Summer dancing schools, open air theaters and concerts of classic music, jazz, reggae, folklore, gypsy or commercial artists, night skating, a color run, board games evenings, picnics, boat parties, cooking classes, bazaars and much more. Have a look at what is prepared for you in August – here is a list of the best upcoming events in Bratislava :)
The food market in the Old Market Hall (Stara Trznica) is held every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Seasonal foods grown and produced by farmers and small producers from around Bratislava can be found here, as well as quality specialties from more distant countries. The market is regularly accompanied by various bazaars – antiques, books, clothes or vinyl – that are periodically rotated and can be found on the first floor. More info.
If you are looking for a perfect start of your weekend, here’s a great tip: each Friday evening, an aperitivo is held in Pane & Olio Bistro, a showroom with Italian food and tasting of traditional dishes mainly from the Tuscany region. Delicious food, yummy drinks and Italian wine are surely a great option, whether you want to get yourself in a party mood or just want to have a great dinner time :) More info.
OPEN AIR AND OTHER SPECIAL THEATERS
various times & dates
On a balmy evening, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars. Especially with cocktails and street food! :) Check out the best places to see open air movies in our capital this summer.
CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND & THEATER IN HOTEL BONBON
Each Saturday from 2 pm there’s a children’s playground available in hotel Bonbon with various workshops for kids. On the 1st your kids can learn how to prepare decorations from clay, sand and shells, on the 8th they will produce a lighthouse, on the 15th create pictures from sand, on the 22nd painting of stones will be the main topic and finally on the 29th they will be able to paint Indian amulets. Each Sunday on the same place, starting at 10 am, there will be special theater performances for kids.
CREATIVE WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN IN EUROVEA
each Thursday and Sunday
Every Thursday from 5 pm and every Sunday from 4 pm there are different workshops for children organized in Eurovea – in the Cinema City building, next to the McDonalds. More info.
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING
each Friday till 28.8.
Do you like inlines? Take you skates and join hundreds of people skating on the city roads every Friday evening during the summer holidays. This event is great for the young, elderly, families with children, singles, couples – simply everyone who knows how to skate J No registration, no fee! Click here for more info.
CONCERTS OF CLASSIC MUSIC IN THE ST. MARTINS CATHEDRAL
various dates & times
St. Martin’s Cathedral is one of the main sights of our capital. For centuries it was a center of cultural, religious and social life. In addition to religious services there are concerts of classical music held as well. Check the program here.
LATINO BOAT PARTY
1.8. + 7.8.
Come and enjoy a beautiful venue on the Danube river with your friends and fans of latino music on two dancefloors. Cuba, porto,mambo, bachata, merengue, kizomba, samba and other Latin rhythms will be played for you. Entrance is 5 eur, no registration needed. More info here.
MIGUELONGA IN RUSTIQUE
Wakelake is one of the most amazing places in Bratislava to spend the warm summer days and nights. During the day you can enjoy the water, swimming and trying a wake skate, surf, flyboard, blob, water cable or other adrenaline sports you have the courage for. And in the evenings, party time! On the 1st August they will host the famous DJ Cedric Gervais and on the 22nd DJ Alvaro & KC Jones will be performing. Tickets from 20 € can be bought here and also on the spot.
MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS SHOW AT THE DEVIN CASTLE
There will be an all day event held at the Devin castle that will take you back to the Middle Ages – the times of knights, ladies and troubadours. A great show for (not only) kids will include children’s medieval games, swordplay performances, historical dance or dueling knights on horseback! The opening ceremony will kick off at 11am. Check their Facebook page for more info and a nice video teaser! The event be held until 6pm. Basic fee 6 €, discounted fee 4 €, family ticket 10 €.
BOARD GAMES EVENING
Come to play and have fun to KC Dunaj at 6 pm on three August Sundays. Instructors that will explain the most various games will not be missing. Entry: 1 €. More info here.
JAZZ AT THE MAIN SQUARE
A concert of Peter Lipa, the most significant personality of Slovak jazz who is also considered as one of the best European jazz singers, will be held at the Main square from 8 pm. Join to have a great jazz evening – free of charge!
BELTANGO CONCERT & ARGENTINE TANGO
A worldwide famous band from Serbia – Beltango – will perform in Bratislava and will bring songs full of passion and temperament to our Main square on Tuesday, 4th August. From their rich repertoire, the quintet in addition to the traditional songs of tango and tango Nueva will also present songs from their own opus “Balkango”. The concert will be accompanied by Argentine tango dancers and you will be able to dance freely as well :) More info.
SUMMER DANCING SCHOOL WITH LIVE MUSIC
The summer terrace of the Hotel Carlton (situated at the Hviezdoslav’s square) is hosting a dancing school with live music. The shows start at 6 pm, free admission for everybody.
