Top Events

Kurentovanje, February

Lent Festival, June

Ljubljana Festival, July to August

Festival Radovljica, August

Cows' Ball, September

January

This is for the most part a quiet month after the holidays, though skiing is generally very good and it's the time of one of the most important sport events in the year.

Women’s World Cup Slalom & Giant Slalom Competition

One of the world’s major international ski events held only for women – the coveted Zlata Lisica (Golden Fox) trophy – takes place on the Maribor Pohorje ski grounds for four days in late January/early February.

February

A cold and snowy month keeps things busy on the ski slopes near Kranjska Gora. Many of the country's best festivals are connected to Shrove Tuesday and Lent (February and early March) in the run-up to Easter.

Kurentovanje

Ptuj marks Shrovetide with Kurentovanje, a rite of spring and fertility. Festivities are spread over 11 days in February, culminating in the Kurent parades on the weekend before Shrove Tuesday.

Laufarija

A folkloric pre-Lenten carnival in Cerkno on the Sunday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. This ancient carnival sees masked participants chasing and executing the Pust, representing winter and the old year.

Pust v Cerknici

Cerknica's pre-Lenten carnival, Pust, takes place for four days over the weekend before Ash Wednesday. Mask-wearing merrymakers and witches parade up and down while being provoked by butalci (hillbillies) with pitchforks.

March

Still plenty of good skiing in the higher elevations; elsewhere the country is relatively quiet.

Men’s Slalom & Giant Slalom Vitranc Cup Competition

The number-one downhill ski event of the year – the Vitranc Cup – takes place at Kranjska Gora in early March.

Drežnica Carnival

The Sunday before Lent, Drežnica is home to one of Slovenia's most cherished festivals, where unmarried young men and boys don handmade wooden masks (among other things).

April

Flowers bloom and trees blossom in lower elevations. Depending on the winter, there’s skiing at higher elevations. The Vršič Pass opens to cars by late April.

Spring Horticultural Fair, Volčji Potok

Slovenia's largest flower and gardening show takes place at an arboretum in Volčji Potok, near Kamnik, in late April.

Chocolate Festival

Radovljica takes it's 'honestly sweet' slogan seriously over a weekend in mid-April, with cooking demonstrations, tastings and kids' workshops.

May

Hit the Alpine valleys for a breakout of mountain wildflowers. Expect sunshine and warm daytime temperatures. It's too cold yet to swim in the Adriatic, but days are ideal for a portside promenade.

International Wildflower Festival

Held over two weeks, this flower fest celebrates Bohinj's botanical riches and includes guided walks and tours and birdwatching.

June

June can be gloriously sunny or occasionally rainy. It's the best month for white-water rafting, as rivers swell after the spring thaw and temps warm up enough to make the idea palatable.

Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival

Organised by Ljubljana's Ana Monró Theatre in late June/early July, this festival brings international theatre to the streets of the capital.

Idrija Lace-Making Festival

This celebration of all things lacy includes a gala opening, and lace-making exhibitions, as well as live music.

Lent Festival

A two-week extravaganza of folklore and culture in Maribor's Old Town.

July

Mostly warm and sunny, July is a big month for festivals. Nearly every village and town has something going on. Trekkers, watch out for freak storms in higher elevations.

Ljubljana Festival

The nation’s premier festival of classical entertainment (music, theatre and dance) held in July and August.

Festival Bled

A fortnight of concerts (primarily classical, but also jazz and other genres) in beautiful venues around Lake Bled.

Piran Summer Festival

Piran comes alive for two weeks in late July or early August as performers (dance and music of varying genres) take to the stage in Tartinijev trg for free performances.

August

The traditional summer holiday month for Europeans finds resorts like Piran and Portorož filled to the brim. Campgrounds are packed, and the waters of Lakes Bohinj and Bled warm up enough to swim.

Pisana Loka

This arts festival (the name means 'Colourful Loka') stages music and theatre, film and children's events over 10 days in late August.

Festival Radovljica

One of the most important festivals of early classical music in Europe is staged over two weeks in August.

Fishermen's Festival

Annual get-together held in Izola in August with much merriment focused around the fishing fleet and its catch.

September

Autumn chill comes to the mountains. Swimming winds down on the Adriatic coast and resorts like Bled and Bohinj hold their last big shindigs. Mushroom-hunting shifts into high gear.

Cows’ Ball

Zany weekend of folk dance, music, eating and drinking in Bohinj to mark the return of the cows from their high pastures in mid-September.

Slovenian Film Festival

A pivotal event in the Slovenian cinema world, this three-day festival in Portorož in late September sees screenings and awards.

October

Coastal areas quiet down for the year and the action shifts to cities like Ljubljana, where the cultural season of classical concerts, ballet and theatre is in full swing.

City of Women

Ljubljana's 10-day international festival, Mesto Žensk, focusing on contemporary arts and culture created by women.

Ljubljana Marathon

Held on the last Sunday in October, this capital's marathon draws an increasingly international field.

November

The solemn holiday of All Saints' Day (1 November) sets the tone for the rest of this grey, chilly month. On this day, Slovenes bring candles and red lanterns to the cemetery to remember the departed.

St Martin’s Day

Nationwide celebration to mark the day (11 November) when mošt (must; fermenting grape juice) officially becomes new wine.

December

Christmas (25 December) is the high point of this dark, cold month. Ski season gets under way in the mountains.

Christmas Concerts

Held throughout Slovenia; the most famous are in Postojna Cave, where you can also attend the Live Christmas Crib, a re-enactment of the Nativity.