September 2021 in Warsaw: ideas and tips for making the most of your autumn in Warsaw

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Events in Warsaw in September

Chess on the Vistula River – free event
Every Saturday in September. Location: the Vistula Boulevard, Bulwar Jana Karskiego, part of the Boulevard in front of the Royal Castle (city center), free entrance, 3 pm – 8 pm. The rules are simple: come and play chess. Facebook event in Polish.

The “Breakfast Market” in Żoliborz / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food 
Every Saturday in September (weather permitting). Location: al. Wojska Polskiego 1 Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Street food, bread, pastries, cheese, sausages, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish. Facebook page in Polish.

Piano recitals at the Chopin Museum
Every Saturday & Sunday in September. Location: Frederic Chopin Museum, Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Two concerts: 5 pm and 6 pm. Online tickets (28 PLN). The concert lasts only 30 minutes – it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to classical music. Our tips about visiting the Museum. Our feature story about the Museum: You don’t need to leave Warsaw to visit the nineteenth-century Paris salons.

Free yoga on the Vistula beach
Every Saturday & Sunday in September. Location: Plaża Rusałka (Praga beach, close to the Zoo), Wybrzeże Helskie 1/5 Street (Praga), free entrance, Saturday – 12 pm, Sunday – before sunset. Facebook event in Polish.

Weekend Horse Racing at Tor Służewiec Racetrack 
September 4, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26. Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street (Ursynów), online tickets (children up to 5 free entrance). The Służewiec Horse Racetrack is not only a horse race but also an important monument in Warsaw – the track was opened in June 1939, at that time it was the most modern and largest horse racing track in Europe. Of course, you don’t have to play sports betting if you don’t want to. It’s fun to watch the horses (sometimes you can even get up close), the children can play on the playground, you can eat something, and the race area itself is a huge green space! It is also worth paying attention to the kilometer-long wall separating the area of the Racing Track from Puławska Street, which has become a street gallery of Polish graffiti artistsHorse racing in Warsaw takes place almost every weekend, from May to mid-NovemberRace weekend calendarHow to get there? The racecourse is located in Ursynów (Puławska 266 Street, location on Google map). The easiest way to get there is by car, through the main gate at Puławska Street, where there is a large parking lot. You can also take tram no. 4 or 10 to the terminus. Website in English.

Free event – Relax on the Vistula beach – a calming concert combined with breathing and relaxation techniques
Every Sunday in September. Location: Plaża Poniatówka – the beach at the Poniatowski Bridge, close to the National Stadium (Praga), free entrance, 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

The “Breakfast Market” in Mokotów / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food 
Every Sunday in September (weather permitting). Location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Street food, bread, pastries, cheese, sausages, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish. Facebook page in Polish.

“All the King’s Men” – live encounters with history in the Wilanów Palace Garden
Every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday until September 12. Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, the area next to Staw Południowy / South Pond, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów). The exact location on the Google map. 11 am – 4 pm (opening hours of the park: 9 am – 9 pm). Regular tickets to the park 7 PLN, reduced tickets 4 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance (online tickets). In Wilanów Park you will meet a geographer, a royal printer, a mint maker, and a blacksmith who will tell you about the secrets of their trade. The people of the king will serve in the camp and talk about various aspects of life in old Poland. They will present interesting items and skills, using the art of reconstruction. Facebook event in Polish. More in Polish.

Outdoor event – workshops, concerts, street food
September 3-4 and 10-11.
Location: Pasaż Wiecha, an outdoor area in the city center at the back of the “Wars Sawa Junior” shopping center, Marszałkowska 104 Street (city center), free entrance, Friday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm. More in Polish.

Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival
September 3-12. Locations: Kinoteka, Kino Luna, Kino Muranów, Kino Atlantic, Kino Elektronik. 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.

The Vistula Festival
September 4. Different locations along the Vistula boulevards and beaches. Attractions include concerts, shows,  Riverlights parade of boats from 6.30 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

International Festival of Street Puppet Theaters “Puppet on the Stage”
September 4-5. Location: New Town Market Place / Rynek Nowego Miasta (city center, the area of the old town), free entrance. 5 performances each day: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm. Theaters from Poland, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Facebook event in Polish.

Vintage Days – fashion fair  
September 4-5. Location: Hala KoszykiKoszykowa 63 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair and exhibition of exotic animals and plants  
September 5. Location: Sports Center (OSiR Praga) at Siennicka 40 Street (Praga), 10 am – 4 pm, regular tickets 17 PLN, family (2+2) tickets 50 PLN, children up to 6 free (online tickets). Snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, snails, insects, spiders, ants, fish, and plants from all over the world. Facebook event in Polish.

