The same local government for another 5 years.
the Krakow mayoral race runoff on November 4th the incumbent Jacek Majchrowski
has secured his fifth term in office,
gaining a solid majority of 61.94 percent of votes. His opponent, Miss Malgorzata Wassermann of Law and
scored 38.06 percent. Also, Prof. Majchrowski will
enjoy a comfortable majority in the City Council of Krakow as two
weeks earlier a
coalition of the centrist Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska - PO), center-left Nowoczesna
party, and a group of his supporters have
secured 23 seats in the 43-strong body in
the Krakow local elections on October 21st, 2018.
2018 Krakow guide
Free concerts of organ music.
/2018-11-03/ The 15th edition of the
Organ All Souls International
Festival takes place this year from November 4th through
November 10th. Seven days and seven recitals and concerts of organ
music, one per night, each at one of the historic churches of
Krakow. Free admission to all events.
Extra free day.
/2018-10-29/ As the Independence Day, November 11th, falls on
Sunday this year, the Polish parliament voted Monday,
November 12th to be an extra public holiday, in 2018 only.
Expect shops, banks, institutions etc. closed. Tourist sites
in Krakow will be
probably open as on a Sunday.
Krakow voters have elected the city
/2018-10-24/ Local elections on October 21st, 2018 have
upheld the current majority in the City Council in Krakow as a
coalition of the centrist Civic Platform party (Platforma
Obywatelska - PO) and center-left Nowoczesna party plus supporters
of the incumbent mayor have secured 23 seats in the 43-strong body.
Their opponents, the right-wing Law and Justice party (Prawo i
Sprawiedliwosc – PiS), will have 16 councilors, while the remaining
four seats went to a failed mayoral candidate and his three
supporters. In the concurrent mayoral race no candidate won the
outright majority of votes. In run-off on November 4th the incumbent
Jacek Majchrowski will fight Miss Malgorzata Wassermann, a prominent
member of Law and Justice party and a sitting MP.
All Souls jazz fest.
/2018-10-02/ This year the 63rd All Souls Krakow
jazz festival (Krakowskie Zaduszki Jazzowe) starts properly on
Friday, November 2nd, All
Souls Day, with the concert at 8 pm starring
USA’s guitarist Al Di Meola
in Kijow.Centrum playhouse, 34 al.
Krasinskiego avenue. The 2018 edition of
Europe's oldest jazz festival ends
November 10th. Its traditional Jazz Holy Mass takes place in the Bazylika oo.
Dominikanow church, 12 Stolarska street and Dominikanska street,
at 7.30 pm on Monday, November 5th.
Saint Michael throughout the last week of September.
/2018-09-20/ The Saint Michael market starts in Maly
Rynek square, one block east from the Krakow
central square, this Friday, September 21st to continue through Sunday,
September 30th. Stalls sell the
village arts and crafts
sculpture to cloths to pottery and glassware. Also
traditional foods such as breads, cheeses, cured meats, and sweets.
Live gigs from noon till evening.
Christmas market opens on the last day of November.
/2018-09-08/ This year the
Christmas market in
the central square of Krakow
starts on Friday, November 30th and is scheduled to end
December 26th, 2018. But, circumstances permitting, the market is
usually prolonged for another week or so.
St. Mary's basilica off limits to tourists till November.
/2018-09-06/ One of top sights of Krakow, the Basilica of the
Virgin Mary at Rynek Glowny central square, stays closed to
tourists for September and October 2018. The reason is the
long overdue renovation of the high altar by Veit Stoss, the
world's greatest masterpiece of Gothic sculpture and a
main magnet attracting visitors to
the basilica. Tourists, however, may still climb the towers
of St. Mary's basilica.
Philharmonic concerts commence September 15th.
/2018-09-04/ The Krakow
Philharmonics officially inaugurates its new season on October
5th but the first concert actually takes place September 15th
followed by five other concert this month. In the season 2018/2019
the philharmonic concerts takes place at the 1 Zwierzyniecka street
typically every Friday at 7.30 pm and on Saturdays at 6 pm.
Less trains to, from Prague.
/2018-08-30/ Leo Express, the Czech Republic's carrier, has
announced it cancels trains Krakow to Prague and Prague to Krakow
from October 9th through the end of November 2018. It's possible, however, that the service disruption will last longer.
There are other train connections between the two cities as well as
Most wanted in Krakow
/2018-08-20/ Poland's local government elections are
scheduled to take place throughout the country on Sunday,
October 21st 2018 and Krakow is no exception. The city's incumbent four-term mayor,
Professor Jacek Majchrowski, seeks reelection as the
spearhead of a center-left coalition. The Krakow voters will
vote in their mayor for a five-year term and cast votes for
the lists of candidates to the city council, to the
provincial assembly, and to the district councils as well.
