Thanks to its Christmas markets and cosy cellar bars, Prague has cemented its status as a favourite cold weather clime. But if you’re already planning your return trip, note that the start of spring is also an ideal time to visit the Czech capital. Suddenly, public parks are abuzz with picnicking locals, trees break into blossom and the city’s calendar fills with festivals. Whether you’re seeking contemporary dance at Tanec Praha or classical music at the Prague Proms, high gastronomy at the Prague Food Festival or frothy pilsner by the litre at the Czech Beer Festival, these 10 Prague festivals cater to all tastes.
Not quite ready to huff and puff your way through the city’s cobbled streets? Even if you aren’t sporting on your finest running shorts, it’s well worth attending the Prague Marathon as a spectator. The event draws crowds of thousands and hosts a perfectly festive atmosphere, thanks in part to the companion Marathon Music Festival with live performances and the concluding pasta party with, yes, heaps of pasta.
6th – 7th May 2017
Czech Beer Festival
Prague isn’t Prague without its beer, and, while it’s delicious all year round, there’s nothing quite like sun and warm weather to complement a frosty half litre (or several). Make your way to the Czech Beer Festival, then, which offers plenty of opportunity to indulge. Over 150 varieties of beer hailing from around the country will be served, while snacks like schnitzel and chips will provide a bit of welcome stodge. And for dessert? Beer cupcakes, naturally.
May 2017 dates TBC
Prague Spring International Music Festival
If you know your Berg from your Brahms, doubtless the Prague Spring International Music Festival is already on your must-do list. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the festival is a favourite of connoisseurs worldwide, and invites top performers, conductors, and orchestras from around the globe to participate. Several competitions also factor into the calendar, for those who like their classical compositions with a bit of competitive vigour.
11th May – 2rd June 2017
Prague Fringe Festival
Step aside, Edinburgh: there’s more than one experimental theatre festival around this season. The Prague Fringe Festival is slated to bring together dozens of performers and companies from the Czech Republic and beyond, with performances ranging from musical theatre and monologues to dance, comedy, and more, held in select theatres around town.
26th May – 3rd June 2017