Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Czech Republic

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  • 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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2018

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

June 15–16:  Microbrewery festival, Prague

June 22–24:  Celebration of the Rose, Český Krumlov (medieval festival and knights' tournament)

Late June (weekend):  United Islands of Prague (cultural events and world music on the city's islands)

June 29–July 7​:  Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, western Czech Republic

June 29–July 8:  Český Krumlov Chamber Music Festival

July–August:  Summer of Culture, Olomouc

July 4–6:  Rock for People, Hradec Králové (eclectic concert series in north central Czech Republic)

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

July 6:  Jan Hus Day (closures)

July 9–10:  Bohemia Jazzfest, Prague (free concerts in Old Town Square); travels to other Czech towns in following week

July 20–August 11:  Český Krumlov International Music Festival (classical music and opera)

July 27–29:  Czech Ukulele Festival, Únětice (near Prague; held in brewery)

July 27–August 12:  Telč Vacations Festival (folk music, open-air theater, exhibitions)

August 30–September 2:  International Folklore Festival, Brno

September 7–9:  Pálava Wine Harvest Festival, Mikulov (music, medieval procession)

September 7–21:  Dvořák's Prague Music Festival

September 9–11:  Rosh Hashanah (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

September 18–19:  Yom Kippur (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

September 21–22:  Slunce ve Skle beer festival, Pilsen

September 23–October 2:  Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah (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 11–14:  Signal Festival (light show on facades of landmark buildings), Prague

October 26–November 30:  Feast of St. Martin Wine Festival, Český Krumlov

October 28:  Independence Day (closures)

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)

2019

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)

March 2–5:  Carnival celebrations, Český Krumlov

Early March (9 days):  One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

Mid-March (8 days):  Febiofest, Prague (international film festival); festival travels to good share of smaller Czech cities throughout April

April 19:  Pesach begins (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed on 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th days of Passover)

April 19–22:  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 5 (likely):  Prague International Marathon

May 8:  Liberation Day (closures)

May 9–25 (likely):  Czech Beer Festival, Prague

May 11–June 2 (likely):  "Prague Spring" Music Festival

May 24–26 (likely):  Prague Food Festival (food booths in Royal Gardens of Prague Castle)

May 24–June 1 (likely):  Prague Fringe Festival (offbeat theater)

May 26–June 1 (likely):  Khamoro World Roma Festival, Prague (performances and events celebrating Roma culture)

May 28–June 2 (likely):  Festival of Songs, Olomouc

June 8–10:  Shavu'ot (Prague's Jewish Quarter sights closed)

June 20:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)