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Festivals and Events

Jan/Feb – Golden Fox (FIS Ski World Cup – Women’s)
Prime opportunity for the boys to see how it should be done when the world’s best boarding beauties take on Pohorje’s Slalom and Giant Slalom runs in their bid for global supremacy. Or at least top spot on the podium and a funky trophy. With plenty of tunes to keep the crowds entertained and a good old celebratory knees-up (translation: beer!) to follow.

May – Radio City concert
May sees the Snezni Stadion (snow stadium) pull on its partying pants and welcome the biggest concert in the country to the base of the rocky massif. Good food, lashings of beer, 30,000 fans, blinding tunes and a chunk of the proceeds winging their way to charity makes for one of the highlights of the party calendar.

Jun/Jul – Festival Lent
Without doubt, the festival event of the year. Not to mention one of Europe’s biggest, among the top 50 on the continent, with a bunch of awards to its name and well in excess of 500,000 visitors each and every outing. Concerts, theatre, street performers, sport, fireworks, comedy, food fests… Jazz, rock, pop, football, volleyball, air shows, Ultimate Frisbix… Stages in town, by the river, on the river… All in all - party time Slovenia style!

Aug – Old Timer Rally
Just to be clear here, Maribor’s seasonal occasions don’t stretch to placing bets and racing the region’s elderly residents through the city streets. But if you keep an eye out during high season you might catch a glimpse of a few hundred of the city’s oldest four-wheeled specimens on their annual outing through town.

Sept – Festival of Maribor
Offers cultural cats the chance to indulge in every classically tuneful fancy, as key venues across town, from the Castle to the Cathedral to the National Theatre, get spruced up and polished to within an inch of their life for the most prestigious classical music event of the year.

Year through – ‘From Vine to Wine’
Easily the biggest showing of events on the calendar herald from one humble record breaking plant – The Old Vine - and the city’s pride in its gargantuan ability to ooze bucket-loads of fine wine each year (a superb effort for a 400yr old shoot).

  • Feb – Pruning of the vine – vino ceremony number one. Does what it says on the tin. Not high on the partying list but worth a gander if you’re passing by for the pomp and ceremony alone (or at least worth knowing when to steer clear so you don’t get caught up in the goings on).
  • Sept – Old Vine Fest – a massive 10 day ‘good food, great music, fine slosh’ type affair when the town’s main squares and Old Lent district transform into party heaven.
  • Sept – Harvesting of the vine – the Mayor moseys on down, nabs a few grapes for himself and gives the thumbs up for the ‘chosen pickers’ to start collection. Grapes are all but obliterated and poured into containers. Final few grapes are thrown into a bucket and ordered to bid good day to a tub of manure (as you do). Bucket meets bucket signals the end of the harvest. Then it’s time to head on down to the banks of the Drava for more good food, great wine and another excuse to partyyyy!
  • Nov – St Martin’s Day Celebrations – aaaaaaaand... another chance to eat, drink and be merry as Trg Svobode (Liberty Square) seals the end of the wine fest with music and eats aplenty.

Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort

For thrills and spills on the white stuff, the nearby Pohorje resort can’t be beat! A fact not lost on our eagle-eyed events team. Head on over to our Maribor activities page and we’ll line-up some top drawer mountain action for the boys.

So, Pohorje ski stats:

  • Biggest ski resort in Slovenia
  • 3 sections; Snezni Stadion (bottom bit of the mountain), Bolfenk (middle), Areh (top)
  • 220 hectares to conquer
  • Country’s longest slope
  • Longest night-ski run in Europe
  • 100 days snow guaranteed annually

And off-piste, home to:

  • Pohorje Bike Park, host of many an elite international competition
  • Pohorje Adrenalin Park
  • Pohorje Rollercoaster (summer)

Other attractions

Old Vine House – did we mention the wine? A quick trip down to the banks of the Drava and you can see the world’s oldest vine in all its glory sprawled across the front of the Old Vine exhibition centre/museum, which also handily doubles as one of the town’s two tourist information centres.

Vinag wine cellar – we’re talking the king of wine cellars; 20,000m² surface, 2km long, 300,000 bottles and a rather magnificent 5.5 million litres of the city’s finest liquid offerings. Grab the lads and head to Liberty Square for your own taster session.

Maribor Castle – home to the regional museum. Photo ops aplenty. Situated smack bang in the middle of the town’s main squares, which happen to play host to a storming showing of bars and eateries, so... drink ops also aplenty.

Maribor City Park – if you’re after a bit of fresh air or slower pace while sore heads recover, then the city park makes for a pretty decent spot for some chillaxing.



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