Summer events in Slovenia 2020

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Slovenia is finally reopening after the Coronavirus epidemic. Most events in Slovenia were either postponed or even canceled due to many restrictions and social distancing. Some events on the other hand have taken it to the internet and transformed themselves into virtual form.

However, Slovenia has officially ended the Coronavirus epidemic recently, meaning the government has lived some of the strict restrictions. Now, events that do not host more than 200 people are allowed, as long as the event-goers follow social distancing and other rules. Slovenia has many fun and interesting events in the summer, especially in the capital city of Ljubljana. Check out the events that will be held in Slovenia in this summer.

Street Food Festival “Sočna vilica” May 22 – Sep 25 2020

From the spring to the autumn, in Murska Sobota smells breath taking, the culinary Festival “Sočna vilica” offers many tastes and culinary experiences. Festival of street culinary delights invites you to taste the diverse dishes of local and international cuisine, supplemented by top-quality wines of local winemakers, a varied beer selection and other creative beverages from different providers. Every second (sunny) Friday between 10.30 am and 9 pm in the city center various cooking masters enchant us with their tastes and skills. And because Time in Pomurje just runs slower than elsewhere and every hour takes two hours of your time, sometimes even more, you should come when you need time for yourself and your loved ones.

The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2020 Jun 2 2020

Welcome to innovative, independent and national selection of the best Slovenian restaurants that is now in its 4th year of running. In early autumn 2016, we started the selection of The Slovenia Restaurant Awards with help from some professional International and Slovenian enogastronomy and tourism experts. Now each year we organize an exclusive event, where we reveal all the best restaurants in Slovenia.  The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2020 event will be held online on June 2, 2020. 

KrasPass Gourmet Jun 10 – Aug 31 2020

Come and join us at any of the tastings and experiences on offer across the entire Karst any day of the week at 11.00, 16.00 and 18.00 at prices ranging from 12 to 24 euros. Check the daily KrasPass timetable and indulge your palate: with premium wines, naturally dry-cured meat products and other culinary treats from the Karst. The big KrasPass gastronomic family now includes over 40 renowned winemakers, top chefs, restaurants with a tradition, hospitable tourist farms, along with fruit-growers, herbalists, cheese-makers, beekeepers and stonecutters. Create an amazing day, weekend or week for yourself in the Karst.

Odprta Kuhna  Jun 11 – Oct 23 2020
Every Thursday and Friday, June until late October (weather permitting) Pogačarjev Trg in Ljubljana’s old town transforms into one big melting point of culinary and social excitement, as Odprta Kuhna (Open Kitchen) takes over.

Restaurant Week Jun 12 – Jun 21 2020

This year’s spring edition of Restaurant week was supposed to happen in March, however, due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the spring edition of Restaurant Week will now be held in June. The menu price will remain the same 19 euros, with the exception of the top-rated restaurants (3 or 4 hearts), where the special menu price will be 25 euros.

Lighting Guerilla Festival Jun 15 – Jul 11 2020

The 14th international Lighting Guerilla Festival, dedicated to works of contemporary visual and new-media art, will take place in Ljubljana between 15 June and 11 July. The main topic of this year – Five Elements – will be connected with nature and its forces.

Michelin Guide reveals in Slovenia Jun 16 2020

After The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2020, comes the world-renowned french restaurant guide – Michelin. This year Michelin Guide will for the first time in Slovenian gastronomic history reveal the first-ever Michelin star restaurants in Slovenia. How do you think will receive the Michelin star in Slovenia? Will there be more than one Michelin star restaurant in Slovenia? How many Michelin stars in Slovenia will we be getting? Or will Slovenian restaurants only be featured in the Michelin Guide Slovenia? All of these questions about Michelin stars in Slovenia will be answered on June, 16th. Stay tuned for more on Michelin Guide in Slovenia here.

Ljubljana Jazz Festival Jun 17 –  Jun 20​​​​​​​ 2020
Each year, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival features some of the world’s biggest names in jazz, attracting music lovers from home and abroad.​​​​​​​

Museums on a Summer Night June 20 2020
One of our favourite annual cultural events will this year take place on the night of 20 June, with museums and galleries across the country will not only offering free admission, but also extending opening hours with some institutions keeping their doors unlocked as late as midnight. ​​​​​​​

Ljubljana Festival on the Ljubljanica​​​​​​​   Jun 29 – Jul 1 2020​​​​​​
As part of the Ljubljana Festival, young musicians of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and the Ljubljana Academy of Music perform on tourist boats along the river​​​​​​​.

Lighting Guerrila​​​​​​​ Jun 15 – Jul 11​​​​​​​ 2020
This year concerned with the topic of 5 elements, the Lighting Guerrilla Festival uses light as a form of expression, so be ready for a real exploration of the visual that is in touch with the spirit of the subversive in art and society.

Ljubljana Festival Jun 20 – Aug 28 2020 
Three months of ballet performances, musicals, classical music concerts Cankarjev Dom, Križanke Summer Theatre and even on the river Ljubljanica! 

Summer in Šiška 2020 Jun 24 – Sep 2 2020

A series of free concerts on summer Wednesdays right in front of the legendary cinema that has become one of the best venues and supporters of (mainly) the music scene in the country.

