■ Month of the event: June
■ Chief organizer: The Town of Žilina
Downtown Celebrations is the biggest cultural event in Žilina and northern Slovakia. History of the event began under the name Žilina Folk & Art Craft Markets in September 1995. The event has got its present name since its third year. The celebrations are held in downtown Žilina on Andrej Hlinka Square and St. Mary´s Square.
The event begins with a ceremonial parade. The Mayor of Žilina symbolically hands over the keys to the town to artists who have control of the town for three days. The event includes traditional markets of folk and art crafts. Performances of domestic and foreign bands and performers are an integral part of Downtown Celebrations.