Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between October 18 and October 27, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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Top 10
BALLET: Russian Classic Ballet Festival; Starts: Oct 17-20
MARKET: Design Market; Starts: Oct 19, 9:00
EVENT: The Day of Open Ateliers 2019; Starts: Oct 19, 10:00
EVENT: Music Exchange; Starts: Oct 19, 10:00
EVENT: Degustorium 2019; Starts: Oct 22, 8:00
MUSIC: Bratislava jazz days; Starts: Oct 25-27
EVENT: Festival of fashion, design and art; Starts: Oct 25-26
MUSIC: Bratislava Mozart Festival 2019; Starts: Oct 25-Nov 10
EVENT: SWAP; Starts: Oct 27, 10:00
RUN: Rača cross 2019; Starts: Oct 27, 10:00

Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

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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TOP 10

Russian Classic Ballet Festival

AXA Aréna NTC, Príkopova, Bratislava, October 17-20, 17:00, 19:00

Show Slovakia starts with a new project for the Russian season and will introduce to the Slovak public the best of Russian artists.

All performances will be performed in the style of the Moscow State Ballet. The priority of this theater is to preserve the best traditions of the Russian classical ballet school.

Russian ballet is all about feelings, emotions, sacred impulses of the soul expressed through dance. The theater ensemble is composed of graduates of the best choreographic schools in Russia, who in addition to a high level of technical skills also have acting talent, which they transmit to the stage.

The festival will take place in Slovakia with four of the world's most famous ballet performances.

  • 17.10.2019 - Swan Lake
  • 18.10.2019 - Romeo and Juliet
  • 19.10.2019 - Nutcracker
  • 20.10.2019 - Sleeping Beauty

Admission: €25 - €49.

Design Market in Stará tržnica

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Saturday, October 19, 9:00

A rainbow of colours, shapes, patterns, materials and ideas - colour your day with original design brands and honest handmade creations. You can expect a brilliant variety of stylish products from quality clothing for children and adults, imaginative jewellery, natural cosmetics, and sustainable toys to modern home accessories. The design market will take place during the popular food market, where you can find quality and lovingly created products. You can also buy smoked meats, delicious cheeses, sauerkraut, fresh bread and healthy cakes on the ground floor. Upstairs you can discover the creativity of designers and handmade creators on the Design Market. Admission: free. More info:

The Day of Open Ateliers 2019

Bratislava, Saturday, October 19, 10:00

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10.00 to 21.00 there is an extraordinary opportunity for all art lovers, amateur creators and curious people to enter behind the door where beauty is created. Forty-two artists from twenty-eight studios and two accompanying exhibitions within the Bratislava Region will open their ateliers in Rohožník, Stupava, Bratislava, Bratislava – Vajnory, Ivanka pri Dunaji, Chorvátsky Grob, Svätý Jur, Limbach, Pezinok, Viničné, Vinosady, Budmerice.

Where can I find open studios?

Many of the first indications leading to studios are in the Catalog of Salon of Artists 2019 under the logo of the “DOA” event. However, the range of artists who will open their studios this year is much wider and you can find out more information about them on the website of the Small Carpathian Cultural Center:

Printed maps can be found in information offices:

  • Pezinok – Municipal Information Center, M. r. Štefánika 1, Old Town Hall
  • Svätý Jur – Information center and art gallery, Prostredná 64
  • Modra – Tourist and Information Center, Štúrova 59
  • Bratislava – Tourist Information Center, Klobučnícka 2
  • Stupava – Municipal Cultural and Information Center, Agátová 9

Together with your family and friends, explore the DOA map and decide which places are the most interesting to you. The studios will be marked with an information board and a painter’s palette with the studio number. You can pick up a printed map from the first studio you visit. Admission: free.

Music Exchange

KC Dunaj~, Nedbalova, Bratislava, Saturday, October 19, 10:00

Music Exchange in KC Dunaj is a classical music exchange focused mainly on vinyl LP collectors, but there are also music CDs and MC cassettes, and occasionally music magazines and posters. The Music Exchange will be held on Saturday 19th October 2019 in the grand hall of KC Danube. KC Dunaj can be found in the center of Bratislava - the entrance is from Nedbalova Street. Buyers have free entry; if you would like to sell, please write Admission: free.