TEX MEX COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF PARADE
Participate in an interactive hands-on cooking course and learn the recipes and the best cooking practices for some of the world’s local specialties. Demonstrate your skills and win the team cooking competition. Have a great evening and get to know new people in a casual way. This and more is possible at this special cooking class at which you will not only have fun and meet new friends, you will also cook and taste some incredible meals from Mexican and Texan cuisine. Only 40 spots available, secure your spot by contacting email@example.com – more info here.
FREE DANCING CLASS IN LISCIE UDOLIE
Starting from 6 pm in Karlova Ves, one of our capital’s neighborhoods, you can enjoy great lyrical rhythms of rumba led by a professional lecturer – everything for free :) More info.
RETRO BAZAAR IN THE OLD MARKET HALL
8. + 15.8.
Come and buy discarded accessories, shoes, hand-made toys, books, records, collectibles and other treasures. Support recycling and bring or take what inspires you – in the Old Market Hall, first floor, from 10 am to 3 pm. More info here and here.
SUMMER DANCING SCHOOL UNDER THE TREES
Polish your dancing shoes and come to show your move to the Horsky Park, only a few minutes away from the city center, where in the evening you can dance to the music of Vlado Vizár Jazz Quartet (8th) or enjoy some great swing time (22nd). Check this Facebook event as well as this one for more info.
THE COLOR RUN
The Color Run, also known as the 5 happiest kilometers on Earth, is a unique color race celebrating health, tranquility, individuality and joy with others. It´s not about performance, it´s about fun. It´s a five kilometer run without time measurement, where on each kilometer thousands of participants are showered with colors from head to toe. The run culminates in the finish with a great Color Festival, during which thousands of color combinations thanks to powder colors are created. More info and tickets.
HOT & LATINO CUBAN FESTIVAL
Come to Zlate Piesky for a whole day Cuban festival where you can taste specialties from the Cuban cuisine, watch dancing performances or dance to great music by live DJs while enjoying cocktails from rum :) More info here.
FOLKLORE PERFORMANCES AT THE MAIN SQUARE
The Main square will host a very traditional event on the second Saturday of August, organized by an association representing the cultural heritage of Vajnory, one of Bratislava’s neighborhoods. Performances of this association are demonstration of authentic folklore of locals. More info.
SUNDAY PICNIC IN THE GARDEN OF JANKO KRAL
Bring some snacks, a blanket, badminton, frisbee, petanque, balls, guitars or anything you can enjoy at a good picnic, mainly a pack a good mood – and enjoy a great summer afternoon in the Garden of Janko Kral which is close to the Danube embankment – a few meters from the Magio beach, near the Aupark shopping mall. Bathing in the fountain, a petanque league, summer music, a photo exhibition, various discussions but also a contest for the best cake – all this you can be looking forward to starting at 3 pm :) Check this for more details.
EXHIBITION ABOUT TITANIC
12.8. – 6.12.
Come to explore the legendary story of the Titanic! Starting on 12th August 2015 in Incheba, the grandiose exhibition will teach you about the fate of the most famous seagoing ship and its passengers as well as about the turbulent period of technological inventions and socio-political situation at the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to perfect reconstruction of cabins, engine room or dining room you will experience the real luxury and misery from the beginning of the 20th century. More info here.
SWING, LATIN & CHANSON FREE CONCERT
Come to Eurovea for a great music evening in the style of swing, Latin and chanson that will start at 6 pm.
PREMIUM SUSHI & TEPPAN EVENING
Come to have an unforgettable experience in Benihana restaurant and and get back 52 % of your spent money as foodcult points which can be redeemed for special gifts/vouchers for your future dining out! A special menu prepared by one of the top sushi masters in Slovakia – Khalili Chif Tribak – will be served to those who sign up for this limited offer. More info here.
GRAND NOCHE CUBANA
The beach under the UFO tower will host an open air Cuban party with live DJs, dancing animations, a contest for the best Latino dance, a fire show, Cuban cuisine and Cuban cigars, and a special price of the Cuba Libre cocktail :) Tickets from 4 €, 6 € if you buy it on the spot. More info here. Watch this video to see what this party was like last year:
FESTIVAL OF FOOD & SWEETS
The Bratislava club of chefs is throwing a one day festival at our Main square which should not be missed by all gourmets and lovers of sweets. Viva food! :)
FLIGHT TO JAMAICA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL
An open air fest that will take place at the Sun Deck boat at Tyršovo embankment with the after party in the Re:fresh club. The music concerts start at 2 pm. More info here.
The 10th anniversary of the gypsy bashavel will be celebrated in the Old Market Hall in mid August. 10 hours full of fun, joy, music, dance, theater and workshops is prepared for the visitors, with the start at noon. Entry: 7 €, children up to 10 years have free entrance. You can buy the tickets here. More info here.
