Experience the lively beat of events in Maribor. Every month of the year there are internationally known events taking place in the city. Entertainment, sports, cultural, ethnological and other events - something for everyone!
Lent Festival (end of June and beginning of July) - The Lent Festival is the largest Slovenian outdoor festival and one of the largest in Europe. It takes place in the last days of June and beginning of July, changing Maribor into the social centre of youth, relaxation and creativity. Lent with us!
Maribor Festival (beginning of September) - The Maribor Festival was first organized in 1964. In recent years, the programme concept has been slightly changed. Under the leadership of the exceptional violinist, conductor and composer, Richard Tognetti, the festival maintains its own production, programmes and ensembles. The foundation of the Maribor Festival Orchestra has added symphonic works to the programme.
Old Vine Festival (beginning of September) - The Old Vine Festival concludes the series of events from the old vine pruning to St Martin’s Day. The event is organized in honour of the old vine, the oldest vine in the world, which symbolizes the rich wine culture of Maribor and the surrounding wine regions. The excellent 10-day festival also involves a culinary offer.
Golden Fox (January or February) - The annual Golden Fox competition offers an unforgettable sports experience on Pohorje. The Women’s World Cup race attracts over 20,000 visitors who support both Slovenian and foreign slalom and giant slalom competitors. The event organization, which follows the strict FIS criteria, is exceptional, as confirmed by the best female skiers in the world.
Cultural and ethnological events
Maribor Theatre Festival (October) – The Maribor Theatre Festival is the central, oldest and most prestigious theatre festival in Slovenia. At the end of the festival, the jury hands out the awards for the best performance, actors, directing and other artistic achievements.
St Martin’s Day (November) – St Martin’s Day is celebrated in Maribor as a tribute to autumn and the new, young wine. It takes place together with the ceremonial baptism of cider. More than a thousand visitors gather in the Leon Štukelj Square and enjoy the rich cultural and entertainment programme as well as a wide range of wines and dishes. A number of tourist farms and vineyards present themselves every year.
Festive December (December) – December is always festive in Maribor. The city is decorated with lights. The stands smell of delights and offer products for your soul. The Leon Štukelj Square is enlivened by St Nicholas, Christmas and New Year’s Fair and by numerous concerts.