International get-togethers, workshops, language courses, cooking classes, wine tastings, antique bazaars and flea markets, a day of wishes, a game night, bikes in town, a craftsmen festival, a raw food fest, a vegan fest, a gentlemen’s picnic, sport events, a grape pressing show, a beer drinking marathon, a river show and a lot more – check out the September 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.
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.
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.
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.
DAY OF WISHES
Send your wishes up to the sky through an ecological dove balloon! The dove balloon will cost you 5 € and by its purchase you will support to fulfill the dreams of seriously ill children in 2016. Come to watch thousands of doves raising up to the sky – it’s a beautiful experience not to be missed! The show starts at 5 pm in Eurovea. More info.
A GAME NIGHT
Something for those who like board games and team fun! Starting at 9 pm, the following games will be prepared for you at the Wakelake Zlate Piesky: cards, Poker, Scrabble, Activity, Settlers, arrows, football and for the brave ones also BeerPong! More info.
SLOVAK TANGO AT THE MAIN SQUARE
From 7 pm, there will be a tango show at the Hlavne namestie (Main square), as part of the Bratislava Cultural Summer.
ROZBAL TO, BRATISLAVA!
03. – 04. 09.
A multi-genre festival by young people, for young people. The idea of the festival is to give space to young, active people to present their work in a public place and thereby create a quality cultural event in Bratislava. The program consists of starting musicians, photographers, painters, unusual sports demonstrations, film screenings, discussions but also workshops for visitors. It will be held in Stara Trznica (Old Market Hall). Voluntary admission. More info and program here.
FRYDAY AFTERWORK NETWORKING
Meet your friends, make new connections, get inspired – this regular event will be held in the Hotel Marrol’s Bratislava this time. No entrance fee, no reservation. You only pay for your own consumption. Bring your business cards! Dress Code for this event is Smart Casual. Facebook event.
INTERNATIONS GET TOGETHER IN KUCA PACA
The regular event of InterNations, a community gathering expats living in Bratislava as well as locals. Spend a nice evening with your old friends from InterNations and get to know some new interesting people in KUCA PACA Wine bar which is located very conveniently in the old town near the Austria Trend Hotel. Every attendee will enjoy a welcome drink, a raffle at midnight and some other surprises. More info.
RETRO BAZAAR IN THE OLD MARKET HALL
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.
BIKES IN TOWN 2015
Exhibition of motorcycles, a river surfing session, a skate mini ramp session, an exhibition of photographs and live music concerts are program that you can enjoy at Divoka Voda, Cunovo, during the first September Saturday. The event starts at noon. Check the details of the program here.
05. – 06. 09.
This festival of traditional crafts and folk art production has been organized on a regular basis in Bratislava since 1990. More than 100 craftsmen from all over Slovakia present the face of today’s traditional crafts. They are accompanied by folk ensembles, folk bands and instrumentalists. Visitors can also experience schools of crafts, dance schools, competitions, exhibitions and more surprises. This event is organized by ULUV and will be held on the Old Town’s pedestrian zone. More info here.
Dozens of stalls with vegan delicacies from restaurants coming from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, vegan food producers, NGOs and culinary talents – this is what you can find and taste at the Vegan Fest! And not just food is being prepared for the visitors, there’s a rich program to entertain you through the day. The whole program can be found here: Veganske hody (in Slovak).
GONG BATH GUIDED IN ENGLISH
The Gong is one of the oldest ancient instruments and is named after the sound it creates. A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where you are bathed in sound waves, there is no water involved. All you have to do is lie comfortably, close your eyes and let the vibrations of sound help your body to experience deep relaxation and meditation. More info.
MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS SHOW AT THE DEVIN CASTLE
For the last time this year, 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 €.
WINE TASTING AT VINOPOLITAN
Boring mid of the week? Join this special wine tasting experience in Vinopolitan Wine shop & Bistro on Wednesday, September 9th! The tasting will be focused on southern French wines from Côtes Catalanes and Côtes du Roussillon regions. The ticket (15 €) also includes a mixed antipasti platter, a French delicacies platter, 10% discount of the entire range of products in the store during the event. This is a very limited attendance event of maximum 30 people, thus pre-payment is required in order to guarantee a spot. More info.