International Friends of Warsaw’s Coffee Morning – an event open to all current and future members
September 7. Location: Regent Warsaw Hotel, Belwederska 23 Street, 10 am – 12 pm. RSVP and more info: ifwarsaw@gmail.com. International Friends of Warsaw (IFW) is a multi-national social group of individuals and families from around the world living in Warsaw. Are you an English-speaking family new to Warsaw? Want to meet other families and make the most of your time (no matter how long or how short) in Poland? You can join International Friends of Warsaw and see how they can help you adapt to life in a new country. IFW invites you to join them on September 7 for their Coffee Morning in the city center. The event is open to all current and future members. IFW’s website in English.

Warsaw Book Fair (this year it’s an outdoor event)
September 9-12. Location: the area in front of the Palace of Culture and Science (city center), free entrance. Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. New books and bestsellers, a chance to get an autograph, attractions for children and teenagers, comic zone. This year the Czech Republic is an honorary guest of the Festival. Facebook event in PolishThe Fair website in Polish.

‘Luca’ children’s movie in ENGLISH, without Polish subtitles
September 10. Location: Cinema City, Sadyba Best Mall, Powsińska 31 Street (Sadyba/Mokotów), 5 pm. The screening in English, without subtitles. To purchase your tickets please contact Brian Mason at brianmason79@gmail.com or 668 519 462 (adult 35 PLN,  child 25 PLN). The next screenings in English: ‘Raya’ (October 1), ‘Rons Gone Wrong’ (October 22), ‘Encanto’ (December 3).

Free Saturday dance workshop and party on the Vistula Boulevards
September 11. Location: the Vistula Boulevards, the area next to the monument to the Warsaw Mermaid (Warszawska Syrenka), location on Google map, 5 pm – workshop, 6 pm – dance party, free entrance. September 11 – French dances. Facebook event in Polish.

International Cat Show
September 11-12. Location: Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego (University of Physical Education), Hala Gier, Marymoncka 34 Street (Bielany), 10 am – 5 pm, regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 10 PLN. Facebook event in Polish.

Festival of Autumn Flowers – roses, heathers, hydrangeas 
September 11-12. Location: Botanical Garden in Powsin, Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin, 11 am – 4 pm (the garden is open during weekends 10 am – 6 pm). Attractions include workshops, guided walks, fair. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the GardenFacebook event in Polish.

Historical festival and The Sword Tournament at Viking Fortress in Żoliborz 
September 11-12. Location: Wybrzeże Gdyńskie 6 Street (Żoliborz), Warownia Jomsborg / Viking Fortress Jomsborg, 12 pm – 6 pm, admission: adults 30 PLN, children 10 PLN (cash only). Attractions include warriors shows, craftsmen demonstrations, presentation of costumes and weapons, archery, tournaments for adults, foam sword tournament for children (Saturday 4.45 pm, Sunday 2.30 pm). Facebook event in Polish.

“Wilanów Days” and “Vege Festival/Wege Festiwal” in Wilanów – fair of vegetarian and vegan food and products
September 11-12. Location: Royal Wilanów, Klimczaka 1 Street (Wilanów), free entrance, Saturday 11 am – 8 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish – Wilanów DaysFacebook event in Polish – Vege Festival.

Royal Craft Festival (Królewski Festiwal Rzemiosł) – presentation of old professions and forgotten craft techniques
September 11-12. Location: the courtyard of the Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów), 10 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

“Fair of Nice Things / TRŁ – Targi Rzeczy Ładnych” – furniture, ceramics, plants, toys
September 11-12. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

“Ekocuda” – a fair of organic cosmetics
September 11-12. Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Vintage Fair (“Jestem Vintage!“) – fair of second-hand clothes, accessories, jewelry
September 11-12. Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Street Food Festival in Ursynów
September 11-12. Location: a parking lot next to Ursynów District Office, Imielin metro station, al. KEN 61 Street (Ursynów),  12 pm – 8 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Railway Modeling Fair (Giełda Modeli Kolejowych)
September 12. 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 everyone (7 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). The Museum website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

International Women’s Group of Warsaw’s Monthly Meeting – an event open to all current and future members
September 13. Location: Marriott Hotel, Kometa Room, Jerozolimskie 65/79 Street, 10 am – 1 pm. Questions: iwg.warsaw@gmail.com. The International Women’s Group of Warsaw (IWG), founded in 1982, is a group of international women based in Warsaw that are here to offer support through social and cultural events. Their goal is to be a part of the greater community while learning about and exploring Poland. IWG invites you to join them on September 13 for their Monthly Meeting in the city center. The event is open to all current and future members. IWG’s website in English.

