Top Choice Carnival in Kobarid

Drežnica Carnival

On the Sunday before Lent, head for Drežnica, 6km northeast of Kobarid, for this, one of Slovenia's most cherished festivals. Unmarried young men and boys don handmade wooden masks, either Ta Lepi (the Pretty Ones) …
Top Choice Religious in Škofja Loka

Škofja Loka Passion Play

The staging of the Škofja Loka Passion Play is the biggest outdoor theatre production in Slovenia – it involves as many as as 800 actors and 80 horses (and hundreds of volunteers). It's staged every six years (the n…
Cultural in Cerkno


The biggest annual event in these parts unfolds on Glavni trg in the days before Lent begins (the Sunday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). This ancient carnival sees masked participants chasing and executing the Pu…
Music in Lake Bled

Festival Bled

A fortnight of concerts in beautiful venues (primarily classical music, but also jazz and other genres). Includes masterclasses with accomplished musicians, and an international viola and violin competition.
Music in Cerkno

Jazz Cerkno

Every May, Cerkno hosts a well-regarded jazz festival that draws a mix of local and international acts – it's a good chance to see up-and-coming Slovenian performers, and there's a real openness to pushing jazz's bo…
Music in Škofja Loka

Pisana Loka

This arts festival (the name means 'Colourful Loka') stages music and theatre performances, film screenings and children's events over 10 days in late August. Event locations include the various town squares and the…
Cultural in Lake Bohinj

Cows’ Ball

The Cows’ Ball is a wacky weekend of folk dance, music, eating and drinking to mark the return of the cows from their high pastures to the valleys. It shares the weekend celebrations with a cheese and wine festival.
Music in Radovljica

Festival Radovljica

The biggest event of the year is the two-week Festival Radovljica, one of the most important festivals of early classical music in Europe. Culture and music blend nicely in the town's historic setting.
Music in Tolmin


Of all Tolmin's summer music festivals, the week-long MetalDays is especially well attended and is a fixture on the European metal circuit. Performances happen in venues across town.
Cultural in Idrija

Lace Festival

The big event in Idrija is the three-day Lace Festival in mid- to late June. This celebration of all things lacy includes a gala opening, lace-making exhibitions and live music.