Events and things to do in Warsaw in March 2019

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American School of Warsaw Open Day

Save the date: American School of Warsaw invites prospective families to visit the school on April 4, 10 am – 1 pm. Location: Bielawa, Warszawska 202 Street, 05-520 Konstancin-Jeziorna. The event is dedicated to parents with children aged 3-18. The event is free of charge, registration is required.

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Shopping Sundays and trade ban Sundays in Poland in March 2019

In March 2019, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: March 31. March 3, 10, 17, and 24 are trade ban Sundays. Click here to read our post about Sunday trade ban in Poland, shopping Sundays, and bank holidays in Poland in 2019.

Holidays, observances & celebrations in Poland in March 2019

March is one of the few months when there is no bank holiday in Poland (in 2019, Easter holidays fall on April 21-22).

  • March 5

Last day of carnival, Śledzik (herring night), Ostatki (last days of carnival, Shrovetide Tuesday)
The last chance to party (typically with drinking and music) before the start of Lent (which doesn’t mean there are no parties during Lent in Poland, just not as many). The party / dinner is called in Polish Śledzik (little herring) – during old-fashioned Polish parties, it was a popular appetizer washed down with alcohol.

  • March 6

Ash Wednesday (Środa Popielcowa, Popielec)
The first day of Lent. People go to churches 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’ (‘Z prochu powstałeś i w proch się obrócisz’). It is a tradition among the Roman Catholics in Poland to avoid meat, alcohol, and snacks on that day.

  • March 8

Women’s Day (Dzień Kobiet)
The 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 17

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

  • March 21

Truant’s Day / Skip Day (Dzień Wagarowicza)
The first day of spring. The old Polish folk tradition of the first day of spring 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). For children, the first day of spring is a Truant’s Day / Skip Day (Dzień Wagarowicza). Some students skip classes but usually, it’s just a special fun day at school – students dress up in a funny way, schools organize competitions and games, there are no tests on this day.

  • March 31

Time change (zmiana czasu)
On Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 02:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 03:00 am. It may be the last time change in Poland since the European Commission recommended to end seasonal time changes in 2019 throughout the European Union, leaving member states the freedom to decide their standard time.

Events in English in Warsaw in March 2019

  • Each Saturday: March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank), 2 pm, tickets 5 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Daniel Rycharski: Fears” exhibition. Facebook event in English. More about the exhibition in English.

  • March 3

Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Królikarnia Museum of Sculpture
Location: Puławska 113a Street (Mokotów), 12 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in English.

  • March 10

Art Fresh Festival
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bolesława Prusa 2 Street (city center), 10 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.

  • March 17

‘Nature walk in the Wilanów gardens’ – educational walk for children and adults 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). Tickets: 10 PLN (online tickets). In March: ‘Nature is waking from winter’s sleep’ – a trip in search of signs of spring in Wilanów gardens. Facebook event in English. Click here to read more in English.

  • March 29

Children’s movie in English, no Polish subtitles – ‘Dumbo’
Location: Cinema City, Sadyba Best Mall, Powsińska 31 Street (Sadyba/Mokotów), 5 pm. The screening in English is organized by the American School of Warsaw’s Parent Teacher Organization (ASW PTO) but tickets are available for sale to non-ASW children. Facebook event in English (including info about the tickets).

  • March 30

Saturday Artwalk – guided tour in English
Location: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 5 pm. The guided tour in English includes the exhibition ‘Highly Unlikely but not Impossible’. More in English about the tour. More about the exhibition in English.

  • Each Saturday and Sunday: March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31

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 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 15 PLN). Meeting point – a cloakroom in the Palace. Facebook event in English.

Events at international schools and preschools in Warsaw in March 2019

  • March 2

Open Day at the Thames British School – Piaseczno campus
Location: Mazowiecka 43 Street (Bobrowiec near Piaseczno), 11 am – 1 pm. Click here to learn more in English. Facebook event in English.

  • March 9-10

Recruitment Weekend at Akademeia High School
Location: Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów). March Recruitment Weekend is dedicated to students applying for Years from 9 to 12 for 2019-2020 academic year. Click here to learn more in English. Facebook event in English.

  • March 18

Academic Scholarship Competition
Location: Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów). The scholarship includes the financial provision of total or partial funds to study at Akademeia. Click here to learn more in English. Facebook event in English.

  • March 23

Open Day at MyVinci Preschool
Location: Biały Kamień 7 Street, Mokotów, Eko Park, 10 am – 1 pm. Click here to learn more in English.

Fairs, festivals and other events in Warsaw in March 2019

  • Every day in March

‘The Fascinating World of Spiders and Scorpions’ – the exhibition
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 10 am – 7 pm, tickets: regular 18 PLN, reduced 12 PLN, family 2+2 50 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Facebook event in Polish. More in English and photos.

  • March 1-3

Warsaw Motorcycle Show
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D, online tickets, 10 am – 6 pm. Attractions include fan zones, races, women’s zone, kids zone, test drives, oldtimer zone. More in English. Detailed agenda in Polish.