Cosmos Discovery Space Exhibition
September 15 – October 31. Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), open every day 9 am – 8 pm, online tickets. The Exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. The Exhibition features more than 200 original objects from the United States, the Soviet Union, and other countries. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Autumn Festival (Warszawska Jesień) – International Festival of Contemporary Music
September 17-25. Location: different venues all over Warsaw. The largest international festival of contemporary classical music in Poland. The Festival includes events dedicated to children. More in English.

Picnic in Żoliborz – street food festival and other attractions
September 17-19. Location: Park im. Stefana Żeromskiego, a park between Mickiewicza Street and Krasińskiego Street (Żoliborz), free entrance, Friday 3 pm – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm. Facebook event in Polish (street food festival).

World Cleanup Day Warsaw
September 18. Location: Plaża ‘Poniatówka’ – the beach at the Poniatowski Bridge (Praga), 12 pm. Volunteers across 157 countries will gather on September 18 to clean up litter and waste. This year event in Warsaw will be taking place along the Vistula river, plastic bags and gloves will be provided. Facebook event in Polish.

Holi Festival of Colors in Ochota
September 18. Location: Park Zachodni,  corner of Aleje Jerozolimskie Street and Bitwy Warszawskiej Street (Ochota), 5 pm – 8 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Harvest – Village Festival’ – a fair of local products (Plony, Święto Wsi)
September 18. Location: “MYSIA 3” center, Mysia 3 Street (city center), free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. Farmers, craftsmen, and cooperatives from all over Poland. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Fantasy Fair – books, clothes, accessories
September 18-19. Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 10 am – 6 pm, regular tickets 10 PLN, children up to 13 5 PLN, children under 7 free entrance. Click here to read more in PolishFacebook event in Polish.

Sunday Yoga in Łazienki Royal Garden
September 19. Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am, click here to check the meeting point (the area next to the Palace on the Isle). Families with children are welcome. There is no need to sign up. Facebook event in Polish and English.

“Mamaville” Mother & Baby Expo
September 19. Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), 10 am – 5 pm, tickets 10 PLN, children up to 15 free entrance. Clothes and accessories for kids and pregnant women, workshops. Facebook event in Polish.

Festival of the classical music (Szalone Dni Muzyki), this year dedicated to Beethoven
September 23-26. Three locations: Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Plac Teatralny 1 (city center); Grochowska 272 Street, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra Rehearsal Concert Hall (Praga); The Church of Art Communities, Senatorska 18b Street (city center). The Festival includes events dedicated to children. The Festival program in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Coffee Market 
September 24-26. Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center), Friday-Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair and festival of upcycling, handicrafts, design (“Przerób-My”)
September 25-26. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), “Filtracja” building, 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Modelling Fair – models of cars, trains, aircrafts, figures (Giełda Modelarska)
September 26. Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open 10 am – 6 pm). During the event reduced tickets for everyone (7 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). The Museum website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

Interior of 4 historic train wagons open to visitors  
September 26. Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 6 pm. Entry to the wagons is included in the admission ticket (children up to 7 free entrance).  The Museum website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Marathon
September 26. Many streets in Warsaw will be closed for car traffic. Start at 8 am at Konwiktorska Street in the city center, finish in the area of the Multimedia Fountain Park in the city center. Website in English.

Warsaw Marathon Map

Photo source: www.maratonwarszawski.com

Day trips from Warsaw

Heathers in Poland begin to bloom at the turn of August and September. It is worth hurrying – we have time more or less until mid-September.
Where to see heather in bloom around Warsaw? One of the popular outdoor photoshoot locations – Wrzosowisko Mostówka (weather in Polish – wrzos, the Polish name of September (wrzesień) comes from the heathers).
Wrzosowisko Mostówka is open to everyone heather field, located 50 km from Warsaw, 40 minutes drive north-east of Warsaw, in the direction of Wyszków / Białystok.

“Labirynt pod Warszawą” is a maze and play area located in the town of Milanówek, 30 km from Warsaw. The Labyrinth is a small family amusement park, with a cozy atmosphere, especially during summer holidays.

To go through the maze, you can choose one of several routes that are either bilingual in Polish and in English or universal in terms of language. The routes vary in difficulty according to age. They take from 40 minutes to 1,5 hours to complete.

