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Prague events » May 2016

Prague hosts events all year round, from the Christmas and Easter markets to the Prague Marathon, food and beer festivals, special exhibitions, pop concerts, and folk and classical music festivals. 2016 is no exception.

  May 2016

Municipal House
Vital Art Nouveau 1900 - Exhibition
Date: 01 April 2016 - 31 July 2016.
Time: Daily 10:00-19:00.
Price: 150czk.
Municipal House is a fitting setting for an exhibition of 19th-20th century Czech and European Art Nouveau works. 400 items are on display, including works exhibited at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900. Buy tickets at Municipal House on the day of your visit.
Where: Municipal House, Republic Square 5, Old Town, Prague 1.

Noah’s Ark - Exhibition
Noah’s Ark - Exhibition
Date: 01 April 2016 - 31 December 2016.
This exhibition at the New Building of the National Museum takes its inspiration from the famous biblical story. It reveals the remarkable beauty and diversity of animal species on Earth, and draws attention to modern dangers that put at risk the rich variety of species on our planet. What imaginary "Ark" might help preserve the diversity of the animal world for future generations?
Where: National Museum, Wenceslas Square 68, New Town, Prague 1.
Website: Noah’s Ark - Exhibition

Magnetic Festival
Magnetic Festival
Date: 06 May 2016.
Time: 20:00-06:00.
Price: 1090czk-3500czk.
The MAGNETIC Festival in Prague is the highest rated indoor Electronic Dance Music festival in Central and Eastern Europe. The strong line-up of in-demand artists and loyal following amongst clubbers enables the MAGNETIC Festival to build a giant music club for one night only.
Where: Exhibition Centre Prague (PVA Expo Praha), Beranových 667, Letnany, Prague 9.
Travel: Metro station Letnany (line C).
Website: Magnetic Festival

Battle of Nations - Petrin Hill
Battle of Nations - Petrin Hill
Date: 06 May 2016 - 09 May 2016.
Price: 199czk.
The Battle of Nations brings combatants from all over the world to face each other in a historical medieval battle which includes full contact. When the visors are dropped, the real fight begins. Journey back to the Middle Ages to see Halberds denting helmets, shields splitting in half and the raising of glittering swords. The various battle categories are: 1-v-1, 5-v-5, 21-v-21 and All-v-All.
Tickets are available in advance, but the system can be complicated so we advise buying tickets on the day (there are plenty of tickets).
Where: Petrin Hill, Lesser Town, Prague 5.
Travel: Travel to tram stop Ujezd (trams 12, 20, 22, 57). Then, take the funicular railway up Petrin Hill and alight at the first stop.
Website: Battle of Nations - Petrin Hill

Prague events
Liberation Day - Public Holiday
Date: 08 May 2016.
Public holiday. Celebrates the end of World War II. Although Soviet tanks rolled in to liberate the Czech Republic a day later than elsewhere, on the 9th May 1945, VE Day is celebrated on the 8th May in line with other former Communist countries "liberated" by the Russians.
Prague sightseeing and entertainment operate as normal. Shops have limited opening times.

Prague Marathon
Prague Marathon
Date: 08 May 2016.
Time: 09:00. Time limit: 16:00.
The Prague Marathon is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The race winds through the historic city centre, over bridges and along the Vltava River. The race is on the Sunday, but the build up starts on Saturday with a weekend of activities, including relay and corporate team marathons.
Where: Races start and finish at the Old Town Square.
Website: Prague Marathon

Czech Beer Festival in Prague
Czech Beer Festival in Prague
Date: 12 May 2016 - 28 May 2016.
Time: Monday-Friday 12:00-24:00; Saturday-Sunday 11:00-24:00.
Price: Adults 100czk. Children (0-15yrs) free.
Large beer: 45czk | £1.35 | €1.65 | $2.25. No need to pre-book, just turn up.
The annual Czech Beer Festival in Prague is the largest gastronomic event in the country, with seating for 4,000 visitors on benches inside huge marquees. There are 150 varieties of Czech beer to sample, sourced from international, regional breweries and microbreweries. There is Czech food to taste and live bands to entertain. The event takes place at Letna, which is a large park outside the city centre.
Where: Letná Park, Prague 7.
Travel: Metro station Hradcanska (line A), then tram to Sparta (trams 1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 51, 56). Some trams run from the city centre, so you may be able to travel directly there by tram.
Website: Czech Beer Festival in Prague