TRAFFIC LIGHTS PARTY
Do you want to socialise, have some fun and meet people from all over the world? Everyone is welcome to this party that will be held in The Club. You will all get and have to choose one bracelet: GREEN – Single – Ready to Mingle, ORANGE – Undecided or ‘its a mystery,’ RED – Taken – here to socialise. The only rule is to wear your bracelet! Every entry includes a welcome drink, a raffle, flag stickers and many other surprises, plus all girls have a free entrance before 23:00. Also, if you have birthday on 9th, 10th or 11th of September, just show your ID and you will be let in free of charge. More info here.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC
10. – 20.09.
Enjoy the last hot summer days while waiting for the refreshing autumn with beautiful music. The 16th festival Konvergencie (Convergence) will bring an amazing project to Bratislava – nine evenings full of chamber music. Tickets range from 4 – 30 €. Official website.
FEAST IN RACA
11. – 13.09.
At the annually held feast in Raca (one of Bratislava’s districts) you will have a chance to taste some traditional meals, wines and other specialties, purchase souvenirs and gifts and enjoy a rich program that will include pressing of grapes, various music concerts, a vernisage of art works; an exhibition of fruit, vegetables and flowers; a karate competition for kids, a football tournament, a bicycle race and a lot more – click here for the whole program.
FLEA MARKET ON OBCHODNA STREET
Come to purchase clothes and other treasures from the “attic” and rare antiques. If you have similar items at home and you like the idea of selling them on a flea market, sign up as a seller for just 10 €! The market will be held at Obchodna 66, in the court yard of the Lavender shop. Official Facebook event.
OPEN DOOR DAYS IN THE SLOVAK NATIONAL THEATER
Our national theater opens its door once a year and offers an unforgettable day full of fun, eye-catching and attractive program of accompanying events. You can look forward to autographs of your favorite actors, dancers and singers; a tour through the new theater’s premises and a tour of the costumes, a premiere performance for kids for just 1 €, art workshops and other workshops for children. During the whole day, as a bonus, you’ll be able to purchase a ticket with a 10 % discount! The event will be held in the new building (next to Eurovea), not the historical building at the Hviezdoslav’s square. More info.
ROMAN GAMES IN RUSOVCE
The Antic Gerulata Museum is organizing a special event where you will be able to watch gladiatorial fights, martial art, examples from the life of a Roman military camp and Roman games. The event starts at 10 am and will last till 6 pm. Check the main poster with details here.
With this event, Bratislava will be for the first time part of the European week of sport. You can try out more than 25 different sports in Sad Janka Krala (the part behind the Aupark shopping mall). Traditional, non-traditional, individual as well as team sports for beginners, advanced, youth, adults and seniors, too! The event starts at 10 am and will last till 7 pm. More info.
CONCERT IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Come and enjoy classical music and jazz in the romantic setting of Botanical Garden. The concert starts at 5 pm. Free admission! More info.
FLEA MARKET ON PANENSKA STREET
A rich program full of theater shows, concerts, street performances, workshops and reading will accompany the regular market of local food producers and designers. The event will last from 10 am till 5 pm. More info.
FESTIVAL OF FUN AND HEALTH FOR KIDS
Look forward to a special program – a magician, modeling balloons, dance performances, performances of karate, mascots, a raffle with great prizes, healthy snacks and various competitions prepared by the Kids Academy. This children’s festival of fun and health will be held at the Eurovea’s square from 11 am till 5 pm. More info.
BUBBLES & BURLESQUE EVENING
Come to say bye to the summer in a bubbles & burlesque style! This event is designed for all those who like to savor the life, fine wines, beautiful women and have fun :) It will be held in a freshly opened winery with the widest range of quality Slovak wines in Bratislava. You’ll be able to taste light muscat bubble, enjoy tasty cheese plates and discover the combinations of Frizzante and fruit! More info here.
A BEER SALOON
16. – 18.09.
If you like beer, you should definitely not miss this presentation of breweries and beers that will be held in Stara Trznica (Old Market Hall). The presentation is provided through paid testing from glasses. Check this official Facebook event for more details.
SLOVAK LANGUAGE COURSE
Learn Slovak at this beginner course with a professional teacher. Each class will allow a group of 5-14 people.
When: every Monday and Wednesday from 17:30 to 19:00 (all together 66 language hours)
Start at 16.9.2015 and finish 27.1.2016 (break from 21.12.2015 to 6.1.2016)
Where: Greentree caffe, Obchodna street 29
Price: 149 € standard price, 99 € reduced price for: students under 26 with valid ISIC card, retirees, teachers, persons older than 60 or younger than 18, unemployed – as a proof you will need to show valid document on the first lesson. More info here.
