Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between June 29 and July 8, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

(Source: Tomáš Somr, SITA)

These tips are prepared in cooperation with Eventland. Download ​the​ app and see what's going on around you wherever you are (Android, iOS).

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FESTIVAL: Hip-hop žije; Starts: June 29- July 1
EVENT: Beer & Burger Fest; Starts: June 29-30
EVENT: Bratislava Street Art Festival; Starts: June 29-30
EVENT: Independence Day Celebration 2018; Starts: June 30, 17:00
EVENT: Urban Art Festival; Starts: June 30 –July 1
RACE: Tvrďák (Hardcore Obstacle Race); Starts: July 1, 10:00
EVENT: Slovak University of Slovak Language and Culture; Starts: July 1
PICNIC: Bratislava Historic Picnic; Starts: July 1, 14:00
STAND-UP: English Stand-up comedy; Starts: July 6, 19:00
EVENT: Knights of Devin; Starts: July 7, 10:00
Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

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Galleries in Bratislava: Temporary exhibitions

Training in English

Highlights of the year (selection of events for which it's advisable to obtain tickets early)

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Hip Hop Žije Festival 2018

Zlaté Piesky, Bratislava, Friday – Sunday, June 29-July 1

The sixth year of the biggest hip-hop event in Slovakia, the Hip Hop Žije Festival, will be held in Bratislava from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, 1st July. This year RICK ROSS is headlining. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this festival. Admission: €49.50. More info:

Beer & Burger Fest

Tyršovo nábrežie, Petržalka, Friday – Saturday, June 29-30

We decided to make a bit of history with this first and unique open-air festival where you will be delighted by the selection of best quality burgers from all over Europe as well as the craft- stalls and brewers from all over Slovakia and the Czech Republic. More info:

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Bratislava Street Art Festival

Bratislava, Friday – Saturday, June 29-30

For the third year, an international team of artists has created a gallery of street art at the Stone Square under the name Street Art Gallery. The walls of this well-known Bratislava site are already decorated by the works of internationally renowned artists such as CART1 (FR), FAT HEAT (HU) and FinDAC (IR), whose large-format painting BIG EYES on Dunajská Street was judged among the best street artwork in the world for 2017. Admission is free. More info:

Independence Day Celebration 2018

1st floor of Hotel Crowne Plaza, Hodžovo Square 2, Bratislava, Saturday, June 30, 17:00

Bring your business partners, families and friends and enjoy this cheerful American picnic-style event with us! AmCham Independence Day is a great informal family event that attracts more than 600 people! Every year, we enjoy this fun summer day together before the start of the holiday season. Invite your employees with their families and also your business partners and colleagues to join us for this exciting celebration of a traditional American holiday. An all-day program features many exciting activities and attractions designed for both children and adults.

The ticket prices (including VAT) will be as follows:

  • Members (in advance): €25
  • Children (5 – 12 years): €10
  • Non-Members (in advance): €35
  • “At the gate” for all adults: €40

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Urban Art Festival vol.2

Bratislava, Saturday –Sunday, June 30 - July 1

The Urban Art Festival vol.2 is a city festival in the streets of Bratislava, which links up and cooperates with the other festivals happening on the same day, bringing much fun to the city and creating a city-wide festival so you can enjoy the best that city has to offer and get to know important places in the capital city.

This year there will be 6 stages and 40 performances of different music genres and concerts. There will also be a handmade zone, wine in front of the Old Town Hall, Umbrella street, a kids´ zone, street artists, transport by tourist train and boat and much, much more. These festivals are all part of the Urban Art Festival which includes a vintage picnic in the Janko Kral garden, tasting delicious burgers and beers at the first Beer&Burger festival on the Tyrsovo riverbank, time travelling in the city, award-winning movies screened for the 45th year of Ekotopfilm- Envirofilm 2018, incredible musical performances in the streets of the Old city and watching how the biggest Street ART in the streets of Bratislava is created. Entry is free! For more information visit

Tvrďák Bratislava

Bratislava, Sunday, July 1, 10:00

This hardcore obstacle race,the rarest and brightest race in the world, where you test your endurance strength and patience is waiting for you! You wade, float, run, and best yourself. The route is 5+ km on flat terrain, and there are at least 20 obstacles waiting for you. More info:

Summer University of Slovak Language and Culture

Odbojárov 10, Bratislava, Sunday, July 1

Would you like to learn the Slovak language? Would you like to find out something new about Slovak culture? Attend our intensive 3-week traditional course – the Summer University of the Slovak Language and Culture 2018 for foreigners, organized by Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. More info:

Bratislava historic picnic 2018

Sad Janka Kráľa, Petržalka, Sunday, July 1, 14:00

Welcome to the 2nd Bratislava Vintage Picnic! Dress yourself in styles of 1920-1950 and come visit Bratislava! The event is located in one of the oldest parks in Europe, Sad Janka Kráľa in Bratislava. Bring your picnic basket, a blanket, leave your mobiles at home and enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the company of warm and friendly people tuned into the same wavelength. The stage programme is full of hot jazz and swing music, and there will be dance workshops and a vintage fashion show. More info:

English Stand Up Comedy - Okello Dunkley

Satori Stage, Mickiewiczova, Bratislava, Friday, July 6, 19:00

Okello Dunkley is an American comedian from New York who has been living in Vienna, Austria since 2015. In anticipation of submitting a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 2019, he’s put together a show about ‘My life in the US and why in the hell I decided to move to Vienna almost 4 years ago’. This will be a fun show and he promises no lederhosen, singing or Schuhplatteln! More info:

Knights of Devin

Bratislava-Devín, Saturday, July 7, 10:00

The first Saturday in July will embody the holiday spirit. Spend a day with the whole family at Devin Castle, where you will be transported back to the colorful and stormy times of the Renaissance. The program will be rich and everyone will find something that really interests them. More info:

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TRAINING: Pilates in English; Starts: Every Monday evening, 20:30
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Thursdays; Starts: Every Thursday, 18:30
TRAINING: Yoga in English at Indian Embassy; Starts: Monday to Friday, 11:00, 16:00
TRAINING: Pilates in English– The class is in English, suitable for men and women, beginners and advanced, Slovaks and foreigners. The venue is equipped with Pilates requisites, a shower and a kitchen. (you do not need to bring a mat). Andrea’s classes are a mix of Pilates exercises for a strong core and and flexible body, and also Yoga exercises for stretching the stiff muscles caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Her classes end with the all-important relaxation of Body and Mind. She also uses highly qualitative etheric oils (doTerra) during the class. Refreshments, tea, fruits are included in the price. Starts: Every Monday evening, 20:30; Open Mind centrum, Mickiewiczova 2. Admission: €8 (one-time charge). More info:
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Thursdays - You need to make reservation via This is a beginners & intermediate class and you do not need any pre-knowledge. We will practice Dynamic Flow yoga. Take a look on one of our sessions: Tea, water, fruit, showers are available to use for free. In this classes we are going to perform exercises that will make us stronger, more flexible, obtain balance and have fun while doing it. Starts: Thursday 18:30; Open Mind Centrum, Mickiewiczova 2. Admission: €8 (one-time charge) or €59 for a 10 session ticket you can use within 12 weeks. More info:
TRAINING: Yoga in English at Indian Embassy - The Embassy of India in Bratislava is happy to announce the commencement of Yoga classes. The classes will be conducted by Ms. Jaiwanti, Yoga Teacher. The classes will cover Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation techniques. People interested in joining the Yoga Classes are requested to fill in the attached Registration Form. The Registration Form may then be sent to email: For any clarification/further information, you may contact Ms. Jaiwanti at Tel: +421-2-5296 2916/7/8 or email: Admission is free. Starts: Monday to Friday, 11:00, 16:00 Dunajska 4, Bratislava. More info:

Temporary exhibitions

The eights; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Dec 31, 2018
Berger; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Sep 30, 2018
Ilona Németh: Eastern sugar; Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until July 15
Markus Huemer: This Exhibition Has an Utopian Superfluity; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2
Carl Henning Pedersen, Else Alfelt: Artistic Couple; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2
Patrícia Koyšová: Zoom; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2
Dušan Kállay: The Magical World of Colours; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until August 15

