WEEKEND IN WARSAW
OCTOBER 22 – 24
This weekend is all about food. Food Town opens as the largest food hall in Warsaw, Hala Koszyki celebrates its 5th birthday, and Hala Gwardii hosts the Georgian Tbilisoba festival. There will also be meetings with authors and lots of special offers available at the Night of Bookstores. We also provide the details where you can get a tattoo from world-famous artists, learn how to prepare four new apple dishes, and invite you to the festival of Varsovian boxing.
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1) Night of Bookstores 2021
As part of the Night of Bookstores celebrated on October 22nd, over 100 independent bookstores from all over Poland prepare a rich program of meetings with authors, debates, discussions, workshops, and concerts. Booksellers have already announced major discounts as well. In the evening before the Night, scientists will talk about climate change and new technologies in a series of debates. The online program of the festival will be complemented by the Audio Night of Bookstores – podcasts, which are created in cooperation with publishers, institutions, and bloggers. The following events stand out in Warsaw’s edition of the campaign:
- a walk with Zygmunt Miłoszewski. The writer invites us for a walk around his hometown of Śródmieście, which is also the venue of the action of his novel titled Jak zawsze.
When: Thursday, October 21 from 18:00
Where: Jak wam się podoba – ul. Emilii Plater 4
- an architectural and literary walk with Grzegorz Piątek, the author of The Best City in the World – the winner of the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw.
When: Friday, October 22, from 18:00.
Where: Bęc Zmiana – ul. Mokotowska 65
- Night of Bookstores about language. The debate with Agata Hącia (Polish Radio journalist), Michał Rusinek (writer and columnist), and Mateusz Adamczyk (a member of the Speech and Public Communication Team of the Polish Language Council, known from his YouTube channel).
When: Friday, October 22, from 17:15
Where: Księgarnia Baczyńskiego Bookstore – ul. Żeromskiego 81
The full program can be found on the event’s website.
2) Food Town grand opening
23 gastronomic concepts are opening in Food Town – the largest food hall in Warsaw located in Fabryka Norblina. Their menus include Philadelphia cheesesteaks (Smoke Philly Cheese Steak), Caribbean prawns in coconut flakes (Buena Vista Social Food), and vegan ramen (Umamitu). Four bars created by the outstanding bartender Tomasz Małek will provide cocktails, beer, and other beverages. This weekend there will be special concerts of Monika Damaszko, Bartek Królik, and Hirek Wrona. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most exciting premiere of this weekend.
when: Friday, October 22, from 19:00 to 3:00, Saturday, October 23, from 13:00 to 2:00, and Sunday, October 24, from 13:00 to 19:00
Where: Norblin Factory – ul. Żelazna 51/53
3) 5th Birthday of Hala Koszyki
Another popular food court in Warsaw – Hala Koszyki – is celebrating its fifth anniversary. It will provide us with a weekend in the 1970s style. Among the prepared attractions, we will find vinyl painting workshops at the vinyl market (Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 to 19:00), a disco showcase (Friday and Saturday at 19:00), and a concert of the Warsaw Motown Band (Saturday at 21:00). We are keen on the workshops because they seem to be an opportunity to prepare unique decorations for your home. Such a souvenir for the fifth anniversary of Koszyki is a straight win.
When: Friday, October 22, from 19:00 to 3:00, Saturday, October 23, from 13:00 to 2:00, and Sunday, October 24, from 13:00 to 19:00
Where: Hala Koszyki – ul. Koszykowa 63
4) An Epele – Apple Festival
An Epele means “an apple” in Yiddish. We can attend a festival dedicated to the apple in Polish and Jewish culture in person in the Center for Yiddish Culture (ul. Andersa 15) or participate in it online. The program includes, among others:
- screening of the “Desert Apples ” (Friday, October 22, from 18:00 to 19:30))
- painting workshop for non-professionals (18+): Nature morte. Apple atelier. You have to sign up for them by sending an email to [email protected] (Saturday, October 23, from 13:30 to 16:00)
- cooking workshops where we will learn how to prepare pickled apples, latkes with apple sauce, apple salad, and baked apples (Sunday, October 24, from 11:00 to 14:00)
More info on the FB event.
5) 8th Warsaw Tattoo Convention
The most important events of the world’s leading tattoo artists convention are contests for the most interesting tattoos in various categories and styles. Apart from them, there are also magic shows, arm wrestling, beatboxing, lectures by specialists, and concerts. You can still find offers from artists looking for models to get a tattoo on the event’s website, so if you want a new tattoo, this just might be the best opportunity this year.
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 23rd and 24th, from 11:00 to 21:00.
Where: Legia Stadium – ul. Łazienkowska 3
6) Georgian weekend in Hala Gwardii
There is a lot going on in food courts, so we must mention the event in Hala Gwardii. Tbilisoba celebrated this weekend is one of the most important holidays in Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia. During these days, the city center changes into a venue for performances of local artists and a colorful market with fruit, vegetables, cheese, and, of course, the Georgian pride – namely, wine. In the hall in Wola, on this occasion, we can enjoy a specially prepared selection of Georgian wines, handicrafts, and an exhibition of paintings by David Razm.
when: from Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24, from 9:00 to 21:30
Where: Hala Gwardii – Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1
7) 1st Warsaw Boxing Festival
Warsaw has always had terrific boxing traditions. After all, even Szczepan Twardoch’s Król begins with a fight between the boxers of Legia and Makabi Warsaw. Legia was represented, for example, by Andrzej Gołota, when he won the Olympic medal. That is why we look forward to initiatives like this. At the festival, we can visit the Sports Museum, take part in boxing workshops for beginners, mix boxing shows, and listen to a Warsaw songs concert. Long live the sportspeople of Warsaw!
when: Sunday, October 24, from 12:00 to 18:00
Where: Olympic Center – ul. Wybrzeże Gdyńskie 4
8) Innocent Sorcerers
Speaking of Warsaw traditions, we recommend the screening of Andrzej Wajda’s classic Innocent Sorcerers. After the screening, Łukasz Ostoja-Kasprzycki, known from the poWarszawsku project, prepared stories about restaurants and clubs in old Warsaw. It is a guarantee of a pleasant time and a solid portion of the fun stories about the city’s history.
when: Sunday, October 24, from 19:15
Where: Koneser Praga Center
To find the best places for summer walks, bike trips, dates, etc. consult our list of the 35 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN WARSAW IN 2021.