STREETFOOD PARK + VISEGRAD FOOD NIGHT
16 – 19.09.
Attention, all lovers of street food! You’ll be able to enjoy fish & chips, burgers, American hot dogs, baked potatoes and other goodies at the square in front of the Old Market Hall for a few days! On Saturday 19th, in addition to international dishes like tapas, quessadilas, falafel or Italian pasta, there’ll be an interesting program program prepared inside the Market Hall, too. Free entry! Facebook event.
YOGA IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE
each Thursday from 17.09.
You are welcome to join a Yoga sessions every Thursday from 8 pm. This is a beginner class and you do not need any pre-knowledge. You will exercise HATHA yoga. There are three types of tickets that you can buy: a permanent card for three months from 17.9 to 17.12 – 13 times – 44 € (3.4 € per a lesson); 4 times (one month) – 18 € (4.5 € per a lesson) and 1 time charge – 6 €. If you want to attend, you need to register at firstname.lastname@example.org – more info here.
EXCLUSIVE NETWORKING WITH INTERNATIONS
Another event of InterNations, a community gathering expats living in Bratislava as well as locals. You can join at the stylish venue of Bratislava’s Sheraton hotel for a fun evening of meeting internationally minded people, mingling and dancing. Enjoy networking and making new friends with an ice breaker game! Every attendee will get a welcome drink, participate in a midnight raffle and there are some other surprises in store for you! For more info click here.
SHOT UP OR GO HOME
Welcome to the party with the very first silent auction. Forget speed dating, Tinder or anything like that and come to try a new way to meet your very own sexy beast! Djs Mercy & Fancy will play Rnb, hip hop, dancehall, afrobeats & twerk all night. Entry 5 € includes a welcome drink. More info.
INTERNATIONAL TRIP TO BRNO
Join this international trip to Brno, Czech Republic, and meet new people! Today’s Brno is a mixture of many different architecture styles, there are many beautiful places, and countless beautiful buildings, the city has the the second largest historic preservation zone in the country. Departure from Bratislava (by bus) is at 8.30 am and departure from Brno back to Bratislava is at 8.30 pm. Price: 29 €, if you book before 3.9., it is 24 €. More info.
The seventh year of the traditional Avon Walk against breast cancer which brings positive energy and support to projects aimed at the prevention and treatment of this disease. The registration of the march starts at 12 am in Eurovea and the march itself will be kicked off at 2 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The route will be led through Bratislava’s historic center. Your ticket to join the march is the special T-shirt which you will need to buy for 14,99 € either on-site or in the BEPON shops around Slovakia (list of shops). More info.
RAW FOOD & LIFE FESTIVAL
The largest festival of raw food is going to take place on the roof of Central shopping center during the second weekend of September and you can join free of charge! For more info check their official Facebook event where the organizers promise to post details.
RIVER SHOW 2015
Smaller and larger boats will be parked on the bank of the Danube (Eurovea promenade) and will bring the biggest river of Europe alive for 24 hours! Starting at noon, you can enjoy an exhibition of motor boats; scooters, fly board, jet surf and wakeboard water shows, lectures, activities for kids, a fashion show, a funky music concert or even visit the museum of the 250-year-old cognac Hennessy! Click here for more info.
ZUMBA IN ENGLISH
every Tuesday from 22.9.
You are welcome to join Zumba in English classes every Tuesday from 19:15-20:15 in Centrum Radosť – a lovely place where it it possible to park for free. There are three types of tickets that you can buy: a permanent card for three months from 22.9 to 15.12 – 12 times – 35 € (2.9 € per lesson); 4 times (one month) – 18 € (4.5 € per a lesson) & 1 time charge – 6 €. If you want to attend this class, register at email@example.com. More info.
LAUGHTER YOGA IN ENGLISH
Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise where everyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. It combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain which makes one feel more energetic and healthy. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter if done with willingness. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. Are you someone who wants to move on and bring more laughter and joy into your life? Join this session with a start from 8.30 pm in Centrum Radost! Price: 8 €, if you buy the entry in advance, it is 7 €. More info.
SLOVAK CUISINE COOKING CLASS
Do you like Slovak cuisine or maybe would like to see how the meals are prepared? Join this cooking class where you will not only cook but also taste some of the best Slovak dishes! The menu will include scratchings spread, a creamy garlic soup, fresh pasta with cheep cheese (bryndzove halusky), scalloped potatoes with chicken (zivanska) and a strudel. The class will be held in English and if you want to join, you need to make a reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org – price is 29 €. More info.