The largest indoor water park in Europe, including 18 pools with a total surface of 3500 square meters (a tropical pool, a thermal pool, a giant wave pool).
Attractions for kids include 30 slides with a total length of 3,5 km, a paddling pool, a heated water playground, the adventure river, playgrounds.

Educational Eco Farm is located a 1-hour drive east of Warsaw. It includes an orchard, an apiary, a field of vegetables and fruits. The owners of the farm speak Polish and English and invite everyone interested in nature and ecology, particularly families with children, to visit the farm.

The Kampinos Forest (Puszcza Kampinoska) is located right next to the northwestern border of Warsaw. Most of its area is protected within the Kampinoski National Park (Kampinoski Park Narodowy). This is very unique on a global scale – the national park borders on the capital of the state! 

Visitors can enjoy here 350 km of hiking trails, a 200 km long bicycle trail, horse trails, 10 educational paths, 19 parking lots, and 12 rest areas located on the edge of the park. 

Parks to relax in September in Warsaw

A green oasis in the heart of Warsaw, some of the trees are 250-years-old! Just a few steps from busy Marszałkowska Street and the Old Town. You can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in the Garden. There is a 24-hour guard post (2 soldiers who change every hour – children will love it!).

The Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski) dates back to the early 18th century. It was a baroque garden in the French style, the first public park in Warsaw, located next to the royal Saxon Palace (Pałac Saski). The Palace was blown up by the Nazis in 1944. The Garden was renovated, and now you can admire 21 baroque statues along the main avenue of the Garden, the fountain from the middle of the nineteenth century, and a sundialClick here to read our post about the Saxon Garden.

A historic park located in the center of Warsaw, just 700 meters from the Royal Castle. The park is a step away from the metro, bus, and tram stations. It can also be easily reached by car or bicycle. Park was founded in 1676 in baroque style, meticulously restored in 2014. The name of the garden is related to the baroque palace located in the park, the first owner of which was Jan Krasiński. Currently, the palace houses the special collections of the National Library (manuscripts and old prints).

The oldest trees in the park come from the end of the 19th century. There is a 2200 m² playground, a pond, numerous alleys and park benches, a historic fountain, 2 fenced dog runs.

The Skaryszewski Park is located in the Praga district. It was created in 1905. It’s one of the largest parks in Warsaw (smaller than Łazienki Garden and Pole Mokotowskie). The Park is unique because of a beautiful Kamionkowskie lake (kayak rentals are available). The Kamionkowskie Lake used to be a part of the Vistula river (today’s area of Skaryszewski Park and Saska Kępa used to be an island, and then a peninsula). In the Park, it is allowed to have a picnic or play on the grass. The Park alleys are suitable for biking or roller skating. Click here to read our post about the Park.

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw in September

Watch children’s movie in ENGLISH, without Polish subtitles
Location: Cinema City, Sadyba Best Mall, Powsińska 31 Street (Sadyba/Mokotów), 5 pm. The screenings in English, without subtitles. To purchase your tickets please contact Brian Mason at brianmason79@gmail.com or 668 519 462 (adult 35 PLN,  child 25 PLN). ‘Luca’ (September 10), ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ (October 1), ‘Rons Gone Wrong’ (October 22), ‘Encanto’ (December 3).

Gondola cruise, rental of canoes and wooden boats in Park of the King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów (Wilanowskie Lake)
Location: the park of Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (first you need to buy an entrance ticket to the park). The rental is located next to Pompownia building in the park – a pumping station at the Jezioro Wilanowskie Lake (exact location on Google map). Opening hours: from 10 am, the last rental at 7 pm (from September 13 – the last rental is possible at 6 pm). Wooden boats for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. 30 min – 40 PLN, 1 hour – 60 PLN, 2 hours – 100 PLN. Kayaks for 2 adults with an additional child seat. 30 min – 20 PLN, 1 hour – 30 PLN, 2 hours – 50 PLN, an additional seat – 5 PLN. Gondola cruises. Rides every hour (starting from 4 pm on weekdays and from 10 am on weekends). Half-hour rides taking up to 12 people. Adults 20 PLN, children up to 12 years of age 10 PLN. You can pay with a card. There are available life vests. Facebook page.