The eights - The exhibition project The Eights is unconventionally conceived for the atrium as a series of small exhibitions for the anniversaries of the eights: February 1948, August 1968 and October 1918. The basis of the exhibition is a long, 3-meter high wall - "gallery noticeboard" - on which the visual collages will be rotated according to the anniversaries. The results will be a draft or materialised Pinterest board, a reminder of socialist "noticeboard culture". The collages will consist of artistic materials of various types (paintings, photographs, documents), primarily from the collections of the SNG. The final layout, the conflict of the artworks next to each other, their juxtaposition will speak about the nature of the historical event. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Dec 31, 2018. More info:
Berger – Ján Berger‘s art program is based on a visual interpretation of banal reality and his own experience, life feelings, situations and perceptions. He combines these experiences and observed fragments of reality in a lengthy painting process. Through color fields, spots and unrelated details he creates an independent visual language with a new and authentic visual quality. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Sep 30, 2018, Esterházy Palace. More info:
Ilona Németh: Eastern sugar – Exhibition includes works by Jeremy Deller, Harun Farocki, Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, and the invited project Museum of Sugar curated by Miroslav Eliáš. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until July 15, Námestie SNP 12. More info:
Markus Huemer: This Exhibition Has an Utopian Superfluity - Markus Huemer works both in the media of painting and drawing, as well as producing interactive installations and environments, and computer animations. In doing so, he investigates the suitability of digital media for art on the basis of his experience with classical ones, bearing in mind art and media history, and questioning at the same time the assumed brilliance of artists by making a sarcastic parody of himself. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info:
Carl Henning Pedersen, Else Alfelt: Artistic Couple - Carl-Henning Pedersen was of essential significance for the Danish art movement of the second half of the 20th century. The experimental nature of his work established a link between contemporary Danish art and the European avant-garde streams from the late 1930s. His work soon found recognition due to its original artistic language in which he successfully transformed the impulses of Cubism and Picasso, and particularly inspirations from the paintings of Klee, Kandinsky, Chagall and other masters. Else Alfelt, the outstanding Danish abstract painter characterized her work as follows: “I depict colour and rhythm.” She composed the rhythm of colours and forms in dynamic and suggestive visual wholes. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info:
Patrícia Koyšová: Zoom – The theme of the solo exhibition of Patrícia Koyšová is expressed by a simple and apt title ZOOM referring us to the view through a camera lens, for example, which enables a smooth change of the focal point for imaging objects at various distances with permanent focus. The artist consistently works with the process of depiction and vision, she studies it especially in abstract painting, the morphological structure of which is flexible, floating and forcing us to look for focal points, but the gaze of the spectator is taken away on waves, streams and swirls. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info:
Dušan Kállay: The Magical World of Colours - “I live my life on the border that separates dream and reality.” And it is this dream aspect of Dušan Kállay’s concepts which we admire in his illustrations and paintings. His dreams, no matter how connected with reality, exist outside this reality and cannot escape it. What seems to us to be a faithful depiction slips away into a mysterious world of unconventional relations and circumstances. This allows the artist to discover the diversity of the world in various forms: through the bizarre world of people, animals and things. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until August 15, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info:

Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

SERVICE: Apostolic Church; Starts: Sundays, 9:30, Bratislava City Church, Trnavské mýto 1, English
SERVICE: God’s Service Church (Božie služby); Starts: Sundays 9:30, Mondays 17:00, Malý kostol, Panenská street, English
SERVICE: Brotherhood Church (Cirkev bratská); Starts: Sundays 10:00, Cukrová 4, English
MASS: The Church of Saint Ladislav; Starts: Sundays 11:00, Špitálska, English
MASS: Church of St. John of Matha; Starts: Sundays 9:00 Latin
MASS: St. Martin’s Cathedral; Starts: Sundays 7:45 German, 9:00 Latin
MASS: Church of the Merciful Brothers; Starts: Sundays 11:30 Italian
SERVICE: Small Evangelical Church; Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, 11:30 German, Panenská Street (entrance from Lýcejná Street)
SERVICE: Citylight Church, Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Námestie 1.mája 1
SERVICE: Bratislava International Fellowship, Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Trnavské mýto 1, (Istropolis)
SERVICE: International Baptist Church; Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Súľovská 2
JEWISH SERVICE: Synagogue on Heydukova Street; Starts: Friday evening (before twilight), Saturday morning (usually at 9:00), and during feasts, Hebrew

