Events and things to do in Warsaw in May 2019

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Weather in Poland in May

May in Poland is usually warm and reasonably dry. Sunny weather can event turn hot. An average monthly temperature in May in Poland is 13,7°C / 56,7°F, and average monthly rainfall level is 62,1 mm.

Lilac (bez) is a queen among spring flowers that bloom in May in Poland. It’s also the time when fruit trees in Poland are in fool bloom. You can’t miss pinkish-white cone-shaped flowers of chestnuts (kasztan) that have become a symbol of high-school final exams in Poland that take place in May.

Shopping Sundays and trade ban Sundays in Poland in May 2019

In May 2019, there is only one shopping Sunday in Poland: May 26. May 5, May 12, and May 19 are trade ban Sundays. Click here to read our post about the Sunday trade ban in Poland, shopping Sundays, and bank holidays in Poland in 2019.

Events in English in Warsaw in May 2019

  • Every Saturday in May: May 4, 11, 18, and 25

Free traditional Indian yoga class in ENGLISH – “Yoga with Kirti
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am – 11 am. The yoga class takes place outdoors in the Park (check out the exact location on the map). In case of very bad weather, the class is canceled (you will find info in the FB event). Facebook event in Polish.

  • Every Saturday and Sunday in May: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26

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. More in English.

  • May 13

Fashion, Health & Beauty Spring Fair organized by the International Women’s Group of Warsaw
Location: Marriott Hotel (Baltic Room), Jerozolimskie 65/79 Street (city center), 9 am – 3 pm, free entrance. Accessories, clothing, color consultation, hair styling, hand spa, body massage, make up, face yoga, personal training and more. Click here to read more in English.

  • May 24

Children’s movie in English, no Polish subtitles – ‘Aladdin’
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).

  • May 26

‘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 May: ‘Looking for flowers and butterflies’ – Colorful flowers attract insects, including butterflies. Let’s take a walk through the landscape parks of Wilanów and try to find them. Facebook event in English. Click here to read more in English.

  • May 31

Children’s movie in English, no Polish subtitles – ‘Pokemon, Detective Pikachu’ 
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).

Fairs, festivals and other events in Warsaw in May 2019

  • Every day in May

Gallery of Steel Figures – the exhibition
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 9 am – 8 pm, tickets: regular 35 PLN, reduced 19 PLN, family 2+3 100 PLN, children up to 3 free entrance. Over 80 metal figures inspired by characters from movies and cartoons, sports cars and motorcycles. More in English about the exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

‘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. More in English and photos. Facebook event in Polish.

Living Dinosaurs – an outdoor exhibition of over 20 life-size, full-scale, animatronic dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex
Location: Aleja Na Skarpie 20/26 Street (city center), the garden of Muzeum Ziemi PAN (Museum of the Earth), 10 am – 8 pm. Tickets to be purchased online or at the ticket office (you can pay with a card). Facebook event in Polish.

  • Saturdays: May 11, 18, and 25

Farmers’ Market / Targ Rolny Konesera
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), 8 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Regional food, vegetables, fruits, preserves, fish, cheese, meat, honey, sweets. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Every Saturday and Sunday in May: May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

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

  • Every Friday and Saturday in May: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31

Multimedia Fountain Park Show
Location: Skwer Dywizji 1 (city center). Fountains operate every day from 8.30 am until 10.30 pm. Multimedia show on May 1, 2, 3, 4: 9.30 pm, from May 10 each Friday and Saturday in May at 9.30 pm (fountains, laser, music, and lights). Click here to read our tips in English – how to get there, where to have lunch, where to find a parking spot.