Visit a pumpkin farm 
A pumpkin farm in Powsin. Location: Farma DyniowaPrzyczółkowa 2k Street, 02-968 Warszawa (the farm’s location on Google map), about 7 km from Wilanów. The farm is open every day (from September 4, 2021) until October 31: 9 am – 6 pm. Admission: adults 20 PLN, children 20 PLN, children up to 1 free entrance. You can pay by credit card. Additional attractions include a mini and petting zoo – alpacas, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats (you can bring carrots and green leaves to feed rabbits and goats); photo on the tractor; straw maze; swings. You can buy coffee, lemonade, waffles (gofry). There are food trucks at the weekend. WebsiteFacebook.
A pumpkin farm in Wieliszew, north of Warsaw. Location: Dynioland, Willowa 341/1 Street, 05-135 Wieliszew. The most convenient way to get there is by car (the farm’s location on Google map). Re-opened from September 4, 2021. Open to groups during the weekdays, individual visitors only on weekends: 11 am – 6 pm. Admission: 10 PLN, children up to 2 free entrance. Cash only. Additional attractions include a mini zoo – chickens, ducks, geese, pentarks, rabbits, lamb; straw maze; straw mini-zoo; visiting the garden (herb and vegetable corner) and the field; a place for a barbecue/fireplace. You can buy pumpkin soup, cakes, juices, lemonades. WebsiteFacebook.

Visit Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition
Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. Open every day 9 am – 8 pm. Tickets to be purchased onsite or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook event in Polish. The Exhibition runs from September 15 until October 31. There are 2 versions of the audioguide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is a simplified and fun version in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

Apple picking in the Warsaw area 
You will find some options for the upcoming weeks in the Mazowieckie region on this website (myzbieramy.pl). Please note that you need to contact a selected orchard/garden/farm to book a slot in most cases. It’s recommended to have disposable gloves.

A weekend walk in the center of Warsaw: Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat Streets a car-free zone 
On autumn weekends (until October 24), Nowy Świat and Krakowskie Przedmieście streets (from Chmielna Street to Senatorska Street) change into a car-free zone, accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists. These streets will be closed to cars from Friday night until Sunday night, changing into a pedestrian zone. It is part of the so-called Royal Route, leading from Rondo de Gaulle’a (the famous roundabout with a palm tree) to the Castle Square with the Sigismund’s Column and the Royal Castle. It is a historic part of Warsaw, full of café gardens and historic buildings.

An idea for a hot or rainy day in Warsaw: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center
Location: the Planetarium building next to Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), online tickets. The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids at a different age – some for 3+ audience, and some shows for teenagers (2D and 3D screenings). Most of the screenings can also be viewed in the English audio version with headphones (and some in Russian). Admission to the Planetarium only for children over 3 years old. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.

An idea for a hot or rainy day in Warsaw: a new permanent exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum “African Expeditions, Asian Ways”
Location: Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance on Thursdays.  Opening hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. The new permanent exhibition is the culmination of a project aimed at modernizing the historic building of the Museum. The exhibition presents the cultural heritage of Africa and Asia gathered in the Museum’s collection. The stories tell about the past, about how these continents were seen through the collections of the Museum created in the 19th and 20th centuries. 1,300 objects are displayed on the museum’s two floors. More in English about the ExhibitionClick here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

Weekend Horse Racing at Tor Służewiec Racetrack 
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street (Ursynów), online tickets (children up to 5 free entrance). The Służewiec Horse Racetrack is not only a horse race but also an important monument in Warsaw – the track was opened in June 1939, at that time it was the most modern and largest horse racing track in Europe. Of course, you don’t have to play sports betting if you don’t want to. It’s fun to watch the horses (sometimes you can even get up close), the children can play on the playground, you can eat something, and the race area itself is a huge green space! It is also worth paying attention to the kilometer-long wall separating the area of the Racing Track from Puławska Street, which has become a street gallery of Polish graffiti artistsHorse racing in Warsaw takes place almost every weekend, from May to mid-NovemberRace weekend calendarHow to get there? The racecourse is located in Ursynów (Puławska 266 Street, location on Google map). The easiest way to get there is by car, through the main gate at Puławska Street, where there is a large parking lot. You can also take tram no. 4 or 10 to the terminus. Website in English.

Swimming in “Wodny Park Warszawianka” – water park in Mokotów
Location: Wodny Park Warszawianka, Dominika Merliniego 4 Street, 02-511 Warszawa (location on Google map). 4 km from the city center (in the Mokotów district). The recreational part of the Water Park includes a recreational and swimming pool with a maximum depth of 1.40 m, a paddling pool for children with an elephant-shaped slide, an artificial river, pipe-shaped slides (45 and 72 meters long) with separate landing pads, an open slide inside the swimming pool hall (15 meters long), outdoor year-round heated pool, connected to the main pool hall. The sports part of the Water Park includes 50-meter “Olympic” swimming pool with 10 lanes. Website in EnglishFacebook page.

