Prague 2011

Events, Travel Tips — By Jacy Meyer on January 6, 2011 at 3:57 am

Is your New Year’s resolution to travel more? May we humbly suggest Prague? Great! In order to help plan your trip, here’s a list of major festivals and events happening in 2011.

January

Grand Restaurant Festival – January 15-February 15
If you are looking to experience a variety of restaurants for a good price, this festival offers specials from 20 Prague restaurants, plus others nationwide. Bookings must be made and prepaid for online. Visit www.grand-restaurant.cz for more details.

February

State Opera House Ball – February 5
Vienna isn’t the only city with a ball tradition. One of the most luxurious is held every year with the sumptuous interiors of the State Opera house as its backdrop. Food, dancing, fun and more.

Bohemian Carnevale – February 26-March 8
Celebrate carnival, bohemian style with a selection of glamorous balls, plus street parades and more.

March

Jeden Svět/One World – March 8-17
This international human rights documentary film festival showcases the best in documentaries made in the previous two years; plus strives to bring attention to human rights abuses around the world.  Venues and films can be found on their website.

Febiofest – March 24-April 1
Prague’s largest film festival, Febiofest is a fan friendly movie festival showcasing a mix of the best from last year, distribution premieres, retrospectives and tributes.

May

Volkswagen Prague Marathon – May 8
Want to run through the cobblestoned streets of Prague? This is Marathon weekend and there’s a host of healthy events happening for the entire family. Be warned if you are in town that weekend – trams and all traffic is stopped for the running of the marathon.

Prague Spring – May 12-June 4
This is Prague’s most famous classical music festival and well-worth ordering your tickets now. The theme this year “Year of Mahler” and includes a performance of the composer’s “unperformable” Symphony of a Thousand.  Full program details, including information on reserving tickets can be found at their website.

Book World Prague – May 12-15
Prague’s largest book fair offers many events for non-Czech speakers. The featured focus this year is literature from the Arab world. A full program, with English-friendly events highlighted, will be posted to their website closer to the event date.

Czech Beer Festival – May 12-28
If books and the symphony is too high brow for you, check out the Czech Beer Festival. More than 70 Czech beers will be available as well as a range of Czech food.

Khamora – May 23-28
The Czech Republic’s best known international Roma cultural event offers concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and seminars.

Prague Food Festival – Date TBC
The Czech Republic’s top chefs show off their skills at the Prague Food Festival. This is a great chance to get a sampling from some of the best restaurants in town.

Prague Fringe Festival – May 27-June 4
Your best chance to see experimental and usually hilarious English language theatre in Prague. A full schedule will be posted online as the date gets closer, plan ahead and buy your tickets early. The venues are usually small so seats go fast.

June

The Prague Writers’ Festival – Dates TBC
This long running festival brings a selection of international writers to Prague for readings and discussions. Watch their website for more details, including confirmed dates, theme and program.

Prague Museum Night – June 11
An extrememly popular event, a good number of Prague’s museums stay open from 7pm to 1am.There’s normally a great turnout, so be prepared to queue at a number of the more popular sites. Free bus travel is also provided between venues.

The United Islands of Prague – June 23-25
A very cool free outdoor musical festival held on the islands and in venues around the Vltava River.

July

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival – July 1-9
This film festival is the Czech Republic’s oldest and most prestigious. Films have yet to be chosen; watch their website for program details and how to secure tickets.

Rock for People – July 2-5
One of the most popular outdoor musical festivals in the country, pack a tent and head to Hradec Králové for a long weekend of good music and great times.

September

Strings of Autumn – Dates TBC
Fans of both experimental and traditional music should not miss this fantastic festival which continues to push boundaries and bring excellent musicians to Prague. Watch their website for confirmed dates and acts.

October

Designblok – Dates TBC
The best of Czech design, showcased in individual showrooms and shops across the city, as well as in their “superstudio.” Check their website later this year for confirmed dates and locations.

November

St Martin’s Day
Taste the newest Czech wine on November 11th, St. Martin’s Day. A number of restaurants offer special St. Martin’s meals (typically goose) and serve new wine.

Mezipatra – Dates TBC

The Czech Republic’s longest running queer film festival usually happens mid-November. Watch their website for dates and films.

Photo courtesy of Prague Spring

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