Experience culture and nature at the same time. Numerous Slovenian towns and cities enjoy a surprisingly modern cultural scene. They host cosmopolitan festivals and tie presentations to traditional events.


Events in Idrija.

The international Festival of Idrija Lace
for the penultimate weekend in June the entire town is given over to lacemaking;

The Pust carnival in Idrija
Graparski karneval – on Shrove Tuesday and the Saturday the square of Mestni Trg is taken over by costumed characters;

Feast of the Assumption
Prfarski štrukljevec pie – on the second Sunday in August, pilgrims and other visitors gather at the chapel of the Virgin on the Rock; this is followed by feasting on local pies;

The international ALTER ART festival
a showcase in August of alternative youth culture, with concerts by groups from Slovenia and abroad, art and photographic exhibitions, dance performances and literary evenings;

The international TANGO festival
a July event featuring Slovenian and foreign tango musicians, with new performance subcategories each year


Piran is a town of numerous events.

The Saltmakers’ Festival
on 24 April, on the Feast of St. George, patron saint of the town, you can witness the traditional departure of the saltmakers to the saltpans.

The fair of antiques, local crafts
and nature’s gifts

every last Saturday of the month in Tartinijev Trg.

Piran musical evenings
on Fridays in July and August, top-quality classical music concerts have been staged for more than 30 years.

The Tartini Festival
the concert evenings in August and September are devoted to the music of Giuseppe Tartini.

Ex-tempore Piran
in September the town traditionally welcomes painters from various parts of the world.

Christmas Nativity scene in Piran churches
from 20 December to the beginning of January, eight Piran churches present the creations of eight artists.

Slovenske Konjice

The town pulses with preserved tradition.

a traditional event held at the end of April, reviving the story of the knight St. George who saved the town from the dragon of Konjiška Gora;

Announcing the vintage
at the beginning of September in Stari Trg square there is a special announcement of the grape harvest in the surrounding vineyards;

the traditional November celebration of young wine for the Feast of St. Martin.


The city offers abundant opportunities for getting to know the traditional features of Istria.

Istria Carnival
the February Shrovetide procession in sight of the sea;

Homo na plac
every Sunday in July and August, trading in the old way;

Sweet Istria
on the fourth weekend in September, the stalls are irresistible with their traditional Istrian, Slovenian and other sweet treats;

Farming Days of Slovenian Istria
this October event offers tasting of Istrian and Primorska wines, olive oil and other natural products.


In this city of millennia you can be a Roman, a lord, a taster, a carnival figure or just a city burgher seeking a real experience.

Pust carnival with kurenti
(in February) numerous ethnographic and tourist events with the hallmark ethnographic costumed figure of the kurent or korant;

Slovenian Farm Fare
a May presentation of Slovenian rural cuisine; Art Ptuj – an international festival of music and painting in July;

Festival of Popular Folk Music
the oldest festival of local popular music takes place every August;

Roman Games at Terme Ptuj spa
a cultural and entertaining revival of the ancient roots of Ptuj in August;

Ptuj – Open City
a festival of street theatre, animators, musicians, painters and other artists, last week in August;

Ptuj Castle Games
a sociable presentation of medieval culture every first week in September.

Škofja Loka

In March and April 2015 Škofja Loka will once again stage its thrilling Škofja Loka Passion – the PROCESSIO LOCOPOLITANA of 1721.
This spectacular street event has a special cultural, historical and religious significance.

Events during the Passion
during Lent and Easter, every year Škofja Loka is alive with Passion stories.

Medieval Festival
on the last weekend of June the town is infused with tales of the Middle Ages.

Musical Loka
in June, young musicians play in the streets, squares and entrance halls of the old town centre.

Summer Loka
events in July and August provide a cultural flavour to the warm evenings.

White December
in the last month of the year there is a series of events in the festively decorated town.

Old-style skiing
an event in January on the castle hill demonstrating the heritage of old-style skiing.


Check out the events to suit your tastes.

The Prešernov Smenj fair
every year on 8 February the 19th century comes back to life – complete with appearances and costumes from the time of France Prešeren;

Teden Mladih
the biggest Slovenian youth festival, with sports, cultural, musical, educational and other events taking place every year in May;

Carniola Festival
a festival with international participation and multicultural repertoire that takes place in June and July;

Kranfest and Kranjski semenj fair
these free summer events are concluded with the traditional Kranj Night (Kranjska Noč) in August; Kranjski semenj features a presentation of old crafts;

Jazz Kamp
an August gathering of musicians trying out their skills performing a variety of styles;

Happy December
December seasonal events with a St. Nicholas procession, a Christmas-New Year fair, Christmas concert and New Year celebration with fireworks.


Radovljica, Linhart’s town of culture, boasts numerous traditional events.

Radovljica Festival
a well-known international festival of old and new music on authentic instruments; the oldest festival of such music in Slovenia is held every August; www.festival-;

Path of Venus
summer events with a medieval air evoke memories of the path taken in the 13th century by Ulrich of Liechtenstein, dressed up as the goddess of love, Venus; the event includes bonfires, an archery contest and more;

Radolško Summer
musical, stage and other summer events in the centre of town;

Avsenik Festival in Begunje
an event over several days in September with typical Slovenian popular folk music; “Rešte se, rešte, starega leta” – seeing out the old year, a traditional December event.


Socialising in Tržič is associated with the time when there is more sunlight in the valley.

on 11 March the people of Tržič launch special little houses with candles along the river; the custom of one-time cobblers symbolises joy that with spring coming they would no longer need to use artificial light in their work;

Tržič summer events
Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer months offer performances, concerts and thematic events;

Cobbler’s Sunday
the first Sunday in September features a traditional fair with more than 300 stalls and a range of ethnographic, fun and cultural events; enjoy a cobbler’s lunch and Tržič roast beef!
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