Krakow Honeyfest: A Celebration of Honey and Bees at Wolnica Square

As autumn leaves start to color and the sun shines more gently over the Krakow sky, locals and tourists gather at Wolnica Square to honor tradition and taste the golden nectar. From September 8–10, Wolnica Square will become the beekeeping hub, thanks to the Krakow Honeyfest - an event that has been cherished by the people of Krakow for nearly three decades.

Organized by the Association of Krakow Beekeepers, Honeyfest is not just an opportunity to buy honey but also a meeting point with the tradition and culture of beekeeping. It's primarily an educational event aimed at raising awareness about the importance of bees in our ecosystem.

For many, the main attraction is the opportunity to purchase natural bee products. Local beekeepers offer a wide range of products - from traditional honey, through pollen, to propolis. It's a unique chance to try different types of honey and uncover the secrets behind its production.

But Krakow's Honeyfest is not just about honey. The organizers have prepared a rich program full of attractions. Concerts, workshops, lectures – to name just a few. Of special note are the initiation of young beekeepers and the blood donation drive set for September 9 at the Ethnographic Museum.

Bee Parade

One of the most anticipated items on the agenda is the Bee Parade. On Saturday, locals and tourists can marvel at the colorful procession of participants dressed as bees and other related characters. Participants' creativity knows no bounds, resulting in incredible and imaginative costumes year after year. The parade will start from the Adam Mickiewicz monument at 12:00 PM and journey down the Royal Route towards Wolnica Square.


September 8, 2023

  • Bee Products Fair
    9:00 - 19:00, Wolnica Square
    Inviting you to the stalls of local apiaries for tastings and purchases of delicious, natural bee products directly from beekeepers.
  • Invite a Bee to Your Garden
    12:00-18:00, Wolnica Square
    Exchange bottle caps for nectar-producing plants - the campaign will take place on Friday until 6 PM or while stocks last. We have 250 seedlings to give away.
  • Official Opening of the 30th Krakow Honeyfest
    17:00, Krakow City Hall, All Saints Square, Portrait Room
    The program includes:
    • A tale about bees - Martyna Walerowicz, an author of many books for beekeepers and bee enthusiasts, will debunk myths and confirm facts about bees in her speech titled "Facts and Myths".
    • Melody from the "Piwnica pod Baranami" performed by the wonderful artist, composer, and singer Tamara Kalinowska, associated with the literary cabaret "Piwnica pod Baranami".
  • Street Artists Review
    17:00 - 19:00, Wolnica Square
    Specially for you, performers who showcase their musical talents on the streets of Krakow daily will be present.

September 9, 2023

  • Bee Products Fair
    9:00 - 19:00, Wolnica Square
    Delight in the stalls of local apiaries with tastings and purchase opportunities of natural bee products straight from the beekeepers.
  • Blood Donation Drive
    10:00 - 15:00, Wolnica Square - Ethnographic Museum
    A joint initiative by Beekeepers and RCKIK in Krakow. From 10:00 - 15:00, there's a chance to donate blood at the Ethnographic Museum at Wolnica Square. At 15:30, the Blood Donation Drive finale and a prize raffle take place.
  • Bee Parade
    12:00 - 13:30, Main Market Square - Wolnica Square
    Starting at the Adam Mickiewicz monument at the Main Market Square, a procession of colorful masqueraders traverse the streets of Krakow. From 13:00-13:30, a contest to select the best bee costumes among parade participants will be held. Many attractive prizes for the most intriguing costumes await!
  • Animations for Kids
    13:30 - 16:00, Wolnica Square
    Enjoy fun activities for children, face painting, and soap bubbles.
  • Concert by the Inter-school Song and Dance Ensemble "Krakowiak"
    12:00 - 12:30, Wolnica Square
    Come witness a performance by one of Poland's largest inter-school folklore groups.
  • Workshops for Kids
    11:00 - 16:00, Wolnica Square
    During these short, 20-minute classes, create neat "M2" attic spaces for mason bees and gold-eyed bees. Each participant takes their creation home.
  • Finale of the Street Artists Review
    17:00 - 19:00, Wolnica Square

September 10, 2023

  • Bee Products Fair
    9:00 - 19:00, Wolnica Square
    Come by the stalls of local apiaries for more tastings and purchases of delicious, natural bee products.
  • Beekeepers' Holy Mass
    11:00 - 12:00, Wolnica Square
    Taking place at the Corpus Christi church right by Wolnica Square. We invite you to the beekeeper's mass, followed by a procession from the Church to the Krakow Honeyfest stage, accompanied by the orchestra of the University of Science and Technology in Krakow.
  • Initiation of Young Beekeepers
    12:00 - 13:00, Wolnica Square
    A ceremonial inclusion of new beekeeping adepts into the Association of Krakow Beekeepers.
  • Concert by the Song and Dance Ensemble "Krakowiacy"
    14:00 - 16:00, Wolnica Square
    The "Krakowiacy" ensemble, operating continuously since 1951, showcases in its program the folklore of many Polish regions, with special emphasis on the Krakow region.
  • Workshops for Kids
    11:00 - 16:00, Wolnica Square
    Create another set of the "M2" attic spaces for mason bees and gold-eyed bees during these short, 20-minute sessions.
  • Photography Contest Finale
    17:00, Wolnica Square
    Awarding of diplomas and the main prize, along with the audience's choice award.

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