/2018-08-14/ The Feast of the Assumption of Mary falls on
tomorrow, Wednesday August 15th. Expect all shops closed as
well as a number of tourist attractions including all
branches of the Krakow National Museum save EUROPEUM and
Schindler's Factory together with other branches of the City
of Krakow History Museum.
A feast of dumplings.
Pierogi food festival starts in Maly Rynek square,
one block east from the Old Town's central square, on Wednesday,
August 15th to last thru Sunday, August 19th. Visitors may devour
the delicious Polish stuffed dumplings and enjoy live
Folk Art Fair in Krakow this August.
year's it's the 42nd Cepelia Folk Art Fair in
Krakow and it
goes on in Rynek Glowny central square from Thursday, August 9th through
Sunday August 26th, 2018. Visitors may
stroll among rows
of stalls selling
assorted traditional village crafts and arts, such as embroidery,
pottery, woodcarving, painting, iron, metalwork, etc. Plus there are
planned special attractions and entertainments, including gigs by
acts performing traditional village tunes and songs.
Modern music festival this September.
/2018-08-03/ This year the Sacrum
Profanum festival of contemporary classical music takes
place in Krakow from Tuesday, September
11th through Monday, September 17th, 2018. It's program consists of
concerts and a couple of musical shows. Many of them feature internationally recognized ensembles and
soloists performing modern classical music.
Ex-Beatle to perform in Krakow
/2018-07-21/ The UK’s best-loved rock star Paul
McCartney is to perform in Krakow on Monday,
December 3rd 2018.
His concert will take place in
Krakow, 7 Lema street, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are
priced between 135 PLN and 579 PLN.
Old music in old Krakow.
/2018-07-16/ Program of the 43rd Music
in Old Cracow Festival consists of 18 concerts spread over
seventeen August days, one per night except on August 18 there will
be two. In 2018 the time-honored festival
of classical music in Krakow takes places as usual: August
15th through August 31st.
Jazz through the night.
/2018-07-10/ The Krakow Jazz Night on Saturday
July 14th, part of the Summer Jazz Festival, consists of
20 free concerts. Most of them take place in clubs and
start at 10 pm. Earlier in the evening there is an
open-air concert in the Old Town's Maly Rynek square
from 6 pm to 10 pm. Other alfresco concerts are planned
for 8 pm (MOCAK museum) and for 8.30 pm (Bulwarowa
/2018-07-06/ The main exhibition of the 2018
Triennial in Krakow, called "Immersed in
Images", opens in the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of
Contemporary Art at 3 Plac Szczepanski square on
July 7th. The show features 257 works by 115 artists
from 30 countries and will last till August 26th.
Two weekends full of Polish Music.
/2018-07-02/ Tuesday July 3rd, 2018 starts the 14th
Festival of Polish Music in Krakow to
last through July 22nd. Its
program consists of eleven concerts and recitals filled mostly with classical music by Polish
composers, performed by recognized artists, ensembles, and
orchestras - Polish and foreign.
Street theater festival.
/2018-06-27/ The 31st ULICA
International Street Theatre Festival
in Krakow takes place from Thursday, July 5th through Sunday, July
8th with some 80 alfresco performances in the city's squares and
parks. The Rynek Glowny central square
remains the main venue together with Maly
Rynek square one block to the east.
Summer Jazz Festival swings Krakow.
/2018-06-25/ The 23nd Summer
Festival in Krakow goes on till August 4th, 2018. Its
principal venue is the Piwnica Pod
Baranami cellar club at 27 Rynek Glowny (Grand Square) where
jazz concerts are scheduled every night at 9 pm from
June 24th through August 3rd. The festival will peak
on Saturday July 14th when Krakow Jazz Night takes
place with numerous free concerts both at
Krakow clubs and in open air,
including the centrally situated Maly Rynek square.
Midsummer Garlands festival 2018.
/2018-06-20/ This year Krakow's traditional
Wianki (Garlands) midsummer festival falls on Saturday June 23rd and
besides the garlands show and a firework display
on Wisla riverbank next to the Wawel Castle at 10:30 pm it consists of ten open-air
concerts taking place afternoon thru early night plus late-night
events at some clubs. The concerts will go on in Rynek Glowny
central square, Plac Szczepanski square, Plac Wolnica square,
Stolarska street, Plac Nowy square, Plac sw. Marii Magdaleny
Podgorski square, a square at 11
Powisle street, Planty garden near Kosciol sw. Krzyza church, and
Wisla riverbank next to 16 Podgorska street. Free admission
to all events.