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Food halls, outdoor street food markets, farmers markets in Warsaw

Food halls in Warsaw

Elektrownia Powiśle
Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping mall, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle). Open every day. An underground parking lot available. A historic power plant turned into a modern shopping center, located next to the Copernicus Science Center, opened in May 2020. 17 culinary concepts serving cuisines from all over the world. Includes the outdoor area. Website in English. Food Hall’s Facebook.

Hala Gwardii
Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center). Open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. A combination of food hall and food/shopping marketLocated in a historic building that was developed in 1899-1902. Website in Polish

Hala Koszyki
Location: Hala Koszyki, Koszykowa 63 Street (city center). Open every day. An underground parking lot available. Besides the food hall (15 restaurants), there are also some shops. In selected restaurants, you can eat outside. Located in a historic market hall built in 1906-1908, renovated and reopened in 2016. Website in English.

Browary Warszawskie – Food Hall Browary
Location: Browary Warszawskie, Grzybowska 58 Street (Wola). Open every day. An underground parking lot available. Several restaurants are already operating, ultimately there will be a dozen or so. A new urban space in the Wola district, very close to the city center – apartments, office space, restaurants, stores. Website in English.

Food markets in Warsaw

“Plonoteka” – farmers market of organic food
Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping mall, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle)Open on Friday and Saturday. Organic food sold directly from farmers and producers. An underground parking lot available. Facebook Page.

“BioBazar” – farmers market of organic food
Location: Wołoska 3 Street (Mokotów), opposite Galeria Mokotów shopping center. Open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. A new location and opening hours, starting from September 18, 2021: Fabryka Norblina, Żelazna 51/53 Street (Wola). Open on Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 7.30 am – 4 pm. JAVA Coffee Roasters and EkoPiekarnia Kiełtyka open Monday-Friday 8 am – 6 pm, Saturday 7.30 am – 4 pm. Organic food sold directly from farmers and producers. In BioBazar, you can also have coffee or a waffle. Website in EnglishFacebook Page.

“Forteca Kręgliccy” – farmers market
Location: Forteca Kręgliccy, Zakroczymska 12 (city center). Open on Wednesday. Fresh fish, dairy products, meat, bread, vegetables, fruits, ready meals. Website in PolishFacebook page.

“Bazar Olkuska” – food market
Location: Bazar Olkuska, Olkuska 12 Street (Mokotów). Open Monday-Saturday. Meat, fish, seafood, bread, vegetables, fruit, coffee, tea, juices, honey, preserves, lunch dishes, organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free products. Regional products from various countries. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Street food outdoor markets in Warsaw (open in September, weather permitting)

“Slow Market” on the Vistula boulevards
Location: Płyta Desantu 3, location on Google map, a new location in the 2021 season. Open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. In the 2021 season, open from May 28. World cuisines, vegetarian and meat dishes, sweets. Website in Polish

“OFF Brzeska” in Praga
Location: OFF Brzeska, Bazar Różyckiego, Brzeska 25 Street (Praga). Open on Friday, Saturday, SundayDuring the week it is a bazaar where you can buy vegetables, fruit, etc., and from Friday to Sunday – food trucks, music, events. “OFF Brzeska” operates in the Bazar Różyckiego – the iconic marketplace of Warsaw’s Praga, opened in 1874. Opened in May 2021Facebook page.

“Nocny Market” in Wola
Location: Nocny Market, Towarowa 3 Street (Wola). Open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. “The Night Market” is located on the platforms of the closed railway station. Re-opened in May 2021. Facebook page.

“Targ Śniadaniowy” – The “Breakfast Market” in Żoliborz and Mokotów
Żoliborz location, Saturdays: al. Wojska Polskiego 1 Street. Mokotów location, Sundays: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street. Open on Saturday (in Żoliborz) and Sunday (in Mokotów). Street food, bread, pastries, cheese, sausages, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish. Facebook page.

Museums and galleries to visit in September in Warsaw

Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition
Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. Open every day 9 am – 8 pm. Tickets to be purchased onsite or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook event in Polish. The Exhibition runs from September 15 until October 31. There are 2 versions of the audioguide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is a simplified and fun version in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

“The Art of Banksy” Exhibition 
Location: Plac Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga). Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. The exhibition shows more than 70 of Banksy’s works (probably the most famous and also most mysterious graffiti artist in the world) – prints, photos, sculptures and many more. Online tickets (children up to 6 free entrance). More in English about the Exhibition. The Exhibition runs until September 5, 2021.

