Events in Prague
Prague has events for all tastes, at all times; once you've explored what's available, you may find it difficult to stay home.
January: PRAGUE WINTER
An annual festival of opera, ballet, and classical music which began under communism in 1972. Venues include Prague's National Theater, castle and more.
The Czech Mardi Gras festival, which translates as goodbye to meat, combines Czech and international cultures. Outdoor and indoor celebrations abound, especially in Prague 3´s Žižkov, and culminate with a parade and music on Fat Tuesday.
Prague's largest film festival is FebioFest, which usually takes place late March. Current films from around the globe are showcased, along with some in-depth retrospectives on renowned films and filmmakers. The festival takes place at Village Cinemas Anděl.
April: WITCHES' NIGHT
April 30th is Pálení čarodějnic, an outdoor witch-burning event celebrated in various parts of Prague and the Czech Republic. Find or build your own fire – although it is illegal to light fires in Prague city limits, the event is unofficially celebrated on Petřín hill.
May: BOOK WORLD PRAGUE
An international book fair that takes place each May. Some events are limited to industry professionals but others are open to the public.
June: CZECH FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
Large celebration of folk music and Czech culture and heritage that takes place in various towns across the Czech Republic throughout the summer.
July: MUSICA SACRA PRAHA
International festival of sacred music held three times per year. The main celebrations take place during the height of the summer in various Prague concert halls. There is also an autumn event in October and a Christmas one.
August: MYSTIC SKATE CUP
International pro-skateboarding cup held in the specially designed Mystic Skate Park on Štvanice island. Held over a long weekend with concurrent concerts and parties.
September: WINE FESTIVALS
In late August/early September, wine harvesting begins and a number of wine festivals are held throughout the country. Burčák is the sweet tasting young wine which is only partially fermented. One of the largest wine harvesting celebrations in Prague is Vinohradské vinobraní, usually held in late September in Prague 2's Vinohrady district.
October: STRINGS OF AUTUMN
Major international music festival held in the National Theater and other venues throughout the season.
November: FAMU FESTIVAL
Student film fest from the young filmmakers at FAMU, one of Europe's oldest film schools.
December: PRAGUE CHRISTMAS
Competition festival held over Christmas in Prague celebrating a variety of Christmas music and carols along with Czech Christmas traditions.