YOUR WARSAW WEEKEND GUIDE – AUGUST 14 – 16
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Warsaw is starting to organize anew its cultural and entertainment scene, so we recommend events in both the real and virtual world. If you decide to leave the house, remember to obey the rules of social distancing and put on masks where the regulations require it. Last but definitely not least, have fun and enjoy the blooming summer.
1) Concert on a balcony for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw
The victory against the Bolsheviks in 1920 is probably the greatest Polish military success in the last 600 years. Join celebrations by going for a walk from pl. Na Rozdrożu, where the battle’s monument will be erected, to the balcony of the Bristol Hotel. It is where Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna will play first and then, among others, Artur Gadowski or Maciej Miecznikowski. Online broadcast remains an option for all absentees.
When: Saturday, August 15 at 16:00 and 19:00
Where: Hotel Bristol – Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44
2) Balloon perspective on Warsaw
This is a real rarity, not seen on such a scale in the capital’s sky for a long time. As part of the celebration of the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, we can soar over the city and see how it looks from above. A detailed flight plan is included in the event. We want to encourage you by mentioning that balloons will be taking off, among others, from the National Stadium and the Lower Gardens of the Royal Castle.
When: Friday-Sunday, August 14-16
Where: various locations
3) 28th Street Art Festival
This festival with a long tradition is an opportunity to watch theater, dance, circus, and performance events created by Polish artists. The shows are divided into three categories: family shows, daytime shows, and evening shows. Free entrance.
When: Friday – Sunday, August 14-16
Where: Centrum Praskie Koneser
4) Sunday Warsaw Breakfast at Jazdów
The third edition of the event that quickly earned a lot of interest. Ania and Karina prepare delicious breakfasts – mainly vege, but the biggest hit is the meringue (best we had in years). Their goal, however, is not only to feed the participants but also to tell about the history of the meeting places, introduce the people who currently manage them and create a community of Warsaw-heads. The event is available in English as well. A must-see for outdoor weekend breakfast enthusiasts.
When: Sunday, August 15, from 10:00
Where: Osiedle Jazdów
5) PhotoWalk in the Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden in Powsin is a fantastic place to relax, but also a thriving institution. Employees can talk about plants with passion, just as they can teach how to beautifully photograph them. This is a unique type of event in Warsaw. After all, the garden will open for the photographers at 5 am. For those who find getting up so early a tad difficult, there is also an option of the “City Never Sleeps” evening workshop. And if you decide to go to Powsin, maybe you will be interested in breathing therapy workshops (FB)?
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16, at 5:00 and 19:00
Where: The Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin – ul. Prawdziwka 2
6) Outdoor cinemas
On this page you will find a regularly updated list of screenings in Warsaw open-air cinemas, which are plenty this summer.
7) Outdoor Champions League
The decisive matches of the Champions League final tournament can be watched outside, in a sunchair, with a beer in your hand. Where? Take a look at these venues: Pub Lolek (FB), Elektrownia Powiśle (FB), SoulSet (FB).
8) Jazz in the Old Town – Michał Urbaniak
We have recommended this summer’s largest jazz festival in Warsaw several times. This time the occasion is unique, though, because an absolute legend of the violin – Michał Urbaniak – gets on the stage. Even if you don’t listen to jazz, listening to Urbaniak, especially live, is pure delight.
When: Saturday, August 15, from 19:00
Where: Old Town Square
9) Return of piesapol
Just as Berlin has its legendary techno parties, Warsaw has wixapol. In a sense, it has become a permanent part of the party landscape of the capital. This time the party has a greater goal – to help Zwierzaki z Mińska organization. If you’ll party anyway, why not help the pets in the process?
When: Friday, August 14, from 20:00
Where: Fala nad Wisłą – Płyta Desantu
10) Pole and Hungarian brothers be
We often recall the saying about the familiarity between Poles and Magyars, but do we know their culture and history? You can learn about Hungary during the historical picnic showcasing among others, Hungarian-style carriage shows, stands promoting Hungarian regions, a concert by a Hungarian orchestra.
When: Saturday, August 15, from 14:00 to 19:00
Where: Łazienki Królewskie
11) Warsaw Cocktail Workshop
Check what Polish vodkas and liqueurs can do if you turn them into cool cocktails! Under the watchful eye of the top bartenders in the city, you will unveil the secrets of drinks from the best Warsaw bars.
When: from Sunday to Tuesday
Where: top cocktail bar in Centrum
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