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5 THINGS TO DO IN KRAKOW (AUGUST 13 - AUGUST 22)

Pierogi Festival

Pierogi Festival

August 11–17, 2019 • event

You’ll never know what Krakow really tastes like until you try some true Polish cuisine. The best time to do this is the National Pierogi Festival

Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds

Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds

March–October • nature

Meeting the sunsets and sunrises at one of the four mounds of Krakow is a favorite activity for the youth of the city

Hiking in Ojców National Park

Hiking in Ojców National Park

April–November • nature

Krakow attracts tourists not only with its beauty and rich history but also by its natural treasures. Ojców National Park is well worth checking out!

Cycling

Cycling

May–October • activity

Krakow is ready to compete with the best cities in the Netherlands for the title of cyclists’ paradise

Picnics on the Vistula River

Picnics on the Vistula River

April–October  • nature

Every city located on river banks gains additional points to its enchantment. Krakow is no exception

22 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Painted Cottage Contest in Zalipie

Painted Cottage Contest in Zalipie

June 22–23, 2019 • event

The best examples of traditional rural architecture—an hour and a half away from Krakow

Krakow Honey Harvest & Bee-Keepers Festival

Krakow Honey Harvest & Bee-Keepers Festival

August 31–September 02, 2018 • event

Did you know that bees can recognize human faces and have their own personalities? Bee-keeping festival is a perfect chance to discover more about the masters of honey

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019 • event

This feast celebrated on the last Sunday before Easter is especially important for the Krakow residents

Jewish Culture Festival

Jewish Culture Festival

June 21–30, 2019 • event

Every year the historically Jewish district of Kazimierz turns into a time machine with the sounds of Jewish music

Dragon Parade

Dragon Parade

June 02–03, 2018 • event

Krakow still has its own dragons. Usually they hide in their cages, but once a year everyone can see them flying around the city. Look up!

Szopka or Nativity Scene Competition

Szopka or Nativity Scene Competition

December 05, 2019 • event

Krakow szopka is a Christmas tradition from the 19th century of recreating the nativity scene

Easter

Easter

April 20–21, 2019 • event

Krakow citizens are devoted to the Catholic traditions and usually encourage their guests to join the events held on Easter day

Herring Night or Śledzik

Herring Night or Śledzik

March 05, 2019 • event

Take part in one of the strange and tasty Polish Carnival traditions and try a piece of pickled herring

Christmas Season

Christmas Season

late November–early January • event

The brightest and tastiest holiday of the year in Poland

Wianki or Wreath Festival

Wianki or Wreath Festival

June 22, 2019 • event

Meet the summer solstice in Krakow

Lajkonik Parade

Lajkonik Parade

June 27, 2019 • event

Meet Lajkonik–a bearded man that brings good luck with a touch

Juwenalia Krakowskie

Juwenalia Krakowskie

May  • event

What can be more wild and adventurous than a huge student party?

Krakow Film Festival

Krakow Film Festival

May 26–June 02, 2019 • event

Don’t miss a chance to visit one of the oldest film festivals in Europe!

St. Stanisław Procession

St. Stanisław Procession

May 13, 2019 • event

Locals honour Saint Stanislaw who is believed to have raised the dead!

Rękawka or Egg Rolling

Rękawka or Egg Rolling

April 23, 2019 • event

Come to the Mound of Krak and join the Medieval celebrations

Hot Beer or Grzane Piwo

Hot Beer or Grzane Piwo

November–March • food

The winters in Poland may be severe and frosty, but there are many ways to keep warm. Among the various hot drinks, the most tempting is a hot beer

Lent

Lent

March 06–April 20, 2019 • event

Krakow residents are remarkably religious. The Christian tradition of 40 days of Lent turns into an impressive event

Skiing in Zakopane

Skiing in Zakopane

December–February • activity

Those who are fond of winter sports shouldn't miss the chance to leave Krakow for a day or two and to visit Zakopane, a town located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Especially, when it takes only two hours!

Summer Opera Festival

Summer Opera Festival

June 02–July 08, 2018 • event

From the end of the 16th century, Opera was only for the upper classes. Nowadays, it’s on the streets of Krakow—more suitable for such events

Sacrum Profanum Festival

Sacrum Profanum Festival

September 11–17, 2018 • event

Sacrum Profanum gained the status of one of the most interesting music events in Europe by presenting pieces from the 20th century

All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day

All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day

November 01–November 02 • event

Halloween is not only about the costume parties – you will see that if you decide to get acquainted with this Polish traditional celebration

Siuda Baba

Siuda Baba

April 02, 2018 • event

On Easter Monday, there is a high probability of meeting a strange man dressed up as an untidy woman, whose face is blackened with soot. Don’t get scared, this is Siuda Baba–a traditional Polish character