Events and things to do in Warsaw on November 11
Independence Day (Święto Niepodległości)
It’s a bank holiday in Poland. The anniversary of Poland’s independence in 1918. In Poland, there are many parades and military ceremonies including an official gathering in Kraków and Warsaw at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego). In Warsaw, each year there is a very popular 10 km “Run of Independence” (Bieg Niepodległości) – start at 11.11 am, Jana Pawła II and Niepodległości Streets.
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). Click here to find the list (in Polish) of marches, streets, and a map.
Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka or Freshmarket). You can do basic shopping at gas stations.
Restaurants open in Warsaw on November 11
Museums, galleries, gardens, exhibitions, movie theaters that are open on Saturday, November 11
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).
Łazienki Museums and Galleries
Location: Agrykola 1 Street (city center). Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English.
Wilanów Palace and Park
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów). Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English about the Park as well as the Palace Museum.
“The Royal Garden of Lights” at the Wilanów Park
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, 4 pm – 9 pm. 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. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace facade on Saturdays and Sundays (15 minutes) at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.
National Museum in Warsaw
Location: Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). Click here to read our tips in English (opening hours, tickets, where to have lunch etc.).
POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). Click here to read our tips in English (opening hours, tickets, 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.
Location: Plac Zamkowy 4 (city center). Click here to read more in English about visiting the Castle.
Copernicus Science Center (Centrum Nauki Kopernik)
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). 10 am – 7 pm. Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English (like how to skip the line).
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.)
Viewing platform on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: entrance to the Palace from Marszałkowska Street. 10 am – 8 pm. To skip the line, buy tickets online, no need to print them, just show your ticket on a smartphone screen. Click here to see the photos and read our tips in English about the viewing platform.
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.
Another option is going to the movies. Click here to find showtimes in Warsaw on November 11 (repertuar kin).
Events in Warsaw on Saturday, November 11
Independence Day Picnic organized by the City of Warsaw
Locations: Copernicus Monument at Krakowskie Przedmieście Street (10 am – 2 pm) and Castle Square (11 am – 7 pm). Free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.
Independence Day at the Museum of Polish Army
Location: Museum of Polish Army, Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). Free entrance, 9 am – 6 pm. Attractions include concerts, workshops, screenings, helicopters, aircrafts, tanks etc. Facebook event in Polish.
Independence Day Concert of Polish songs by the artists of the Warsaw Chamber Opera
Location: Saska Kępa Cultural Center “PROM”, Brukselska 23 Street. Free entrance, 4 pm – 6 pm. After the concert, the artists and the audience will sing together Polish patriotic songs. Facebook event in Polish.
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.
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.
Japanese Culture Festival
Location: Cultural Center (Centrum Promocji Kultury), Podskarbińska 2 Street (Praga Południe / Grochów). 10 am – 9 pm, free entrance for most of the events, for some workshops you need to buy a ticket or book a slot in advance. Facebook event in Polish.
Free qigong class in the open air
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden (click here to see the exact location on a map), free entrance, 11.45 am – 1 pm. In a case of rain, the qigong class will take place in Podchorążówka Museum. Facebook event in Polish.