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There’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Slovenia!

There is a wide calendar of annual events. Some of the major events include:

Kurentovanje in Ptuj

The biggest carnival event in Slovenia which annually attracts over 100,000 people from far and wide (February).

The World Ski Jumping Championship in Planica

Slovenes are avid and passionate supporters of ski jumping. The finals, which take place annually in Planica, are the highlight of the ski jumping year, and there is a party atmosphere the whole weekend (March).
Photo: Aleš Fevžer, www.slovenia.info

The Radovljica Chocolate Festival

The Radovljica Chocolate Festival – the biggest chocolate event in Slovenia is held over three days and attracts over 10,000 visitors with chocolatiers from Slovenia and neighbouring countries exhibiting their chocolate-related products (April).

The International Wild Flower Festival in Bohinj

Guided trips and events led by botanists to see the diverse flora in the meadows and pastures of the Julian Alps and the surrounding valleys (May and June).
Photo: Mitja Sodja, www.slovenia.info

Lent in Maribor

This arts festival takes place over two weeks and features artistes from all over the world performing theatre, ballet, jazz, opera, classical, mime, acrobatics, comedy, and more (June and July).
Photo: www.slovenia.info

The Cow Ball in Bohinj

Kravji Bal celebrates the end of the grazing season, when cattle return from the mountain highlands back down to the valleys. There’s dancing, food, drink, and much merriment to be had (September).
Photo: Mitja Sodja, www.slovenia.info

The Ljubljana Marathon

Participation in this event, which includes 10km, 21km, and 42km routes, has grown rapidly and it now attracts over 20,000 competitors, including international runners (October).
Photo: www.ljubljanskimaraton.si

St. Martin’s Day

Wine-related events take place throughout the land to celebrate the time when young wine, known as ‘mošt’ officially turns into a mature wine (November).
Photo: www.slovenia.info

Christmas Markets

In December Christmas markets spring up in all of the major towns and cities. Enjoy mulled wine whilst browsing the stalls for Christmas gifts and soaking up the festive atmosphere.
Photo: D. Wedam, www.slovenia.info

Music festivals

Lovers of music festivals are well catered for with festivals throughout the country including the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Rock Otočec in Novo Mesto, Beer and Flowers (Pivo in cvetje) in Laško, the Okarina Etnofest in Bled, and Metaldays in Tolmin.
Photo: www.slovenia.info

Shopping

Whether you prefer to shop in large shopping centres, smaller town centres, or buy at local markets, there’s something to suit every style and budget.
The country’s largest shopping and entertainment centre, BTC in Ljubljana, has over 500 shops, including many multi-national chain stores. All the major towns have shopping centres such as the seven QLandia shopping centres found in Kranj, Maribor, Ptuj, Nova Gorica, Novo Mesto, Krško and Kamnik.
Farmer’s markets are beginning to spring up around the country and are a popular way of buying local food. The central Ljubljana market remains the largest market in the country and has separate areas selling fish, flowers, fruit and vegetables, and, in the covered market, meat, cheese, bread, and other baked goods.
Photo: J. Skok, www.slovenia.info

Sports and Recreation

Lovers of winter sports are spoilt for choice in Slovenia. There are over 50 ski slopes, as well as opportunities to partake in other winter sports such as cross-country skiing, ice-skating, and snowshoeing.
Among the other most popular recreational sports are ice hockey, hiking, cycling, climbing, rowing, and ball sports such as handball, volleyball and basketball.
Photo: www.slovenia.info

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