An important festival for upcoming artists, entrepreneurs and socialites, the Bratislava Ball is also held for the introduction of young ladies and gentlemen to the society. An invite to the Ball is considered a prestigious honor. The affair is focused on the celebration of Bratislava's culture, history and arts. Classical music, ballet, waltz and other traditional dances are showcased, alongside popular, modern musical bands. One of the highlights of the event is the awarding of the Bratislava Cucoriedka (Bilberry) Awards. It is given to interesting and inspiring people who live a good example of Bratislava life.
Address: Reduta, Palackeho Street, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 54 43 09 83
Easter Market ( Visit Site )
The Easter Market is a great venue to scout out some of the most unique Slovak souvenirs. Colored eggs, whips, ceramics, wooden decors, handicrafts, potteries, candies, baskets and other local products are sold.
Address: Old Town, Frantiskanske namestie, Bratislava, Slovakia
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Month: late March to mid-April
Bratislava City Marathon ( Visit Site )
The City Marathon is a running race with special categories like children's run, short running course, in-line skating race among others. This fun-filled event comes with concerts, shows, fireworks and an after-party festivity of mingling.
Address: Vajnorská 8/A, 831 04 Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 55 56 81 72
Month: March / April
Wine Festival ( Visit Site )
Wine cellars all over Bratislava and the rest of Slovakia with the participation by many locals and even tourists take part in the opening season of the Small Carpathian Wine Route. Wine has always been an important, if not intoxicating, product of Slovakia. It is celebrated in every meal, and the wine tasting event is highly patronized by many enthusiasts and tourists.
Address: Wine cellars from Bratislava to Trnava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 3 36 43 34 89
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Month: May / September
Junifest ( Visit Site )
Inspired by Munich's Oktoberfest, the Junifest National Beer Festival is a towns-gathering complete with concerts, beer contests, arts & crafts, some goulash partying, or even singing competitions as well as the Miss Junifest pageant. Guests get to try draught beer, and many other beer selections from various breweries.
Location: Incheba exhibition centre, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 52 49 39 75
Opening Hours: Daily, 3:00 pm to midnight Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm to 2:00 am
Siege of Bratislava ( Visit Site )
The Slovak Association of Military History and Historical Weapon Shooters organize an event re-enacting the battle in which Napoleon suffered his first defeat.
Location: Park of Janko Kral, Petrzalka, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 68 26 62 00
Month: late June / early July
Festival of Historic Fencing
Step into medieval time and witness as actors bring out the foils and stage a fencing battle. While in castle premises, watch out for witches, executioners, period musicians and realistic characters in costumes. This cultural festival will surely transport visitors back to the old days.
Location: The Devin Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 59 35 66 50
Month: July / August
Coronation Celebration ( Visit Site )
A commemoration of the crowning of the Hungarian Kings will be held, as authentic as can be, complete with the royal coronation process, the Dubbing of the Knight of the Golden Spur, Drums and Bugles, the Old Town Execution and majestic fireworks. Alongside these events, there will also be ox roasting, historic crafts for sale, historical dances and music, photo opportunities with the giant royal puppets, and knights' costume galore.
Location: Old Town, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 20 70 75 01
Opening Hours: 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Month: 1st weekend of September
Bratislava Christmas Market ( Visit Site )
The famous Bratislava Christmas Market kicks off in late November. Wooden stalls are put up, along with holiday decors. Ornaments, gifts, festive food and drinks are sold, while choir, live music, concert and even theatrical play productions add rhythm to the lively atmosphere. The Christmas feeling is undeniable to visitors and vendors alike. No wonder the market attracts thousands of people each day. Visitors find themselves munching on local delicacies like hot pancakes and mulled wine.
Location: Main Square, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 59 35 65 99
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Month: late November to December