On 17th and 18th May 2019, BTC City Ljubljana will host the 31st Festival of Shopping and Fun. Besides attractive discount offers, the spring festival will include an accompanying entertainment programme intended for children and all those seeking adventures. All fans of culinary delights will also find something to arouse their taste buds with.

The two-day event will feature discounts and special offers prepared by BTC City area vendors for all fans of shopping. One day prior to the festival, a list of discounts will be published on the website (Slovene only). Already on Tuesday, 14th May, everyone who wishes to prepare thoroughly and in advance for their shopping spree can apply to receive exclusive e-mail notifications. They will receive a comprehensive list of all discounts in their inbox already a day before the official publication of the list.

Apart from favourable prices, the festival will also offer varied children’s, sports, cultural, and entertainment programmes for all generations which will take place across several event areas in BTC City Ljubljana. Through workshops and animations organised in the world of “young experts”, the youngest will get to know different occupations and trades at the main event area between Shopping Arena A and Open Market BTC City, and in the end share their experience in the photo area. Among other trades, children will also acquaint themselves with installing ceramic tiles and making mosaics and puzzles; the workshop will also be attended by 6pack Čukur. Children will also learn Chinese with language school Lingula or take part in workshop Makedo, where they will learn how to make products from waste materials. In the Shopping Arena A, children will take on an educational path and by answering questions correctly win a practical gift from the wheel of fortune.

On Saturday, the main event area will see animations by Baby Center, one of the festival sponsors, who is promising interesting activities for the youngest on their already well-known playground Štorkovo igrišče. Children will test their abilities on a wheelbarrow course, play with plasticine and in a sandpit, plant flowers as young gardeners, or play XXL 4 in a row.

The young ones will find joy in all the events in Minicity, where on 18th May, the World Bee Day and the International Family Week activities and workshops will take place throughout the day. At the event “Let’s Fly Higher Together” (“Skupaj poletimo višje”), organised in the scope of the “Help the City Bee: Flower Up the City” project, children will learn about the bees and their importance in a fun and educational way. At the Minicity entrance in Shopping Arena A, three concerts will take place: at 10:30 a.m. a concert by the band Čuki, at 11:30 a.m. Ribič Pepe and RTV Slovenija, and at 4:30 p.m. a concert by Rok Ferengja and Rok’n’Band.

A true Dalmatian atmosphere will grace the area in front of Shopping Arena A, as the Croatian National Tourist Board will present itself. The visitors will get to know the hidden gems of Croatia, offering a perfect destination for a vacation this summer; there will also be various local dishes to taste, while the entertainment aspect of the event will be in the hands of “klapa” singers from Dalmatia.

At the square Trg mladih, the Nogometna hiša zabave (Football House of Fun) will present itself with its attractions intended for all generations, while the optics centre Optika Clarus, one of the festival sponsors, will present the visitors with a free eyesight test. On Saturday, a positive atmosphere will be provided by the spinning skills of a DJ in front of the optics centre. In front of Yogi moto centre along Shopping Arena 6, all motorbike fans will be able to test Piaggio, Aprilia, and Moto Guzzi bikes, Nolan and X-lite helmets and acquaint themselves better with Moto Guzzi V85TT Enduro Premium bike. Sellers and friendly promoters from a motorcycle shop will take care of your every need.

During their shopping, visitors will find pleasant relaxation in Atlantis Water Park, where they will take advantage of the special offer of swimming in the Adventure World and the Thermal Temple, as well as relaxation in the Sauna Land. On Saturday, 18th May, the sports centre ŠC Millenium will host a tournament for the youngest – Igrajmo tenis! (“Let’s play tennis!”). The tournament will also take place on Sunday, alongside the Tennis Olympics, while visitors will enjoy in a varied accompanying programme with prize-winning games organised by the sponsors and partners of the Slovenian Tennis Association.

During their shopping and browsing, visitors will be able to rest and refresh themselves by taking in the rich offer of the Open Air Food Court in the southern part of Open Market BTC City. In neat wooden houses, food & drink vendors will prepare Spanish and Asian dishes, delicious burgers and other meat dishes, dietary menus, and vegetarian treats. All grill fans will enjoy the presentation by grill chefs Napoleon, who will present the proper use of a grill and offer the tasting of prepared dishes.

The festival offer in Ljubljana will be available for visitors to discover on Friday and Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., while at the BTC City Market, food & drink vendors will provide their services between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday and between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

In the scope of the Festival of Shopping and Fun, a very diverse programme of shopping, discovering, and tasting will also take place in BTC City Murska Sobota and BTC City Novo mesto on 17th and 18th May. On Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Murska Sobota, you will be able to enjoy the main event – a children’s festival, visited by Peppa Pig, while on Saturday, there will be a real music treat at 11:00 a.m. as Nika Zorjan will take the stage, and at 5:00 p.m., as musicians Manca Špik and Isaac Palma will spice up the prize-winning draw. On both days of the festival, the visitors of BTC City Novo mesto will indulge in tasty pancakes and enjoy the entertainment programme for children. On Friday at 5:00 p.m., there will be a children’s show, while on Saturday magician and musical performances will take the stage; the performance by the folk band Ansambel Frančič, starting at 5:00 p.m., will conclude the festival.

More information about the programme is available on the website BTC City (Slovene only).


Additional information

Maja Oven, Director of Market Communication and Public Relations Sector

  • E: maja.oven@btc.si
  • T: +386(0)1/585 13 15

Festival of Shopping and Fun

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