  • Sundays: May 12, 19, and 26

Outdoor Breakfast Market / Targ Śniadaniowy
Location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm. Breakfast Market is a weekend picnic where you can buy local, international, and organic food, and rent a picnic blanket. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until May 5

Outdoor exhibition – photographs of the Tatra Mountains taken before 1939
Location: The Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola Street, free entrance. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

Exhibition of one painting – ‘Landscape with the Good Samaritan’ by Rembrandt
Location: The Royal Łazienki Garden, Palace on the Isle. Tickets: 25 PLN, reduced 18 PLN, on Thursdays admission is free. Tuesday – Wednesday: 9 am – 4 pm; Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. ‘Landscape with the Good Samaritan’ is one of only three confirmed works by Rembrandt in Polish collections. More in English about the Exhibition.

  • Until May 26

Outdoor Fair in the Old Town – Jarmark Zygmuntowski
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column, free entrance. Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm. May 1-3: 11 am – 9.30 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

  • Until June 15

International Collage Art Exhibition
Location: Galeria Retroavangarda, Jerozolimskie Business Park, Aleje Jerozolimskie 146D Street (Ochota), Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm. The exhibition showcases over 200 original, handmade pieces crafted by masters of collage from dozens of countries. More in English about the Exhibition.

  • May 1-5

Majówka Picnic at the medieval castle in Czersk
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (south of Warsaw, 45 km from the center of Warsaw), 12 pm – 6.30 pm, regular ticket 8 PLN, reduced ticket 5 PLN. Attractions include court and plebeian fashion show, sword fighting shows, archery track, weapons and armor, games, crafts. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 2

Festival of flag wavers /  sbandieratori
Location: the area in front of the Palace / Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 12 pm – 5.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 4

Star Wars Day
Location: Nowy Fort, Stefana Czarnieckiego 51 Street (Żoliborz), free entrance, 11.38 am – 7 pm. Attractions include mock-ups, droid, and characters from Star Wars movies, games, and books; theme rooms; LEGO Star Wars exhibition; LEGO Star Warsa plying room; Star Wars board games; Padawan training – a multimedia show; Xbox One consoles with Star Wars games. Facebook event in Polish.

Opening of the Summer Season at the Vistula river
Location: Port Czerniakowski, 9 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Concerts, workshops for families, sports competitions. Facebook event in Polish.

Cavalry Festival of the Polish Army
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, hippodrome, 10 am – 3 pm, free entrance. Horse riding tournament, horse show, a show of the military drill. Detailed agenda in Polish.

  • May 4-5

World Dumplings Festival
Location: Iskra Club at Pole Mokotowskie, Wawelska 5 Street (Mokotów), 12 pm – 7 pm. There will be a chance to buy Polish dumplings (pierogi) as well as “dumplings” from other countries, eg. calzone, samosa, momo, khinkali etc. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 5

Picnic with Japanese Culture – HANAMI
Location: Pole Mokotowskie park (Mokotów), 11 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Outdoor concerts of the classical music, concerts of children’s groups, fair
Location: Moniuszki Street (city center), free entrance, 10.30 am – 6 pm. The event on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko – a Polish composer who wrote many popular art songs and operas. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 10-12

Electronics and New Technology Trade Show 
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. Four zones: Home & Hobby, Audio & Video & Photo, E-mobility, New Technologies. Facebook event in Polish. Website in English.

Food Truck Festival in Piaseczno
Location: Skwer Stefana Kisielewskiego (Park), 05-500 Piaseczno, 10 am – 8 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish. 

  • May 10-19

Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival
Locations: Kinoteka, Kino Luna, Kino Iluzjon, Kino Muranów, POLIN Museum. The biggest documentary film festival in Poland. Foreign films are screened with Polish subtitles. Most films (all competition films) are screened with English subtitles. The Festival website in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 11

“European City” and the Schuman Parade (Parada Schumana)
Location: Krakowskie Przedmieście Street (skwer Hoovera), free entrance, 10 am – 3 pm. Pro-European Union event: open-air events like concerts, games, debates. Facebook event in Polish.

