Events and things to do in Warsaw in November 2018

Things to do in November in Warsaw Poland

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American School of Warsaw Open Day

The American School of Warsaw invites prospective families to visit the school on November 15, 10 am – 1 pm. Location: Bielawa, Warszawska 202 Street, 05-520 Konstancin-Jeziorna. The event is dedicated to parents with children aged 3-18. The event is free of charge, registration is required.

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American School of Warsaw Open House

  • November 1

A bank holiday in Poland – All Saints’ Day (Wszystkich Świętych
People visit cemeteries to light candles and lay flowers on the graves of their family and friends. Often they travel long distances, in general, there is an increased traffic, especially close to the biggest cemeteries. In Warsaw, you may want to visit the Powązki cemetery – a historic cemetery located in Wola district, close to the Arkadia shopping center. It’s really exceptional this time of year (especially in the evening when it’s dark outside) with literally thousands of candles. If you plan to visit the Powązki cemetery, it’s better to skip November 1 since it will be very crowded.

Shopping on November 1  
Stores, malls, shopping centers are CLOSED, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can always do basic shopping at gas stations (which are open 24/7).

Things to do in Warsaw on November 1
It’s one of these days in Poland (in addition to December 25 and Easter Monday) when all the public institutions – including museums and galleries – are closed. The only exception is the Warsaw Zoo which is open every day, including all bank holidays. Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read Warsaw Zoo Guidebook in English (How to get there by public transport? How to get there by car? Where to look for a parking spot? Tickets. How to skip the line?). The other option is going to the movies (click here to find showtimes in Warsaw on November 1, repertuar kin in Polish) or visiting amazing parks in Warsaw that – especially this time of year – are great urban escapes offering the natural and peaceful beauty within easy reach (click here to learn more about the parks and gardens in the Warsaw area).

  • November 2 – December 9

Polish Design Exhibition
Location: The Institute of Industrial Design (Instytut Wzornictwa Przemysłowego), Świętojerska 5/7 Street (city center). Free entrance. The Exhibition is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 2 – February 24, 2019

“The Royal Garden of Lights” – illuminations festival in the Wilanów Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Opening hours in November 2018: 4 pm – 9 pm. The Wilanów Garden is closed on November 1 and open on November 11 (bank holidays in Poland). Monday – Thursday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Friday – Sunday, regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN. Free admission for children under 7 (every day). It can be crowded during weekends, buy tickets online to skip the line. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pmClick here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

  • November 3-4

‘Breakfast Market’ (Targ Śniadaniowy)
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. A chance to buy local, international, and organic food. Facebook event in Polish.

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. Website in English.

  • November 4

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open;) Sunday trading ban in November 2018: November 11 and November 18. Shopping Sundays in November: November 4 and November 25.

  • November 7-11

International Short Film Festival 
Location: Kinoteka at the Palace of Culture and Science and Jack’s Cinema (Bracka 18 Street). Free entrance. Click here to read more in English.

  • November 8

Open Day at the Early Years Centre of The British School Warsaw 
Location: Jarosława Dąbrowskiego 84 Street, 9 am – 11 am. The event is free, to attend, please click here to register or contact The British School Warsaw: openday@thebritishschool.pl, +48 22 842 32 851 Ext. 125. The Early Years Centre is located in Stary Mokotów district and caters for children from age 2.5 until age 5. The Open Day is an opportunity to explore the Early Years Center learning spaces, take part in interactive lessons, open play activities, meet The British School Warsaw staff and ask them all your questions. Click here to learn more about the Open Day event. Facebook event in English.

  • November 8-11

Warsaw Salsa Festival
Location: Sangate Hotel Airport, Komitetu Obrony Robotników 32 Street (former 17 Stycznia 32 Street). Click here to buy tickets. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English.

  • November 8-18

Russian Film Festival “Sputnik
Locations: Kino Luna (Marszałkowska 28 Street), Kino Iluzjon (Narbutta 50a Street), Kino Elektronik (Generała Zajączka 7 Street). Click here to read more in Polish and in Russian. Click here to read more about “Little Sputnik” – the Festival events for children.

