It seems every year there’s more and more festivals taking place in Prague, of all kinds. Here’s our round-up of the highlights, with things really getting going in mid to late May. Click on festival title to visit the relevant website to find out more about each or buy tickets.
12th May – 2nd June 2013
For sheer quantity and quality of classical performances there’s just no beating the Prague Spring festival, now in its 68th year.
24th – 26th May 2013
This 3 day food festival in the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle gives you the chance to sample some of Prague’s top restaurants all in one place. Pace yourself, there’s a lot to try. We recommend sharing each dish with someone – you’ll get to try more that way.
24th May – 1st June 2013
This English Language-centric (and some non-verbal) festival of theatre, music and comedy, now a firmly established part of the city’s cultural calendar, offers up a wide choice of styles of performances, usually up to an hour long throughout its 9 days. Tickets (150Kc / $7.50 for adults and a very reasonable 50Kc / $2.50 for students) available on the door at each venue, but you can also book in advance.
16th May – 1st June 2013
There’s no doubting it’s big, and can be fun. You’ll need to venture out of city centre to the Vystaviste exhibition grounds in Prague 7 (there’s a tram stop right by it). There are two tents, in the main tent the beer choice is limited to 6 or 7 breweries and it’s about all volume – beer only comes in 1 litre steins, but this is also where you can order food. The second conversely has a limited food choice but a wider choice of beers, with tiny breweries whose beers you’d normally have trouble finding outside their hometown, and available in standard half-litre glasses, allowing you to try a few more examples of this source of Czech pride.
27th May – 4th June 2013
If contemporary dance is your thing there’s plenty to catch your eye here.
Small & microbreweries Festival / Pivo Na Naplavce
31st May – 1st June 2013, on Rasinovo Nabrezi – the embankment near Palackeho Namesti
No info on the website yet, but this provides a nice counterpoint to the much larger (and longer) Czech Beer Festival mentioned above. Located just south of Old Town (and a nice stroll along the river), you get the best of both worlds here – views across and up the river to Mala Strana and Prague Castle accompaied by delicious Czech beer. We’re pretty sure there will be some food to go with it too!
16th June – 20th July 2013
A mix of styles (jazz, operetta, brass band, a classical performance of film scores) at this concert series that takes place at a number of venues in the centre of Prague.
20th – 22nd June 2013
If indie, world and alternative music ricks your world, this is worth a trip. Concerts are outdoors and take place on the islands in the Vltava. No details on artists taking part yet but you’re guaranteed a good time and the weather’s usually co-operative in late June too.
25th July – 28th July 2013
Folk music ensembles from many European countries descend on Prague for 4 days of free outdoor performances in Wenceslas Square, Namesti Republiky and Old Town Square. Great for a bit of regional colour.
25th July – 28th July 2013
Prefer your music a bit more modern but keeping an international flavour? Taking place concurrently with the folk music festival is the Let’s Dance festival.
12th – 18th August 2013
Billed as a festival of tolerance, Prague Pride is more than a march and more a collection of concerts, parties and events, with a rainbow theme.
25th – 30th August 2013
If you missed the Folklore Days in July, here’s your chance to catch some live open air folk performances. Taking place over 5 days, at Ovocny Trh in Old Town.
7th & 8th September 2013
Prague’s upstart second food festival has been raising the stakes against the Prague Food Festival in the past couple of years, besting the stalwart on facilities and visitor comforts. Whereas the PFF is usually full of splurgey restaurants (hotel restaurants, Michelin-star holders and the like), Food Parade’s establishments tend to be from a more accessible price tier. A nice way to spend an afternoon if it’s sunny and enjoy some good food, priced a fair bit lower than the PFF too.
Throughout September you’ll find ‘Vinobrani’ events – these are a celebration of the grape harvest where you can try ‘young wine’ – a still-fermenting grape drink.