Christmas in Kraków

Kraków Christmas Crib Competition

This competition is held on the main square beside the statue of Adam Mickiewicz on the first Thursday of December. The 'cribs' are nativity scenes, but different from those elsewhere in the world – Kraków’s szopki …
Parade in Kraków

Lajkonik Pageant

Takes place seven days after Corpus Christi (usually in June, but possibly in late May). This colourful pageant is headed by the Lajkonik, a comical figure disguised as a bearded Tatar. It's organised each year by t…
Music in Kraków


This festival is sometimes referred to as 'EtnoKraków' – a weeklong celebration of world and ethnic music featuring musicians from dozens of countries around the world. It takes place at various venues around town; …
Cultural in Kraków


During this student carnival, students receive symbolic keys to the town’s gates and take over the city for four days and three nights. There’s live music, street dancing, fancy-dress parades, masquerades and lots o…
Music in Kraków

Festival of Music in Old Cracow

This important musical event goes on for two weeks, spans five centuries of musical tradition from medieval to contemporary, and is presented in concert halls, churches and other historic interiors. Usually in July …
Cultural in Kraków

Jewish Culture Festival

Features a variety of cultural events including theatre, film, music and art exhibitions, and concludes with a grand open-air klezmer concert on ul Szeroka. Held in late June and early July.
Music in Kraków

New Year’s Concert

Kraków ushers in the New Year with classical music at the Teatr im J Słowackiego, while plebs make do with fireworks and rock bands in the Rynek.
Film in Kraków

Krakow Film Festival

Film festival that’s been going for more than half a century screens hundreds of movies from various countries. Held in late May and early June.
Street Carnival in Kraków


A spring festival dating to pagan times. Festivities take place near the Church of St Benedict on the Tuesday after Easter.
Food & Drink in Kraków

Pierogi Festival

Three-day celebration of the mighty dumpling, held in Mały Rynek (Small Market Sq) east of St Mary’s Church in August.