Events in Krakow

Events in Krakow

Kraków, especially the Old Town, is the centre of cultural events. Many of them are occasional and take place only once while the other ones are organised annualy. All of them gain interest of the locals and visitors to Krakow.Some of events [ Krakow Festival Office] ] are organised by the authorities of the city, some by private companies but many of them express Polish and Krakow tradition kept and celebrated by its citizens.

=Annual events:=


Welcoming of the New Year

The New Year's party is organised on the Main Market Square of Krakow. During this open-air show the locals and the tourists have the opportunity to welcome the New Year and take part in concerts (performed also by international artists) that are organised by the city.

New Year's concert

Each year the Cracow Philharmonic [ the Cracow Philharmonic] ] organises a concert that takes place exactly on the 1st of January.

Carol Songs concerts in churches

In Poland there is a very strong tradition of singing Carol songs during Christmas and after. It is a custom that in January many churches organise Carol songs concerts during which one can listen to traditional versions of the songs and traditional music of Polish folk groups.


International Sea Songs Festival ("Shanties")

Sailing songs (so called: Shanties) [ Sailing Songs Festival in Krakow] ] are popular not only among the sailors or inhabitants of seaside areas. Since many years Shanties festival is also organised in Krakow where Polish and international performers present this type of songs.

March / April

Easter Tradition in Krakow

Easter Holidays [ Easter tradition in Poland and Krakow] ] is the period full of customs celebrated by the locals (some of them are spread around Poland while others are typical only for Krakow). Among them one may take part in Rekawka, Emaus, food blessing or Smigus Dyngus. Easter is movable feast that falls somewhere between March and late April.

Misteria Paschalia Festival

The festival [ Misteria Paschalia Festival] ] presents historical music and takes place parallel to Easter Holidays. The concerts are held in the Cracow Philharmonic as well as in historic churches around the city.


= The Night of Museums =

This event gives you the opportunity to visit all the museums in Krakow (for a symbolic fee of 1 zloty). All of them prepare special concerts, shows interactive exhibitions - to attract the visitors and gain their interest. The museums are open till late in the night.

International Soup Festival

The festival is organised in Kazimierz district (on Nowy Square). It is a musical event joined with the contest of the best soup (between the local restaurant-keepers) that may be tried out by the visitors [ International Soup Festival in Krakow] ] .


The feast of Krakow students. During the three days of the event the students rule Krakow. Numerous concerts are organised and the students (who traditionally get dressed) are welcome by the President of the city who gives them the keys to Krakow.

The great Dragon Parade

The parade is a spectacular event during which huge dragons (created by Krakow youth) are carried to the banks of Vistula river - all accompanied by brass bands, stilt walkers and dancers.


Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a movable feast that falls in May or June. Churches of Krakow organises colourfull processions for the locals (during which some of the citizens take part in the event dressed in folk costumes). About week after the Corpus Christi the parade of Lajkonik (a man traditionally dressed as a Tatar) takes place.

= Floating of the Wreaths (Wianki) =

Midsummer festival is organised by Vistula river (at the foot of the Wawel castle). There are concerts held, artistic show - and the whole event is culminated with huge fireworks.

The bread festival

The event takes place in Kazimierz district. The bakers present traditional methods of baking bread, while the whole event is accompanied by folk dances and singing. The visitors may purchase regional fare.

Jewish Culture Festival

The festival became internationally renowned happening. During a week of festival the visitors can take part in workshops, exhibitions and numerous concerts - all connected with Jewish Culture. The festival is culminated with open-air concert "Shalom on Szeroka street".


Summer Jazz Festival

The festival features jazz concerts [ Summer Jazz Festival] ] that are held in various places of Krakow (many in legendary "Under the Rams cellar"). Polish and international performers are invited.

Traditional Music Festival "Crossroads"

The festival presents the variety as well as common elements of traditional music from numerous countries, but especially those situated along the Carpathian mountains [ Traditional Music Festival "Rozstaje"] ] .


Pierogi (Dumplings) Festival

The festival presents one of the most famous item of Polish cuisine - the dumpling. The event will help you to get to know Polish tradition of cuisine better as well as to try out the specialties [ Pierogi Festival in Krakow] ] .

Music in Old Cracow Festival

The annual event during which the soloists, orchestras and eminent musicians take part. The concerts are held in historical places of Krakow - such as churches, Wawel castle and the Cracow Philharmonic.


Sacrum Profanum Festival

The main idea of the event [ Sacrum Profanum Festival] ] is to present instrumental and vocal-instrumental music masterpieces in geographical order.


International Festival of Old Music

This event presents old music, played on old, traditional instruments in historic parts of Poland.


= All Saints' Day =

During the 1st of November (as well as the 2nd) the Poles pay visits to the cemeteries to embellish the graves with flowers and light the candle. During those days the cemeteries become a spectacular site [ All Saints' Day in Poland] ] with thousands of candles. Especially it is worth visiting the cemeteries that boast unique architecture (such as Rakowicki cemetery).

Jazz All Saints' Day

It is the oldest Jazz festival in Europe during which one can listen to Polish and international jazz musicians. Concerts and workshops are organised within this event.

Christmas Market

The opening of the Christmas Market [ Christmas Market in Krakow] ] falls in November. The visitors can purchase hand-made local products, exceptional gifts, as well as to try out specialties of Polish cuisine.


Nativity Scenes Contest

Building colourful Nativity Scenes is an old Krakow tradition. The Christmas Cribs (called: Kraków szopka ) are exceptional as they remind Krakow in their architecture (especially St Mary's church). The contest takes place on the Main Market Square - by Adam Mickiewicz monument. After the contest the most interesting pieces (together with the ones presented in previous editions) are displayed in Historical Museum of Krakow [ Christmas Cribs Exhibition] ] .

Jazz Juniors

The international contest of young Jazz groups [ Jazz Juniors Festival] ] gives the opportunity for the well-known groups as well as inexperienced musicians to meet together and present their skills in front of the Krakow audience.

New Year's Eve

The locals and the visitors, who decide to celebrate the New Year's Eve on the Main Market Square of Krakow, are entertained by concerts and additional happenings organised by the city.

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