18 - 20 July 2019 | various locations
Kranfest – central festival in the Gorenjska region
Kranfest is the hottest event of the summer, when the entire town is flooded with music and crowds of people from the entire region. Then the lights on the stages are lit up at the same time as the flames under the cookers. Stars enter the stages and famous Carniolan sausages are cooked over the fires. For three days, the streets of Kranj become a stage for cultural events, foodie experiences, art markets and sports games for all ages.
Various styles of music will be played on the largest stage at the Main Square (Glavni trg). The acclaimed singers of the Trio Vivere accompanied by an orchestra will create a romantic Thursday evening. Friday will be dedicated to fans of folk music, with Veseli svati and Helena Blagne, and the cherry on top of the folk atmosphere will be the Carniolan Sausage Festival. On Saturday evening, you will be able to enjoy the Dalmatian and dance rhythms with Klapa Bonaca and Tilen Lotrič. On Friday and Saturday, the sounds of the Kranj Municipality Brass Band and a guest brass orchestra will be heard in the town.
Kingston and Bajaga i instruktori enter the big stage at the Slovenian Square Slovenski trg on Saturday night.
There will be high-quality music at the smaller concerts at Maister Square (Maistrov trg) in front of the Kavka Bar, at Pungert and in front of the Prešeren Theater. On Saturday, everyone is expecting the acoustic concert by Adi Smolar and the indispensable and delicious street food festival Kranska kuhna.
On Post Street (Poštna ulica) there will be an art market, stalls with unique works of art and all over the Old Town, artisans and craftsmen will be presenting their skills, while street theatre shows will add a lot to the atmosphere. On the Plečnik stairs, there will be even more reason to laugh when stand-up comedians will perform there on Saturday. Film fans are welcome to the Vovk garden on Thursday, where they will have the opportunity to watch the Slovenian comedy drama My Last Year as a Loser.
Children are invited to the Vovk garden and the neighbouring garden of the Khislstein castle, as well as to the Khislstein open-air theatre, where the Kids’ Kranfest will be taking place – a mini festival where they can have fun with the entertainment program, creative workshops, face painting, music, puppet theatre and much more.
The Stara Sava parking lot will be transformed into a real volleyball court, hosting the beach volleyball national championship; sports and entertaining games on sand will also be played there.
All visitors of the Kranfest are invited to a guided tour through the Tunnels under the old town of Kranj, as well as to a guided tour of the Kokra Gorge, the second-highest city canyon in Europe. You can also see interesting exhibitions at the Khislstein castle, in the old town hall and in Prešeren's House.
This year's Kranfest has the purpose to be an attractive, active and enjoyable meeting with friends and family, unforgettable three days of the festival summer in which you can relax and enjoy it to the fullest!