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What to do in Krakow at Easter

What to do in Krakow at Easter


Krakow at Easter - Rękawka

One day after Wet Monday, another exciting traditional event takes place in Krakow. Rękawka is an Easter tradition relating to a spring Slavic custom. This old Easter celebration in Krakow is absolutely spectacular. It takes place at picturesque Krak Mound where, according to a legend, founder of the city has been buried.

During Rękawka celebrations, groups of historical reconstructions and craftsmen from the whole South Poland come to the city. They all climb Krakow Mound to make a spectacular performances. Beside inflaming a holy fire, they will perform spectacular battles and traditional medieval crafts. Prepare for magnificent views and unforgettable history lessons.



Check out the schedule: 

  • 11:30 am – climbing Krak Mound by the warriors
  • 12:00 pm – ceremony of inflaming a holy fire
  • 12:30 pm – armed warriors’ run around the Mound
  • 1:00 pm – presentation of the teams
  • 1:40 pm – staging of „About a castle-town”
  • 2:10 pm – concert of medieval music
  • 2:45 pm- an augury of well-being for Krakow castle-town
  • 3:00 pm – staging of „Healing the ill with various afflictions”
  • 3:20 pm – staging of „Healing the madness”
  • 4:00 pm – the clash of two armies: Vistula dwellers vs. invaders
  • 5:10 pm – staging of “How can you gain good whether from the heavens?”
  • 5:30 pm – concert of Szelindek band – Medieval music


Krakow Easter Market  

What to do in Krakow at Easter - Easter market As this annual tradition begins, Krakow Main Square turns into a colorful, vibrant Easter fair for 12 days! Around 60 merchants will present their festival items including garlands, candles, hand-painted Easter eggs, Easter palms, sheepskin coats or woodwork. 

There will be also many stalls with delicious Polish traditional food including an array of grilled meats, various cheeses or Easter soups. All of the stalls will be open from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm.

12 April

  • 4:00 pm – artistic performances

13 April

  • 11:30 am – Song and Dance Ensemble “Krakowiacy”
  • 12:00 pm – the Grand Opening of Krakow Easter Market
  • 12:40 pm – tambourine band “FRONTmEni”
  • 1:30 pm – dance theater “Children of Krakow”
  • 2:00 pm – tambourine band “FRONTmEni”

14 April

  • 10:00 am – Easter palms presentation and a contest
  • 11:15 am – a parade starting from Barbacan
  • 11:45 am – a blessing of palms in front of St Wojciech Xhurfh
  • 1:30 pm –  palm contest results

15 – 18 April

  • Easter art workshops for children

20 April

  • 10:00 am – Easter tables presentation
  • 12:00 pm – Easter Baskets’ blessing

22 April

  • Easter traditions and ceremonies


Misteria Paschalia 

What to do in Krakow at Easter - Misteria Paschalia

It’s one of the most important festivals of early music – not only in Poland, but in the world. It owes it’s prestige to the unique programme that includes world premieres or rarely performed compositions. From its beginning (2004), the festival combines music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical period. At the same time, all performances refer to Holy Week and Easter.This year’s edition will be devoted to cultural field of Italy.

What’s more, Misteria Paschalia attracts with unique concert venues. Beside marvellous interiors of Krakow churches and Penderecki Hall, the performances take place inside St. Kinga’s Chapel in Wieliczka Salt Mine.




21 March 2019

  • 6:00 pm –  Misteria Paschalia Prologo – Primavera
  • 8:30 pm – Misteria Paschalia Prologo – Fulget Crucis Mysterium

15 April 2019

  • 7:00 pm – Gaetano Veneziano – Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Johannem
  • 10:00 pm – O dolce amor Yesu – medieval laude

16 April 2019

  • 7:00 pm – Arias and Ouvertures from Metastasio’s Passione di Cristo
  • 10:00 pm – Alfabeto falso

17 April 2019

  • 7:00 pm – In monte Oliveti
  • 10:00 pm – Giaches de Wert – Passione secondo San Marco

18 April 2019

  • 8:00 pm – Miserere mei, Deus

19 April 2019

  • 8:00 pm – Tristes erant Apostoli

20 April 2019

  • 8:00 pm – Lu Cuntu de la Passiuni

22 April 2019

  • 6:00 pm – Festa Napoletana


Emaus/Wet Monday

What to do in Krakow at Easter - Emaus Fair

If you would like to sty dry on 22 April you’d better keep your eyes open as it’s Wet Monday! This old tradition is  beloved not only by children. On this day, each adult can feel as carelessly as a child and arm up oneself with a water guns.

However, Wet Monday in Krakow is not only a water battle. It’s also one of the oldest and most colorful Easter tradition in Poland, called Emaus. Plenty of various stalls offer sweets, toys and balloons. You can also find there traditional figurines of Jews or ‘emaus life trees’ that are the symbols of upcoming spring.

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