Our carefully picked recommendations for the coming week in Warsaw:

every day
Listen to classical music with the locals

You know Easter is around the corner when Easter fairs run, but also when Beethoven festival begins. A brainchild of Elżbieta Penderecka, wife of Poland's most famous living composer Krzysztof Penderecki, the festival offers outstanding performances by some of the brightest stars of classical music world with surprising guest performances (John Malkovich on Wednesday!) Top recommendation for this week! If you're in Warsaw for a longer spell, the festival will continue until Good Friday. See the details link for details.

Where: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, ul. Sienkiewicza 10 (click to open map)
When: every day, 7:30 PM
How much: from 30 PLN
Details: click here
Beer deserves its own festival!

Especially if it's Polish beer. If you poked your nose out of the Old Town already, you must have seen the dozens of craft beer bars all around the city (admittedly, two very nice ones are in the Old Town itself, on Nowomiejska street). If you want to explore the wonders of Polish brewmaking, don't miss this event. You'll get the chance to try the craziest combinations - here's what the organizers have to say: "We present all faces of the Polish craft beer movement – we're inviting brewers and homebrewers, bloggers, beer aficionados and hopheads. With no bullshit, we'll show you the new school of brewing." Convinced? 😉 You have time to decide if you're attending until Saturday, as the festival is a 3-day affair.

Where: Legia Stadium, ul.Łazienkowska 3 (click to open map)
When: Thursday, 6 April, 4 PM-midnight
How much: 10 PLN
Details: click here
MONDAY, 3 April
How to dance without moving

Balboa is a type of a swing from prewar Southern California that requires little dancefloor space - which may explain why a lesson of this dance is held in a cocktail bar. The lesson is free, drinks are at ca.30 PLN, the dancefloor is wooden. All sounds good to me!

Where: BARdzo Bardzo, ul.Nowogrodzka 11 (click to open map)
When: Monday, 3 April, 7:30 PM, lesson at 8PM
How much: free admission
Details: click here
TUESDAY, 4 April
Free concert in one of Warsaw's most impressive embassies

When I was little, I was convinced that the gigantic building of the Russian Embassy is in fact the Polish Presidential Palace (the latter, located on the other side and farther up Belwederska, just seemed so much smaller). This Tuesday you will have a unique opportunity to listen to traditional Russian Orthodox vocal quartet performing Byzantine and Old Ruthenian music from medieval ages (not your everyday concert!). And in some of the most amazing interiors in this city! Dress nicely, as you might be rubbing elbows with dignitaries.

Where: Russian Cultural Center, ul.Belwederska 25 (Embassy of the Russian Federation) (click to open map)
When: Tuesday, 4 April, 6-7 PM
How much: free admission
Details: click here
Easter Fair

Most Polish holidays consisting of eating yourself silly - for Easter, we eat white sausauge (cooked raw), eggs in all forms, mayo-heavy salads and fudgy-sweet cakes we call mazurki (also baba, or Polish panettone; and sękacz, or Polish tree cake). If you are not going to be here for Easter, but would still like to try some of these delicious things, buy jars of yummy goodness like ćwikła (beetroot with horseradish) or traditional hand-painted eggs (pisanki), head to Blue City shopping mall. The fair will continue until Easter!

Where: Blue City shopping center, al.Jerozolimskie 179 (click to open map)
When: Thursday, 6 April, from 10 am to 8 pm
How much: free admission
Details: click here