Be Happy Museum – Selfie Point
Location: Atrium Reduta shopping center, al. Jerozolimskie 148 Street (Ochota), online tickets. Dozens of scenes to take photos and rooms with the illusion (e.g. a pool with Marshmallow foams, a banana swing, magical unicorns). More in English about the Museum.

Selfie Museum Warsaw
Location: Grzybowska 80/82 Street (city center). To book a slot/visit call +48 537 106 459. Facebook, Instagram.

The Museum “World of Illusion”
Location: Świat Iluzji, Rynek Starego Miasta 21 (the Old Town Market Square), online tickets. More in English about the Museum.

The Museum for Children
Location: Museum for Children is a part of the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance on Thursdays. Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum for Children

The Ethnographic Museum 
Location: Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance on Thursdays.  Opening hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. The exhibitions include folk costumes from Poland and from around the world, ritual accessories, fabrics, decorative ceramics, woodcarving, historic instruments, toys, paper cut-outs, etc. as well as temporary exhibitions. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

The exhibition of live spiders and scorpions
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, open every day, 10 am – 7 pm, online tickets: regular 22 PLN, reduced 18 PLN, family 2+2 60 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Each weekend (every hour on the hour), the visitors can hold a spider (the most gentle tarantula) in their hand and take close photographs with the assist of an exhibition employee. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

The Copernicus Science Center 
Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). Our tips in English on visiting the Center.

The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum
Location: Muzeum Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie, Freta 16 Street (the Old Town), free admission on Tuesday. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm. More in English about the Museum.

The Warsaw Rising Museum 
Location: Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Grzybowska 79 Street (city center/Wola). Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm, the Museum is closed on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Free admission on Monday (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). More in English about the Museum.

The Warsaw Railway Museum
Location: Stacja Muzeum, Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), open every day, 10 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Mondays, children up to 7 free entrance. The museum is located in the former main train station in Warsaw, at the junction of three districts: Wola, Śródmieście, and Ochota. In addition to the exhibition inside the building (the history of railways in Poland and in the world), 50 rail vehicles built in different periods of history can be seen on the platforms of the former railway stationOnline ticketsThe Museum website in English.

The Geological Museum
Location: Muzeum Geologiczne, Rakowiecka 4 Street, entrance from Wiśniowa Street (Mokotów). The Museum is open only on Sundays: 10 am – 3 pm, free entrance. There are mainly rocks and minerals displayed but kids will enjoy for sure some huge fossils, skeletons of Ice Age animals, a cave or model of a dinosaur featured in the Jurassic Park (Dilophosaurus). The Museum is spacious and airy, and you will hear loud WOW when your kids see the skeletons. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

The Neon Museum 
Location: Muzeum Neonów, Soho Factory, Mińska 25 Street, building no. 55 (Praga). Opening hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm. Regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 12 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. The Neon Muzeum is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of Cold War era neon signs. More in English about the Museum.

The Natural History Museum/Museum of Evolution
Location: Muzeum Ewolucji, the Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Świętokrzyska Street (city center). Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm. Please note that the Museum is relatively old and needs some investments. However, kids that are fascinated with dinosaurs will love it anyway. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

The Museum of Modern Art 
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank). Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm; Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Regular ticket: 5 PLN, reduced ticket: 2 PLN. More in English about the Museum.

The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów 
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów), online tickets (children up to 7 free entrance; admission free on Thursdays), open on Thursday, Saturday & Sunday (10 am – 4 pm). Click here to read our in English about the museum and the illuminations festival in Wilanów

The Museum of Warsaw 
Location: Muzeum Warszawy, Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42 (the Old Town Market Square)online tickets, opening hours: Thursday-Sunday (11 am – 8 pm). More in English about the Museum.

The Museum of Asia and Pacific
Location: Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku, Solec 24A Street (Powiśle). You can visit a permanent exhibition “Sound Zone”. The exhibition presents 120 musical instruments originating from various Asian countries. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm. More in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday (10 am – 6 pm); Saturday (10 am – 8 pm). The Museum is closed every Tuesday. Free entrance on Thursday. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum. Our featured story on visiting the Museum with children.

