Prague Spring (May – June) The Prague Spring festival was founded in 1946. From the very beginning, Prague Spring has had the profile of the most important cultural event of post-war Czechoslovakia and has maintained that standing in the Czech Republic to this day. During more than seventy years of its existence, the festival has welcomed to its stages nearly all of the most important Czech and foreign performers, orchestras and other musical ensembles.
Other musical festivals:
Smetana‘s Litomyšl Festival (June–July)
International Music Festival Český Krumlov (July–August)
Bohemia JazzFest (July)
Colours of Ostrava (July)
Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre music festival held annually in the city of Ostrava. Since 2012, the event is being held in the impressive surroundings of Dolní Vítkovice – the site of former blast furnaces, mines and ironworks. During four days, this one of the biggest summer festivals in the Czech Republic offers over 350 program items on 20 stages – bands, DJs, films, discussions, workshops and theatrical performances, including the biggest stars of the world music.
Other musical festivals:
Rock for People (July)
Let It Roll (August)
Beats for Love (July)
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. Every year, the festival presents some 200 films from around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services.
Other film festivals:
International Festival of Outdoor Films (October)
Designblok, Prague Design and Fashion Week is the largest selection of design and fashion show in Central Europe. Designblok traditionally shows a selection of works of designers and manufacturers from all over Europe, represents new prestigious brands and prototypes of young and well established designers and design studios.
Signal Festival (October)
Video-mapping, site-specific projections, interactive and light installations, workshops, international conferences… the Signal Festival first lit up Prague in 2013, and has since shone on Prague every autumn. Current trends that cosine creativity, new technology and public space appear regularly in the streets of the city. The backdrop of the Royal City on the River Vltava makes the festival a unique European experience.
Other cultural events:
Letní Letná – festival of contemporary circus and theatre (August–September)
Shining VARY (September)
Ignis Brunensis – International fireworks competition (May–June)
Historical Znojmo Grape Harvest (September)
A spectacular historical festival, the largest one in the Czech Republic, featuring a costumed procession of King John of Bohemia, with 550 participants. Jousting and horse competitions, medieval markets with craft shows, a military camp, the street of the poor, a medieval pub, and a rich cultural programme including various genres on twelve stages in the centre of Znojmo. Programme for children, quiet zones. A wide offer of wine and young wine, period maashaus, wine tasting.
Other similar events:
Palava Vintage (September)
Žatecká Dočesná – festival of hops and beer (September)
Mělnické Vintage (September)
Fresh Festival (May–June)
The Fresh Festival is a gourmet festival of good food and drink, which has already been held in many cities. For many years, it has been a stable programme point of the city of Plzeň; for a long time, it also took place in Pardubice, and it has also visited Prague and Brno. The aim of the festival is to promote the best of the current local and global gastronomy on offer. Celebrity cooking shows, presentations by TOP restaurants, breweries, and mini-breweries, wine industry, regional foods and delicacies. It has become the most visited gastro-festival in the Czech Republic.
Other food festival:
Garden Food Festival (April–September)
Chodsko Folk Festival (August)
The Chodsko Folk Festival, held since 1955, is one of the oldest folk festivals in the Czech Republic. Nowadays, it always takes place the first weekend after 10th August and is connected with St. Laurence’s Fair. The major part of the programme is devoted to local folk music and folklore dance groups. Besides, groups from other Czech regions and from abroad also perform every year. The main programme takes place on five stages and consists of more than 20 different kinds of performances.
The Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora is an annual Gothic historical festival, which symbolically opens the tourist season of the town of Kutná Hora, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thanks to sophisticated dramaturgy, spectators become a part of the two-day theatrical performance, the highlight of which is a visit by King Wenceslas IV. Spectators learn about Czech history in an attractive manner (facts, fashion, habits, terminology, the court culture). The Royal Silvering represents an attractive opportunity to put on your own historical costume and enter the genuine history of the town.
Other similar events:
Liberation Festival Pilsen – Anniversary of Liberation by the US Army (May)
Austerlitz – Battle re-enactment (November–December)
The opening of the spa season in Karlovy Vary and in Mariánské Lázně (May)
The opening of the spa season consists of two social and cultural events which regularly take place on the first weekend of May in Karlovy Vary and the second weekend of May in Mariánské Lázně. The events connect the local population, hotel guests, and visitors to the spa towns. The rich cultural programmes associated with celebrations of the spa industry and the blessings of the local springs are open to all.
Run Czech (from Spring to Autumn)
The Run Czech Running League is made up of a number of races which take place in Prague and around the country. These unique sporting events are filled with emotions and are usually complemented by an accompanying musical programme, allowing this series of marathons to gain a strong position during its almost 20 years of existence. The events are not all about running. The organiser RunCzech is constantly developing new projects, organising new events, and providing people with new opportunities to get outside and enjoy themselves. In 2018, these events attracted more than 89,000 participants and their popularity continues to grow.
Other running event:
Běhej Lesy – running races (April–September)
Barum Czech Rally Zlín (August)
The most prestigious car race in the Czech Republic. This fact is confirmed not only by the always crowded starting line, but also by the throngs of excited spectators and motorsports fans who regularly come to the Zlín Region for the popular “Barumka” in late summer. 2018 sees the 48th year of this event.
Mountain Bike World Cup (May) The Czech instalment of the Mountain Bike World Cup has frequently been declared the best race of the season, thanks above all to its great fans, who always create an unforgettable atmosphere. It is thanks to this atmosphere that the race in Nové Město na Moravě is also the most popular among competitors.
Other famous sport events:
Jizerská 50 – winter event for cross-country skiers (February)
Golden Spike – the leading athletics meeting (June)
D+D REAL Czech Masters – a European Tour golf series men’s tournament (August)
Velká Pardubická with Česká pojišťovna – horserace – steeplechase (October)
The Golden Helmet – speedway race (October)
Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix – speedway race (May)
Ostrava Beach Open – Beach Volleyball World Tour (May–June)