPORT: Beach Plaza Terasa (BPT) Sport Weekends: The daylong sport weekends will include in the summer 2017 season the badminton cup in July 22-23, and the Slovak Championship in beach volleyball on July 28-30. Starts: July 22-23; OC Galéria Shopping. More info:


CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Artis – The festival of chamber music continues in Prešov, offering two concerts in a short time-span: Saxohpone Syncopators on July 23 and Romantic Soirée on July 26. The special quartet of saxophone players (Pavol Hoďa – soprano/alto sax, clarinet; Ján Gašpárek – alto sax; Ladislav Fančovič – tenor sax, arrangements; Frederika Babuliaková – baritone sax) who arrange classics, jazz and 1910-1923 ragtime music for four saxophones this summer tour Slovakia, making a stop in Prešov. Starts: July 23 / 26, 19:00; Orthodox Synagogue, Okružná 32. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Le Nuove Musiche: Treasures of the Early Baroque – The group playing early music (Hilda Gulyás (SK)-soprano, Adam Szendrei (SK)-baroque violin, Mateusz Kowalski (PL)-viola da gamba, Hugo de Rodas (MX)-archlute and baroque guitar; and Jakub Mitrík (SK)-theorba and baroque lute will perform the work of Italian Baroque composers from the early 17th century, working “in stille modern” – Claudio Monteverdi, Sigismondo d´India and Giovanni Girolamo. Starts: July 28, 18:30, Baroque Chapel of Kežmarok Castle; July 29, 19:00, St Michael's Chapel, Košice; and July 30, 16:00, Smižany manor house. More info: Jakub Mitrík 0904 196 306,


TOURISM/HISTORICAL TRAIN: With the Train to UNESCO Sites – The third train journey following the UNESCO sites in Slovakia, leading to Dobšinská Ice Cave offers several routes apart from the cave itself: The Pod Ostrou Skalou agro-tourism ranch with horse riding and country works, The Tarzania Rope Park near Ranč pod Ostrou skalou, the Havrania Skala rock with spectacular views, a hike to Palcmanská Maša dam (Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa ice cave – Nižná záhrada – Voniarky – Palcmanská Maša – Dedinky) or to Stratená (Dobšinská ľadová Jaskyňa ice cave – Stratenský kaňon – Havrania Skala – Občasný prameň – Stratená. Starts: July 29, 7:45 (Košice). Booking: More info:

Červený Kláštor

MUSEUM/FALCONRY: Apart from other events in the museum at the former monastery, some of which require a knowledge of the Slovak language, there is also a daily falconry programe on offer, four times a day. Starts: daily until August 15, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 (as part of guided tour); Červený Kláštor museum. More info:

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