Events and things to do in Warsaw in November
- November 1
All Saints’ Day (Wszystkich Świętych)
Bank holiday. People visit cemeteries (often they travel long distances, there is in general increased traffic, especially close to the biggest cemeteries) to light candles and lay flowers on the graves of their family and friends (this is a religious holiday but in Poland it is observed by many people, religious or not). In Warsaw, you may want to visit the Powązki cemetery in the evening when it’s dark outside, it’s really exceptional this time of year with so many candles (probably not on November 1, but the following week when it’s not so crowded). It’s located in Ochota district (between Klif and Arkadia shopping centers).
- November 2-5
International Jazz Festival – Jazz Jamboree
Location: Polish Radio Concert Studio, Modzelewskiego 59 Street and Stodoła Club, Batorego 10. Click here to read more in Polish.
- November 2-5
- November 2-12
“Sputnik” Russian Film Festival
Locations: Kino Luna, Iluzjon, Elektronik. Click here to read more in Polish and in Russian. Click here to read more about “Little Sputnik” – the Festival events for children.
- November 3-5
- November 4-5
Winter Sports Fair – Snow Expo
Location: National Stadium (Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street), gate no. 5 and 6. Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. Regular tickets 19 PLN, reduced tickets for students 15 PLN, children up to 7 free. Additional attractions include ski jumping for children, ski simulator, fashion shows, and cross-country skiing track (for the cross-country skiing event, there is free entrance for everyone – Facebook event in Polish). Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.
- November 4-11
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival
Locations: the National Philharmonic, the Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, the Royal Castle, the Łazienki Museum, and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Classical music and jazz concerts by artists from France, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, the United States, and Poland. Click here to read the program in Polish.
- November 4-19
The International Theatre Festival for Early Years “TAKE PART IN ART”
Performances for children 1-6. The Festival runs until December 17. Artists from Italy, Belgium, Austria, Spain, and Canada. In November, theaters from Italy and Belgium. Click here to read more in English.
- November 7-13
Warsaw Korean Film Festival
Location: Kino Kultura, Krakowskie Przedmieście 21/23 Street. Most of the films have English subtitles. Click here to read the Festival program in Polish.
- November 8-12
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 9-11
Japanese Culture Festival
Location: Cultural Center (Centrum Promocji Kultury), Podskarbińska 2 Street (Praga Południe / Grochów). Free entrance, for some workshops you need to book a slot in advance. Facebook event in Polish.
- November 10-12
European Music Fair “Co Jest Grane 24”
Location: different venues in the Palace of Culture and Science. Concerts (80 artists), panel discussions, workshops, lectures. Click here to read more in English.
- November 10-12
- November 11
Independence Day (Święto Niepodległości)
Bank holiday. The anniversary of Poland’s independence in 1918. In Poland, there are many parades and military ceremonies including an official gathering in Warsaw at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego). In Warsaw, each year there is a very popular 10 km “Run of Independence” (Bieg Niepodległości). It’s recommended to avoid the center of Warsaw since the “March of Independence” organized by nationalists can turn violent (it starts at 3 pm at Rondo Dmowskiego – Aleje Jerozolimskie – Most Poniatowskiego (Bridge) – National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy).
- November 12
Location: “Znajomi Znajomych”, Wilcza 58a Street (city center). Free entrance, 12 pm – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
- November 15-22
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 17-19
“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 1 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.
- November 18
World Dumplings Festival (Festiwal Pierogów Świata)
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, Sala Ratuszowa (City Hall), entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 12 pm – 7 pm, free entrance. A chance to buy Polish dumplings (pierogi) as well as “dumplings” from other countries, eg. calzone, samosa, momo, khinkali etc. Facebook event in Polish.
- November 24-25
- November 24-26
Warsaw Comic Con
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo, Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62. Many national and international guests from areas like comics, movies, cosplay, TV. Star Wars zone, kids zone, Game of Thrones zone, and much more. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.
- November 24-30
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
Location: The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Anielewicza 6 Street) and Jewish Community Center Warsaw (Chmielna 9 A Street). Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English and Polish.
- November 25-26
Organic Cosmetics Fair “Ekocuda”
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.
- November 25 – January 7 2018
Christmas Fair in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. Open every day (Monday – Thursday and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish and English.
- November 29
St. Andrew’s Day (Andrzejki)
A night for future telling games. The classic one is to pour hot wax through keyhole into cold water. The shape determines your future;)
Exhibitions in Warsaw in November
Polish Design Exhibition
Location: The Institute of Industrial Design (Instytut Wzornictwa Przemysłowego), Świętojerska 5/7 Street (city center). Free entrance. The Exhibition is open until December 3, Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
National Geographic Exhibition – Photo Ark
Location: PGE National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy), al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street, exhibition room next to entrance no. 1. Free entrance, 10 am – 8 pm. The Exhibition features large-format prints and images of species in need of greater conservation. The Exhibition is open until November 16. Click here to read more in Polish about Warsaw exhibition and in English about the project.
“The Royal Garden of Lights” – outdoor exhibition – thousands of colorful diodes and illuminations
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Open every day until February 25, 2018: 4 pm – 9 pm. Monday – Friday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Saturday – 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. Click here to read Kids in the City tips on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.
Biedermeier – National Museum
Location: Al. Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). Click here to read more in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the National Museum in Warsaw.
Customs of the DODEKAMERON holy “twelve days” in Cyprus
Location: Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center), November 15 – 22. Click here to read more in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.
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