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Prague Festivals

Prague (Praha) is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in Europe (if not the world!)

There are plenty of festivals and events held throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors from inside and outside the country and the continent.

Major events taking place in Prague are opera performances, various exhibitions, classical or modern musical concerts and film festivals as well as plenty of other arts and cultural events.

Prague Spring Festival (Festival Pražské jaro)
Prague Spring Festival

Prague Spring Festival (Festival Pražské jaro)

The city of Prague celebrates the Prague Spring International Music Festival every year. It is the most famous festival which features musical events of outstanding performing artists from all around the world, a number of amazing orchestras and chamber music ensembles from different countries. The festival started in the year 1946 under the patronage of Czech President Edward Benes, and since then it has been the epitome of musical excellence. Along with the astounding performances by the music maestros, the festival also commemorates important music anniversaries and landmarks.

Address: Pražské jaro, o. p. s., Hellichova 18, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 257 314 040

Czech Beer Festival (Český Pivní Festival)
Czech Beer Festival

Czech Beer Festival (Český Pivní Festival)

The Czech Beer Festival is the major and the most famous beer festival in the Czech Republic. The celebration lasts for 17 days in the month of May and is a top attraction amongst travellers from different countries. The festival features around 120 varieties of beer, from which, 70 brands are from the Czech Republic and the rest are foreign brands from countries like USA and UK. There is a space for about 10,000 people and the serving staff of approximately 200 girls and boys who are at service of the guests with attractive traditional attires.

Address: Letenská Pláň, Praha 7, Czech Republic.

International Jazz Festival (Mezinárodní jazzový festival Praha)
International Jazz Festival

International Jazz Festival (Mezinárodní jazzový festival Praha)

This festival has been a popular event since 1964 and lasts for two weeks. Performances of Czech and international musicians usually take place at the Reduta Jazz Club.

Address: Národní 116/20, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 224 933 487

Bohemian Carnevale (Prague Carnival)
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Bohemian Carnevale (Prague Carnival)

The Bohemian Carnevale is held every year in Prague during the carnival season that is, at the end of February and start of March. This festival symbolises bright display of superb ideas and dazzling creativity. It takes people back to the spectacular history and celebrations of the middle Ages. The celebrations take place at many public spaces, palaces, museums, galleries and theatres, restaurants and shops too.

United Island of Prague (Prague international Music Festival)
United Island of Prague

United Island of Prague (Prague international Music Festival)

A Grand celebration of world music takes place during the United Islands Festival (Prague international Music Festival) in Prague. Performances of rock music, pop, indie, electronic, world, folk & jazz music are included in this festival. Also, there are new experiments and trends which emerge during this festival. It is a grand event which is organised in the Prague’s Kampa, Střelecký and Slovanský islands in an open space and is free for visitors. Also, along with open spaces, the programme is held at some selected clubs in Prague.

Address: Ostrovy s.r.o., Slunná 27, Praha 6, 160 00, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 606 774 435, +420 605 560 277

Prague Choral Meeting

Prague Choral Meeting

The Choral Meetings in Prague are open to choral groups from all over the world. This meeting is a great opportunity to meet various choir groups from different countries who come together and perform in the beautiful city of Prague. The Choir groups also take walk tours around the historical monuments in the city, view the wondrous town and get acquainted with rich Czech history, culture and traditions. This event which takes place in spring, summer and autumn seasons happens to be popular and one of the most visited choral event in the world.

Address: Millennium Agency, Zahradníckova 20c, 150 00 Praha 5, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 602 686 820, +420 607 552 731

Prague Winter Festival
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Prague Winter Festival

This is an annual festival started in the year 1972 in Prague, takes place on the 1st day of a year. The festival is mainly focused on dance, opera, ballet and classical music. Generally, these concerts take place in Prague's National Theatre.

Masopust (Czech Mardi Gras / Carnival)
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Masopust (Czech Mardi Gras / Carnival)

Masopust (Czech Mardi Gras / Carnival) Festival is held in the district of Zizkov and usually ends with a parade through the streets of Prague. People enjoy dressing up in costumes, which represent mythical characters. 'Masopust' means to give up meat, and this is the last chance to have a meat feast before the fasting begins. The celebrations go on for about three days leading up to Lent.