23rd Science Picnic (Piknik Naukowy)
Location: PGE National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy), Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Free entrance, 11 am – 8 pm. A huge outdoor event promoting science, organized by the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre in cooperation with universities, research institutes, museums, cultural institutions. They present the behind-the-scenes aspects of their everyday work through experiments, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.

“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.

The tropical interiors and design expo
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 11-12

International Cat Show
Location: Sports Center at Siennicka 40 Street (Praga), 10 am – 5.30 pm. More in Polish.

Knights’ Tournament
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (south of Warsaw, 45 km from the center of Warsaw), 12 pm – 6 pm, regular ticket 10 PLN, reduced ticket 5 PLN. Attractions include knights tournaments (groups from Poland and abroad), duels with medieval weapons, horse and archery shows, games, historical fair. Facebook event in Polish.

Retro Cars Trade Fair / Warsaw Oldtimer Show
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. The exhibition, a retro-car market, meetings, military zone, car renovation area, auto-parts. Facebook event in Polish. Website in English.

The exhibition of African violets at the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden
Location: Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 (city center, next to the Łazienki garden), the greenhouse, 10 am – 6 pm, regular tickets 12 PLN, reduced tickets 6 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. Click here to read why it’s worth visiting the Garden with children, and here to read our tips in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 11-13

Royal Exhibition of Roses – over 120 varieties of roses
Location: Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcades) at the Warsaw Royal Castle, Saturday-Sunday 11.15 am – 9 pm, Monday 11.15 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 12

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

‘Animal Warsalove’ – International Dog Show, terrarium zone with small animals, birds, alpacas, rodents
Location: Arena Ursynów, Pileckiego 122 Street, 9 am – 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

VEGANmania’ – the event promoting vegan lifestyle (food, cosmetics, clothes)
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair of Dresses (Targi Sukienek)
Location: “Znajomi Znajomych”, Wilcza 58a Street (city center), free entrance, 12 pm – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 13

Fashion, Health & Beauty Spring Fair organized by the International Women’s Group of Warsaw
Location: Marriott Hotel (Baltic Room), Jerozolimskie 65/79 Street (city center), 9 am – 3 pm, free entrance. Accessories, clothing, color consultation, hair styling, hand spa, body massage, make up, face yoga, personal training and more. Click here to read more in English.

  • May 17-19

Exhibition of Carnivorous Plants
Location: University of Warsaw Botanic Garden, Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 (city center, next to the Łazienki garden), 10 am – 6 pm, regular tickets 12 PLN, reduced tickets 6 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. Click here to read why it’s worth visiting the Garden with children, and here to read our tips in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 18

Warsaw Animals Day
Location: Multimedia Fountain Park, Podzamcze, Skwer Dywizji 1 (city center), 12 pm – 6 pm, free entrance. Picnic event promoting a positive attitude toward animals; dog frisbee show, animals first aid demonstration, adoption advice, contests with prizes. Facebook event in Polish.

The Long Night of Museums (Noc Muzeów
Over 250 Warsaw institutions are open during the night: galleries, museums, theaters, government buildings. Facebook event in Polish. Detailed agenda in English.

  • May 18-19

Israeli Picnic – Kumzic 2019
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, free entrance, 10 am – 6 pm. Attractions include sports and music activities, Israeli dance workshops, traditional food, concerts. Facebook event in Polish.

Slow Weekend Fair and Slow Music Festival (on Saturday)
Location: Plac (square) Konesera 2, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 11 am – 10 pm, free entrance. Clothing, jewelry, accessories, articles for children, design, decorations, natural cosmetics, vinyl records, food court. Facebook event in Polish.

Food truck festival – Żarcie na Kółkach
Location: Plac Defilad, the area in front of the Palace of Culture, Saturday 12 pm – 3 am, Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Polish International Aquarium Show
Location: Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Faculty of Animal Science, Building 23, Ciszewskiego 8 Street (Ursynów), 10 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 19

Outdoor piano recitals in Łazienki Garden – new season opening
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Chopin Monument, entrance from Aleje Ujazdowskie Street, free entrance. Each Sunday 2 live concerts: 12 pm and 4 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.

