Easter Markets, 24th March – 15th April 2012
Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are home to stalls selling handcrafted products: toys, painted eggs, traditional Czech switches for whipping girls with at Eastertime (in the interests of fertility). Traditional food stands and plenty of kinds of alcohol are available too.
Prague Writer’s Festival, 14th April – 18th April 2012
If you’re of a literary bent, the Prague Writer’s Festival offers the chance to attend talks by world-renowned authors, held at the New Stage of the National Theatre.
Prague Spring Classical Musical Festival, 12th May – 3rd June 2012
Venues all over the city, from concert halls and churches to the National Technical Museum will resound to the sounds of some of the best classical performers in the world.
Czech Beer Festival, 17th May – 2nd June 2012
For two weeks from mid-May to early June the exhibition grounds at Holesovice in Prague 7 are once again home to the largest, and longest, beer festival in the country. This year marks a welcome return to the festival’s original location, no longer exiled at the far end of the C Metro line. Beer is served in glassware not plastic, by ‘girls and boys in Czech national costumes’. While not quite a rival to Munich’s Oktoberfest, you will get the chance to try over 70 different Czech beers from many small breweries that are rarely on tap in the city. The festival currency, Tolars, cost 45Kc each (€1.80/$2.70). One liter of beer will cost 2 Tolars. Food between 1 and 6 Tolars. As opposed to earlier years there is no entrance fee either.
Prague Food Festival, 25th – 27th May 2012
The city’s pre-eminent food festival promises to have learnt from last years logistical problems that left advance ticket-buyers queueing for longer than those buying at the entrance and had people wandering the pathways of the royal gardens looking for somewhere to sit and eat their tasting portions. Much more seating is promised, though you’ll still be ushered off the grass should you dare to tread on it. If you have a limited time in Prague this is a neat way to try the signature dishes of many of the city’s top restaurants in one place.
Dance Prague, 29th May – 28th June 2012
An international festival of contemporary dance and movement, programme still being prepared.
Prague Fringe Theatre Festival, 1st June – 9th June 2012
The Prague Fringe, now in its 11th year, comprises short plays, monologues, dance and comedy, performed in small venues in Mala Strana, by the river. Everything is either in English or without language, so you don’t need to worry about not understanding Czech. Tickets are inexpensive and usually available in advance, to guarantee a seat, or at the door of each venue. Check our blog for more details as the festival organisers release them.
Museum Night, 9th June 2012
Many of the city’s museums open till 1am and have free entry. The public transport company puts on special buses to facilitate getting between the museums too. The Museum Night website should be updated with more details in due course.