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Shrovetide (Dragon) Carnival

The streets of Ljubljana come to life with this colourful carnival, which is always held on the Saturday before Shrove Tuesday. With participants dressed as traditional Slovenian carnival figures such as 'kurenti', 'pozvacini', 'oraci' and 'godlarji', a costumed parade with marching bands sets out from Krekov trg Square and heads towards Prešernov trg Square. There, a series of entertainment events takes place, including brass bands, puppet theatre and dancing. The urban celebration has religious origins as a last chance for merriment before Lent.

Date: 02 March 2019 - 02 March 2019
Venue: Various locations in the city centre.


Druga Godba

Established in 1984 as an alternative to the country's mainstream music festivals, Druga Godba is dedicated to the weird and wonderful sounds of world music. Everything from Slovene folkloric music to African jazz finds a home at this eclectic multi-day event that takes place at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture in Ljubljana, as well as a satellite location in Piran. In addition to a great line-up of world music artists, the festival includes animations, film screenings, music workshops, children's events, art exhibitions, seminars and political debates.

Date: 21 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Venue: Kino Šiška


Ljubljana Summer Festival

Ljubljana's stages fill with performers from around the world and the city's population swells. The festival entails sporting, financial, cultural, musical and folkloric events that showcase the rich history of Slovenia and its capital. From operas and orchestras to dances and games, this summer festival is sure to provide an authentic Ljubljana experience in a gorgeous climate.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


Ljubljana Jazz Festival

With three or four performances each evening, the three-day Ljubljana Jazz Festival is a popular event that sees international bands and local talent take to the stage. The festival includes a variety of styles ranging from trad jazz and blues through to experimental and Latin American jazz.

Date: 18 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
Venue: Križanke Theatre and Cankarjev Dom Concert Halls


Ljubljana Marathon

Starting and finishing in Kongresni trg, in front of the Parliament building in the centre of Ljubljana, runners follow a circular course that takes in some of the best sites of this laid-back city. For anyone not up to running the full 42km (26-mile) marathon, runners can attempt the 21km (13-mile) half marathon or the 7km (4-mile) fun run.

Date: 27 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Venue: Ljubljana city centre and surrounding town areas


Ljubljana International Film Festival

The annual Ljubljana International Film Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in Slovenia and features over 100 films, animations and documentaries, with a focus on avant-garde work. The festival attracts a mix of film lovers, fans and industry specialists who can pick their way through a varied schedule that includes everything from French cinema to Asian motion pictures.

Date: 01 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cinemas.


Christmas Market and Festive Lights

One of Europe's great festive markets with stalls lining the river and practically the entire old city illuminated with twinkling lights. Holiday trinkets abound and a cheerful atmosphere floods the open-air venue, which hosts free daily events throughout December.

Date: 01 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: By the banks of the Ljubljanica River in the city centre.


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Much more than the ‘bed and breakfast’ it markets itself as, this cosy abode is housed above one of the city’s most famous cafés. Guests can enjoy excellent breakfasts there, as it’s part of the same business. Rooms are calm and comfortable, sporting creams and browns for a tasteful ambience. This is a good option for those looking for a conveniently located, cheap hotel in Ljubljana.

Grand Hotel Union Executive

Housed in a stunning art nouveau building dating back to 1905, this is the most attractive hotel in Ljubljana and the choice of movers and shakers, as well as visiting celebs. The building itself is a gem, but the quietly luxurious rooms boast views of other ornate art nouveau architecture and peek toward the castle. The hotel also offers an excellent restaurant and café.

City Hotel

This three-star property is centrally located with views of the capital’s castle. Transformed by a massive renovation programme a few years ago, City Hotel has extra rooms, restaurants and conference facilities. Neat features include free bikes and free internet access, while the staff are also happy to book local tours. The on-site restaurant offers good-value lunches and dinners, as well as tasty breakfast spreads.

Celica Hostel

Fancy a night in a cell? This large property was once a military prison, but has been transformed into Ljubljana’s coolest lodging, located in the squatters’-paradise-turned-creative-hub that is the Metelkova district. The cells themselves have been converted into small but chic rooms with the help of local and international artists. Don’t miss the great light-filled bar-restaurant. There’s also a museum in the basement detailing the youth hostel’s history.

Hotel Cubo

Perhaps the sleekest hotel in Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo resides on one of the main thoroughfares leading to the city centre. The property claims to be “in the heart of the cultural, scientific and political Slovenia”. While there’s a definite air of sophistication about the place, the staff are friendly and unpretentious. There are 26 spacious rooms, with the furnishings and style boasting modernist touches.

Hotel Park

Offering affordable accommodation just on the edge of the city centre, this refurbished hotel might not win any awards for its tower block design, but it has clean, functional rooms with a touch of style. Free Wi-Fi in the 200 bedrooms and lobby comes in handy. Rooms are not large, but there are family rooms and junior suites for those seeking more space.