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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Czech Republic

Traditional costume in Pustevny, 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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January 1:  New Year's Day; Restoration of Czech Independence Day (closures)

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

January 22–26:  Prague Short Film Festival

February 22–25:  Carnival celebrations, Český Krumlov

March 5–14:  One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

March 19–17:  Febiofest, Prague (international film festival); festival travels to good share of smaller Czech cities throughout April

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

April 10–13:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (Paleni Carodejnic, a.k.a. "Witches' Night"; similar to Halloween, with bonfires); Magical Krumlov (maypole dances, lantern procession)

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

May 3:  Prague International Marathon

May 7–June 4:  "Prague Spring" Music Festival

May 8:  Liberation Day (closures)

Mid-to-late May (17 days; tentative):  Czech Beer Festival, Prague

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

May 24–27 (likely):  Prague Food Festival (food booths in Royal Gardens of Prague Castle)

May 28–30:  Shavu'ot (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

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

June 2–7:  Festival of Songs, Olomouc

June 5–6:  United Islands of Prague (cultural events and world music on the city's islands)

June 11:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 12–13 (likely):  Microbrewery festival, Prague

June 18–20:  Rock for People, Hradec Králové (eclectic concert series in north central Czech Republic)

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

June 28–July 7:  Český Krumlov Chamber Music Festival

Late June–mid-July:  Prague Proms (musical festival)

July–August: Summer Festivities of Early Music, Prague

July–August:  Summer of Culture, Olomouc

Early July (2 days):  Bohemia Jazzfest, Prague (free concerts in Old Town Square); travels to other Czech towns in following week

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 17–August 8:  Český Krumlov International Music Festival (classical music and opera)

July 24–26 (likely):  Czech Ukulele Festival, Únětice (near Prague; held in brewery)

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

August 26–30: Praha Music Festival, Prague

August 28–30 (likely):  International Folklore Festival, Brno

September 4–6 (likely):  Pálava Wine Harvest Festival, Mikulov (music, medieval procession)

September 6–21 (likely):  Dvořák's Prague Music Festival

September 18–19:  Slunce ve Skle beer festival, Pilsen

September 18–September 20:  Rosh Hashanah (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

September 27–28:  Yom Kippur (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

September 28:  St. Wenceslas Day (celebrates national patron saint and Czech statehood; kicks off three-day folk festival in Český Krumlov; closures)

October 2–October 9:  Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

October 8–11 (likely):  Signal Festival (light show on facades of landmark buildings), Prague

October 28:  Independence Day (closures)

November (all month):  Feast of St. Martin Wine Festival, Český Krumlov

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

November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)

December:  Christmas festivals across the Czech Republic, most notably in Prague and Český Krumlov (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)