Events and things to do in Warsaw on August 15th
- Tuesday, August 15
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 main celebrations start at 12 pm at Plac Trzech Krzyży/Three Crosses Square, military parades on Ujazdowskie Street to the Marshal Piłsudski Monument next to Łazienki Royal Park and Belweder building. The end of the parade is scheduled for 1.20 pm. At the Agrykola Park, there will be a military picnic (2 pm – 6 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.
Events & museums, galleries, gardens, exhibitions that are open on Tuesday, August 15:
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga). 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. Infrastructure changes expected in 2017).
Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). 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). 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. 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). Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English (like how to skip the line).
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.
Botanical Garden in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street (Powsin), 10 am – 8 pm. Click here to learn our tips in English on visiting the Powsin Botanical Garden.
Gallery of Steel Figures
Art exhibition of metal figures: robots, cartoon, movie characters, cars, made of metal scrap. Location: Palace of Culture and Science (Sala Marmurowa, entrance from Marszałkowska Street). It’s open every day, 9 am – 8 pm. Click here to read more in English.
City/railway model exhibition at the National Stadium
Location: PGE Stadion Narodowy, gate no. 1, Aleja Zieleniecka Street, 10 am – 8 pm. Kids up to 3 free entrance. Regular ticket 23 PLN. Reduced ticket (kids, students, seniors 65+, disabled people) 19 PLN. Family ticket (2 adults + minimum 2 kids) 18 PLN per person. You can buy tickets online or onsite. Click here to visit the website (in Polish).
“Dali versus Warhol” (Dali kontra Warhol)
Art exhibition in the Palace of Culture and Science (4th floor, entrance from Marszałkowska Street). It’s open EVERY DAY, 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to buy tickets online (you can switch to English interface), and here to read more about the exhibition (website in Polish).
Indian Independence day – Vande Mataram Festival
Location: Park Praski (Praga district, the park next to Warsaw Zoo), 3 pm – 10 pm, free entrance. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.
Indian Food & Culture Festival
Location: Palace of Culture and Science, Sala Ratuszowa (City Hall), entrance from Marszałkowska Street, free entrance, 1 pm – 11.59 pm. Click here to read more in English.
Saturday – Tuesday, August 12-15: Medieval Family Picnic
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, Czersk. 11 am – 6 pm, regular ticket 8 PLN, reduced ticket 5 PLN. Attractions for kids include archery shooting, fencing workshop, pottery workshop, cookery workshop. Facebook event in Polish.
Monday – Tuesday, August 14-15: Polish Army Day at the Museum of Polish Army
Location: Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). Besides the regular exhibitions inside the Museum building, there will be a picnic in the Museum park, free entrance, Monday 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday 9 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
Public Transport & Parking Zone in Warsaw
- Public transport August 14: Saturday timetable
- Public transport August 15: holiday timetable
- Warsaw Paid Parking Zone: FREE on Monday, August 14 (despite the fact that August 14 is a working day) and Tuesday, August 15 (a bank holiday)