  • May 22-26

Jewish Motifs International Film Festival (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy Żydowskie Motywy)
Location: Kino Muranów, Andersa 5 Street. Jewish themes in contemporary cinematography. English subtitles available. The Festival website in English.

  • May 23-26

Warsaw Book Fair
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). New books and bestsellers, a chance to get an autograph, attractions for children and teenagers, comic zone. Facebook event in Polish. The Fair website in English.

“Warsaw of Comics” – comics books festival (Komiksowa Warszawa)
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Facebook event in Polish.

“Meet Point” – gaming festival
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 24-26

Festival of Fantasy (Festiwal Fantastyki Cytadela)
Location: Modlin Fortress (Twierdza Modlin), Generała Józefa Bema 200C Street, 05-160 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. Online tickets. Attractions include RPG, manga, anime, games room, fashion shows, concerts. Facebook event in Polish. Agenda in Polish.

Gift and Decoration Fair
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. 800 exhibitors from Poland and abroad: decorative items, interior furnishings, ceramics and glass, everyday products, jewelry, fashion, gifts, business and advertising gadgets, stationery items, souvenirs, small electronics, toys, textiles for children, items from the eco / recycling segment. Facebook event in Polish. Website in English.

Go Active Show – Sports Fair
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. Trainers, workshops with creators of popular fitness programs, competitions, sports challenges, industry workshops, conferences, training with sports stars and global sports brands. Website in English.

  • May 25

Flavours of Asia & Pacific Food Festival
Location: Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Solec 24A Street (Powiśle), tickets 5 PLN, children free entrance, 11 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Saska Kępa Festival
Location: Different locations in Saska Kępa, 2 pm – 10 pm, free entrance. The parade starts at 2 pm at the PROM Cultural Center (Brukselska 23 Street). 3 stages: Rondo Waszyngtona, Obrońców Street, Wersalska Street. Other attractions include street food, fair, different performances and concerts. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 26

Community Day at the Thames British School – Piaseczno Campus
Location: Al. Brzóz Street (a parking lot), 05-500 Piaseczno, ‘Górki Szymona’ – a park and beautiful green area of Zalesie Górne, 11 am – 2 pm, free entrance. Attractions include Music, Dance and Magic Performances, A Book Fair, Arts and Crafts, Coding Activities, Food Stalls, Outdoor Entertainment, Fundraising for a Local Charity. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English.

Piaseczno International Food Festival
Location: Al. Brzóz Street (a parking lot), 05-500 Piaseczno, ‘Górki Szymona’ – a park and beautiful green area of Zalesie Górne, 11 am – 5 pm, free entrance. A chance to taste some of the most popular and tastiest foods from 10 different countries. Facebook event in English and Polish. The event is a part of the Community Day – a family picnic organized by Thames British School (free entrance, see above).

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.

Outdoor piano recitals in Łazienki Garden
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Chopin Monument, entrance from Aleje Ujazdowskie Street, free entrance. Each Sunday 2 live concerts: 12 pm and 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Wege Bazar – vegan picnic
Location: Iskra Club at Pole Mokotowskie, Wawelska 5 Street (Mokotów), 12 pm – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • May 31 – June 1

Orange Warsaw Festival 2019
Location: Horse Racetrack in Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. One of the biggest music festivals in Poland. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English.

  • May 31 – June 2

Warsaw Comic Con
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. The biggest pop-culture festival in Poland: Hollywood stars from the most popular movies and TV series (The Vampire Diaries, Stranger Things,  Sherlock), cosplayers, TV zones, concerts, comic books collections, board games. Website in English. Facebook event in Polish.

Toys Show & Kids Fun Zone
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. The event is a part of Warsaw Comic Con. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Games Show
Location: Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Al. Katowicka 62 Street, 05-830 Wolica 114D. PC games, video games, meetings with YouTubers, board games, VR. The event is a part of Warsaw Comic Con. Facebook event in Polish. Website in Polish.