St. John's Navalis Sound and Light Show
St. John's Navalis Sound and Light Show
Date: 16 May 2016.
Time: 20:15-22:30.
A unique sound and light spectacle electrifies the river. Gather on Charles Bridge or along the banks of the river, or book a river cruise or a table at a river restaurant to enjoy a flotilla of historical boats, Baroque music and fireworks.
20:15 - Regatta of ancient river boats
21:00 - With the boats on the water, a Baroque classical music over the river, followed by a fireworks display.
Where: Charles Bridge, Prague 1.
Website: St. John's Navalis Sound and Light Show

Mumford & Sons in Concert
Mumford & Sons in Concert
Date: 20 May 2016.
Time: 20:00.
Price: 1290czk-1590czk.
The band has gotten a lot more popular since their last show, which was in 2013 in Prague. They have a new album since their last show. The band’s third studio effort, Wilder Mind, came out in May 2015, reaching number 1 in the UK and US, as well as Ireland, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Norway.
Where: O2 Arena, Ocelarska 460/2, Prague 9.
Travel: Metro station Ceskomoravska (line B).
Tram stop Multiarena Praha.
Website: Mumford & Sons in Concert

Nazareth in Concert
Nazareth in Concert
Date: 21 May 2016.
Time: 19:30.
Price: 790czk-1690czk.
Nazareth, headed up by new vocalist Carl Sentence, returns to the Czech Republic to play one of two concerts at the Lucerna club in the centre of Prague.
Where: Lucerna, Vodickova 36, New Town, Prague 1.
Travel: Metro station Muzeum (lines A & C), Mustek (lines A & B).
Tram stop Vaclavske namesti.
Website: Nazareth in Concert

Tanec Praha (Dance Prague)
Tanec Praha (Dance Prague)
Date: 23 May 2016 - 23 June 2016.
Tanec Praha (Dance Prague) has been the city's major dance festival since its inception in 1989. Participants come from all over the world, competing for prizes in various categories, including classic, contemporary, jazz and folk, as well as choreography and other performances associated with the art of dance.
Where: Various venues around Prague.
Website: Tanec Praha (Dance Prague)

Prague Food Festival 2016
Prague Food Festival 2016
Date: 27 May 2016 - 29 May 2016.
Time: 12:00-22:00.
Price: Adults 500czk. Children (0-6yrs) free
(tickets include tokens to exchange for food samples at the stalls). Tickets are available on the day (there are always plenty).
The annual Prague Food Festival celebrates the culinary skills of the top restaurant chefs in the Czech Republic. The festival takes place in a huge outdoor setting, in the grounds of Prague Castle. Wander around the stalls and sample local and international dishes, along with wines, sparking wines and Czech beers. There is also a children’s area with entertainment and cooking instruction.
Where: Royal Gardens at the back of Prague Castle.
There are 4 entrances, the easiest to find is by Lvi Dvur Restaurant.
Travel: Metro station Malostranska (line A). Then take tram 22 up the hill and alight at tram stop Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle).
Website: Prague Food Festival 2016

Prague Opera
Prague Opera, Ballet & Classical Concert listings & tickets
Date: May 2016.
Prague is famous for opera, ballet and classical concerts. Performances take place in several magnificent opera houses, stunning concert halls, and in an array of historic churches. Tickets are reasonably priced, so shows often sell out. Advance reservations are therefore highly recommended.
Website: Prague opera, ballet and concert listings & tickets

Prague Theatre
Prague Theatre listings & tickets
Date: May 2016.
Visit the Prague theatre for a typically Czech experience.
Black light theatre is a highly charged mix of dynamic dance, mime, singers, film, and state-of-the-art visual and sound effects. And marionette theatre features giant puppets. Shows are highly visual to appeal to adults and children of all ages and nationalities. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Website: Prague theatre listings & tickets

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