The Museum of Polish Military Technology
Location: Muzeum Polskiej Techniki Wojskowej, Powsińska 13 (Mokotów/Sadyba). Outdoor exhibition, opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Facebook page in Polish. Website in Polish.

The Polish Army Museum 
Location: Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Al. Jerozolimskie 3 (city center). Opening hours of the indoor exhibition: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Free entrance on Thursdays. The open-air exhibition (artillery, armored equipment, naval equipment, airplanes, helicopters, missile weapons) located in the park next to the Museum is open Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 8 pm. Admission to the outdoor exhibition is free. More in English about the Museum.

The Warsaw Royal Castle 
Location: Zamek Królewski, Plac Zamkowy 4 / Castle Square 4. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Free entrance on Wednesday (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). Ticket prices: 30 PLN (regular) and 20 PLN (reduced). The ticket price includes an audioguide. Our tips in English on visiting the Castle.

The Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw 
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance on Wednesday. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum.

The Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art 
Location: Zamek Ujazdowski, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Jazdów 2 Street (the castle close to Agrykola Park and Łazienki Park). Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am – 6 pm; Thursday and Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Thursdays. More in English about the Gallery.

The exhibitions/museums in Łazienki, including Palace on the Isle 
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; Friday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Fridays (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). Click here to read our tips in English.

The National Museum 
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday (10 am – 6 pm), Friday 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Tuesday. Our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.

Museum of Life under Communism 
Location: Muzeum życia w PRL, Piękna 28/34 Street, next to Plac (Square) Konstytucji (city center). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday 12 pm – 8 pm. The Museum presents how people used to live during communist times in Poland. There are few different sections where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics or ordinary day from the times. The exhibition has descriptions in Polish and English. There is also an audio guide available in English (to be downloaded on the phone). More in English about the Museum.

Zachęta National Gallery of Art /contemporary art 
Location: Zachęta, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center). Tuesday – Sunday (12 pm – 8 pm), free entrance on Thursdays. More in English about the Gallery.

Weather in Poland in September

September marks the end of summer in Poland. Technically, the summer season lasts until September 23 but September in Poland is considered as an autumn month. After all, it’s the month with the first day of school at Polish schools (in 2021: Wednesday, September 1).

The average temperature in September in Poland is 14°C / 57°F (just like in May). The average rainfall level in September in Poland is 53 mm (for comparison, July has the highest average rainfall in Poland: 89 mm, and February the lowest: 31 mm).

The astronomical (the autumnal equinox – the sun is directly over the equator) first day of autumn in Poland in 2021 falls on September 22 and the meteorological first day of autumn on September 23. After the autumnal equinox, the day in Poland gets shorter and the night longer until the winter solstice on December 21 – the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year.

Read more about the weather in Poland in autumn and changes in nature you can’t miss.

Dates to remember in Poland in September 2021

  • September 1

Commemoration of the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II
September 1, 2021 marks the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Events commemorating the outbreak of the war are held in various Polish cities, including Warsaw.

The first day of school at Polish schools
The event includes short formal ceremonies (it’s not a regular full school day so parents may need to take a day off). The school year in Poland is divided into 2 terms: the winter term (pierwszy semestr) and the summer term (drugi semestr). While the first and last days of school are set the same for all of Poland (the last day of school in Poland in 2022: June 24), the winter break (ferie zimowe) times differ for each Polish province/voivodship. Our post covers winter 2022 school breaks dates in Poland by voivodships. You will find updates regarding schools and covid in Poland in our post: updates on the coronavirus regulations in Poland.

  • September 18

World Cleanup Day 
Different locations all over Poland. Volunteers across 160+ countries will gather on September 18 to clean up litter and waste. World Cleanup Day – Poland (Facebook page, including events in Poland). World Cleanup Day – global website in English.

  • September 22

The first day of autumn
The astronomical (the autumnal equinox – the sun is directly over the equator) first day of autumn in Poland in 2021 falls on September 22 and the meteorological first day of autumn on September 23. After the autumnal equinox, the days in Poland get shorter and the nights get longer until the winter solstice on December 21 – the first day of winter and the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year. Read more about the weather, changes in nature, seasonal fruits and vegetables in Poland in September, October & November.

  • September 30

Boy’s Day (Dzień Chłopaka)
This holiday in Poland is the equivalent of Women’s Day, which is celebrated in Poland on March 8. On Boy’s Day, ladies give their loved ones (younger and older) a gift or prepare another surprise.

 Sunday trade ban in Poland in September 2021

In September 2021, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland. The next shopping Sunday is on December 12 and December 19. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2021. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.

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