Degustorium 2019

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Tuesday, October 22, 8:00

Come visit the first tasting conference about artisan food, organized by the Slow Food Pressburg civic association in cooperation with its partners. We are bringing the first tasting conference to which we invited farmers, winemakers, craft makers, chefs, culinary experts, nutrition consultants, environmentalists, marketing experts and practitioners. We want to share the story of artisan foods, from sustainable production to incredible taste, and to bring their exceptional products closer to us, inspire us, and most importantly, show us that it makes sense! Admission: €30. More info:

Bratislava jazz days

INCHEBA EXPO-Aréna, Viedenská cesta, Petržalka, Friday-Sunday, October 25-27

The program of the 45th Bratislava Jazz Days 2019 is out and again brings loads of quality and upbeat music! This year the three-day festival will take place in the Incheba Expo Arena on 25-27 October 2019. Admission: €33-€199. More info:

Festival of fashion, design and art

Refinery Gallery, Ružinov, Friday-Saturday, October 25-26

Come to be inspired, shop and have fun. The festival associated with the sales exhibition is a unique opportunity to meet new Slovak and Czech brands, products, services and art pieces, surrounded by a unique atmosphere. You can participate in various workshops such as FaceFit - face gymnastics with Iveta Štecová, beer tasting with Imrich Nógell from Beermalade, making face masks with Saipo or wood burning with a woodworker. You can see fashion shows, performances by Peter Bič Project, acrobatic band Born to Trick, demonstration of a Japanese tea ritual with Tearoom of Good People and a bonsai exhibition from Bonsai Slovakia. Admission: €6.

Bratislava Mozart Festival 2019

Bratislava, October 25 - November 10

The Bratislava Mozart Festival 2019 international music festival is not only about Mozart ...You can expect four concerts filled with beautiful music performed by great domestic and foreign performers. The dramaturgy of this year's festival will offer real gems of classical music with a special accompanying word and with a small bonus for visitors in the form of refreshments at select concert evenings. Admission: €10-€18. More info:


KC Dunaj~, Nedbalova, Bratislava, Sunday, October 27, 10:00

Clothing swap on Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00! Come, bring your beautiful clothes (that you don't wear and just sit in your closet) and take away ones you love. What is a Swap? A Swap is a place for anyone who wants to get rid of clothes in good condition. As a reward, take something "new" you like, or something you need. A Swap is an environmentally friendly solution for acquiring “new-to-you” things. Swap is a quick, cheap, and ecological way to satisfy the need to revive your wardrobe. It’s a fun social event! Admission: €5.

Rača cross 2019

Amfiteáter Rača, Knižkova dolina, Rača, Sunday, October 27, 10:00

Forest run in the mountains of the Little Carpathians with two tracks, one a length of 9 km and the other 15 km, plus children's runs. Admission: €10. 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, 18:00
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, as well as yoga exercises for stretching stiff muscles caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Her classes end with the all-important relaxation of body and mind. She also uses highly qualitative essential oils (doTerra) during the class. Refreshments, tea, fruit 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 at one of our sessions: Tea, water, fruit, showers are available to use for free. In these classes we will perform exercises that 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, 18:00, Dunajska 4, Bratislava. More info:

Temporary exhibitions

Land behind the Map. Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster
The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library
Artist´s (Heavy) Luggage
Laco Teren. Nothing Can Stop Us!