DINNERNATIONS IN A FRENCH STYLE
Are you a fan of food and gastronomical ecstasy sounds interesting to you? Do you like meeting new people and networking over tasty food does not sound bad either? Then you might fall in love with DinnerNations – a regular activity organized in Bratislava for open-minded locals as well as expatriates living in Slovakia’s capital. A French restaurant, cafe, music bar and winery with jazz music, amazing meals cooked by the owner herself and very cosy atmosphere – this is the place where the next DinnerNations will be held – in Rustique! Confirm your attendance via email@example.com to book your spot! More info.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Again, there is a big celebration of languages! The French Institute has prepared different activities that will be held at the Hviezdoslav’s square, Mladost cinema and the institute’s stall. The main topic of this year’s event is environmental protection. Check the whole program that will last from 9 am till 1pm here. Facebook event.
MARKETS AT THE PRIMATES SQUARE
25. – 26.09.
These annually held markets highlight the need for inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of community life – as their aim is to present products produced by people handicapped in some way. During two days there will be over 50 companies that employ people with disabilities that will offer their products for sale – for example textile products such as bags, tablecloths, toys, pillows, kitchen aprons, handbags, ceramics, paper products; decorative items, jewelry, paintings, wood, candles, wafers, soaps, decorative wreaths, wire products, items from glass. Cultural and musical performances as well as workshops with the possibility to try out the presented creative activities will be given to the visitors, too.
FEAST IN DUBRAVKA
25. – 27. 09.
The annually held feast in Dubravka (one of Bratislava’s districts) will be kicked off on Friday at 3 pm in front of the Dom Kultury („house of culture“). You can join the competition in cooking stew, watch various dancing, singing and puppet theater shows or a majorettes march. A Farm Fest will be part of this event, at which you can buy or sample the local products from farmers and producers of the Bratislava region. More info.
PRESSBURG DANCE FEST 2015
25. – 27. 09.
Bratislava is hosting another year of international festival of oriental dance! This unique event will take place in Dom kultúry Lúky, Petržalka. The main guests of the festival organized by civil association Hafla are internationally recognized oriental dancers (both male and female). Learn, compete and watch the show of performing artists from different countries, fashion shows with various designers and join seminars and worskshops! Program:
- Friday 25th – specialized dance seminars
- Saturday 26th – International oriental dance competition and a galashow
- Sunday 27th – specialized dance seminars and after party
Do you like beer? Then don’t miss the chance to have some great time drinking this beverage with your friends, competing against other teams! Already over 40 teams have signed up! The rules are simple – each time consists of 2 people and is a separate “fighting unit.” The aim of the competition is to visit the most of the 7 given pubs – in the shortest time. The order of the pubs is up to you, the only given places are the starting and the finishing pubs. In every pub, every team member is obliged to consume 0,5 liter of beer (in case one of the team members is female, it is 0,3 liter). In case the team consists of 2 females, one needs to drink 0,5 liter and the other one 0,3 liter. In the starting and finishing pubs, everybody needs to drink 0,5 liter. You can either walk or use the public transport to get to the given pubs (no bikes, taxi or motorbike is allowed). The marathon starts at 2pm (the contestants need to be there by 1 pm – to receive the numbers etc) and ends at 5 pm. Five minutes after the last drank beer everyone can throw up if needed :D More info (in Slovak only).
TASTE THE WORLD
26. – 27.09.
This event aims to show its visitors the exotic restaurants operated in Slovakia and the countries of their origin. Selected embassies, consulates, tourist associations and institutes will present their countries as tourist destinations. You will also be able to purchase tasty delicacies from all over the world. A travel photo exhibition will not be missing either. On Saturday from 8 am till 3 pm there is no entrance fee, from 3 pm as well as on Sunday there is 2 € fee (children up to 12 years don’t pay). The event will be held in the Old Market Hall and finishes at 10 pm on Saturday and at 7 pm on Sunday. More info.
MEDITATION IN ENGLISH
Have you ever tried meditation? This meditative class is a mix of breathing, stretching and relaxing technic from the Yishu Wuhang Hindu-Chinese Martial art/Tantric school. The goal is to enjoy relaxation and de-stressing of your body with nice music, surrounded by great people in a peacefull place. More info.
NOTE: Some of the featured pictures come from the Facebook pages of the mentioned events.