Prague may be most famous most of all for her stunning good looks, but she sure knows how to throw parties & events of every shape and size as well.
Whatever it is you fancy getting up to in Bohemia, Prague is sure to offer something up your proverbial alley.
Anniversary of Jan Palach's Death
Jan Palach, the young Czech student who killed himself in protest at the Soviet invasion of 1969, is remembered with candles lit on his grave all year round. Many people, especially the older generation, make their way to Olsanske Cemetery or to the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Wenceslas Square, near the statue of St Wenceslas, to lay flowers in his memory.
Prague Easter Markets
Prague Easter Markets feature a selection of handcrafted goods, including wooden toys, crystal, candles, jewellery, metal-ware, embroidery, puppets, dolls in traditional costume and brightly coloured, hand-painted Easter eggs. There is also a range of food and drink, from hot sausages to ice-cold Pilsner beer. Open daily.
24 March 2012 - 15 April, Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
Prague Half Marathon
The world's most international marathon, with two thirds of runners coming from 55 different countries. The Prague International Marathon Course is the seventh fastest and one of the most beautiful in the world.
31 March , Throughout Prague's city centre
Majales & May Rituals
Student-celebrated spring festival which takes place throughout the Czech Republic. In Prague this manifests itself as a parade from Jan Palacha, which is near the horse at the top of Wenceslas Square, to the Old Town Square.
Petrin Hill is the romantic setting for couples in love to spend a few hours together, after placing flowers at the feet of a statue of the celebrated 19th century poet, Karel Hynek Macha. Macha created several myths, a few illegitimate offspring and an epic poem called 'May'. Thus, lovers make a pilgrimage in his name and find a quiet corner to, well, er, let's say no more.
01 May , Wenceslas Square & Petrin Hill & Observation Tower
Liberation Day (1945)
Public holiday. Though the Soviet tanks rolled in to liberate the Czech Republic a day later than elsewhere, on 9 May 1945, VE Day is celebrated annually on the 8 May, in line with the other former Communist countries "liberated" by the Russians.
08 May , Prague & Czech Republic
Czech Beer Festival in Prague
The Czech Beer Festival is the largest gastronomic event in the Czech Republic, with seating for 10,000 visitors on long benches inside marquees. Sample 70 different beers from Czech breweries and local food. Waiters dress in traditional Czech folk costume and there are live bands to entertain.
17 May 2012 - 02 June
Euro 2012 may be held in Poland and the Ukraine, but Prague is a good place to watch the coverage. Its pedestrianised city centre draws friendly fans in from around the world, who combine a city break with watching their nation's fortunes on the big screen.
A large screen erected at the Old Town Square shows live games of all competing nations, with a second screen erected at Wenceslas Square. Prague also has several good sports bars with big screens and plasma TV's covering all the action.
08 June 2012 - 01 July
The International Folklore Festival Prague Fair "Prazsky Jarmark" will be in Prague on 25 - 30 August 2010. This year the artists will come to Prague from the Czech Republic, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The festival is free and you can find it behind the Estate Theatre. The festival includes also traditional Czech markets.
25 - 30 August
A unique exhibition marking the 170th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated Czech composer, Antonín Dvorák (1841–1904). Dvorák’s music is presented in an interactive form, guiding the visitor through the composer’s life and oeuvre. View displays of rare personal items, correspondence and original scores of Dvorák's compositions - this includes the celebrated Symphony No. 9, From the New World, his most frequently performed symphony.
01 August 2011 - 29 February 2012
TESCO Prague Grand Prix
Organisers of the famous marathon in Prague, will be hosting its TESCO Prague Grand Prix that will take place in and around the streets of the city’s Old Town. The TESCO Prague Grand Prix comprises a 10km Men's Race, 5km Women's Race, 10km Men's and 5km Women's team races and a barmen's race.
10 September, Start/Finish: Old Town Square.
Afro-Bailar Prague Festival 2011
Afro-Bailar Prague Festival is a 5 days event which brings to Prague many international singers, dancers and teachers with different music styles such as Kizomba, Zouk, Salsa, Tango, Coupé-Décalé, Semba and African beats. Each day is more oriented on one style of music but you can still enjoy all kinds of music from Latino, African to reggae and many more every day.
02 - 06 November , Latino Dance Club Palanca at Kotva Department store
St Martin‘s Festival
Traditionally, the Feast of St. Martin is celebrated throughout the Czech Republic in the first half of November. Martin rides in on a white horse, which signifies the time when it often starts to snow. St. Martin will appear on his horse at various times. And traditional foods such as baked goose and local drinks are on offer at various market stalls set up in the Old Town Square.
04 - 14 November
Christmas - New Year's Eve
Christmas decorations, hand-made wooden toys, candles, jewellery, sweets, traditional food, baked chestnuts, grilled sausages, hot wine and other Czech products are on display in the Prague Christmas markets. A Christmas tree is lit and school children perform traditional Czech Christmas carols and dances.
26 November - 08 January, Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
Public holiday. Although Christmas Day is naturally an important day in the Czech calendar, Prague welcomes visitors with open arms. The Christmas markets and many shops are open, tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal, and there is plenty of festive entertainment, including classical concerts and fine restaurants to choose from.
St. Stephen's Day (Boxing Day)
Public holiday. The Christmas markets and shops are open, tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal, and there is plenty of festive entertainment, including classical concerts and fine restaurants to choose from.
New Year's Eve 2011 in Prague
New Year's Eve in Prague is popular with everyone, from the wild and carefree to the quiet and romantic. Some book an "all-inclusive" evening of fine food, drinks and dancing 'til late. Others bar crawl, grab a snack en-route and chance on finding a club after the midnight fireworks. Some seek out a romantic, candlelit cellar restaurant, others opt for the Jazz Cruise or the Party Boat.
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