Events and things to do in Warsaw: May 1 – May 3, 2018

What to do in Warsaw during long May weekend

May 1, 2018 (Tuesday) – bank holiday

Labor Day
Bank holiday. In Warsaw and other cities in Poland, there are political marches to promote workers rights. May 1 starts so-called długi weekend in Poland (long weekend) – Majówka (please note that May 2 is a regular working day, however schools are closed and people usually take a day off). People usually go out for a short vacation. Warsaw is empty and quiet during long weekends, while Polish seaside, Zakopane, and other major touristic destinations get crowded.

Shopping

Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). Stores at gas stations are open every holiday, 24 h.

Transport in Warsaw

Buses, trams, metro: holiday timetable.

Warsaw Paid Parking Zone: FREE.

Indoor attractions in Warsaw on May 1

Copernicus Science Center
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 9 am – 7 pm. The Copernicus is very popular – buy tickets online to make sure you will enter! Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, parking lots etc.).

Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Center
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 10 am – 8.15 pm. The Copernicus is very popular – buy tickets online to make sure you will enter! Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, parking lots etc.).

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Location: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 12 pm – 8 pm, regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 10 PLN, family ticket (4 people) 18 PLN, ticket for 1 PLN dedicated to children. The Gallery website in English.

Palace and Park in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10 Street. 9.30 am – 4 pm. The Park is open every day 9 am – 9 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Wilanów Palace.

Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). 11 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum, and click here to read the feature story about visiting the Museum with children.

Dollhouse Museum
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (the Palace of Culture and Science). 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

Warszawianka Swimming Pool
Location: Merliniego 4 Street (Mokotów). 6.30 am – 10 pm. Website in English.

Outdoor attractions in Warsaw on May 1

Multimedia Fountain Park – new summer season opening 
Location: Skwer Dywizji 1 (city center). Fountains operate every day from 8.30 am until 10.30 pm. Multimedia show: 9 pm (fountains, laser, music, and lights). This season: “The Bear Prince Legend”. Click here to read more in English about the special show. The opening show will take place also on May 2 and May 3. Click here to read our tips in English – how to get there, where to have lunch, where to find a parking spot.

Outdoor Fair in the Old Town – “Jarmark Zygmuntowski”
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. On May 1 11 am – 9.30 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

“Warsaw Picnic” – Piknik Warszawski – Food festival
Location: Garden of Iskra Club at Pole Mokotowskie, Wawelska 5 Street (Mokotów), 12 pm – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga). It’s open every day! 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to check out how to skip the line and other tips in English.

Birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola (60 km from Warsaw) – an amazing park and a small museum
Location: 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15. 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English, and here to read why it’s worth visiting with children.

European Picnic & Cavalry Festival of the Polish Army at the Royal Łazienki Museums and Garden
Location: Agrykola 1 Street. 9 am – 6 pm, free entrance to all the museum and galleries located in Łazienki. European Picnic Facebook event in Polish (concerts, outdoor events for families). Cavalry Festival Facebook event in Polish (horse riding tournament, horse show, a show of the military drill, concert of the Polish Army Orchestra).

Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, Powsin (south of Warsaw, between Wilanów and Konstancin), 9 am – 8 pm, the Greenhouse: 11 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English, and here to read why it’s worth visiting with children.

May 2, 2018 (Wednesday) – regular day (stores, public institutions, museums are open)

Flag Day
It’s a relatively new holiday in Poland (introduced in 2004). You can notice Polish flags in some private windows and balconies as well as displayed in public institutions buildings.

Shopping

Working day. Stores are open.

Transport in Warsaw

Buses, trams, metro: holiday timetable.

Warsaw Paid Parking Zone: FREE.

May 3, 2018 (Thursday) – bank holiday

Constitution Day
Bank holiday. The May 3rd Constitution was passed in 1791 and is claimed to be the first written constitution in Europe and second one in the world (after the American one). Constitution Day is celebrated with speeches, military parades, picnics.

Shopping

Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). Stores at gas stations are open every holiday, 24 h.

Transport in Warsaw

Buses, trams, metro: holiday timetable.

Warsaw Paid Parking Zone: FREE.

Indoor attractions in Warsaw on May 3

Copernicus Science Center
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 9 am – 7 pm. The Copernicus is very popular – buy tickets online to make sure you will enter! Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, parking lots etc.).

Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Center
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 10 am – 6.30 pm. The Copernicus is very popular – buy tickets online to make sure you will enter! Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, parking lots etc.).

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Location: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 12 pm – 8 pm, regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 10 PLN, family ticket (4 people) 18 PLN, ticket for 1 PLN dedicated to children. The Gallery website in English.

Palace and Park in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10 Street. 9.30 am – 4 pm. The Park is open every day 9 am – 9 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Wilanów Palace.

POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). 10 am – 6 pm, free entrance on Thursdays. Click here to read our tips in English (how to get there, where to have lunch etc.), and here to see the photos and read our feature story in English about visiting the POLIN Museum with children.

Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). 11 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum, and click here to read the feature story about visiting the Museum with children.

Dollhouse Museum
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (the Palace of Culture and Science). 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

Warszawianka Swimming Pool
Location: Merliniego 4 Street (Mokotów). 6.30 am – 10 pm. Website in English.

Outdoor attractions in Warsaw on May 3

Multimedia Fountain Park – new summer season opening
Location: Skwer Dywizji 1 (city center). Fountains operate every day from 8.30 am until 10.30 pm. Multimedia show: 9 pm (fountains, laser, music, and lights). This season: “The Bear Prince Legend”. Click here to read more in English about the special show. The opening show will take place also on May 2 and May 3. Click here to read our tips in English – how to get there, where to have lunch, where to find a parking spot.

Outdoor Fair in the Old Town – “Jarmark Zygmuntowski”
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. May 3 11 am – 8 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga). It’s open every day! 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to check out how to skip the line and other tips in English.

Birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola (60 km from Warsaw) – an amazing park and a small museum
Location: 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15. 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English, and here to read why it’s worth visiting with children.

Polish Constitution Celebrations at the Royal Łazienki Museums and Garden
Location: Agrykola 1 Street. 9 am – 6 pm, free entrance to all the museum and galleries located in Łazienki. Facebook event in Polish (outdoor and indoor events, including eighteenth-century games, costumes and hairstyles shows, picnic, a fashion show from the second half of the 18th century).

Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, Powsin (south of Warsaw, between Wilanów and Konstancin), 9 am – 8 pm, the Greenhouse: 11 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English, and here to read why it’s worth visiting with children.

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