The Great Dragon Weekend


If you know anything about Kraków, you know the legend of the Wawel Dragon, a dreadful beast that devoured all the livestock and terrorised the city until a brave tailor fed it sulphur covered in sheepskin, causing the monster to drink and drink and drink until it burst into a million pieces. Though similar legends abound (exchange sulphur for lime and a tailor for a butcher, and you've got yourself the tale of the Brno dragon), Poles are very attached to their Smok Wawelski, and this colourful festival brings him to life with enormous puppets created by Teatr Groteska, as well as floats created by locals. Saturday night's spectacular extravaganza on the river, during which flying dragons battle it out to a backdrop of lasers, fireworks and music, is one of Kraków's absolute cultural highlights and not to be missed if you're in town. It's free, and we strongly urge you to get there early, because you'll be competing with literally the entire population of the city to find a comfortable spot. Of course there are more events planned over the course of the two days, the full programme will be known soon.

Outdoor Show on the Wisła River
Saturday June 2nd at 22:00,
bend of the river beneath Wawel Castle

This light and sound spectacle will involve fireworks, music, water curtains, and huge floating and hovering dragons (up to 25m in length and 15m in height). The majestic creatures will be animated by Groteska Theatre actors situated on barges, and the whole affair is one of the most popular, unique and exciting events of the season; don't miss it.

Dragon Parade
Sunday June 3rd from 12:00 to 15:00,

ul. Grodzka toward the Main Square
After the smoke has cleared from Saturday night's spectacular, on Sunday morning Kraków's kids take over, bringing their own colourful creations to life in a parade of dragons, dancers and music that ends on the market square with a contest for the most beautiful and most ingenious dragons.

Dragon Family Picnic
Saturday June 2nd from 10:00 to 21:30,
Sunday June 3rd from 10:00 to 19:00,
on the Wisła River boulevards near Dragon's Den

Over the course of the entire weekend the riverbanks below Wawel Castle become a campus for family fun, with dozens of activities and attractions for kids, including contests, games, performances by music and dance troupes, and outdoor family fun in general.



Jun 2 2018 12:00-15:00
Jun 2 2018 10:00-21:30
Jun 3 2018 10:00-19:00
Czerwieński Boulevard
Wisła Boulevards beneath Wawel
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Associated events

Dragon ParadeOutdoor Dragon Show on Wisła RiverDragon Family Picnic
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