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11th Annual Cleveland Kurentovanje Main Festival and Parade

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The main festival day of the 2023 Cleveland Kurentovanje will kick off with the Fifth Annual 5k Kurent Dash at 10 a.m. The celebration continues with a parade at Noon featuring cultural and local organizations, groups of masquerading friends and the highlight of the day, the Kurenti.

Following the parade revelers will enjoy free musical and cultural performances, authentic food and drink, kids crafts and much more.

This year’s Cleveland Kurentovanje, will be celebrated mainly OUTDOORS, in the same vein as much of the festival in Ptuj, Slovenia – Kurentovanje’s city of origin. Attendees should dress like they’re tailgating for a Browns game in the Muni Lot, going sledding at the Toboggan Chutes, or preparing to party outside all day in whatever weather Cleveland may bring to our festival.  Participants are also encouraged to dress in costume of any kind to celebrate in the Mardi Gras tradition. The main hall will reopen with limited activities and the lower hall will be transformed into a Children’s Village.

A few events taking place during the day:

  • Fifth Annual Kurent Dash 5K Race (Registration links coming soon!)

  • Kid’s craft

  • The Big Parade

  • Lots of Musical Performances

  • Pokop Pusta Closing Ceremony


For a full schedule of events for the 2023 Cleveland Kurentovanje, click here.



East 64th & St. Clair (near Slovenian National Home)

East 64th St & St. Clair Ave
Cleveland, OH United States