SEPTEMBER 2019: Top 10 events in Slovakia

The international CINEMATIK film festival returns to Piešťany to popularise Portuguese cinematography this year.

The international CINEMATIK film festival takes place from September 10 to 15, 2019 in the spa town of Piešťany in the Trnava Region. The international CINEMATIK film festival takes place from September 10 to 15, 2019 in the spa town of Piešťany in the Trnava Region. (Source: TASR)

The summer is nearly over, the children are back in school and yet, September remains a month that allows people to enjoy the last warm days before the autumn arrives.

Here is the list of the most attractive events taking place this September:

  1. FESTIVAL: Salamander Days, September 6-7, Banská Štiavnica
  2. POTTERY FESTIVAL: Clay Celebration, September 6-7, Modra
  3. TRADITIONAL FAIR: Radvaň Fair, September 6-8, Banská Bystrica
  4. CONCERT: Evanescence, September 7, Trnava
  5. CHILDREN: Big Festival of Mascots, September 8, Košice
  6. FILM FESTIVAL: Cinematik, September 10-15, Piešťany
  7. ICE-HOCKEY: Slovan Bratislava vs HC Košice, September 12, Košice
  8. WINE: vintage festivals, September 13-15 & 27-29, cities: Bratislava-Rača, Modra, and Pezinok
  9. TOUR: Bike Tour with an Architect, September 14, Trnava
  10. CONCERT: Carnival Youth, September 19-20, Košice and Bratislava


Salamander used to be a solemn parade across Banská Štiavnica back in the day but when the mining and forestry academy was moved to Hungary, the annual parades began to decline. In 1993, the event was re-established and became one of the greatest events held in Banská Štiavnica. Apart from the parade celebrating miners and geologists, visitors can look forward to concerts, theatre, exhibitions, and other fun activities for all. More information here (in Slovak only).

City: Banská Štiavnica
Place: Holy Trinity Square
Date: Sep 6-7
Hour: from 10:00 until late
Admission: free


For those wondering how pottery is made, there is no better place to find out than in Modra, a ceramics capital famous for its blue-and-white pottery. Aside from the 6 September international seminar on the craft and the agricultural patterns used in pottery decór there will be several exhibitions held on both days and visitors can enjoy a pottery fair filled with music, competitions, and pottery-making workshops. Do not forget to pay a visit to the small manufacturing hall of Slovenská ľudová majolika and soak up the atmosphere of pottery-making. A complete programme (in Slovak only) is available here.

City: Modra

  • pottery fair - Súkenická St
  • exhibitions - 15 Kukučínova St (museum)
  • pottery workshops - 2 Súkenická St (Ďureje Workshop)
  • seminar - 138 Dolná St (Slovenská ľudová majolika building)

Date: Sep 6-7
Hour: from 13:00 (Sep 6) and from 9:00 (Sep 7) until the late evening
Admission: free


The 362nd edition! One of the best traditional fairs in Slovakia that attracts thousands of people every year to Banská Bystrica. The Radvaň Fair was one of the biggest fairs in historic Upper Hungary and was held in the town of Radvaň, near Banská Bystrica. The town has now become adsorbed by Banská Bystrica along with the fair itself. One weird tradition linked with the fair was that the men would buy a wooden spoon and tap the girls passing around them with it. No one knows why, but the wooden spoon has become a symbol of the fair. Visitors can expect various events going on around the city, traditional crafts, sellers, and great food.

City: Banská Bystrica
Place: SNP Square
Date: Sep 6-8
Hour: from 9:00 until late
Admission: free


Founded by Amy Lee and Ben Moody in Arkansas, Evanescence became famous in 2003 with their debut and Grammy-winning album Fallen. Songs like ‘Bring Me to Life’ and ‘My Immortal’ were heavily played also on Slovak radio. The band has issued a total of four albums, and Evanescence will play its best songs this September in Slovakia, too.

City: Trnava
Place: Slávia Athletics Stadium
Date: Sep 7
Hour: 20:00
Admission: from €40. Tickets can be purchased here.

5) Big Festival of Mascots

What is the best reward after the first week in school is successfully over? The Zoo! Parents can take their offspring to Košice Zoo on September 8th where, not only the animals but also fun attractions (children’s music, workshops, dance, theatre, games) and three dozen different mascots will be waiting for the little ones.

City: Košice
Place: zoo
Date: Sep 8
Hour: from 14:30
Admission: €1.50 - €7. A ticket to the zoo serves as a ticket to the event. It can be bought on site.


The 14th international film festival, held annually in Piešťany, will screen over 70 feature films and many short films. This year will focus on Portuguese cinematography, as film director and screenwriter João Pedro Rodrigues is the festival's main guest. This year includes two new sections: To Live Is to Forget (collective memory) and Paths of Glory (festival hits). The festival has also prepared several films with a taste of optimism and hope; one of them, 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette', starring Cate Blanchett, will kick off the festival.

City: Piešťany
Place: City Park
Date: Sep 10-15
Hour: different hours
Admission: €4/film (only on site). People can buy a pass for €22 (students) and €26 (others), either on site or online.


Slovakia's top ice-hockey league, Tipsport liga, gets off the ground in September. Slovan Bratislava returns from the KHL to the national league. It will kick off the hockey season on the ice in Košice. Other matches in the first round continue on September 13. Tipsport liga has also introduced a new model of the game.

City: Košice
Place: Steel Aréna
Date: Sep 12
Hour: 18:00
Admission: €14 (on site and online)


September is the time when grapes are being harvested for wine-making. Head out for the vintage festivals, vinobranie, in and around Bratislava to enjoy hearty food, Slovak music, but most importantly, taste local wines. Pezinok and Rača vintage festivals take place at the same time; the former is held in the streets, the latter in the Rača amphitheatre. Do not miss out on the festival in Modra at the end of the month either, as it is the most traditional one. It is held in the historical town hall, on Štúr's Street (city centre), and in the community garden.

City: Bratislava-Rača; Modra; Pezinok
Place: Rača amphitheatre; Modra and Pezinok city centres
Date: Sep 13-15 (Rača and Pezinok); Sep 27-29 (Modra)
Hour: all day
Admission: free


In August, Trnava offered three bike tours for people to get to know the city from a different angle. The last one is to be held in mid-September, and the architect will take people on a cycling tour around the industrial sites of the city, including a sugar refinery. A reservation is required!

City: Trnava
Place: clock tower by the main square
Date: Sep 14
Hour: 16:00
Admission: €3 (with your own bike) or €5 (with a rented bike). Click here to make a reservation.


This Latvian band is a young trio that fuses alternative rock, indie and melodic lines. They received The European Border Breakers Award at Eurosonic 2016, the biggest showcase festival in Europe. Their songs have also been played on BBC 6 Music. And now, they return to Slovakia to play two concerts.

City: Bratislava (BA); Košice (KE)
Place: Nová Cvernovka (BA); Tabačka (KE)
Date: Sep 19 (KE) & 20 (BA)
Hour: 20:00 (BA) & 20:30 (KE)
Admission: €8 (KE - online) and €10 (BA - online)

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Former state secretary describes the corruption at courts

Schools will definitely not open on Monday. Coronavirus vaccine could be available starting in mid-December. Slovakia joins campaign to fight violence against women.

The Presidential Palace lit in orange, to support the Orange the world! campaign.

One in five women has experienced violence

The situation is far from satisfactory, said President Čaputová.

Secret votes and public lies

There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.

Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.