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Prague events » May 2017

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. 2017 is no exception.

  May 2017

Retro - Exhibition
Retro - Exhibition
Date: 01 April 2017 - 31 May 2017
Covering fashion to technology, designer furniture to applied arts, travel back in time at the National Museum New Building to see the fashion and furnishings popular in the different eras of the 20th century. Retro play areas form part of the exhibition, to keep the little ones entertained.
Where: National Museum, Wenceslas Square 68, New Town, Prague 1.
Website: Retro - Exhibition

Noah’s Ark - Exhibition
Noah’s Ark - Exhibition
Date: 01 April 2017 - 31 December 2017
This exhibition at the National Museum New Building reveals the remarkable beauty and diversity of animal species on Earth, and draws attention to modern dangers that put it at risk. Displays include animals that once roamed freely in the Czech lands, such as brown bears, elk and beavers, plus African animals, and extinct animals such as a full dinosaur skeleton.
Where: National Museum, Wenceslas Square 68, New Town, Prague 1.
Website: Noah’s Ark - Exhibition

Municipal House
Blanka Matragi, fashion designer - Exhibition
Date: 01 April 2017 - 31 December 2017
Time: Daily 10:00-19:00
Price: 260czk
This exhibition, held in the Gaming Parlours at Municipal House, celebrates the fashion designer Blanka Matragi's 30 years of work. Dresses and accessories are the core exhibits, supplemented by sculptures, glass, porcelain and graphic art.
Buy tickets at Municipal House on the day of your visit.
Where: Municipal House, Republic Square 5, Old Town, Prague 1.

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Festival of Rosé Wines
Date: 01 May 2017
Time: 10:00-18:00
Celebrate the month of love with a glass of rosé! The festival takes place on the hillside below Prague Castle at St. Wenceslas Vineyard, which is in the grounds of Villa Richter. Several dozen wineries present their rosés, totalling over 100 different bottles to taste from. There is also food on offer to accompany your drinks.
Where: St. Wenceslas Vineyard (Svatováclavská vinice), Staré zámecké schody 6, Castle District, Prague 1.
Travel: Metro station Malostranska (line A). Walk out to the main road and turn left. Walk up the road 75m and just before the pink building on the left, turn left to take the Stare Zamecke Schody (Old Castle Steps). The vineyard is around 200m up the steps on the right-hand side.

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Labour Day - Public Holiday
Date: 01 May 2017
Public holiday. Prague sightseeing and entertainment operate as normal. Shops have limited opening times.

Petrin Hill & Observation Tower
May Rituals
Date: 01 May 2017
Petrin Hill is the romantic setting for couples in love to spend a few hours together, after placing flowers at the feet of a statue of the celebrated 19th century poet, Karel Hynek Macha. Macha created several myths, a few illegitimate offspring and an epic poem called 'May'. Thus, lovers make a pilgrimage in his name and find a quiet corner to, well, er, let's say no more.
Where: Petrin Hill, Lesser Town, Prague 5.

Wenceslas Square
Date: 01 May 2017
Student-celebrated spring festival which takes place throughout the Czech Republic. In Prague this manifests itself as a parade starting at Jan Palacha, near the horse at the top of Wenceslas Square, ending at the Old Town Square.
Where: Wenceslas Square, New Town, Prague 1.

Magnetic Festival
Magnetic Festival
Date: 05 May 2017
Time: 20:00-06:00
Price: 1090czk-3500czk
The MAGNETIC Festival in Prague is the highest rated indoor Electronic Dance Music festival in Central & Eastern Europe. The organisers 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

Prague Marathon Weekend
Prague Marathon Weekend
Date: 06 May 2017 - 07 May 2017
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 Weekend

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Liberation Day - Public Holiday
Date: 08 May 2017
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.

Czech Beer Festival in Prague
Czech Beer Festival in Prague
Date: 11 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
Time: Daily 12:00-24:00
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

Date: 13 May 2017
Indoor and outdoor festival celebrating over 100 brands of rum from around the world. Join in with rum tastings and workshops, and enjoy specialities of Caribbean cuisine. The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced with Latino music from a live band and a DJ.
Where: Various places in Prague.
Website: Rumfest

Grevin Prague Waxworks
Happy 300th Birthday Maria Theresa
Date: 13 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
To celebrate 300 years since the birth of Empress Maria Theresa, Grevin Waxworks has a weekend of fun events. Visitors can witness the recreation of a real court celebration from the period. Highlights include fencers and knights, and music by Mozart. Royal company awaits!
Standard admission fees apply.
Where: Grevin Prague Waxworks, Celetna 15, Old Town, Prague 1.

St. John's Navalis Sound and Light Show
St. John's Navalis Sound and Light Show
Date: 15 May 2017
Time: 20:30-22:30
Sound and light spectacle on the river. Gather on Charles Bridge or along the banks of the river, or book a river cruise or a table at a riverside restaurant to enjoy a flotilla of historical boats, Baroque music and fireworks.
20:30 - Regatta of ancient boats.
21:15 - Baroque classical music on the river under Charles Bridge.
22:15 - Fireworks display.
Where: Charles Bridge, Prague 1.
Website: St. John's Navalis Sound and Light Show

Deep Purple in Concert
Deep Purple in Concert
Date: 22 May 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: 950czk-1590czk
Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Deep Purple, introduce their new studio album 'inFinite', and play tunes from their back catalogue, some of the finest musical output to grace rock music.
Where: O2 Arena, Ocelarska 460/2, Prague 9.
Travel: Metro station Ceskomoravska (line B).
Tram stop Multiarena Praha.
Website: Deep Purple in Concert

Depeche Mode in Concert
Depeche Mode in Concert
Date: 24 May 2017
Time: 16:00
Price: 1390czk-2190czk
Depeche Mode are on the first leg of their Global Spirit Tour, including playing the Eden Arena in Prague. The tour will introduce their new studio album, Spirit.
Where: Eden Arena, U Slavie 1540/2a, Prague 10.
Travel: Tram stop Slavia.
Website: Depeche Mode in Concert

Prague Food Festival 2017
Prague Food Festival 2017
Date: 26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
Time: Fri-Sat 12:00-21:00; Sun 12:00-19:00
Price: Adults 550czk. 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 large outdoor setting at Vysehrad Park. 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: Vysehrad Park, V Pevnosti 5b, Vysehrad, Prague 2.
Travel: Metro station Vysehrad (line C).
Tram stop Vyton (trams 2, 3, 7, 17, 21).
Website: Prague Food Festival 2017

Tanec Praha (Dance Prague)
Tanec Praha (Dance Prague)
Date: 28 May 2017 - 28 June 2017
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 places in Prague.
Website: Tanec Praha (Dance Prague)

Prague Opera
Prague Opera, Ballet & Classical Concert listings & tickets
Date: 01 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
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: 01 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
Visit a Prague theatre for a typically Czech experience. Black light theatre is a mix of dynamic dance routines, mime artists, animated film, and state-of-the-art visual and sound effects. While marionette theatre features giant puppets. Shows are highly visual, so appeal to adults and children of all ages and nationalities. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Website: Prague theatre listings & tickets

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