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Pálení čarodějnic (Witches' Night)

Pálení čarodějnic, Prague’s answer to Halloween, marks the last night of winter, when the supernatural powers of the forces of evil are at their peak. This is the eve of Saint Phillip and Saint Jacob's Day, when people once believed that flocks of witches were flying in the air, intent on bringing misfortune. Although taken a little less seriously these days, bonfires piled with effigies are still burned on the hills around the town to ward them away.

Date: 30 April 2018 - 30 April 2018
Venue: Petrin Hill.
Cost:

Free.


Volkswagen Marathon Weekend

The first Prague International Marathon was held in 1995 with 980 runners competing in the main race. Today, more than 3,000 people enter the competitive race with a further 25,000 participating in the City Run and the Family Run, making this one of the world’s most internationally attended marathons. The course follows a loop beginning and ending in the Old Town Square, and once the races are completed, the event takes on a party atmosphere with street performers and live music. 

Date: 05 May 2018 - 06 May 2018
Venue: Streets of Prague.
Website: https://www.runczech.com/
Cost:

 Free.


Czech Beer Festival

Since its inception in 2007, this festival has gone from strength to strength, celebrating something the Czechs make best: beer. Here you’ll find over 70 brands to choose from, in separate beer tents offering their own brews and entertainment. Large producers and small microbreweries all pitch up to contribute the key liquid ingredient in a fortnight full of live bands and a proper party atmosphere.

Date: 10 May 2018 - 26 May 2018
Venue: PVA Letnany Exhibition Centre.
Website: http://www.ceskypivnifestival.cz

Prague Spring International Music Festival

The Prague Spring International Music Festival is one of the city’s biggest events, and a showcase for outstanding classical artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles from around the world. Opera, theatre and special events are included in the festival itinerary, while the Prague Spring also prides itself on developing young talent with a competition held each year in various instrumental sections.

Date: 12 May 2018 - 03 June 2018
Venue: Prague National Theatre and other venues throughout the city.
Website: http://www.festival.cz
Cost:

Entry fee.


Khamoro (World Roma Festival)

Celebrating the history and culture of the gypsy people, descendents of the Roma people originally from this part of Europe, this colourful annual festival is held in venues across the city and features a particularly impressive street parade, which takes place around the Old Town Square. Gypsies gather from across the world to maintain the traditions of their unique music and dance.

Date: 27 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.khamoro.cz
Cost:

Free.


Prague Christmas Markets

Always a big draw, the Prague Christmas Markets brim with an abundance of traditional food and gifts, and plenty to entertain kids of all ages. Held on the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Havelska Street and Namesti Republiky. The most impressive is probably the one held in the Old Town Square, which transforms into a vast winter wonderland featuring an ice rink and a 27m (90ft) Christmas tree complete with carol singers.

Date: 01 November 2018 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Namesti Republiky.
Cost:

Free.


St Nicholas's Eve

Santa was modelled, as we know, on the earlier St Nicholas. On the eve of the saint's day (known locally as 'Little Christmas'), reincarnations of the jolly fellow roll through the streets of Prague handing out sweets to kids and dropping into bars for a beer. Each is accompanied by an angel or devil, representing reward and punishments, while St Nicholas himself signifies confession. Make friends with an angel for a treat - the devil doles out coal.

Date: 05 December 2018 - 05 December 2018
Venue: Old Town Square.
Cost:

Free.


New Year/St Sylvester’s Eve

Known locally as St Sylvester’s Eve long before it became plain old New Year's Eve, the citizens of Prague have always taken this night seriously when it comes to partying. Celebrations are mainly focused around Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with dancing crowds, roadside champagne stalls, classical concerts and the ancient spires of city’s famous skyline silhouetted by a dazzling display of fireworks.

Date: 31 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Prague city centre.
Cost:

Free.


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