Harvest Festival 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:00 AM

  • Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:00 AM

Unforgettable Wreaths

Woven from ears of grain, fruit-bearing branches, flowers, blooms, herbs and colourful ribbons, they express their creators’ joy at the end of the harvest. Richly decorated and including the bounty from fields and orchards, the wreaths are the central point of the Harvest Festival celebrated at Błonia Meadows (25 August). The wreaths are exhibited after the field mass inaugurating the events at 1pm. The traditional thanksgiving rites are followed by a lively party! The festival includes a fair and tastings of fresh produce and delicious bread. And of course there will be dances, concerts and outdoor film screenings. The festival brings together generations!

(Izabela Osiadły, “Karnet” monthly)

For whom: for children, for seniors, for families
Other: open air event, free admission, acceptable for people with disabilities

Błonia Common

al. Focha / al. 3 Maja / ul. Piastowska

Błonia Common (besides the Vistula embankments and Planty Garden Ring) is the locals’ favourite place for walking and relaxing among nature. Covering 48 ha (120 acres), the Common is just 15 minutes’ walk from the Main Market Square. For centuries it served mostly as pasture until the Cracovia Hotel opened in 1965, and cow grazing was banned. Currently, it is a popular place for festivals, meetings, and concerts. The expanse commands a beautiful view of the Lasek Wolski Forest and the Kościuszko Mound. Situated within it are the Józef Piłsudski Memorial Boulder and the Papal Stone, commemorating great Poles.

Initially, the Błonia Common was a property of the Premonstratensian Order, yet in 1366 the nuns did a swap with the city, exchanging the meadow in return for a mansion on ul. Floriańska. The building burned down a few years after the transaction, thus starting a controversy between the order and the City Council that lasted for centuries. Dissatisfied with the unfortunate transaction, the Premonstratensians tried to regain the Błonia, appealing to the king and the Pope. All in vain, however. The great pasture, which Błonia was, remained a property of the city, and the order had to make do with cinders.

Between Focha, 3 Maja, and Piastowska streets, generally accessible

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