  • November 9 – December 16

The International Theatre Festival for Early Years “TAKE PART IN ART” 
Location: the Old Armory (Stara Prochownia) building at Boleść 2 Street (the Old Town). Performances for children aged 0,6-6. Artists from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium. More in English.

  • November 10

Comic Book Festival “Niech Żyje Komiks
Location: Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 10-11

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. Website in English.

  • November 11

A bank holiday – Independence Day (Święto Niepodległości)
The anniversary of Poland’s independence in 1918. Since this year Poland celebrates 100 years of independence, there will be many exhibitions, concerts, events in Warsaw and all over Poland (including very popular in Warsaw a 10 km “Run of Independence” / Bieg Niepodległości). In Warsaw, official gathering and celebrations will be held at noon at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego) and later from 1 pm on Krakowskie Przedmieście street. Please note that in Warsaw, there will be organized the ‘March of Independence’ / Marsz Niepodległości which last year turned violet (it starts at 2 pm in the center of Warsaw at Rondo Dmowskiego and goes to the National Stadium). The march has been banned last minute, the organizers are appealing to the court, it’s possible the march will happen anyway. It’s recommended to skip the area.

Sunday trading ban – stores are closed
There are new regulations in Poland – stores can operate only 2 Sundays a month (usually first and last Sunday of the month). Sunday trading ban in November 2018: November 11 and November 18. You can always do basic shopping at the gas stations (24/7).

Museums in Warsaw open on November 11
The Wilanów Palace Museum and Garden, including “The Royal Garden of Light” – illuminations festival in Wilanów Garden (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.). Łazienki Museums and Galleries, including Palace on the Isle, Orangery, Myślewicki Palace, Cadet School (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.). The National Museum in Warsaw (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.). POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews (click here to read our tips in English – opening hours, tickets, etc., and click here to see the photos and read our feature story in English about visiting the POLIN Museum with children). The Dollhouse Museum located in the Palace of Culture (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.). The Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw  (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.) and the Chopin Museum and Park in Żelazowa Wola (60 km from Warsaw) – the birthplace of Frederic Chopin (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.)

Things to do in Warsaw on November 11
Copernicus Science Center is open on November 11 (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets; buy tickets online to skip the line and make sure you will enter the Center). Warsaw Zoo is open every day, including all bank holidays. Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read Warsaw Zoo Guidebook in English (How to get there by public transport? How to get there by car? Where to look for a parking spot? Tickets. How to skip the line?). The other option is going to the movies (click here to find showtimes in Warsaw on November 11, repertuar kin in Polish) or visiting amazing parks in Warsaw that – especially this time of year – are great urban escapes offering the natural and peaceful beauty within easy reach (click here to learn more about the parks and gardens in the Warsaw area). 

  • November 12

A one-time bank holiday in 2018
The Polish Parliament has decided that Monday, November 12, 2018 will be a one-time national holiday and non-working day (prolonged celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland).

Stores, malls, shopping centers are CLOSED, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can always do basic shopping at gas stations (which are open 24/7).

Holiday Bazaar of the International Women’s Group of Warsaw
Location: Marriott Hotel (Baltic Room), Jerozolimskie 65/79 Street (city center), 10 am – 2 pm, free entrance. A chance to shop for Christmas gifts. Click here to read more in English.

  • November 12-18

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
Location: The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Anielewicza 6 Street). Click here to read more in English.

  • November 14-21

Asian Film Festival “Five Flavors”
Location: Kino Muranów (Andersa 5 Street), Kinoteka (the Palace of Culture and Science). Most of the films will be screened with Polish and English subtitles. Click here to read more in English.

  • November 14

Thames British School Open Day
Location: Thames British School Warsaw, Usypiskowa 5 Street (Ochota), 10 am – 12 pm, free entrance. Parents and children will be able to meet the teachers, take a tour of the school, and observe the children’s daily routines and activities. Facebook event in English.

