Festivals

Aside from being a place of remarkable historical value and a major tourist location in Poland, Cracow, it is also home to many festivals of different kind, some deeply based in tradition, some following the latest trends in popular culture.

January

Welcoming of the New Year – each year the city organizes one of the biggest open-air party in Poland on the Main Market Square in Cracow. The night is full of concerts and the locals share the joy of welcoming the New Year with all the visitors to the city.

February

International Festival of Sailing Songs (Shanties)the festival features Polish and International singers of sailing songs that organized in February.

March/April

Misteria Paschalia Festival – a festival of early music which occurs around Easter and its topic is connected to Easter Holidays.

June

Wianki – This translates as “Wreaths”. One of the most important cultural events in Cracow reflecting the city’s deep respect for folklore and tradition. The festival is organized annually in June as a midsummer night’s celebration and it relates to an old pagan tradition of telling one’s fortune from garlands laid in water.

Jewish Culture Festival – the festival is filled with concerts, workshops and exhibition.

July

Traditional Music Festival (Rozstaje) – the festival features performers of traditional music from Eastern Europe.

Summer Jazz Festival – the festival is held in “Under the Rams cellar” and features jazz concerts performed by international celebrities.

August

Coke Live Music Festival – a music event in this part of the country, featuring world’s top class musicians and growing in importance each year.

Pierogi (Dumplings) Festival – dumplings are very popular in traditional Polish cuisine. The festival gives the opportunity to be able to get to know this tradition better as well as to try out Polish specialties.

September

Sacrum Profanum Festivalthe festival of modern music presents masterpieces of vocal and instrumental music in geographical order.

October

International Festival of Old Music – the festival presents the works of old music, played on old, traditional instruments in historic parts of Cracow.

November

All Saints and All Souls Day – the day is the tradition of visits to the cemeteries in whole Poland. The cemeteries become adorned with flowers and lit with numerous candles – what makes unforgettable view.

December

New Year’s Eve – a farewell to one year and welcoming the new one is celebrated on the Main Market Square of Cracow.

Nativity Scenes Contest – the contest of Nativity Scene is Cracow tradition. The participants build Nativity Scenes with characteristic architecture, reminding architecture of Cracow.