Highlights of the year

FESTIVAL: Pohoda; Starts: July 5 - 8
CONCERT: Jasmin Toccata; Starts: July 15, 20:00
FESTIVAL: Grape; Starts: August 10 - 11
CONCERT: Die Antwoord; Starts: August 21
FESTIVAL: Uprising; Starts: August 24 - 25
OPERA: Nabucco & Verdi Gala; Starts: August 24 and 26
CONCERT: Thirty Seconds to Mars; Starts: August 31, 20:00
CONCERT: Alice Merton; Starts: September 14, 19:00
CIRCUS: Chinese National Circus; Starts: October 14, 16:00
CONCERT: Kim Wilde; Starts: October 20, 21:00
CONCERT: Nightwish Decades; Starts: November 13
FESTIVAL: Pohoda – Pohoda is the most famous multi-genre festival in Slovakia. It receives positive criticism and awards every year from artists, foreign media and experts from the music industry. Besides music, it brings literature, dance, visual arts, movie, theatre and much more for all age categories. Confirmed artists for this year are: The Chemical Brothers, Jamie Cullum, St. Vincent, Ziggy Marley, Glass Animals, SOJA, the Kronos Quartet, Danny Brown, Rodriguez, Aurora, Little Dragon, Blossoms and many more. Starts: July 5 – 8, Trenčín airport. More info:
CONCERT: Jasmin Toccata - The world-renowned French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, following his extraordinarily successful concert at the Viva Musica! festival in 2016, is returning to Bratislava! With his ambition of winning back popularity for a musical instrument which had its Golden Age in the Baroque era (until superseded by the fortepiano), he arrives with an exceptional project, where two apparently unconnected musical worlds meet: classical Baroque music combines with the richly ornamented music of the Orient. The Jasmin Toccata project came into being in collaboration with top-ranking French musicians – lute-player Thomas Dunford and percussionist Keyvan Chemirani, who is also the creator of the concept and of all of the musical arrangements. Starts: July 15, 20:00, Large Lutheran Churche. More info:
FESTIVAL: Grape - The Ninth year of the popular Slovak festival focused on the world indie pop/rock and electronic scene will bring to the Piešťany airport such well-known names as alt-J, Kodaline, Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, Wilkinson live, oh Wonder, Modeselektor DJ, Lamb, Wolf Alice, Dirtyphonics and many others. Starts: August 10 – 11, Piešťany airport. More info:
CONCERT: Die Antwoord - Die Antwoord is Afrikaans for ‘The Answer’. This Next Level South African rap-rave crew rap and sing in a mixture of English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa. The group is known for their unique ‘Zef style’, and non-conformist, punk-like attitude. Die Antwoord are also known for having ‘The best music videos in the world’. Their wild and crazy high-energy live shows attract a cult-like following world-wide. Starts: August 21, NTC Arena. Admission: €39.5. More info:
FESTIVAL: Uprising – The eleventh year of the Uprising festival of reggae music will bring to Bratislava Inner Circle, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Brother Culture, Benny Page, Bush Chemists, Awa Fall a.k.a Sista Awa and many others. Starts: August 24 -25, Bratislava, Cesta na Senec 2. More info:
OPERA: Nabucco & Verdi Gala – The biggest opera open-air festival in Slovakia will bring to beautiful Bratislava castle the legend, Nabucco–and a gala performance including parts of La Traviata, Rigoletto, II Trovarore, La forza del destino, Don Carlos and Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. Starts: August 24 and 26, West Terrace of Bratislava castle. Admission: €49 - €99. More info:
CONCERT: Thirty Seconds to Mars – The rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars will perform at the end of the summer in Bratislava. Performances of the band are considered to be among the best in the world. The band is popular because of their energetic live shows and their courageous mix of genres. Music critics compare them to Pink Floyd, The Cure and U2. Besides many music awards, they also have the record for the longest concert tour – 309 concerts over two years. Starts: August 31, 20:00, Winter arena of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. More info:
CONCERT: Alice Merton – Canadian-German singer and composer Alice Metron is a young raising star of the current music scene. She can be proud of her victory at the European Border Breakers Award 2018 and she took over the American Billboard and the European hit-parade at the same time. Starts: September 14, 19:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €22. More info:
CIRCUS: Chinese National Circus – This group of acrobats was founded in 1958 and since then it has visited more than 70 countries. The circus trains acrobats from a very young age. Performance consists of two 45 minutes parts and only skilled acrobats perform, no live animals are included. Admission: €15 - €29. Starts: October 14, 16:00, Hant arena, Trnavská cesta 29, Bratislava. More info:
CONCERT: Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde is one of the biggest rock-pop idols of the 80’s. She released her new album, “Here Come the Aliens” in March and is now on tour. She will be in Bratislava for the first time as when she was in Slovakia ten years ago, she performed in Košice. Admission: €7 - €70. Starts: October 20, 21:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. More info:
CONCERT: Nightwish Decades - Finnish legend Nightwish celebrate 20 years on stage and with an exceptional program, visit Slovakia. The biggest hits and unprecedented feature-length megashow breaks out on November 13, 2018 at the Incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava. The concert, which will also celebrate the 4th Birthday of Radio Anténa Rock, will also present a special guest whose name still remains a mystery. Starts: November 13, Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta, Bratislava. Admission: €34 - €61.5. More info:

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