There’s no doubt about it, Czechs like to have a good time. This often comes in the form of gathering together, enjoying some delicious beer, and listening to music. And when you can do all three of these things together, then it’s a good day! It seems like there is always something going on at Prague festivals.
We were guests of JayWay Travel during our week-long summer stay in Prague and they did an excellent job of keeping us informed of all of the local happenings! Prague City Tourism is also a great resource for finding out what events are taking place during your visit. Throughout our stay there were multiple Prague festivals going on…
Pivo na Naplavce (Beer at the Waterfront) is a festival celebrating small and micro breweries. Along the Vltava riverbank, there were tents set up as far as the eye could see tapping kegs of beer, craft lemonade and specialty sodas. There was also a scrumptious selection of food offerings available to complement the delicious beverages. And of course, the festival wouldn’t have been complete without the presence of live music, which continued throughout the day. The event was free to attend, though we had to buy a special mug in order to purchase and consume beer.
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Overlapping two days of the beer festival was the United Islands of Prague music festival. For three days, the two islands in the Vltava River near Mala Strana are taken over by locals and visitors alike, enjoying music on various stages from local and world music acts.
We wandered throughout the islands and heard an eclectic mix of talented artists. There were also a few food and beer tents set up throughout the festival, but since we had just walked over from the beer festival, we weren’t quite ready to eat or drink again for a while.
Later in the week, after exploring Vysehrad Park and its beer garden, we were wandering through the streets of Prague and came upon this…
Again hundreds of people were gathered together along the riverbank to enjoy some live music. We had no idea who the band was (does anyone know?) or what they were singing about (as it was rightfully in Czech), however it was fun to experience and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
No more than a few blocks further down the riverfront was another band playing for a small gathering of people who were enjoying an evening meal and some brews.
So, again it seems as if there is always some sort of festival going on in the city of Prague to celebrate beer, local cuisine, music, and just simply enjoying the good life… especially in the summer months when we visited.
And if nothing else, you can usually find these guys playing around town. Bohemian Bards, a medieval folk-rock band, frequent the Old Town Square with their 13th-15th century inspired music.
Obviously we only mentioned the festivals that took place during our one-week stay. What are some other Prague festivals you’ve attended?
Again, we’d like to thank JayWay Travel for their assistance in making sure we had a fun-filled, culturally-inspiring visit to Prague. JayWay provides structured and customizable tours throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
Check out our intro to Prague video below!