Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Czech Republic

Traditions thrive in the Czech countryside.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for the Czech Republic.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout the Czech Republic. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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2014

December:  Christmas markets, Prague

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  St. Stephen’s Day (closures)

December 31:  St. Sylvester’s Day (fireworks)

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day; Restoration of Czech Independence Day (closures)

January 19:  Anniversary of Jan Palach’s Death (flowers in Wenceslas Square in Prague)

March 2–11:  One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

April 5–6:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 4:  Pesach begins (Prague’s Jewish Quarter sights closed on 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th days of Passover)

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (Paleni Carodejnic, a.k.a. “Witches’ Night”; similar to Halloween, with bonfires)

May 1:  Labor Day (some closures), Day of Love (akin to Valentine’s Day)

May 3:  Prague International Marathon

May 7–23:  Czech Beer Festival, Prague

May 8:  Liberation Day (closures)

May 12–June 3:  “Prague Spring” Music Festival

May 22–30:  Prague Fringe Festival (offbeat theater)

May 24–25:  Shavu’ot (Prague’s Jewish Quarter sights closed)

Late May:  Khamoro World Roma Festival, Prague (performances and events celebrating Roma culture)

May 29–31:  Prague Food Festival (food booths in Royal Gardens of Prague Castle)

June 3–7:  Festival of Song, Olomouc

June 4:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 16–July 20:  Prague Proms (musical festival)

Mid-June:  United Islands of Prague (cultural events and world music on the city’s islands)

June 19–21:  Celebration of the Rose, Český Krumlov (medieval festival and knights’ tournament)

June 25–28:  Strážnice International Folklore Festival, south of Olomouc

Early July:  Rock for People, Hradec Králové (three-day eclectic concert series in north central Czech Republic)

July 3–11:  Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, western Czech Republic

July 5:  Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day (closures)

July 6:  Jan Hus Day (closures)

July–August:  Summer of Culture, Olomouc

July 17–August 15:  Český Krumlov International Music Festival (classical music and opera)

July 24August 9:  Telč Vacations Festival (folk music, open-air theater, exhibitions)

August 27–30:  International Folklore Festival, Brno

Mid-September:  Dvořák’s Prague Music Festival

September 28:  St. Wenceslas Day (celebrates national patron saint and Czech statehood; closures)

September 28–29:  Sukkot (Prague’s Jewish Quarter sights closed)

October 5–6:  Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (Prague’s Jewish Quarter sights closed)

Mid-October–early November:  Prague International Jazz Festival

October 28:  Independence Day (closures)

November 1:  All Saints’ Day/Remembrance Day (religious festival, some closures)

November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)

December:  Prague Christmas festival (markets, musical events, lights)

December 5:  St. Nicholas Eve (St. Nicholas, devils, and angels walk the streets in search of nice — and naughty — children)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Vanoce, closures)

December 26:  St. Stephen’s Day (closures)

December 31:  St. Sylvester’s Day (fireworks in Prague)