June in Warsaw
- June 1
Children receive gifts. Schools and daycares host special events for kids – picnics, concerts, sports competitions, etc. There are many events in Warsaw and other cities (hold also on a weekend next to June 1) organized by the city authorities, institutions, theaters, restaurants.
- June 1-4
Warsaw Comic Con
Many national and international guests from areas like comics, movies, cosplay, TV. Star Wars zone, Lego zone, kids zone, Game of Thrones zone, and much more. Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo, Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62. Click here to read more in Polish, here to buy tickets, and here for Facebook event.
- June 2-3
Orange Warsaw Festival
One of the biggest music festivals in Poland. Location: Horse Racetrack in Służewiec. Click here to read more in English.
- June 3
21st Science Picnic (Piknik Naukowy)
A huge outdoor event promoting science, organized by the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre in cooperation with universities, research institutes, museums, cultural institutions. They present the behind-the-scenes aspects of their everyday work through experiments, demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Location: Stadion Narodowy / National Stadium. Free entrance, 11 am – 8 pm. Click here to read more in English.
- June 4
Shell V-Power Show
Event with Ferrari Team & Kimi Räikkönen. Location: Stadion Narodowy / National Stadium (Praga), free entrance, 10 am. Many attractions for kids – Formula 1 show car, robotics zone, firefighting shows, and ice cream. Click here to read more in Polish.
- June 4
Whit Sunday / Pentecost
Bank holiday (always on Sunday anyway). The Day of Descent of the Holy Spirit – Zielone Świątki (Green Holidays). In Poland, some people decorate their homes with branches with green leaves. Stores, malls, shopping centers closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can do basic shopping at gas stations.
- June 10-18
17th International Mime Art Festival
Pantomime performances from around the world. Click here to read more in English.
- June 12 – July 15
27th Mozart Festival in Warsaw
Performances and concerts will take place in the Royal Castle, Łazienki Park Royal Theatre, and Warsaw Chamber Opera, open air concerts at Plac Defilad (Palace of Culture square). Click here to read more in Polish.
- June 15
Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)
Bank holiday (always a Thursday). The Catholic church organizes in each parish huge outdoor procession (in many places in Poland traffic is stopped during the procession). The procession stops at four altars temporary built on the streets. The altars are decorated with birch-tree twigs which can be later taken home and are kept the whole year to protect a family. Girls dressed in white scatter flower petals. Stores, malls, shopping centers closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (e.g. Żabka). You can do basic shopping at gas stations. June 15 starts another so-called długi weekend in Poland (long weekend) – please note that Friday, June 16 is a regular working day, however, many schools are closed and people usually take a day off. People go out for a short vacation. Warsaw is usually empty and quiet while Polish seaside, Zakopane, and other major touristic destinations get crowded.
- June 22-25
Event for all ice cream lovers – a competition that recognizes the best Italian and foreign ice cream masters. Location: Torwar. Click here to read more in English.
- June 23
St. John’s Night / Wreaths (Noc Świętojańska / Wianki)
The holiday has a pagan background (a pagan name is Sobótka meaning fire). Nowadays, it is mostly the opportunity to celebrate midsummer with various festivities, including concerts, singing songs, bonfire jumping. Women wear wildflower wreaths that later are thrown into river or pond.
It’s not as loudly celebrated as Mother’s Day, however, each mother makes sure that children at least hug their father;)
End of the School Year
The last day of the school year is celebrated with speeches, concerts, shows. Teachers get flowers. Parents of younger kids usually take a day or few hours off to participate in the ceremonies. The school year will resume on September 4.
- June 23-25
Big Book Festival
International reading festival. The festival of books and reading, including events in English. Many meetings, workshops, and games, eg. setting the world record in a number of people reading together in open-air. Location: Emilii Plater 31 Street (city center). Click here to read more in English.
- June 24
Wianki nad Wisłą (Wreaths)
One of the biggest free outdoor events in Warsaw (location: Podzamcze) – family picnic with many attractions and evening concerts. Click here for Facebook event (in Polish & English).
- June 30 – July 6
International Theater School Festival
The Festival program includes not only final degree shows of Theater Schools, but also numerous associated events, such as Off Festival shows, meetings with theater and cinema celebrities, as well as theater workshop dedicated to both, professionals and amateurs. Click here to read more in English.
Classical music weekend concerts
Chopin music Sunday recitals
Location: Łazienki Park, at the Chopin Monument (more convenient entrance from Ujazdowskie Street). Sunday: 12 pm and 4 pm, free entrance. Click here to learn our tips on visiting Łazienki Garden with kids, and here to read more about the concerts at Łazienki website (in English).
Chopin music weekend recitals
Location: Żelazowa Wola Museum – Birthplace of Frederic Chopin (about 60 km from Warsaw). Saturday and Sunday at 12 pm and 3 pm. Click here to learn our tips on visiting Żelazowa Wola with kids, and here to read a feature story why it is a perfect destination for a weekend trip with kids:)
Free summer concerts by Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra
Location: Grochowska 272 Street (Praga district). Saturday and Sunday, 4 pm. Click here to read more in English.