Events and things to do in Warsaw in March

What to do in Warsaw, Poland in March

  • March 1-31

Francophonic Festival (Festiwal Frankofonii / Festival de la Francophonie)
Location: different locations in Poland, including Warsaw. Concerts, screenings, theater performances, meetings. Facebook page in Polish and French. The Festival program in Polish.

  • March 1-4

Orchid Exhibition & Fair
Location: The University of Warsaw Library, Dobra 56/66 Street (Powiśle). March 1 – opening event (tickets 20 PLN), 6 pm – 9 pm. March 2-4: exhibition, fair, workshops (regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN), 10 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

“Cavaliada” – horse riding event (competition, fair, shows)
Location: Torwar, Łazienkowska 6A Street. Website in English, and Facebook page in Polish and English

  • March 2

New exhibition opening at the Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank). “Edi Hila – Painter of Transformation”. Facebook event in Polish and English. Click here to read more in English about the exhibition. The Exhibition runs until May 6, 2018.

  • March 3-4

Slow Fashion Fair
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Saturday – Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm, tickets 10 PLN (2 days), children up to 12 years old free entrance. You can buy tickets online or at the entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Open Polish Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft
Location: “Koło” Sports Center, Obozowa 60 Street (Wola), tickets 2 PLN, Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 8 am – 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish

  • March 4

Shopping Sunday – stores are open
There are new regulations in Poland – starting from March 2018, stores can operate only 2 Sundays a month (usually first and last Sunday of the month). In March 2018, there is a trade ban on Sunday, March 11, and Sunday, March 18. Stores can be open on Sunday, March 4, and Sunday, March 25.

  • March 8

Women’s Day (Dzień Kobiet)
The old tradition of Women’s Day is not as popular as during communism time in Poland, but still, women usually get flowers or other gifts.

  • March 10

Warsaw Coffee Festival
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 10 am – 8 pm, tickets 10 PLN (online tickets). Facebook event in Polish.

“Och! Polish Fashion Fair” – spring edition
Location: Royal Wilanów Shopping Center, Klimczaka 1 Street, free entrance, 10 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 10 – June 3

“Everything Is Art to Me” – an art exhibition for children
Location: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), Tuesday – Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm, regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 10 PLN, family ticket (4 people) 18 PLN, ticket for 1 PLN dedicated to children, Thursday free entrance. The opening event: Saturday, March 10, 12 pm – 2 pm. More about the exhibition in English. The Exhibition runs until June 3, 2018.

  • March 11

Sunday trade ban
Trade ban does NOT include cinemas, restaurants, cafés, small local stores where the owner can work, stores at gas stations, flower shops, pharmacies. Shopping malls can be open but most of the stores inside will be closed (only cinemas, restaurants, pharmacies in shopping malls can be open).

Art Fresh Festival
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bolesława Prusa 2 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Artists from Poland and abroad will present their work in the following areas: paintings, photography, illustration, graphics, sculpture, and ceramics. Facebook event in Polish and English.

  • Until March 11

Zimowy Narodowy – winter sports zones at the National Stadium, including ice rinks
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Website in English. Click here to check out the list of 22 Ice skating rinks in Warsaw.

  • 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.

  • March 15-22

Spanish Film Week
Location: Kino Muranów Cinema, Gen. Władysława Andersa 5 Street, Kino Luna Cinema, Marszałkowska 28 Street (city center). The films will have original soundtracks and Polish subtitles (films: “Autor”, “Pierwsza miłość”, “Aż do śmierci” will have also English subtitles). The Festival program in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 16-18

Tulip Exhibition & Fair
Location: Orangery in Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 10 am – 8 pm, free entrance to the exhibition, tickets to the garden: regular 5 PLN, reduced 3 PLN, students 1 PLN, children up to 7 free. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 16-30

22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival 
Internationally renowned artists performing classical music in different venues in Warsaw venues: Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Castle, Polish National Opera. The Festival program in Polish and English, and online tickets.

  • March 17

St. Patrick’s Day (Dzień Świętego Patryka)
Poland also celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – people wear green, there are parades, festivals, concerts.

  • March 17-18

Cats & dogs products fair
Location: Mińska 65 Street (Praga), free entrance, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Fantasy fair
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 10 am – 6 pm. Tickets – “Pay what you want” (online). Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 18

Sunday trade ban
Trade ban does NOT include cinemas, restaurants, cafés, small local stores where the owner can work, stores at gas stations, flower shops, pharmacies. Shopping malls can be open but most of the stores inside will be closed (only cinemas, restaurants, pharmacies in shopping malls can be open).

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 March: “Nature is waking from winter’s sleep”. Click here to read more in English.

  • March 21

Truant’s Day / Skip Day (Dzień Wagarowicza)
The first day of spring. The old folk tradition is to drown Marzanna (a straw figure of a woman symbolizing winter) in the nearest river (nowadays mostly in rural areas and by children at schools). Truant’s day (dzień wagarowicza) – some students skip classes but usually, it is just a fun day at school. Students dress up in a funny way, there are events at schools and no tests on this day.

  • March 24

“Mamaville” Mother & Baby Expo
Location: Arena Ursynów, Pileckiego 122 Street, 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Clothes and accessories for kids and pregnant women, workshops, food. Facebook event in Polish and English.

  • March 24-25

Time change (zmiana czasu)
On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 02:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 03:00 am. There will be more light in the evening.

Food Truck Festival (Żarcie na Kółkach) – new season opening
Location: PGE National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy), al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street, free entrance, 12 pm – 8 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 25

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open;)

Palm Sunday (Niedziela Palmowa)
It starts the Easter celebrations. There are processions around the church to commemorate the day Jesus entered Jerusalem. People bring „palms” (palmy wielkanocne) made of paper flowers, dried flowers, and twigs.

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.

Aquarium and terrarium fair, Exhibition of exotic animals
Location: Sports Center at Siennicka 40 Street (Praga), 10 am – 4 pm, regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN, children up to 6 free (online tickets). Facebook event in Polish.

“Och! Bazar” – Polish fashion fair – spring edition
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia”, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish and English.

PZU Warsaw Half Marathon
Start at 10 am. Some of the streets in Warsaw will be closed for traffic, click here to read more in English, including the map

  • Until March 25

LEGO Exhibition
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. Website in Polish.

  • March 30

Good Friday (Wielki Piątek)
Good Friday commemorates passion and crucifixion of Jesus. In Warsaw and other cities, there are processions on the streets – people carrying a huge cross and contemplating passion of Jesus. In Poland, for many people, it’s a day of fasting – no meat, no parties, no alcohol.

  • March 31

Holy Saturday (Wielka Sobota)
Święconka – people bring baskets filled with food to churches to get a special blessing. Baskets usually include eggs as a symbol of rebirth (pisanki – boiled eggs painted in various colors and patterns), bread, salt, sausage, sometimes other food – chocolate, cake, horseradish etc. Food from Święconka basket is shared the next morning during festive Easter breakfast.

Click here to read about what’s on in Warsaw during Easter.

Click here to read more about Easter traditions in Poland.

Easter traditions in Poland


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