Slovenia: Bright Autumn Events

Slovenia is famous throughout the world for its natural and cultural heritage. There are many places worthy of tourist attention, such as museums, galleries, architectural treasures, UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition to attractions, this small country strikes with a rich variety of cultural activities. Each major community holds at least one festival a year. Among all these bright events, there’s something for everyone’s taste and budget here. Festivals are part of the local culture and also reflect the hospitality of the Slovenes and respect for traditions, so the guests are guaranteed a good mood and vivid impressions.

Please find below a schedule of the nearest cultural events in Slovenia.

Ironman 70.3

On 23 September, the Slovenian part of the Istrian Peninsula will host Ironman 70.3 – the world-famous and one of the world’s most difficult competitions in triathlon. Activities are planned in the cities of Koper, Izola, Piran and Ankaran.

Slovenia has become a venue for these competition not occasionally – it is located in the heart of Europe at the crossroads of four contrasting landscapes: the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and Karst. There are excellent conditions for sports competitions: over 10 thousand km of tourist trails, an ocean of attractions for cycle rides, endless possibilities for cave trekking, rafting, mountain climbing and paddle boarding in crystal-clear waters. In Istria, each athlete and guest will have a unique experience, including fascinating tours to old towns, picturesque villages and natural attractions, as well as an opportunity to relax after sport events at the Mediterranean coast.

Maribor Music Festival

On 20–29 September, it is planned to hold the Maribor Music Festival, which has been organised in Slovenia since 1964 and is dedicated to chamber and symphonic music. The programme is developed in cooperation with domestic and foreign producers and musicians. Despite the fact that the festival has undergone many transformations, it tries to preserve two main elements: the theme of the festival, which determines the choice of the programme, and the concept of chamber and orchestral ensembles.

Old Vine Festival in Maribor

From 29 September to 12 November, the main gastronomic festival of the country will be held in the oldest part of Maribor. This year’s event will be the 18th. The festival pays tribute to the world’s oldest vine, which grows during the Lenten season. Festival activities will include traditional old vine harvesting during the Lent in the oldest part of the city, gastronomic evenings, hiking and biking tours in the surrounding area, etc.

Jestival Gastronomic Festival

The Jestival festival of food and art in the city of Kobarid, scheduled for 6 October, will bring together the best chefs as well as representatives of the Slovenia’s art. Slovenian gastronomy represents a wide selection of local delicacies and traditional dessert Kobariški štrukelj, which is considered the main dish of the festival. From midday to 9:00 p.m., visitors will enjoy a rich selection of products and dishes from local restaurants, cafes and farms. Favourite products will be sold at the main square from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., a gala concert will be held.

Istria’s Cycling Marathon

On 6–7 October, the largest cycling marathon of Slovenia’s Istria will take place in Isola. The mild Mediterranean climate of this region creates excellent conditions for cycling until late autumn. Participants can choose three different routes according to the levels of difficulty, depending on fitness level. The programme of the event includes a mini-marathon for children (free of charge), family cycling, a cycling festival, numerous prizes, and an animation programme.