Strings of Autumn (Struny Podzimu)

Strings of Autumn (Struny Podzimu)

Every year, the musicians from various genres, right from classical music to jazz gather in Prague for this festival in the season of autumn (between September and November). The Strings of Autumn festival is celebrated with a motive of broadening the prospects of the music world and presenting the diversity of music before the audience. The event is divided into three parts according to musical styles: Inspiration, Crossover, and Luminaries.

Prague Fringe Festival
Prague Fringe Festival

Prague Fringe Festival

The Prague Fringe Festival started in the year 2001 by Steven Gove, Angus Coull, and Carole Wears. During this festival, more than 200 artists come together in about 45 shows in order and present a wide variety of attractive works from all genres like theatre, dance, music and comedy. The Prague Fringe Festival is organised in eight venues, from a bar to an arch theatre; the days of this festival are crammed with various art performances and programs.

Prague Writers' Festival (spisovatelů Praha)
Prague Writers' Festival

Prague Writers' Festival (spisovatelů Praha)

Prague Writers' Festival is a renowned literary festival and one of the oldest in Europe. The festival is meant to bring about international cultural exchange and sharing of ideas. The festival was started in the year 1991 and is the first literary festival in free Czechoslovakia held at the Wallenstein Palace. Since then, it has been a regular custom and a ground of exchanging rich ideas and cultural exchange.

FebioFest
FebioFest

FebioFest

Febiofest started from the year 1993 as a passionate and simple event for film lovers. However, in these years, it has grown to one of the biggest film festivals in the Czech Republic. The fest features some of the best full-length films from around the world, also distribution premieres, retrospectives and tributes take place during the fest. The festival puts light on the experiment films, undiscovered works and less known filmmakers as well. The children can also enjoy films made for them in the Febiofest.

Address: Růžová 13, Praha 1, 110 00, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 221 101 111

Prague New Year and Christmas
Flickr / Jan Fidler

Prague New Year and Christmas

The Celebrations of Christmas and the New Year take place in a quintessential European way in the city of Prague. It welcomes the travellers with numerous attractions like the Christmas markets in the Old Square, attractive feasts and authentic menus served by restaurants. The Gala Concert which takes place every year in the Dvorak Hall is a special attraction for the visitors. The city is decorated with illuminating lights and fireworks during this festive season.

Easter
Flickr / Ruth Geach

Easter

The visitors to Prague at the time of Easter can surely take back an awesome festive memoir of their travel. There are annual Easter markets in the famous squares like the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the Square of the Republic where there are stalls displaying traditional Czech products like Easter eggs, laces, wooden toys, and puppets. There are various music and dance performances, Traditional art shows, and craft shows wherein travellers can see decorations of Easter eggs and making of the colourful candles etc. The Easter sweets in Prague add to the joy and merriment.

St Matthew's Fair

St Matthew's Fair

St Matthew's Fair begins from the 24th of February up until the Easter weekend and is held every year at the Holešovice fairground in Prague. The fair offers roller coasters, game stalls, Ferris wheel, candyfloss stands and lots more.

Designblok
Designblok

Designblok

Designblok is a yearly event which showcases latest trends in the field of design. It also takes the viewers through the history of design to the emergence of present trends. The venue for this event is a huge space called as the ‘Super studio’. Also, there are some small spaces which are utilised during this event. The Super studio presents a plethora of interesting programs like the seminars, conferences, and installations from the designers who are from the Czech Republic as well as from the other countries.

World Roma Festival (Khamoro)
CC / Jialiang Gao

World Roma Festival (Khamoro)

World Roma Festival is an international festival of Roma culture, which is held at the end of May. A parade usually takes place in Stare Mesto, and there are art and photography displays which are complimented by various musical concerts.

Address: Štěpánská 1, 120 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 222 518 554

Anniversary of Jan Palach's Death
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Anniversary of Jan Palach's Death

On the 19th of January, Czechs commemorate the death anniversary of Jan Palach, a student of the Charles University who self-immolated in protest against the Soviet takeover (1969). People assemble in the square and flowers are laid at the monument of Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc

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