Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Czech Republic

  • 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

September 7–19:  Dvořák’s Prague Music Festival

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

October 28:  Independence Day (closures)

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

November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)

December:  Christmas markets (Prague)

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 (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 6:  Epiphany

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 3–6:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures on Monday)

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (a.k.a. "Witches’ Night"; similar to Halloween, with bonfires)

May 1:  Labor Day (some closures), Day of Love

May 8:  Liberation Day (closures)

May 3:  Prague International Marathon

May 14:  Ascension

Mid-May–early June:  "Prague Spring" Music Festival

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday

June 3–7:  Festival of Song (Olomouc)

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

Mid-June–July:  Prague Proms (musical festival)

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

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

July 6:  Jan Hus Day (closures)

Early August:  Telč Vacations Festival (folk music, open-air theater, exhibitions)

July–August:  Summer of Culture (Olomouc)

Mid-July–Mid-August:  International Music Jazz and Alternative Festival (Český Krumlov)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

September 1:  Constitution Day

Mid-September:  Dvořák’s Prague Music Festival