Events at international schools and preschools in Warsaw in May 2019

  • May 25

Open Day at International Preschool of Warsaw (IPW)
Location: Kalatówki 24 Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 12 pm. Click here to read more about the International Preschool of Warsaw. Facebook event in English.

  • May 26

Community Day at the Thames British School – Piaseczno Campus
Location: Al. Brzóz Street (a parking lot), 05-500 Piaseczno, ‘Górki Szymona’ – a park and beautiful green area of Zalesie Górne, 11 am – 2 pm, free entrance. Attractions include Music, Dance and Magic Performances, A Book Fair, Arts and Crafts, Coding Activities, Food Stalls, Outdoor Entertainment, Fundraising for a Local Charity. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English.

  • May 28

Open Day / Meeting for prospective parents at Warsaw Montessori Family / Casa dei Bambini
Location: Badowska 19 Street (Mokotów), 6 pm. Click here to read more in English about the Warsaw Montessori Family. Facebook event.

Holidays, observances & celebrations in Poland in May 2019

  • May 1

Labor Day
Bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open. Stores at gas stations are open every day, 24 h. In Warsaw and other major cities in Poland, there are political marches to promote workers rights.

  • May 2

Flag Day
Working day. Stores are open. It’s a relatively new holiday in Poland (introduced in 2004). You can notice Polish flags in some private windows and balconies as well as displayed in public institutions buildings.

  • May 3

Constitution Day
Bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open. Stores at gas stations are open every day, 24 h. The May 3rd Constitution was passed in 1791 and is claimed to be the first written constitution in Europe and second one in the world (after the American one). Constitution Day is celebrated with speeches, military parades, picnics.

  • May 26

Mother’s Day
It is a day when you visit or call your mum, send her a card, flowers or other gifts. Father’s Day in Poland is celebrated on June 23.

Things to do in Warsaw on May 1 and May 3, 2019

  • Wednesday, May 1 – LABOR DAY

A bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers, public institutions, schools are CLOSED. You can always do basic shopping at major gas stations (which are open 24/7). Some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka).

In Warsaw and other cities in Poland, there are political marches to promote workers rights. May 1 starts so-called długi weekend (long weekend) in Poland – Majówka (please note that May 2 is a regular working day, however schools are closed and people usually take a day off). People often go out for a short vacation. Warsaw is empty and quiet during long weekends, while Polish seaside, Zakopane, and other major touristic destinations get crowded.

European Picnic
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Attractions include games for children and adults, arts & crafts workshops, juggling workshops, acrobatic and dance show. Facebook event in Polish. On May 1-3, free entrance to all Łazienki museums, including Palace on the Isle (10 am – 8 pm).

Cavalry Festival of the Polish Army – horse show
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, hippodrome, 2.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish. Detailed agenda in Polish.

European Festival – the event celebrating 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union
Location: Krakowskie Przedmieście Street (12 pm – 6 pm), Multimedia Fountain Park – Podzamcze, Skwer Dywizji 1 (7 pm – 8.30 pm), free entrance. Attractions include concerts of Polish music and groups from other European countries, European folk dance shows, contests, street theaters, attractions for children in the area of Skwer Hoovera – arts & crafts workshops, games, fairy tales from different countries. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Friday, May 3 – CONSTITUTION DAY

A bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers, public institutions, schools are CLOSED. You can always do basic shopping at major gas stations (which are open 24/7). Some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka).

Royal Castle
Location: Plac Zamkowy 4 / Castle Square 4, 2 pm – 8 pm. Click here to read more in English.