Summer Nights at Ruska Dača 2020 Jun 24 – Aug 21 2020  

A series of concerts “under the stars” and comedy shows “under the open sky” in the setting of the magnificent Ruska Dača. 

Ljubljana Festival on the Ljubljanica Jun 29 – Jul 1 2020

As part of the Ljubljana Festival, young musicians of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and the Ljubljana Academy of Music perform on tourist boats along the river.

Ana Desetnica: Street Theatre Festival Jul 1 – Jul 4 2020
The festival showcases contemporary trends in street theatre creativity, is remarkable for its well-defined artistic concept and its organisers’ efforts towards complementing the vibrancy of city life in Ljubljana with the vibrancy of the festival

Drava Festival Jul 1 – Aug 31

In a boat, on a bicycle, on foot – joins us at different events in, on and by the Drava River, from the going down the river on bots, cycling on the Drava Cycling Trail, guided walks on the Drava River embankments to the culinary tastings from the settlements, which live in harmony with the most water-rich river in Slovenia.

Druga Godba Aug 27 – Nov 8 2020
Druga Godba is well known for bringing to Ljubljana leading artists from different backgrounds and musical traditions who draw inspiration from different traditional folk musics and are committed to creative musical exploration.

Film Under the Stars Jul 16 – Aug 8 2020
An annual cinema event with nightly screenings of the top films from the previous year as well as several Slovene premiers in the courtyard of Ljubljana Castle.

FeKK – Ljubljana Short Film Festival Aug 17 – Aug 22 2020
The biggest international short film festival in the country, with a competition programme focused on the young cinema of the Ex-Yugoslavian countries on one side and a national competition programme on the other.

Vinarium Festival 2020: Fish Soup Competition Aug 22 2020

On a cosy summer day in Lendava, a fun culinary event takes place. The visitors taste the fish soup, a traditional dish of the Pannonian Plain, or test their cooking skills by making the dish themselves. The Hungarian fish soup prepared in a cauldron is a specialty of Prekmurje from Pinc to Hodoš. It is one of those dishes a ‘true’ Hungarian home will always serve to its guests. The cast iron cauldron, in addition to carp, catfish and many tiny fish, is also filled with onions, garlic and ground red pepper. Everything is cooked over an open fire so that it absorbs the natural wood smoke… Then it is mashed together and finally some extra fish fillets are added – and you can be sure to lick all of your ten fingers. 

Idrija Žlikrof Festival Aug 22 2020

This August Idrija will once again honour its Idrija Žlikrofi, “Traditional Speciality Guaranteed”, famous for mining UNESCO Idrija. At Idrija Žlikrofi Festival this filled pasta sparks to the fullest – in more than 30 different dishes, accompanied by regional wines, craft beers from the neighbourhood and crafts and food products of Idrija Selected brand. The festival cannot go without Jagerchef competition in cooking game stew, guest stands from Alpine regions, children programme and friendly energy. In 2020, the event will be organised respecting the  prescribed health measures.

Lent Festival, international multicultural festival Aug 21 – Aug 29 2020

Maribor, On stages set between the Judgement tower and the Water tower on the bank of the river Drava at Lent, and in the streets and squares of the city center. The festival that pampers life!

International Festival Nights in Ljubljana Old Town Aug 27 – Aug 29 2020
A mini festival closing the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival and symbolically concluding the Imago Sloveniae Festival and Ljubljana’s summer events season.

Street Food Market Maribor Aug 27 – Aug 29 2020

The caravan of street food will again make a stop in Maribor and spoil you with its delicacies within the scope of the Street Food Market Austria and Street Food Market Slovenia tour. At the largest Slovenian square, more than 40 providers will offer their world cuisine delicacies from their converted vehicles, i.e. food trucks, on the first weekend in June and last weekend in August.

3 Chefs Juniors  Aug 27 2020

‘3 Chefs’ is a culinary project founded in 2012 by chefs Igor Jagodic of Strelec Restaurant, Uroš Štefelin of Vila Podvin, and Bine Volčič of Monstera Bistro. The aim of the project is to connect chefs and make way for inspiring culinary collaborations.

Pohorje ultra trail Aug 29 2020

The event is a sequel of the successful story Pohorje Trail Marathon. Within the scope of the event, the first Slovenian trail run championships will be held this year. The society for promoting an active lifestyle from Ruše made four routes that lead through the most beautiful spots and natural sites of Pohorje. The event will also include trail runs for children and also a humanitarian hike to Martnica.

Vinarium Festival 2020: Bogračfest Aug 29 2020

The event is actually a culinary festival, during which bograč is massively prepared in cauldrons along the main street by the competing teams. Apart from this traditional food of the wine-growing region, various other local delicacies are served: Lendava pretzels, crackling cakes, etc. Finally, this varied culinary offer brings us to winegrowers’ pride, the delicious wine sparkling in the glasses of the visitors of Bogračfest. Bogračfest 2020 will take place on Saturday the 29th August 2020.

Vinarium Run Contest Aug 30 2020

The Vinarium Tower is hosting the 4th international run contest – it is the 1st and the only Slovenian tower with the vertical run contest. The central contest, tower stairs runs in three contest categories, is accompanied by the abundant side happening with numerous guided free activities.