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Authentic Experiences in the Vipava Valley

All year round, from the first bluebells of spring until the first snowflakes of winter, the Vipava Valley has a busy calendar of events for visitors to enjoy. Especially popular are the traditional events that preserve local traditions and showcase the region’s flare for winemaking and gastronomic delights. In recent years the valley has been home to an increasing number of athletic events, including extreme and adrenaline sports, which attract massive crowds and daring competitors.

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Past events

Nativity Scenes in the Vipava Valley

december 2018, januar 2019

Attracting more and more visitors every year, the real treat of the Vipava Valley around Christmas is the traditional display of Nativity scenes.
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Vipava Valley Wine Cellars between St. Martin’s Day and Christmas

9. 11. – 23. 12. 2018
Vipavska dolina
t: +386 (0)5 365 36 00
www.vinski-hrami.si
For two decades now the Vipava Valley wine road has been attracting guests to a number of autumn events, St. Martin feasts and wine tasting at wineries.
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Vipava Grape Harvest (Vipavska trgatev)

14.–16. 9. 2018
Glavni trg 1,
5271 Vipava

m: +386 (0)40 172 486
damfest.event@gmail.com
Boasting the oldest tradition in the Vipava region, the Grape Harvest Festival features an annual wine queen pageant and a wine competition. In the three-day event visitors can enjoy browsing through the farmers’ market and attending the entertainment programme.
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Summer Scene

22. 6. – 2. 9. 2018
,
5000 Nova Gorica

t: +386 (0)5 335 01 11
mestna.obcina@nova-gorica.si
dogodki-novagorica.si
Summers in the city centre of Nova Gorica are always vibrant. The varied offering of entertainment and cultural events caters to people looking for a place to socialize with good music and other activities. The Summer Scene will make for enjoyable summer evenings.
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Lakeness Music Festival

Lakeness is the biggest music festival in the Vipava Valley. The refreshing cultural programme, sports offering and other events have made it the most popular summer venue in the Valley. The highlight of the festival is the 4-day concert that is held in August. Visitors are provided free camping spots.
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Summer in the Vipava Valley

24. 6. – 26. 8. 2018
Glavni trg,
5271 Vipava

m: +386 (0)51 215 226
vipava@vipavskadolina.si
izvirna-vipavska.si
Summer in the Vipava Valley, cultural events in a scenic setting. The refined cultural programme puts this event series front and centre in terms of summer events in the upper Vipava Valley.
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  • Captivating. All year round.

    100 UTVV – Ultra-trail Vipava Valley

    A thrilling sports festival uniting a variety of running disciplines. In May, the Vipava Valley welcomes extraordinary athletes, cross-country enthusiasts simply in love with its beautiful mountain trails.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    The Flavours of the Vipava Valley

    The biggest wine and culinary festival in the Vipava Valley is held at the Zemono Manor House in Vipava. The Renaissance-era manor house is an exquisite setting for the annual event where visitors get to sip premium wines and listen to interesting presentations. During the festival there’s also the Gastronomy Month, when many restaurants and agritourism farms in the valley offer up dishes made from their own products. Every year the festival brings many visitors from all over Slovenia and abroad.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    Wine Cellars of the Vipava Valley

    This original set of events is held between the feast of St. Martin and Christmas, when the year’s new wine begins to show its character. The events are held during the weekends, when the vintners showcase their wines and homemade delicacies, and hold presentations with a culinary or artistic flare.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    WOTR

    WOTR is short for the Wajdušna Obstacle Trail Run. This extremely interesting run takes participants over obstacles in the great outdoors, and then through the town of Ajdovščina. WOTR runners are only competing with themselves, not with the clock. This is a test of strength, agility, and endurance, while at the same time it is a modern form of socializing, collaboration, and forging memories with friendship. The event is also a lot of fun for visitors, who enjoy the unusual efforts the participants put in.

  • Captivating. All year round.

    Hiking in the Footsteps of Matija Vertovec

    One of the most well-known organized hikes through the Vipava Valley is dedicated to the preservation of tradition and uncovering the wine-making tradition. Every year, on the first Sunday after St. Martin’s Feast, hikers set out en masse to traverse the villages of the Upper Vipava Valley where the priest and popular science writer and teacher Matija Vertovec lived. The locals hold various presentations along the trail, along with tastings, and the endpoint in Šmarje is especially festive, as there is a big gathering after mass with a tourist market.