Democratia - At a time when the need to rethink Democracy is felt acutely, when current events nationally and globally are raising questions about the stakes of power, the work of these two authors, each with their own means of expression, tries to grapple with societal events so as to extract a more objective and distanced vision in which man confronts his actions and their underside. In a dialogue between photography and writing, both authors expose, impertinently, the abuses of an era, its contradictions and excesses. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info:
Variably - The anniversary exhibition of one of the most important Slovak fine artists Viktor Hulík (1949) is very well known not only in the European but also in the global milieu. Proof can be seen in many invitations and participations in prominent European exhibition projects. In 1988, Hulík became a member of an international artists group INT ART whose objective was to bring people from different cultural backgrounds closer together. In 1990, he was the first Slovak artist to be awarded a prestigious creative grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info:
Creatures - Looking at the art of Alena Adamikova, we can find lines of now rare stability in her work. First of all she painted portraits naturalistic, with strong contrasts in color and structure. It gives a certain mystic atmosphere to her works, which makes her one of the more remarkable contemporary surrealist painters. Nevertheless, in the last 10 years of work, Alena Adamikova is reflecting on roots. Through all her works runs the question, “Can my children discover the world as I discovered it?” She describes life perceived in a mystic way, where fairytales become reality. It seems that there is always a hidden secret in her work, the secret of security within the family, which is in danger of getting lost in a society of increasing individuality and loneliness. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info:
Land behind the Map. Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster - Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster is an interactive projection dedicated to the story of art history, prepared in cooperation with Prague colleagues (concept by Ondřej Horák, execution by Ondřej Fuczik, David Kakalík and INITI) and loosely based on their previous activities in the Czech Republic. The projection is designed for children interested in art history, as well as for lay and informed visitors who want to learn more. Telling the story of art, connected with a series of animated films devoted to the life and context of the work of a prominent Slovak, as well as world visual artists of the 20th century and the present, combines learning and entertainment. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace. More info:
The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library - The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library is a project dedicated to Slovak writer, satirist, art and literary critic, book collector and translator, Kornel Földvári. Preparations started together with Peter Krištúfek, writer and director, who has searched for a method of preserving Földvári's large collection of books for a long time. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace. More info:
Artist´s (Heavy) Luggage - Arnold Peter Weisz-Kubínčan (1898 - 1944) was born into a Jewish family in the town of Usch, Prussia. From 1913 to 1917 he studied sculpture at the School of Arts and Crafts in Budapest. After the war he continued his studies in Berlin, most probably at a private academy. In the Berlin of the 1920s he could be close to the expressionistic tendencies which suited his artistic nature. Weisz-Kubínčan is a unique figure in terms of our modern painting and drawing but also due to his mysticism. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace until November 10. More info:
Laco Teren. Nothing Can Stop Us! - Nothing Can Stop Us! presents the key points of Laco Teren’s artistic program and introduces the unique artistic personality of this polymuse. Teren was one of the leading figures of the post-Modernist generation, which around the mid-1980’s presented their program of Neo-Expressive painting inspired by the Italian Trans-Avant-Garde and German Neue Wilde movements. Through his explosive temperament and energetic and daring metaphors he poked fun at the main iconographic symbols of the socialist era in its twilight. Diverse topical and historical inspirations can be found in his contemporary, large canvases of “Baroque-Art Nouveau” and Pop-art style based on grandiose and colorful two dimensional drawing designs. Predominantly a painter, Teren also switches to sculpture from time to time. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace until January 12. More info:
Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

SERVICE: Apostolic Church; Starts: Sundays, 9:30, Bratislava City Church, Trnavské mýto 1, English
SERVICE: Bratislava International Church, Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Malý kostol, Panenská Street (entrance from Lýcejná Street)
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 9:00 Hungarian, 10:00 English, 11:30 German, Malý kostol, 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

CONCERT: Enrique Iglesias; Starts: Oct 31, 20:00
CONCERT: Diana Reeves; Starts: Nov 4, 19:00
CONCERT: Scorpions; Starts: Nov 20, 20:00
EVENT: Stomp – The World Dance Show; Starts: Jan 17-18
CONCERT: Alvaro Soler; Starts: May 29, 2020

CONCERT: Enrique Iglesias - Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias returns after more than 10 years to Slovakia with his tour All The Hits Live. He will sing older hits such as Bailamos and Rhythm Divine, but also newer ones like Duele El Corazón, Subeme La Radio, El Baño. Starts: Oct 31, 20:00, Ondrej Nepela’s Winter Stadium. Admission: €89. More info:
Diana Reeves - American Diana Reeves is one of the greatest jazz vocalists in contemporary jazz music and talented scat singer. She played in Slovakia six years ago and returns to City Sounds Festival this November. Reeves has been awarded the Grammy several times for best jazz vocal performance by a female artist. Starts: Nov 4, 19:00, Istropolis - Big Hall. Admission: €29-€59. More info:
CONCERT: Scorpions – German rock band Scorpions returns to Slovakia after three years. They will play a selection of songs from their 50-year music career in their Crazy World Tour 2019. Visitors to the concert may look forward to hard rock but also famous rock ballads, songs like Rock You Like a Hurricane, Still Loving You, Send me an Angel and Wind of Change. Starts: Nov 20, 20:00, Ondrej Nepela’s Winter Stadium. Admission: €49-€69. More info:
EVENT: Stomp – The World Dance Show – A unique mixture of percussion, dance, theatre and comedy with amazing music inspired by the everyday, Stomp members use everything from lighters and cans to trash bins and kitchen utilities for a memorable show. Starts: Jan 17-18, 2020, Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenska. Admission: €25-49. More info:
CONCERT: Alvaro Soler - Fantastic news for Alvaro Soler's Slovak fans - on the 29th of May next year Alvaro will take his incredibly successful Mar de Colores Europe Tour to Slovakia, where he'll deliver a great concert at the AXA Arena NTC in Bratislava. Starts: May 29, 2020, AXA Arena NTC in Bratislava. Admission: €40-€50. More info:

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