Military parade celebrating the 20th anniversary of Poland’s accession to NATO
Location: ‘Wisłostrada’ Street along the Vistula river (Wybrzeże Gdańskie and Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Streets). The military parade will start at 2 pm next to the Multimedia Fountain Park (Sanguszki Street), and will finish at the intersection with Karowa Street. Please note that the streets in the area will be closed for car traffic. From May 2, 11 pm until May 3, 6 pm the following streets will be closed, some partially: Wisłostrada from Most/Bridge Grota-Roweckiego to Most/Bridge Łazienkowski (Wybrzeże Gdyńskie, Wybrzeże Gdańskie, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie, Wioślarska, Solec), Zakroczymska, J. Jeziorańskiego, Mostowa, Wodna, P.A. Steinkellera, Lipowa, Dobra, Wiślana, Gęsta, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie.

  • Events, exhibitions, museums in Warsaw open on both May 1 and May 3

Multimedia Fountain Park – 2019 summer season opening
Location: Skwer Dywizji 1 (city center). Fountains operate every day from 8.30 am until 10.30 pm. Multimedia show: 9.30 pm (fountains, laser, music, and lights). Click here to read our tips in English – how to get there, where to have lunch, where to find a parking spot. Facebook event in Polish.

Outdoor Fair in the Old Town – Jarmark Zygmuntowski
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column, free entrance, 11 am – 9.30 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

Majówka Picnic at the medieval castle in Czersk
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (south of Warsaw, 45 km from the center of Warsaw), 12 pm – 6.30 pm, regular ticket 8 PLN, reduced ticket 5 PLN. Attractions include court and plebeian fashion show, sword fighting shows, archery track, weapons and armor, games, crafts. Facebook event in Polish. The event runs until May 5.

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.

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 9.30 am – 6 pm, online tickets (free admission for children under 7). Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

Park of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 9 am – 8 pm, online tickets (free admission for children under 7). Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

Museums in Łazienki, including Palace on the Isle
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, 10 am – 8 pm, free entrance. Click here to read our tips in English.

Copernicus Science Center
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 9 am – 7 pm. The Copernicus is very popular – buy tickets online to make sure you will enter! Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, parking lots, etc.).

Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Center
Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 10 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, parking lots, etc.).

University of Warsaw Botanic Garden
Location: Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 (city center, next to the Łazienki garden), 10 am – 8 pm, regular tickets 12 PLN, reduced tickets 6 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. Click here to read why it’s worth visiting the Garden with children, and here to read our tips in English.

Dollhouse Museum
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (the Palace of Culture and Science). 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). 11 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum.

Birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola (museum and park)
Location: 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15 (60 km from Warsaw), 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

Gallery of Steel Figures – the exhibition
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 9 am – 8 pm, tickets: regular 35 PLN, reduced 19 PLN, family 2+3 100 PLN, children up to 3 free entrance. Over 80 metal figures inspired by characters from movies and cartoons, sports cars and motorcycles. More in English about the exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

‘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. More in English and photos. Facebook event in Polish.

Living Dinosaurs – an outdoor exhibition of over 20 life-size, full-scale, animatronic dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex
Location: Aleja Na Skarpie 20/26 Street (city center), the garden of Muzeum Ziemi PAN (Museum of the Earth), 10 am – 8 pm. Tickets to be purchased online or at the ticket office (you can pay with a card). Facebook event in Polish.

Swimming at Warszawianka swimming pool
Location: Warszawianka swimming pool, Merliniego 4 Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: 6.30 am – 10 pm. Website in English.

Mini Zoo / petting zoo
Location: Mini Zoo, Zwoleńska 66 Street (Wawer), 11 am – 7 pm, regular tickets 28 PLN, reduced tickets 22 PLN. Website in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 6 pm. Click here to read tips in English about visiting the Warsaw Zoo. The Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays!

Outdoor exhibition – photographs of the Tatra Mountains taken before 1939
Location: The Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola Street, free entrance. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

Botanical Garden in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. Opening hours: 9 am – 8 pm (the greenhouse is open until 6 pm). Regular ticket 12 PLN, reduced ticket 8 PLN, family ticket (2+2) 30 PLN. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Garden.

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