Events and things to do in Warsaw on August 15th, 2018 (a bank holiday in Poland)
- Wednesday, August 15, 2018
It’s a bank holiday in Poland. Polish Army Day is marking the 1920 breakthrough battle called Cud nad Wisłą (the Miracle on the Vistula river) between the Poles under Marshal Piłsudski and the Bolsheviks. The event this year will focus on celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.
This year, the military parade in Warsaw (over 2 thousand soldiers and 101 aircrafts) will be held on ‘Wisłostrada’ Street along the Vistula river (Wybrzeże Gdańskie and Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Streets). The military parade will start at 1 pm next to the Multimedia Fountain Park (Sanguszki Street), and will finish at 3 pm at the intersection with Karowa Street.
The Wisłostrada Street will be closed for car traffic from Most Grota-Roweckiego bridge to Most Łazienkowski bridge (from 11 pm, August 14 until 5 pm, August 15).
The official celebrations will be also held at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego), including laying flowers at the monument of Marshal Józef Piłsudski (10 am), and changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (12 pm).
August 15 marks also the Assumption of Mary celebrations (a Catholic holiday) in Poland which focus on The Sanctuary of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa city – on August 15 a pilgrimage (pielgrzymka) destination for many people walking hundreds of kilometers for days from all over Poland.
Stores, malls, shopping centers are CLOSED, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can do basic shopping at gas stations.
Public Transport & Parking Zone in Warsaw:
- Public transport August 15: holiday timetable
- Warsaw Paid Parking Zone: FREE Wednesday, August 15
Events & museums, galleries, gardens open in Warsaw on Wednesday, August 15, 2018:
Indian Independence day – Vande Mataram Festival
Location: area next to the Palace of Culture and Science, 12 pm – 10 pm, free entrance. Attractions include Indian fashion show, dance shows, family picnic, Indian martial arts, yoga, dance, cooking workshops. Facebook event in Polish.
International Food Festival
Location: area next to the Palace of Culture and Science (Marszałkowska Street side), 12 pm – 10 pm, free entrance. The event is a part of Indian Independence Day celebrations. Facebook event in Polish and English.
Location: area next to St. Hyacinth’s Church, Freta 10 Street (the Old Town), 9 am – 10.30 pm. Charity stalls, raffle, cafe, workshops for children. Facebook event in Polish.
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 7 pm. Warsaw Zoo is open EVERY DAY (including bank holidays). 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? Opening hours. Key facts and numbers. Zoo map and main attractions. Lunch, coffee, snacks in Warsaw zoo. Attractions for kids. The Żabiński villa. Feeding times. Where to hide from the rain. Handicapped access. Warsaw zoo rules).
Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle), 11 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English (opening hours, tickets, where to have lunch etc.), and here to see the photos and read in English why it’s worth visiting.
Birthplace of Frederic Chopin – Museum in Żelazowa Wola
Location: Żelazowa Wola 15 (about 60 km from Warsaw), 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English (opening hours, tickets, where to have lunch etc.), and here to see the photos and read in English why it’s worth visiting.
Location: pl. Defilad 1, Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Emilii Plater Street, 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English (opening hours, tickets, where to have lunch etc.)
Copernicus Science Center (Centrum Nauki Kopernik)
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English (like how to skip the line).
Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Center (Centrum Nauki Kopernik)
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 10 am – 8.15 pm. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Warsaw Planetarium.
Kayaking in Skaryszewski Park
Jezioro Kamionkowskie is a small lake located in Skaryszewski Park (Praga district). There is a possibility to rent a kayak. Click here to read our tips in English.
Viewing platform on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science
It’s open every day: 10 am – 8 pm. Click here to see the photos and read more in English.
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