Events in Prague

Prague Jazz Festival

When: February-October


One of the hottest jazz fests in Central Europe, the Prague Jazz Festival features world-class players like John Scofield and Marcus Miller.
Carrying on throughout the spring, summer and autumn, with performances mainly at the Lucerna Music Bar.


When: March/April

Men rush around the country beating women on the backside with willow sticks; women respond by dousing the men with cold water, and by giving them painted eggs.
Painted eggs and willow sticks are on sale all over the city.

Matejská pouť (St Matthew's Fair)

Where: Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague 7
When: March-April

St Matthew's Fair marks the arrival of warm weather with cheesy rides for children at a run-down funfair at Prague's exhibition grounds.

Witches' Night

When: 30th April

On 30th of April, in various parts of Prague the witch-burning festival is celebrated. Unofficially it is celebrated on Petrin hill, which is very close to our hotel. Brooms are burnt and bonfires take place throughout the evening in an attempt to ward off evil.

Prague International Marathon

Where: throughout the city, route varies
When: May


It summons hundreds of marathon addicts from around the world.
Lots of shorter events are also held at other times in the year.

Pražské jaro (Prague Spring)

Where: various places
When: mid May-early June

The cultural highlight of the year. Prague Spring is still the heavyweight among local music festivals. It's had a stronger international flavour since the Velvet Revolution, and attracts first- class international performers such as violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Garrick Ohlsson. The festival typically opens with Má Vlast (My Country), Smetana's patriotic cycle of symphonic poems, and concludes with Beethoven's Ninth.

However, it's also kept up with the times, expanding its parameters in recent years to include contemporary musicians such as jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and young sitar star Anoushka Shankar.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Where: Karlovy Vary
When: July


This is one of the largest film festivals of the Czech Republic. It is also one of the oldest festivals in Europe. Various celebrities attend this festival each year.
High-profile guests have included Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Elijah Wood, but the real joy is in the gathering of indie film-makers. Many films sell out, but if space allows they'll fit you in.


When: late winter


FEBIOFEST was founded in 1993 by FEBIO, an independent film and TV company.
Originally a small event held in two cinemas in Prague, the Febiofest now screens approximately 4000 feature, short, documentary, experimental and animated films throughout the Czech capital.
A music festival and art installations run alongside the film festival.

St Nicholas's Eve

Where: around Charles Bridge & Staroměstské náměstí
When: 5th December

Grown men spend the evening wearing frocks, and terrorising small children.
An angel and a devil, symbolising confession, reward and punishment.
The angel hands out sweets to children who have been good, and the devil is on hand to dispense rough justice to those who haven't.

Christmas and New Year's Eve

Where: Václavské náměstí & Staroměstské náměstí
When: December

This is when Prague attracts most of its tourists. Many enjoy discovering the beautiful city's history whilst it is covered in snow. Parties and celebrations go on throughout Christmas until the New Year. A Christmas market is held in the Old Town Square.

Also, the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music is held during this period. Much of the fun on Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. Fireworks are let off everywhere.