Events and things to do in Warsaw in February
- February 3 & February 10
Guided tour in English in The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank). 2 pm, admission to the tour included in the price of an exhibition ticket (1 PLN). Facebook event in English. The Museum website in English.
- February 5-22
370th anniversary of Praga district establishment
Events include concerts, guided tours (in Polish, English, and Spanish), exhibitions, workshops, including setting a world record in eating pyza (a type of dumpling). Facebook event in Polish. Detailed agenda in Polish.
- February 8
Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek)
The last Thursday before the Lent starts (it’s similar to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday celebrations). In the morning, you can notice long lines in front of bakeries and cafes. People all day long eat pączki (donuts filled with fruit jam) or faworki (French dough pastry served with powdered sugar) at schools, at work, at home. There are even contests for the best pastry stores in the city.
- Until February 11
The Witold Lutosławski Festival of modern classical music
Location: Polish Radio Concert Studio, Modzelewskiego 59 Street (Mokotów). Click here to read the Festival program in English.
- February 13
Last day of Carnival, Śledzik (herring night), Ostatki (last days of carnival, Shrovetide)
The last chance to party before the start of Lent (which doesn’t mean there are no parties during Lent in Poland, just not as many). Śledzik (herring) in old-fashioned Polish parties is a popular appetizer washed down with alcohol.
- February 14
Valentine’s Day (Walentynki)
It’s relatively new celebration in Poland (not observed during communism time before 1989). All restaurants will be full, book your table in advance!;)
Ash Wednesday (Środa Popielcowa, Popielec)
The first day of Lent. People go to church where priests put ashes (made from palm branches blessed on the previous year Palm Sunday) on people’s foreheads saying Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. It is a custom among the Roman Catholics in Poland to avoid meat, alcohol, and snacks on that day.
- February 17
“Grand Bazar” – Fashion Fair
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
- February 24
Chinese New Year Celebration – family event
Location: International School of Warsaw, Mazowiecka 43 Street, 05-502 Bobrowiec (south of Warsaw), 10 am – 1 pm. There will be various activities (in English) for the whole family like writing calligraphy, decorating Chinese fans, a Chinese New Year photo booth, a Kung-Fu Performance. Every guest will receive a small gift and there will be a free raffle for more prizes. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free transport by bus to and from the event. The bus will pick you up from the designated pick-up spots in Warsaw. If you want to participate, and register for transportation, please click here to register. Facebook event in English.
Chinese New Year Fair
Location: Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center), 12 pm – 8 pm. Workshops, meetings, performances. Tickets 6/3 PLN. Facebook event in Polish.
- February 24-25
International Cat Show and Fair
Location: PGE National Stadium, entrance gate no. 1 and 2 (Galeria), Saturday 9.30 am – 6 pm, Sunday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced 10 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Facebook event in Polish. Details in English.
- February 24-25
Healthy Lifestyle Show – fitness, nutrition, amateur sport
Location: PGE National Stadium, 9 am – 5 pm, online tickets. Workshops, training, meetings, fair. Facebook event in Polish. Agenda in Polish.
- February 25
Explore nature – educational walk guided IN ENGLISH
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 11 am – 12.30 pm, meeting point at the ticket office (small yellow building). Click here to buy tickets online (10 PLN). The Gardens of Wilanów Palace will organize in 2018 (once a month) 12 events IN ENGLISH – guided walks in the Wilanów Palace Gardens. In February: “Nature’s patterns” (how to recognize trees when there are no leaves on them). Click here to read more in English.
- February 25
Art Fair (Targowisko Sztuki)
Location: Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcades) at the Warsaw Royal Castle, entrance from Grodzka Street. 11 am – 4 pm, free entrance. A chance to admire or buy artworks of students and graduates of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and visit the Kubicki Arcades. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.
- Until February 25
“The Royal Garden of Lights”
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. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Saturdays and Sundays (15 minutes) at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.
- Until March 12
Winter illuminations in Łazienki Park
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, the Chinese Avenue – from the gate in Agrykoli street to the gate in Gagarina street. Every day until 10 pm. Click here to read more in English.
- Until the end of winter season
Zimowy Narodowy – winter sports zones at the National Stadium, including ice rinks
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Opening hours on Monday, January 1: 12.30 pm – 12 am. Website in English. Click here to check out the list of 22 Ice skating rinks in Warsaw.
- Until March 25
Location: Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Monday – Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. Click here to buy tickets online. Facebook event in Polish. Website in Polish.
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