  • November 15

Open House at the American School of Warsaw
Location: Bielawa, Warszawska 202 Street, 05-520 Konstancin-Jeziorna, 10 am – 1 pm. The event is free of charge, registration is required. Open House at American School of Warsaw is an opportunity to see the school in action and find out more about the American-style education. Families visit different areas of the school, learn about the facilities, observe classes and teaching practices. It is also a unique opportunity to talk with the American School of Warsaw teachers, current students, and parents who are always happy to share their experiences. The event is dedicated to parents with children aged 3-18. Click here to learn more about Fall Open House event. Facebook event in English.

  • November 16-18

Warsaw Motor Show
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D, online tickets (children up to 7 free entrance), Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Click here to read more in English.

“Audio Video Show” – audio-video and home cinema fair
Three locations: National Stadium (Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street), Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel (Plac Artura Zawiszy 1), Golden Tulip Hotel (Towarowa 2 Street). Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Click here to buy tickets online (children up to 16 free entrance). Facebook event in Polish. Website in Polish.

Warsaw Surf Film Festival
Location: Kino Amondo, Żurawia 20 Street (city center). Facebook event in Polish.


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  • November 17

Pet Fair
Location: “Znajomi Znajomych”, Wilcza 58a Street (city center). Free entrance, 11 am – 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 17-18

Recruitment Weekend at Akademeia High School (Academic Potential Diagnostic)
Location: Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów). Akademeia is a private, English-speaking high school offering a multi-dimensional education and a thorough preparation for application to prestigious universities in the UK, USA and the rest of Europe. Click here to learn more in English about the Recruitment Weekend at Akademeia High School. Facebook event in English.

Organic Cosmetics Fair “Ekocuda”
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera 2 (Praga), Saturday 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack – end of the season
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. Website in English.

  • November 18

Sunday trading ban – stores are closed
There are new regulations in Poland – stores can operate only 2 Sundays a month (usually first and last Sunday of the month). Sunday trading ban in November 2018: November 11 and November 18. Shopping Sundays in November: November 4 and November 25. Trade ban does NOT include cinemas, restaurants, cafés, small local stores where the owner can work, stores at gas stations, flower shops, pharmacies. Shopping malls can be open but most of the stores inside will be closed (only cinemas, restaurants, pharmacies in shopping malls can be open). You can always do basic shopping at the gas stations (24/7).

‘Adventurous Nature Walk’ – educational walk for children and adults guided IN ENGLISH
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 11 am – 12.30 pm, meeting point at the ticket office (small yellow building). Click here to buy tickets online (10 PLN, you do not need to print your tickets if you have a smartphone). Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English. Kids in the City is the event media partner.

Och! Bazar’ – Polish fashion fair 
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia”, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Wege Bazar’ – fair of vegan products
Location: Klubokawiarnia Medyka, Oczki 1a Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 21-25

International figure skating competition – Warsaw Cup
Location: Torwar, Łazienkowska 6A Street. Free entrance. More in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 22-24

Warsaw Tourist Fair
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science. 10 am – 5 pm. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 23 – January 6, 2019

Christmas Fair in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area. Open every day, Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am – 9.30, December 25-26 11 am – 9.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 24

Zero Waste Fair / Targi Zero Waste
Location: Agora, Czerska 8/10 Street (Mokotów), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. The event includes workshops, discussions, meetings, electro-waste collection. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 24-25

Warsaw Fashion – Unique Bazaar – Premium Brand Experience
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Art Book Fair
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia”, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 25

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open;) Sunday trading ban in November 2018: November 11 and November 18. Shopping Sundays in November: November 4 and November 25.

Art Fair (Targowisko Sztuki)
Location: Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcades) at the Warsaw Royal Castle, entrance from Grodzka Street. 11 am – 4 pm, free entrance. A chance to admire or buy artworks of students and graduates of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and visit the Kubicki Arcades. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.

‘VEGANmania’ – the event promoting vegan lifestyle (food, cosmetics, clothes)
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • November 29

St. Andrew’s Day (Andrzejki)
A night for future telling games. The classic one is to pour hot liquid wax through a keyhole into cold water. After the wax is solidified, the shape and its shadow illuminated on the wall determines your future. The fun is to interpret the shape. Another tradition is a shoe game. Participants take off one shoe, the shoes are lined one after the other from the wall of the room to the door. The owner of the shoe that reaches the door first is the first to get married:)

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