Jewish Festival of Krakow.
/2018-06-18/ This year's 28th Festival of
Jewish Culture in Krakow spans ten days as it starts on Friday,
June 22nd and ends on Sunday, July 1st. Multitude of
events in between consists of at least two concerts every day, series
of workshops (singing, dancing, art, cooking, etc),
numerous lectures and public debates, tours of Jewish sites, and
exhibitions. The venues are concentrated in the compact area of the
historic Jewish quarter in the Kazimierz district of downtown Krakow.
2018 Theatre Night in Krakow.
/2018-06-11/ The Krakow Theatre Night 2018 takes place on Saturday,
June 16th. Krakow thespian companies invite to their playhouses for
late shows and other events. Free ticket are available at their
booking offices and at culture information center at 2 sw. Jana
street from June 14th.
Sinfonietta classical music festival 2018.
/2018-06-08/ The 2018 Krakow Sinfonietta Festival of classic music
starts on Thursday, June 21st and ends on Monday, June
25th with concerts taking place
Saturday, June 23rd
looks hectic as the program for that day consists of
thirteen free concerts in five venues.
/2018-06-05/ The Krakow
Lajkonik historic pageant takes place this Thursday, June 7th
2018. It starts in Senatorska street at noon to reach St. Norbert convent, Kosciuszki street, at
about 1.30 pm to proceed next
towards the Old Town. The colorful procession is expected to arrive
the Rynek Glowny central square about 7.20 pm where its culmination
show may last for over two hours. In 2018 the traditional pageant is
enriched with a couple of new attractions, such as a special theater
performances and an enactment
of a battle.
Corpus Christi, May 31st.
/2018-05-24/ All branches of the National
Museum in Krakow close for Corpus Christi feast on Thursday,
May 31st. The same Schindler's Factory and other branches of the
Krakow Historical Museum. The Wawel Castle's exhibitions will keep
Sunday opening hours. Yet expect all shops closed except convenience
stores attached to filling stations.
Free museum for a night.
year's Krakow Museum Night takes place on Friday,
May 18th, 2018. Most museums
in Krakow will keep very long hours, admit free
of charge after 7 pm, and often provide special
attractions. Visitors may get a free ticket or
purchase a commemorative token coin for one zloty
that will allow to access the museums.
Juwenalia student May festival.
festival of Krakow students takes place from May 14th through
Sunday, May 20th and consists largely of pop concerts. Yet it culminates,
as usual, in a wild and colorful pageant on
Friday, May 18th.
Unlike in the past the 2018 venue is Plac Szczepanski
square, one block west from Rynek Glowny central square,
Expect the parade of Krakow
students to reach the square at noon or so.
The Krakow crafts fair.
/2018-05-12/ The Crafts Fair goes on in Krakow's Rynek Glowny
central square till May 20th, 2018. Some forty stalls sell
various traditional Polish handicrafts. Several craftsmen
also show their skills live.
Mendelssohn Festival in Krakow.
/2018-05-07/ The 13th Felix
Mendelssohn Music Days take place May 11th
through May 19th, 2018. The festival consists of
eight concerts and recitals in
Centrum Kultury Zydowskiej /Jewish Culture
Center/ at 17 Meiselsa street and one organ recital
Kosciol sw. Marcina church at 58 Grodzka street
(Thursday May 17th). Tickets cost 30 zotys.
58th Krakow Film Festival.
Man versus the World is the motto of this year’s Krakow Film Festival, May
27th to June 3rd. Eighteen documentaries from
fourteen countries will compete in the main contest. Ever
since its birth in 1961 the Krakow Film
Festival has been confined to short films, i.e.
currently those lasting fifty minutes or less. The
main festival venue is the Kijow playhouse at 34
Summer opera festival in Krakow.
/2018-04-24/ This year's Krakow Opera
Summer Festival starts June 2nd to end on July
7th, 2018. Four events take place in the courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle
- namely the production of Stanislaw Moniuszko’s “The
Haunted Manor” twice, a ballet show, and a concert of
operatic arias staring soprano Aleksandra Kurzak -
while two productions of Gaetano Donizetti’s „L'elisir
d'amore” will happen in Hipodrom next to Niepolomice
Castle. Otherwise the venue is the
Opera House at Lubicz street.
Krakow marathon this Sunday.
/2018-04-20/ This year Cracovia Marathon takes place on
Sunday April 22nd, 2018. Start in Krakow's Rynek Glowny central square at 9
am, the finish in the same place about 3pm. Pedestrians, cyclists,
and motorists should expect streets - and bridges - to be closed in
central Krakow, trams and buses rerouted, from Saturday morning to
Sunday afternoon, due to the marathon and other events organized in
connection with it. Notably the bulk of the central square will be
off limits for most of this Sunday.
