Top Events

Midsummer's Night, June

Singer's Warsaw Festival, August to September

Street Art Festival, June to July

Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music, September

Warsaw Film Festival, October

March

The first tentative signs of spring are felt towards the end of this month but wrap up well as temperatures in the city can still be bone-chillingly cold.

Beethoven Easter Festival

Timed to coincide with Easter (so sometimes starting in April), this festival sees a series of concerts held across the capital celebrating the work of the great German composer.

Slow Fashion Fair

Around 250 local clothing brands, some specialising in organic and upcycled garments, set up stalls at Poland's largest fashion fair held in Praga's Koneser complex.

April

As the weather improves the city starts to see patches of greenery, blossoms and spring flowers in its parks. Easter celebrations bring crowds to church services.

Warsaw Theatre Meetings

This two-week theatre festival attracts innovative theatre companies from across the country and includes a program of shows aimed at younger audiences and children.

Warsaw Beer Festival

Usually held twice a year (either in April or May and October) this three-day festival held at the Legia Warsaw stadium showcases Poland's best craft breweries with some 800 different ales available for tasting.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Remembrance

On 19 April those who died during the Ghetto Uprising of 1943 are remembered as flowers are laid at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and paper daffodil badges are distributed around Warsaw (www.polin.pl/en/daffodils).

May

Spring has truly arrived with restaurants and cafes setting out tables and chairs for their outdoor dining terraces and floating bars along the Vistula reopening for the season.

Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

At the same time this prestigious documentary film festival is taking place in Warsaw there are also screenings in Gdynia, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz and Lublin.

Piknik Naukowy

Europe’s largest outdoor event promoting science is held on a Saturday at the National Stadium.

Orange Warsaw Festival

The city's premier outdoor popular music festival, headlined by major international artists such as Florence & The Machine and Sam Smith, is held at Służewiec Racecourse.

Chopin Summer Concerts

Held annually since 1959, these free piano recitals by award-winning musicians from Poland and overseas are performed beside the Chopin Monument every Sunday at noon and 4pm.

June

An ideal month to visit the city as Warsaw basks in warm temperatures and enjoys long light-filled nights. Best to book ahead for accommodation and museum tickets.

Equality Parade

This colourful LGBT+ parade through the city's streets in mid-June is in support of social equality and diversity and attracts some 45,000 spectators and supporters.

Mozart Festival

From mid-June to the end of July performances are held across the city of all 26 of Mozart’s stage productions, plus a selection of his other works.

Street Art Festival

Held from late June to early July, this week-long festival features street theatre, open-air art installations and 'happenings' staged in public places such as Old Town Sq, the Royal Way, public parks and even bus stops.

International Outdoor Jazz Festival

The first concerts in this free jazz festival featuring local and international artists are usually held at the end of June with the series running through to the end of August.

Midsummer's Night

Around the date of the longest day of the year, Warsaw comes over all pagan with midsummer rituals, including the lighting of bonfires, major fireworks displays and the floating of wreaths studded with candles down the Vistula River.

July

Daytime can be hot and steamy. Cool off at night along the Vistula's riverbanks where you can catch concerts at Plac Zabaw nad Wisłą or the sound and light show at Multimedia Fountain Park.

Warsaw Summer Jazz Days

This series of concerts brings leading international jazz stars to town, mixed in with performances by local talent. A highlight is the open-air concert in Castle Sq.

August

The sunny days and balmy temperatures continue into August. Musical festivals bring crowds into the city so book ahead for accommodation.

Warsaw Uprising Remembrance

Events across the city on 1 August, including at the Warsaw Rising Museum, are held in memory of the heroes and victims of the Warsaw Rising of 1944.

Chopin and His Europe

Enjoy two packed weeks of orchestral and chamber music concert across the city, featuring the works of Chopin and other great European composers.

Singer's Warsaw Festival

This Jewish themed festival includes theatre, music, films, exhibits and workshops at various city locations, including the Nożyk Synagogue, the Jewish Theatre and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

September

The temperatures are beginning to dip as autumn arrives in the city – there's still time though to enjoy drinks at the outdoor cafes and bars.

Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music

Held over nine days in September across a number of venues, this premier festival offers a chance to hear the world’s best avant-garde music, including new works by major Polish composers.

Warsaw Gallery Weekend

Free special events and exhibitions are held in the city's private galleries at this three-day event held over a weekend in late September.

October

Towards the end of the month look out for the second annual edition of the Warsaw Beer Festival. Pack warmer clothing as the temperature moves more towards winter.

Warsaw Film Festival

Screenings of the year’s best international films over 10 days, plus Polish film highlights and plenty of retrospectives.

November

Winter can come early in November so make sure you're prepared for sudden plummets in temperature, along with rain and winds, and even snow towards to the end of the month.

All Saints' Day

Cemeteries across the city, such as Powązki, are awash with candles and wreaths on this day and the following All Souls' Day as Varsovians pay respects to their deceased relatives by visiting their graves.

Independence Day

On 11 November there are marches in the city in celebration of Poland's Independence – note this attracts people onto the streets from all political spectrums, including right-wing extremists.

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival

Over a week watch local and internationally themed Jewish films at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and JCC Warszawa.

Royal Garden of Light

From November to February, the palace and park at Wilanów are illuminated with coloured lights. On Saturday and Sunday there are also short sound and light shows across the palace facade at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

December

Christmas lights glitter along Krakowskie Przedmieście and ul Nowy Świat. Outdoor ice rinks are set up in the Old Town Sq and beside the Palace of Science & Culture.

Barbican Christmas Market

Although it kicks off in late November, this Christmas market hits its stride in December. You can hardly get a more picturesque setting than the red-brick rotunda of the Old Town's Barbican.