Idrija Lace Festival

Idrija Lace Festival Photo: Dunja Wedam /

Century-long tradition of Idrija lace

Idrija, June 14 – 16, 2019 | 9:00 - 21:00

Place: Town Square

The 38th Idrija Lace Festival celebrates and preserves the tradition of Idrija lace through many exhibits of lace making artwork, creative workshops and award ceremonies. The festival, which has been held since 1952, is becoming much more popular international event, through the involvement of foreign lace making centres, international craft and heritage projects, the participation of international guests and experts, and visitors from outside Slovenia. 

The festival programme takes place over three days, from Friday to Sunday. During this period, the town's streets and shop windows are decorated with lace made by children and adults. 

There are exhibits of domestic and foreign lace making artwork. The festival starts on Friday with the official opening ceremony, and over the next few days, visitors can take part in specialist meetings, lectures, lace making workshops, creative workshops, lace making award ceremonies and selections for the best lace products in competitions. 

The event offers also many cultural events and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Sunday is the day for the national lace making competition for both adults and children. 

Recommended day-trip during your stay at the festival: 

Idrija - Cycling through UNESCO World Heritage

Facts about Idrija Lace Festival

Idrija lace is a type of bobbin lace, which has been produced for centuries in the town of Idrija, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an important part of Slovenian cultural heritage. Idrija is also Slovenian main and oldest lace center in which since 1876 continuously operates the famous Idrija Lace School.

  • Idrija - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Festival held since 1952
  • One of the largest traditional events in Slovenia
  • Joint Idrija Lace ticket (approx. 6€)
  • Exhibitions of the most beautiful lace items
  • Arts & Crafts fair with lace making accessories
  • The Idrija lace school
  • “Smeško’s World” in Lace Village: fun for children
  • Traditional Culinary Specialties in the Square
  • The Story of the Miner House
  • Bus ticket Ljubljana-Idrija € 6,30 one-way

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