PASSENGER CONCERT AT THE DEVIN CASTLE
A well-known British singer-songwriter Passenger will have a concert at the Devin castle in the middle of August. Check this for more info and tickets registration.
UPRISING REGGAE FESTIVAL
The largest festival of Reggae in Central Europe which brings together people from different countries, cultures and races, and is held at Zlate Piesky, a natural swimming pool. During two days, annually, several genres from reggae through dancehall, ska, latino and hip-hop to dub, dubstep, ragga-jungle and dnb are performed on four different stages. Get your ticket here and read more info here.
RADIO KIKI QUEER FESTIVAL
Starting at 10 am in the Old Town Market, you will have a chance to talk to the queer associations, watch various movies, talk with trans people about their lives, get to know the story of the first gay activist Imrich Matthias as well as many others. Summer house music will be played all day in the Teplaren Café – with no entry to these two places. The fest will move to the KC Dunaj at 9 pm with three queer interpreters from Great Britain, Czech republic and Slovakia. Entry to this party: 5 €. More info.
CONCERT IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Come and enjoy classical music and jazz in the romantic setting of Botanical Garden. The quartet of prominent Slovak jazz saxophonist Nikolai Nikitina with the singer Hana Gregusova will perform together starting at 6 pm. Free admission! More info.
WORKSHOP FOR NEWCOMERS TO SLOVAKIA
Are you a newcomer in Slovakia? Are you here for less than 6 months? Then you must know how difficult and time consuming it is to find all the information in one place. Internationals Bratislava – a community established by expats for international people – is organizing regular workshops where you can get to know local and international people. There is no entry fee to join, you only need to make your reservation at: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.
BLIND TASTING OF CIDERS
Come to check and evaluate which of the commonly available Ciders in Slovakia are worth your attention and money. There will be various brands selling apple cider and a jury that will value the products, with which you can compare your statements. The ticket includes food that matches with ciders – slowly roasted jerky pork meat with different specialties to bite (stewed fruits, onions, etc.). The event starts at 7 pm, the ticket costs 16 €. More info.
INTERNATIONALS BRATISLAVA WELCOME BACK PARTY
Do you want to socialize, have some fun and meet people from all over the world? Everyone is welcome to this party that will be held in The Club. Every entry includes a welcome drink, sweets and a flag sticker, plus all girls have a free entrance before 22:30. Also, if you have birthday on 26th, 27th or 28th of August, just show your ID and you will be let in free of charge. More info here.
GOLDEN AGE FESTIVAL
The one and only festival in Slovakia which is dedicated to old traditional jazz interpretation and style. Three bands in one evening playing Ragtime, Hot-Jazz, New Orleans’, Dixieland, Swing or Boogie-Woogie. Using vintage music instruments, looking fabulous vintage and performing the best pieces as you can hear them from old shellacks. Start at 7 pm, entry 19 €. More info and line up here.
BYE-BYE SUMMER NETWORKING IN A JAMES BOND STYLE
The monthly event of InterNations, a community gathering expats living in Bratislava as well as locals. Spend the last Friday of this summer with your old friends from InterNations and get to know some new interesting people in the beautiful lounge bar of Grand Hotel River Park, let yourself be entertained by live piano music and have a great time mingling while enjoying an amazing view on the blue Danube! The topic of our August event is “James Bond” so you can arrive dressed in a Hollywood style! Welcome drinks, ice-breaker game and raffle won’t be missing – more information here.
FITNESS LEAGUE FINAL AT THE WAKELAKE
A crossfitters’ sport league with teams from the whole Slovakia will meet at the end of the month to compete against each other in duels. They will fight in three challenging workouts for the first prize – 20 000 €. More info here.
GOODBYE SUMMER – CUBA EDITION
Come to say bye to the summer in a Cuban style to this special party with Latin-American rhythms! The party that will be held at the Zlate Piesky lake starts at 6 pm, the ticket costs 3 €. More info.
BAZAAR AT THE DEVIN CASTLE
This regular bazaar is focused on art, crafts and vintage. It is held from April to September – each last Sunday of the month. The rich program includes theater performances for children starting at 11am. Please note that dogs are forbidden in the whole area. You need to buy a ticket (4 €) which allows you to enter the Devin Castle as well. Seniors and children pay only 2 €. More info on this Facebook page.
SUNDAY PICNIC IN THE GARDEN OF JANKO KRAL
Bring some snacks, a blanket, badminton, frisbee, petanque, balls, guitars or anything you can enjoy at a good picnic, mainly a pack a good mood – and enjoy a great summer afternoon in the Garden of Janko Kral which is close to the Danube embankment – a few meters from the Magio beach, near the Aupark shopping mall. Bathing in the fountain, a petanque league, summer music, a photo exhibition, various discussions but also a contest for the best strudel – all this you can be looking forward to starting at 3 pm :) Check this for more details.
NOTE: Some of the featured pictures come from the Facebook pages of the mentioned events.