Mayday! Long weekend coming!
/2018-04-20/ Be prepared for another of Polish long weekends, this
one particularly extended, given that both Tuesday May 1st and Thursday May 3rd,
are public holidays in Poland (and
Krakow, Poland is no
exception) so many people make it a week-long holiday by taking a
day off on Monday and on Wednesday. Expect shops and shopping centers closed
Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Ditto
banks, government and other offices, workshops, etc. Most of the
rest - including restaurants and many tourist spots and cultural
events - should be alive.
Trains to bypass the Krakow central station.
/2018-04-16/ Due to the modernization of its platforms
starting April 18th, a number of trains - including some Warsaw
expresses - are to steer clear of
Krakow Glowny central train station for months, going to the
city's more distant Krakow Plaszow station instead. Being a
passenger you'd better check in advance which Krakow station
your train is arriving at.
Classical piano music for four hands festival.
/2018-04-06/ The 2nd Duettissimo! International
Piano Duo Festival
in Krakow takes place from April 24th through
April 29th plus one concert on May 13th, 2018. Daily
concerts feature pianists playing piano duets and
other classical music for four hands. Except concert
on April 25th all events are free of charge.
Krakow Composer Festival: free modern music.
/2018-04-04/ The 30th
International Krakow Composer Festival takes place from April
14th through April 22nd, 2018. Everyday concerts feature
contemporary classical music. Free admission for all festival
Shorter shopping this Saturday.
/2018-03-29/ This Saturday, March 31rth, 2018 shops close at
2 pm or even earlier as required by the new law recently adopted in
Poland which applies to shopping on Sundays and prior to religious
festivals and public holidays.
Guide to Krakow available worldwide.
/2018-03-28/ Freshly published updated
2018 Krakow guide e-book in English, namely this
year's edition of The Best of Krakow guidebook, is
now available from Amazon.
Visit Krakow, cheapest in Europe.
/2018-03-28/ Krakow has been named the cheapest destination
for a European weekend break in the 10th annual City Costs
Barometer, published by the UK’s Post Office. The Post
Office’s team of researchers assessed 36 cities from all
parts of Europe, popular with tourists, and calculated the
cost of 12 key expenditures such as the entry to a top
museum and art gallery, a three-course evening meal and
two-nights accommodation in a three-star hotel. The the
short city break in Krakow costs
164.80 British pounds for two, not including flights.
/2018-03-20/ Museums in Krakow close for Easter Sunday, April
1st 2018. All branches of the National Museum close also for Good
Friday, March 30th while all exhibitions of the Wawel Royal Castle
stay closed on Saturday, March 31st when other museums keep shorter
hours. As regards Monday April 2nd two exhibitions at the Krakow Royal Castle
- State Rooms and The Lost Wawel - will be open from 10 am to 5 pm
(free admission, limited number of tickets) together with all
branches of the National Museum which will stay open from 10 am to 4
pm, while most branches of the Historical Museum of the City of
Schindler's Factory are to be open from 10 am to
Won't shop this Sunday.
/2018-03-09/ Shops in Krakow, and
elsewhere in Poland, will stay closed this Sunday, March 11th as
well as the next Sunday, March 18th by courtesy of the ban on Sunday
shopping being phased in this year. There are, however, exceptions.
Most notably, bakeries and pharmacies are allowed to operate as well
as any shops situated at train stations, bus stations, etc. Yet
Galeria Krakowska, Krakow's most popular shopping mall, built over
the city's central rail station, duly closes for all no-shopping
Easter market soon.
/2018-03-02/ In 2018 the
market in Krakow starts in the city's central square on Friday,
March 23rd and it'd continue through Monday, April 2nd. Expect
a wide range of traditional
Easter decorations plus varied foods and village handicrafts to be on sale.
Better air-quality data.
/2018-02-28/ Alarmist reports on air quality
happen throughout winter, notably
when foggy conditions prevail, regarding particulate
matter (PM10 & PM2.5), popularly though wrongly called "smog".
Usually, there is no real cause for concern as long as you avoid
walking thruways jammed with vehicles during peak hour
traffic. Unlike London or Paris, in
Krakow the equipment to measure levels of fine
particulate matter and other pollutants is installed
only in the most busy streets so any local published data
mostly concern car exhaust fumes not the general air
quality in the city. More reliable is The Copernicus
Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) which publishes up-to-date
information online at
www.regional.atmosphere.copernicus.eu, based on satellite data,
plus four-day forecasts - also specifically for Krakow. The Krakow
detailed reports by CAMS include PM10, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and
dioxide. Their maps cover the mentioned four pollutants
as well as PM2.5, carbon monoxide, birch pollen and
2018 Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow.
the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter
Festival moved from Krakow to Warsaw, where most of its
concerts take place. Yet some events of the festival rich
programme are organized in Krakow
and some other Polish cities.
