Things to do in Prague in 2019
Planning a trip to Prague? 2019 is the year to go! Loads of cultural events, festivals, and celebrations will take place all around the city and you definitely donʼt want to miss on these.
Although the metropolis itself will enthrall you at any time, each season has a unique atmosphere and different things to offer. Before you decide on a final date, you should consider what kind of tourist you are and what expectations you have of this trip.
To make things easier for you, this article summarizes all the major events of the year and things to do in each season. So, to make the best of your stay in the heart of Europe, read on because #Localsknow and locals are more than happy to help you out.
Just as any other European capital, Prague is a busy city and you wonʼt find much idleness here. Even if the weather doesnʼt allow for venturing out, we have plenty of indoor activities that wonʼt let you sit still.
The Czech people have a strong tradition of theatre and you should definitely give it a try once you are here. Our National Theatre is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and it is well worth visiting. The same goes for concerts of classical music, which are also sometimes held open-air. This is not to mention all the exhibitions, galleries, alternative movie theatres, and hipster hangouts that might all serve as bad-weather alternatives. Apart from these all-year-round activities, each season has something special to offer.
Spring is traditionally connected to what all Czechs know as Matějská pouť. From the end of February until late April, this fair has become an indispensable part of Czech culture. In Prague, Matějská is situated in Výstaviště Holešovice and it comprises a temporary luna park. This is a perfect place to start especially for those travelling with children.
At the end of March, a three-night musical festival called Žižkovská noc takes place in the neighbourhood of Pragueʼs Žižkov. This annual event is a great way to experience the cityʼs nightlife.
The next thing on the list is Easter. This holiday offers not only a great opportunity to witness some of the Czech folk traditions but also to visit the renowned Prague markets.
The last day of April is devoted to the tradition of burning the witches. The original purpose of this ancient habit was to celebrate fertility, but today it is more like saying goodbye to winter. You will come across bonfires all over the city, with people, music, and good mood all around.
The first of May is a labor day, but more importantly also the day of lovers. This is a tradition inspired by the Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha and you will probably see young people kissing under blooming trees, especially in Petřín Park.
May is the month of various open house events, such as the Prague Museum Night or the Night of Churches. There is also the baroque St. Johnʼs Celebrations NAVALIS in the middle of May, as well as various events devoted to wine tasting. And finally, the international festival of classical music Prague Spring takes place from the mid-May until the beginning of June.
All the food, drinks, music, and endless open-air fun… that is summer in Prague! There is a festival devoted to practically everything you can think of, from street food and exotic food, through burgers, pizza, candies or ice cream, to beer and cider… everything. Also, various national and international cuisines have their own festivals, such as the Mexican, French, Asian or Balkan. For some authentic Czech food experience, you can try our Old Town Traditional Czech Food Tour or Prague Food by Foot.
Music festivals are also a big thing in Prague. The biggest ones include the United Island of Prague, the busking festival Praha žije hudbou or the Metronome Festival, all of these happening in the month of June.
The annual Prague Pride takes place at the beginning of August. The whole week is loaded with various activities, including public discussions, workshops, and a side program for children. The second half of August offers a festival of contemporary circus called Letní Letná, which takes place in a big top situated in Letná Park.
Apart from these scheduled events, summer in Prague offers a whole range of outdoor activities that allow you to experience the city in a unique way. One of these are scenic river cruises, but with these, you need to be on your guard for overpriced offers and tourists traps. If you want to be on the safe side, try our Prague Discovery Tour which includes a river cruise under the Charles Bridge. Or you can take matters in your own hands and ride the river on a pedal boat.
Another option is to explore the city on some eco-friendly vehicle, such as a bicycle or an electric scooter. For a start, you can try our Retro Bike Tour. You will also come across pink bikes all over the city. These can be rented via an app called Rekola. If you feel like scooter instead, try Lime.
There are also various open-air movie theatres and film screenings throughout the summer. However, the best way to experience the summer months in Prague is with a glass of cold beer in one of the beer gardens in the city. My favorite ones are Letenské zahrádky and Beer Garden Riegrovy Sady.
Autumn is especially remarkable for its beautiful colors. We often get some days of Indian summer in September which are perfect for strolls in the numerous parks around Prague. My favorite ones are Petřín, Letná, and Stromovka, but there are countless other remarkable green spots throughout the city.
Late September and early October is the period for all wine lovers. It is the season of the grape harvest, which means there is a plenty of wine-related events all over the city. Apart from the best wines this country has to offer, you also need to taste our young-wine specialty called burčák.
If you miss this opportunity to enjoy Czech wine, there is yet another chance in the middle of November. On the day of St. Martin, the first wine of the year is brought to the market. This fresh wine with a specific fruity aftertaste will make up for all the September festivities. Enjoy the St. Martinʼs wine alongside the traditional roasted goose and you wonʼt be disappointed!
Of course, you might not all be wine lovers. But Iʼm sure all of you will love our festival of light art and technology. Taking place in mid-October, the Signal Festival is one of a kind. For one weekend only, various spots around the city are used as a stage for light shows, video mapping, and other visual expressions using light and dark.
Autumn is also a special season in terms of national holidays, especially those directly related to Czech culture and independence. September 28 is the official Czech Statehood Day, October 28 commemorates the origin of Czechoslovakia, and November 17 is the day of the Velvet Revolution, a major event that ended the Communist rule in this country. What is more, this year it will be 30 years since the Revolution and massive celebrations are thus expected for the whole month of November. This might the best opportunity to experience some Czech spirit!
And finally winter! If you see yourself walking across the picturesque Charles Bridge covered with snow, you might be disappointed. We donʼt get a lot of snow in Prague these days. The temperature rarely stays below 0°C for more than two days in a row, and even if we get a bit of snow, it is soon transformed into mud.
But no worries, if the weather doesnʼt take care of the proper atmosphere, we will make it up to you with our all our Christmas markets, nativity scenes, and the bustle in shopping malls. Prague Urban Adventures even offer a Christmas Markets tour that combines shopping, drinking of our delicious mulled wine, and tasting some of the best Czech Christmas treats.
A great way to warm yourself up in the cold winter days is ice skating. We have several temporary ice rinks throughout city centre which are especially appreciated by younger visitors. You can rent all the necessary equipment on the spot.
Although I have already mentioned theatres as an all-year-round activity, I have to point them out again in the winter season. The National Theatre is not only an amazing winter hideout, but it also contributes to the Christmas atmosphere. There is nothing more Christmassy than our version of The Nutcracker. Do give it a try if you happen to be in the city at this time of the year.
Prague is also a great place for New Yearʼs Eve. You would be surprised how many options the city has to offer for a single night. Even if fireworks and parties are not exactly your kind of thing…
Apart from the end-of-the-year festivities, the winter season is also great for film festivals. After all, a comfortable seat in a movie theatre is precisely the place you want to be on a cold winter evening.
The beginning of the year is the time of Masopust – a carnival season starting with the Twelfth Night and ending on the Ash Wednesday. It culminates with a costume march held on the Lenten Tuesday, which will definitely provide you with unforgettable memories of Prague.
January 1, 2019