Czech Republic events can be a major contributing factor when deciding when to go on a trip to this amazing country. Events in the Czech Republic range from festive holidays to blowout dance parties. Whether you’re interested in learning more about the rich culture and history here or just in having a great time, Czech Republic festivals and holiday celebrations are a great way to ensure lasting memories.
The most popular festival in the Czech Republic is arguably CzechTek. Techno music fans won’t want to miss this annual free techno party or “teknival” that usually falls on the last weekend in July and attracts thousands of dancers and party goers from all over Europe. Other Czech Republic festivals focus on classical and jazz music. Music lovers will have their choice of Czech Republic events in the fall, such as the Brno Interntional Music Festival that runs through September and October, and the Agharta Jazz Festival that features major names in rolling concerts in Prague. The capital city is also host to the Prague Autumn International Music Festival, one of the biggest classical music festivals in Eastern Europe.
Spring events in the Czech Republic include Easter celebrations, when it is customary for men to gently spank women with decorated wicker poles, and women either reward them with colored eggs and candy, or fight back by spraying them with water. The end of April also brings the Night of Witches, when bonfires are lit all around the country and great feasts are held in honor of the pagan holiday known as Beltane. Summer, the busiest time of year for tourists to visit, is also the time that Brno hosts Moto Grand Prix races, each of which is accompanied by a grand party to celebrate the winners.
Winter events in the Czech Republic are focused around Christmas and winter sports such as skiing at one of the 40 resorts along the Czech-German border. The International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Prague is a great way to enjoy some holiday cheer. Starting December 1, a giant Christmas tree is decorated in Old Town Prague, and a few days later the Feast of Saint Nicolaus begins. Old Town is a great place to enjoy the festivities, when Saint Nicolaus wanders around the city followed by his traditional companions, and angle and devil. They reward good children with candy and presents, while bad children are punished with potatoes or coal. The Festival of Saint Sylvester heralds in the new year in Prague, the city where the saint was born. Wild parties and impressive fireworks displays attract nonreligious revelers as well as the more observant.
Czech Republic events for beer and wine connoisseurs are numerous, but the biggest parties take place in September and October. Beer drinkers can’t miss Pislner Fest in October, three days of nonstop beer drinking and partying in Pilsen, the home of the original Pislner Urquel and many other fine breweries. Wine lovers will want to check out the many vinobrani festivals held throughout wineries in southern Moravia, the area of the country east of Bohemia. The largest of these takes place in Znojmo, in late August or September, coinciding with the wine harvest and the first batches of Burcak wine. A medieval costumed parade complete with jugglers, jousting knights, sword fighers, dancers and other performers accompany lots of merrymaking and music. There are also plenty of things to do at these Czech Republic Festivals besides drinking, including family activities, historic tours, great shopping, and delicious traditional dining.