‘Wind and Water’ Warsaw Boat Show & Polish Dive Expo 
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. More in English about the boat show, and more in English about dive expo.

The last weekend with “The Royal Garden of Lights” – illuminations festival in the Wilanów Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. Monday – Thursday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Friday – 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 façade on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

The last weekend with Zimowy Narodowy – winter sports zones at the National Stadium (ice rinks, ice hill, curling) 
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Info about the opening hours. Online tickets. Website in English.

The last weekend with a special display at the National Museum – 30 works by Pablo Picasso
Location: The National Museum, Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Our tips in English about visiting the National Museum. More in English about the exhibition.

  • March 2-24

Masterpieces of Japanese artistic craft – a display in the Royal Łazienki Museum
Location: Łazienki, Podchorążówka Museum (Great Annex). Tickets: 5 PLN, reduced 2.50 PLN, on Thursdays admission is free. Tuesday – Wednesday: 9 am – 4 pm; Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, objects made of metal, wood and bamboo. More in English about the Exhibition.

  • March 2-3

Art Fair – Targi Sztuki Dostępnej
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia”, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), 10 am – 6 pm, online tickets (10 PLN). Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 3

Arts and crafts Purim Fair
Location: JCC (Jewish Community Center), Chmielna 9A Street (city center), free entrance, 12 pm – 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish and English.

‘Trends 4 Kids’ – Fair of fashion and accessories for mums and children
Location: Plac (square) Konesera 2, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 10 am – 5 pm, online tickets (8 PLN, children up to 12 years old free entrance). Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 7-10

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

  • March 9-10

Slow Fashion Fair
Location: Plac (square) Konesera 2, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 11 am – 7 pm, online tickets (10 PLN, children up to 12 years old free entrance). Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 10

Art Fresh Festival
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bolesława Prusa 2 Street (city center), 10 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.

Railway Modeling Fair (Giełda Modelarska)
Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open on Sundays 9 am – 5 pm). A chance to buy model railways and trains and meet railway modeling enthusiasts. During the event reduced tickets for everyone (6 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). More in Polish about the event.

  • March 14-21

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. The Festival program in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 16

Fair of used books and vinyl records
Location: Plac (square) Konesera 8, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 12 pm – 5 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 16-17

Warsaw Fantasy fair – spring edition
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 10 am – 6 pm. Tickets – “Pay what you want” (online). Meetings with authors, board games, books, clothes, jewelry. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 17

Pet Fair (focusing on products for dogs and cats)
Location: “Znajomi Znajomych”, Wilcza 58a Street (city center), free entrance, 12 pm – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Aquarium and terrarium fair, an exhibition of exotic animals and plants
Location: Praga Południe Sports Center, Angorska 2 Street, 10 am – 4 pm, regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN, children up to 6 free. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 22-24

Green Days” – gardening and landscaping fair
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D, Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, online tickets. More in English.

  • March 23

“Grand Bazar” – Fashion Fair
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. Fashion, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, home accessories, plants. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 23-24

Festival and fair of upcycling, design, and crafts
Location: Plac (square) Konesera 8, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

International Cat Show
Location: Bielany Sports Center, Lindego 20 Street, 10 am – 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish and English.

  • March 24

Wege Festiwal – fair of vegan food; ‘Ekopiękno’ – fair of natural cosmetics; ‘Papier, Kwiaty & Plakaty’ – fair of paper products, flowers
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, 12 pm – 7 pm, tickets 5 PLN. Facebook event in Polish – Wege Festiwal. Facebook event in Polish – natural cosmetics festival. Facebook event in Polish – fair of paper and flowers.

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.

“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.

Dog products fair and event for dog lovers
Location: “MYSIA 3” center, Mysia 3 Street (city center), free entrance, 11 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 29-31

Animals’ Days – International Fair
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, online tickets. Attractions include International Cat Show (March 30-31), International Dog Show (March 30-31), Aquarium Arrangement Competition, Dog Diving Championship, a zone of exotic animals, farm animals. Facebook event in Polish. More in English.

  • March 30

‘Niech żyje papier!’ – a festival dedicated to stationary, paper, illustrations
Location: the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 30-31

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.

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 entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair/Targi Rzeczy Wyszukanych – spring edition
Location: Nowy Świat Muzyki, Nowy Świat 63 Street (city center), 11 am – 6 pm. Crafts, jewelry, natural cosmetics, ceramics, glass, embroidered tablecloths, vinyl records, graphics, and paintings. Facebook event in English and Polish.

Organic Cosmetics Fair “Ekocuda
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera 2 (Praga), Saturday 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • March 31

“Mamaville” Mother & Baby Expo
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Clothes and accessories for kids and pregnant women, workshops, food. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Half Marathon
Start at 10 am, end of the event at 2 pm. Some of the streets in Warsaw will be closed for traffic (start and finish in the city center, Żoliborz, Praga, Mokotów). Click here to read more in English, including the map.

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