Events and things to do in Warsaw on November 11 and November 12, 2018 

  • Sunday, November 11, 2018

A bank holiday – Independence Day (Święto Niepodległości)
The anniversary of Poland’s independence in 1918. Since this year Poland celebrates 100 years of independence, there will be many exhibitions, concerts, events in Warsaw and all over Poland (including very popular in Warsaw a 10 km “Run of Independence” / Bieg Niepodległości, starting from Al. Jana Pawła Street, Chałubińskiego Street and finishing at Aleje Niepodległości street in Mokotów).

In Warsaw, official gathering and celebrations will be held at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego) in the city center, starting at 12 pm with Polish national anthem and ceremonious changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the participation of the army and President.

At noon on November 11, throughout Poland, and in many places around the world, people will gather to sing the national anthem as part of the worldwide project.

Later, from 1 pm on Krakowskie Przedmieście street, there will be held the independence festival (3 stages, concerts, dancing shows etc.).

Please note that in Warsaw, there will be organized the ‘March of Independence’ (Marsz Niepodległości) which last year turned violet (it starts at 2 pm in the center of Warsaw, next to Metro Centrum, at Rondo Dmowskiego and goes to the National Stadium). The march has been banned last minute, the organizers are appealing to the court, it’s possible the march will happen anyway. It’s recommended to skip the area.

Shopping in Warsaw on November 11

Shopping on November 11: Sunday trading ban – stores are closed
There are new regulations in Poland – stores can operate only 2 Sundays a month (usually first and last Sunday of the month). Sunday trading ban in November 2018: November 11 and November 18. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can always do basic shopping at the gas stations (24/7). 

Museums in Warsaw open on November 11

The Wilanów Palace Museum and Garden, including “The Royal Garden of Light” – illuminations festival in Wilanów Garden (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.). 

Łazienki Museums and Galleries, including Palace on the Isle, Orangery, Myślewicki Palace, Cadet School (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.).

The National Museum in Warsaw (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.).

POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews (click here to read our tips in English – opening hours, tickets, etc., and click here to see the photos and read our feature story in English about visiting the POLIN Museum with children).

The Dollhouse Museum located in the Palace of Culture (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.).

The Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw  (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.) and the Chopin Museum and Park in Żelazowa Wola (60 km from Warsaw) – the birthplace of Frederic Chopin (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets, etc.).

Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola). The Museum website in English.

Events and things to do in Warsaw on November 11

Copernicus Science Center is open on November 11 (click here to learn more in English – opening hours, tickets; buy tickets online to skip the line and make sure you will enter the Center).

Warsaw Zoo is open every day, including all bank holidays. Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. 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?).

Another option is going to the movies (click here to find showtimes in Warsaw on November 11, repertuar kin in Polish) or visiting amazing parks in Warsaw that – especially this time of year – are great urban escapes offering the natural and peaceful beauty within easy reach (click here to learn more about the parks and gardens in the Warsaw area). 

‘Independence Festival’
Location: Krakowskie Przedmieście street in the city center, free entrance, 1 pm – 10 pm. Attractions include concerts, film screenings, Polish food, dance shows, parade of vintage cars. Kids Zone next to the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakowskie Przedmieście 5 Street (kids music group, theaters for children, karaoke, arts and crafts workshop, radio broadcast workshop, contests and games). Concerts on the stage next to the Warsaw University campus. Dancing Zone next to the Ministry of Culture, Krakowskie Przedmieście 15/17 Street (Polish dances workshops for adults and children). Facebook event in Polish.

Guided tour in English – the Wilanów Palace – the history and design of the Palace interiors
Location: Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 12 pm – 1.30 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 15 PLN). Meeting point – a cloakroom in the Palace. More in English. Facebook event in English.

‘Breakfast Market’ (Targ Śniadaniowy)
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 10 am – 5 pm. A chance to buy local, international, and organic food. Facebook event in Polish.

The event celebrating Independence Day at the Polish Army Museum
Location: the area next to and inside the Museum of Polish Army (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego), Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), 10 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Attractions include armaments, uniforms and equipment used by Polish army paratroopers, a choir concert, games, Polish food. Facebook event in Polish.

The opening of the new exhibition “In King Matt’s Poland. The 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence” at POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). 10 am – 8 pm, free entrance. The exhibition is dedicated to children and adults. Attractions of the opening event include workshops, curator-guided tours, activities with educators and a theater for children 7+ (tickets 5 PLN). Click here to read our tips in English (how to get there, 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. More in English about the exhibition. Facebook event in Polish.

Free yoga class in Łazienki
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, 10 am – 11.30 am, free entrance, click here to see the meeting point on the map Facebook event in Polish and English.

Free recital of Chopin music
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera 2 (Praga), 4 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Salsa Festival
Location: Sangate Hotel Airport, Komitetu Obrony Robotników 32 Street (former 17 Stycznia 32 Street). Click here to buy tickets. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English. The Festival runs on November 8-11.

Russian Film Festival “Sputnik
Locations: Kino Luna (Marszałkowska 28 Street), Kino Iluzjon (Narbutta 50a Street), Kino Elektronik (Generała Zajączka 7 Street). Click here to read more in Polish and in Russian. Click here to read more about “Little Sputnik” – the Festival events for children. The Festival runs on November 8-18.

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. Website in English.

  • Monday, November 12, 2018

A one-time bank holiday in 2018
The Polish Parliament has decided that Monday, November 12, 2018 will be a one-time national holiday and non-working day (prolonged celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland).

Shopping in Warsaw on November 12

Stores, malls, shopping centers are CLOSED, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can always do basic shopping at gas stations (which are open 24/7).

Events and things to do in Warsaw on November 12

Holiday Bazaar of the International Women’s Group of Warsaw
Location: Marriott Hotel (Baltic Room), Jerozolimskie 65/79 Street (city center), 10 am – 2 pm, free entrance. A chance to shop for Christmas gifts. Click here to read more in English.

Museum of the Wilanów Palace and “The Royal Garden of Lights” – illuminations festival in the Wilanów Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Opening hours of the Park: 4 pm – 9 pm. Opening hours of the Palace museum: 9.30 am – 4 pm. It can be crowded during weekends and holidays, buy tickets online to skip the line. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów), 10 am – 6 pm. Click here to read our tips in English – opening hours, tickets, etc., and click here to see the photos and read our feature story in English about visiting the POLIN Museum with children.

The Dollhouse Museum (Muzeum Domków dla lalek)
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science (the entrance to the Museum is located in the inner courtyard of the Palace, entrance from Emilii Plater Street), 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Museum.

Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum)
Location: Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), free entrance on Mondays, 9 am – 5 pm. The Museum website in English.

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
Location: The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Anielewicza 6 Street). Click here to read more in English. The Festival runs until November 18.

Russian Film Festival “Sputnik
Locations: Kino Luna (Marszałkowska 28 Street), Kino Iluzjon (Narbutta 50a Street), Kino Elektronik (Generała Zajączka 7 Street). Click here to read more in Polish and in Russian. Click here to read more about “Little Sputnik” – the Festival events for children. The Festival runs on November 8-18.

Warsaw Zoo is open every day, including all bank holidays. Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read Warsaw Zoo tips in English.

Another other option is going to the movies (click here to find showtimes in Warsaw on November 11, repertuar kin in Polish) or visiting amazing parks in Warsaw that – especially this time of year – are great urban escapes offering the natural and peaceful beauty within easy reach (click here to learn more about the parks and gardens in the Warsaw area). 

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