Whenever you visit Bratislava, you will certainly not get bored. However, if you are thinking about the best time to visit, this summary of the best events taking place each year in Bratislava will help you. We have brought you a list of the Top Ten events to be held in Bratislava during 2017 and you can be part of them. Therefore, go ahead and plan, book and travel.
22nd – 23rd April 2017
In the modern history of the city, the municipality of Bratislava regularly opens its doors for everybody. This year in April, the important event called Bratislava for everybody will take place for the 14th time. If you’re planning to visit Bratislava during spring, don’t hesitate to combine your trip with this event. The municipality will open dozens of events of the city organizations in those days. You may look forward to an attractive weekend spent in the town, at cultural organizations, in the squares as well as in the nearby nature.
2nd June – 14th September 2017
The biggest city festival called Cultural summer and the Castle festival turns Bratislava into a stage full of multi-genre programmes every year. This event lasts the whole summer season and it will surely liven up your stay in Bratislava. New projects will be prepared from the beginning of June, but regular festival highlights such as Knights at Devín Castle, MusicSquare at Hlavné námestie, Festival EUROVEA, The International Guitar Festival, The Organ Festival at the Cathedral, Cultural Summer with Minorities and many more will also take place. If you’re a music fan, you’ll appreciate time-tested cycles like Music on the Danube or WorldMusic at St. Martin’s Cathedral. For film, literature and sport lovers the Travelogue movies, the Summer open-air reading area at the Red crayfish, International Bratislava or bratislava-inline will be prepared. In summer, Bratislava will simply amaze you.
1st – 4th June 2017
If you like eating in unusual places, jot this date down in your diary. The Slovak food festival can be considered as the biggest picnic in town and this year it will be taking place for the 8th time! This gastronomic weekend is full of wonderful food, drinks, live shows, competitions and discussions and takes places on the grounds of Bratislava Castle which offers a grandiose view of the city.
24th – 25th June 2017
The coronation ceremonies in Bratislava rank among the largest cultural events in Slovakia and present the coronations of 18 kings and queens who were crowned in Bratislava in an experiential way. They take place annually on the last weekend in June to commemorate the coronation of Maria Theresa, who was crowned on 25 June 1741. The coronation itself is an authentic experience. It is staged according to historical documents and performed by more than 200 actors in period costumes. Coronation chips are thrown about as part of the coronation procession; free wine flows from the fountain; oxen are baked; and the contemporary coronation craft fair and many other attractions create a true coronation atmosphere in the city.
July/ August 2017 – the date and programme of the event will be updated
Viva Musica! Festival offers exclusive musical projects performed by top-level artists from Slovakia and abroad each year. There are also concerts full of casual entertainment, no tie dress code and so-called “noble” boredom of which people are usually scared of at the thought of classical music. Since its opening year, it has offered people the best of classical music in a form attractive to everybody: untraditional venues, untraditional contexts, and with free admission to some concerts. This concept has been hugely successful: Viva Musica! Festival is currently the largest international summer music festival in Bratislava.
1st – 3rd September 2017
On the first weekend in September, the streets of Bratislava’s Old Town will host the biggest city festival Craftsmen Days ÚĽUV (Centre for Folk Art Production) for the 26th time. Traditional crafts and homemade products, which are the main attraction of the festival, will be presented by the craftsmen through direct demonstrations and you’ll be taken back to the rich history of Slovak crafts. Craftsmen Days ÚĽUV are very popular among the youngest as well, so if you’re planning to visit Bratislava with your children, it’s definitely worth combining your trip with this event.
September 2017 – the date and programme of the event will be updated
During three nights in September, Bratislava comes to life through the magic of tales, legends and myths. Prominent buildings in the city are brought to life thanks to light and interactive installations after dark (between 7:00 – 11:00 pm). The basic elements of the event are installations that make use of light as a medium to communicate perceptions, interactions or experiences. All of a sudden, a night-time walk in Bratislava takes on a whole new meaning.
October 2017 – the date and programme of the event will be updated
White night is the largest and most visited festival of contemporary art in Slovakia. It is one of the most beautiful autumn events in Bratislava, where you can experience an untraditional artistic walk through the night city, full of experiences and new perceptions. During the second Saturday of October, the night becomes day and the streets of the city fill up with people and art. Each visitor gets an artistic map that guides him or her through various art spots: visually attractive installations, concerts, films, various theatre plays, dances, literature and live performances.
October/ November 2017 – the date and programme of the event will be updated
If you’re a fan of classical music, we highly recommend visiting Bratislava during this period. The 53rd Bratislava Music Festival is the most important and most prestigious international festival in Slovakia with a long tradition (1964). The Bratislava Music Festival is an annual presentation of the artistic prowess of renowned international orchestras, conductors and soloists as well as Slovak artists in dramaturgically interesting programmes.
November/ December 2017 – the date and programme of the event will be updated
Bratislava is truly magical in the time before Christmas. If you are considering visiting the city before Christmas, you’ll be thrilled. The Christmas market in Bratislava has a long tradition and creates its own small city within a city. Each year, the markets can be found on Hlavné námestie, Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Františkánske námestie, Primaciálne námestie, Courtyard of the Old Town Hall and Námestie Milana R. Štefánika. The cute red and white stands attract visitors to get a taste of traditional Slovak delicacies and mulled wine from local winemakers. The Christmas atmosphere is perfectly complemented by traditional music programmes and ice rinks in the city centre.