Traditional events

Traditional M. Oginskis festival

International Oginskis festival first took place in 2006. The festival is usually held in the historical duke M. Oginski Palace.
Invited to participate in Lithuania and many foreign countries classical music performers. The festival program included Oginskiai cultural heritage studying scientific conferences, book presentations, art exhibitions, etc.


Shrovetide is an old tradition in Žemaitija. Shrovetide is a time of performances. In ancient times during the Shrovetide the villages were turned into the stages for the theater of disguised. People were inviting Spring to come earlier, asking for the fertilized soil, favorable weather for farming, good crops, increase in the livestock population, health and success for the whole family. The Shrovetide is celebrated on Tuesday, 7 weeks before the Easter, usually in February or March.


Plungė town festival 

Plungė Festival is one of the most important and attracts attention of local people and tourists. In these days buzzing folk art, craft and trade fair, is demonstrated traditional crafts in Old town  square. The festival takes place for two days on Saturday and Sunday. The festival takes place in the second half of June.

Feast of St. John

This festival is celebrated at the end of June when the sun reaches its peak and there is the shortest night. Since the ancient times all people of the village used to gather in the most picturesque places - on the hills, by the rivers, lakes, forests to celebrate this night together. They used to make big bonfire They used to make a big fire. The girls made the wreaths of the most beautiful flowers, youth danced, sang, jumped over the fire. At midnight the youth used to look for the fern flower. The celebration usually continues till the sunrise. The Feast of St. John has been celebrated in Plateliai on the 23-24 June.

The Swimming Marathon in Plateliai lake

The Swimming Marathon in Plateliai organized since 1982. The goals of the event to promote the sport of swimming, provide an opportunity for anyone to try their strength or just have a good time. Marathon is always starting on the last Saturday of July in the lake of Plateliai near yacht club „Žalgiris“. The participants can choose one of two distances: 3.5 km and 1.8 km.

The Swimming Marathon in Plateliai – is not just a swimming competition, but also various entertainments, contests in the water and afterparty at the bonfire.

Great Church Festival in Žemaičių Kalvarija

Great church festival in Žemaičių Kalvarija – the 1st decade of July. In 17 th century the chapels of Christ`s sufferings were built on the hills and since then church festivals of the Žemaičių Kalvarija have been taking place there and thousands of piligrims come to them. In the main altar of the church of the borough there is a magic picture of God`s Mother brought from Rome.