The summer has been wall-to-wall festivals in Prague it seems and they thin out a bit as the leaves start to turn red. Here’s the JayWay pick for our guests this fall.
Staropramen Smichov Open Air 7 September 2013
A few years ago Staropramen used to throw open the doors of the brewery’s courtyard and outdoor areas for a one-day beer and music festival (they did charge an entrance fee though). After a couple years absence, the concept is back. It’s a fairly raucous affair usually, with local rock bands on stage and half-litres of the local brew on tap for just 20Kc (approx $1).
Food Parade 7-8 September 2013
In its third year, Food Parade is the upstart food festival that could. Back at the plush location of Troja Chateau, on the Vltava for a second year as well. The major difference this year is the presence of some serious heavy hitters from the Prague culinary scene, with truffle specialists extraordinaire La Truffe appearing at a food festival for the first time ever. There will also be plenty of wine and beer to accompany the tasting size portions served up by each restaurant’s stand.
Red Bull Flying Day, Prague 22 September 2013
Red Bull’s Flying Day is quite a sight to behold. People build Heath-Robinson contraptions that have absolutely no hope of getting airborne, other than for the few seconds they hang in their air after being launched (under human power exclusively) from the ramp, into the river. Fun to drop by for an hour or so, if you happen to be in town. The event is taking place on the Dvorak embankment, near the Charles University Law faculty, a short walk up Parizska street, from Old Town Square.
Strings of Autumn / Struny Podzimu 23 September – 6 November 2013
A self-described musical crossroads where genre meets genre, and tradition meets experiment. The festival presents a selection of jazz, classical music, crossover, early music, and world music. There are 9 concerts that make up the festival.
Whisky Live Prague 20-21 September 2013
Two days of tasting whisk(e)y from around the world. What could possibly go wrong? If whisky is your favourite tipple however, this might be a can’t miss event, and the setting is pretty spectacular, the New Town Hall on Karlovo Namesti. Masterclasses are offered for true aficionados.
Architecture Week Praha 2013 23 September – 20 October 2013
Architecture buffs who find themselves in Prague this fall would do well to check out the programme for the astoundingly inaccurately named Architecture Week, which spans a whole month, with lectures and exhibitions taking place throughout the city under its auspices.
BurgerFest 12-13 October
Last year’s inaugural BurgerFest, celebrating the explosion of gourmet burger joints opening up in the city, was an adjunct to an existing event located all the way out on the end of a tram line. This year the ‘fest moves to a much more central location: Namesti Miru in Prague 2, a few minutes walk from Wenceslas Square, or a couple of metro stops from the very center of the city. This year there are more restaurants participating too.