In 2018 the Krakow part of the
Beethoven Easter Festival consists of two concerts and two
piano recitals March 12th through March 14th. Most
spectacular is the concert in
ICE Krakow Congress Center at 17 Konopnickiej street
on Monday, March 12th at 7:30 pm, starring Germany's violin
USA’s pianist Lambert Orkis and Slovakia’s bassist
Cello music for free in March.
/2018-02-23/ The Krakow festival of music for violoncello,
the 5. Krakow Cello Spring, takes
place from Tuesday, March 20th through Friday, March 23rd, 2018. The
festival consists of four concerts, one each day at 7 pm, free
admission. Venue -
Aula Florianka at
15 Sereno Fenna street.
Free Baroque music.
/2018-02-16/ The Krakow festival of Bach
music, the 23rd Bach Days, consists of nine
concerts and two recitals spread over nine days from
March 10th through Sunday, March 18th with at least
one musical concert every day in Aula Florianka at
15 Sereno Fenna street. All concerts are free of
2018 Krakow Film Music Festival.
/2018-02-14/ The 11th Krakow Film
Music Festival starts on May 29th, ends June 5th, 2018.
However concerts in Krakow will take place May 30th, May
31st, June 1st, June 2nd, and lastly June 3rd at one of two
venues Tauron Arena
Krakow at 7 Lema street and
ICE Krakow Congress Center at 17 Konopnickiej street.
Also, there will be concerts in Katowice on May 29th and at
The Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in
Luslawice on June 5th.
February festival of Spanish music.
/2018-02-10/ Festival of
classical Spanish music
in Krakow starts on Sunday, February 18th to last
through Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Daily concerts take place at
the Akademia Muzyczna conservatory at 43
sw. Tomasza street and Aula Florianka concert hall
at 15 Sereno Fenna street, and they mostly feature Spain's
20th-century composers. Admission for all concerts is free of charge.
Easter music festival.
/2018-02-06/ In 2018, as in the past, the Misteria Paschalia
festival of classical music takes place in Krakow
throughout Holy Week. It starts on Monday, March 26th
and will continue through Monday, April 2nd 2018. The festival
has attracted an array of Europe's
top early music ensembles and soloists. There
are two concerts planned every day, except on Good Friday, Easter Sunday
and Easter Monday just one concert will take place each
night. The venues vary from the Old Town's historic churches
to ICE congress center to the subterranean chambers of the
Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Thursday feast, Tlusty Czwartek in Polish, Poland's traditional day of
sugary overeating, falls on February 8th this year. So next Thursday
don't forget to buy paczki, the local incarnation of
donuts, a must-eat in Krakow on that day.
It marks the start of Ostatki, i.e. the last week
of carnival in Krakow.
Elton John show in Krakow in 2019.
/2018-01-26/ The UK’s stellar pop rock act Elton John will
perform in Krakow for the last time next year. His Krakow
showing during “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour
falls on May 4th, 2019. The planned venue is Tauron Arena
Krakow at 7 Lema street..
Sunday shopping to be restricted.
/2018-01-19/ The Polish parliament has passed a bill which
phases in a ban on Sunday shopping.
In 2018 most stores in Poland will stay closed on 23 Sundays,
namely March 11th, March
18th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, May 13th,
May 20th, June 10th, June 17th, July 15th, July 22nd, August
12th, August 19th, September 9th, September 16th, September
23rd, October 14th, October 21st, November 11th, November 18th,
and December 9th. Some pharmacies and some groceries as well as
bakeries, flower shops, and all gas stations can stay open every
Epiphany January 6th, 2018.
/2018-01-04/ On Epiphany feast January 6th, 2018 shopping
malls www.krakow-info.com/shopping.htm closed, practically all shops
etc closed, most tourist sites closed, gas stations open. Public
transport adopts Sunday timetables. At the Wawel Royal Castle only
two shows open, namely State Rooms and Crown Treasury & Armoury,
from 10 am to 5 pm. All branches of the Krakow Historical Museum
stay closed, including Schindler’s Factory.
Christmas market extended thru January 7, 2018.
/2018-01-03/ This year Krakow's principal Christmas market in
Rynek Glowny central square has been extended to go on
beyond the Epiphany feast, January 6th. And so it ends on
Monday, January 8th.