Celebrating Spring with Festivals in Prague

(Last Updated On: February 2, 2016)

Ditch the heavy jacket, spring is here! After a cold dreary Czech winter, it’s time to party in Prague. We were lucky enough to be in Prague in May and join in on the fun – and there was lots to be had: festivals of all sorts were happening around the city during our stay. We tried to take part in as many as we could.

The Prague Beer Festival

Prague Beer Festival
Prague Beer Festival

You can’t spend any amount of time in Prague and not taste some of the wonderful handcrafted beer here. One of the best places to sample a bunch of varieties all in one place is at the Prague Beer Festival. There was no way we could skip this event, which takes place over two weeks in May. The beer hall was tucked away under a huge tent on a field on Letna Park by the Sparta stop in Prague 7. When we first arrived I wondered, “is this the right place?” But after walking through the entry there was no doubt that we had found beer mecca . The tent was packed beer hall-style with benches and tables, with dozens of taps of specialty beers dotting the perimeter.  While sampling some local brews, we also tried some artisan food from one of the many food stands set up by local restaurants under the tent. Chef Steven Trumpfheller, owner and chef at restaurant U Emy Destinnové served us up grilled swordfish, octopus salad, and an amazing chocolate mousse. Not a bad way to enjoy a Spring day (or any day for that matter).

Cheesecake Festival

What happens when the best dessert and pastry chefs in the city all get together and ask you to taste their treats and decide whose is the best? A cheesecake festival, now an annual event in Prague. The event was tucked away in an out-of-the-way warehouse area, and I hesitated a little looking around wondering if we hadn’t wandered into an auto body shop. The venue was actually a funky converted building that operates as an “open office” – a co-working space offering wifi and coffee. For this event the place had been taken over by bakers giving out samples of their cheesecake, with hopes to be crowned festival champion. We offered up our palettes (and stomachs) for the cause, and our favorite actually surprised us: a vegan raw cheesecake with a list of ingredients that I can’t recall. None of them sounded like they would work separately at all, but together, magic.

Vietnamese Festival

This one totally surprised me. But after learning a little about Czech history it made perfect sense. While under communist rule, a worker exchange program with Viet Nam allowed workers to easily travel between communist nations. Over time the  a thriving Vietnamese community has grown here. And with it, they have brought their traditions, and, to our delight, their food. Which they shared with us in large portions at the festival. There were long lines, but to be rewarded by the best Banh Mi sandwich you have ever eaten? Definitely worth it.

Saturday Farmer’s Market

If there is any doubt about the Czech love of the outdoors and food, lay it to rest right here. The Náplavka Market is held on the riverfront of the Vltava River every Saturday. It’s packed with local artisans offering up fresh grown vegetables, locally produced beer and wine, and lots of freshly prepared food. I wish I had another stomach and a month’s worth of Saturdays to come back again and again. If you only have one weekend in Prague, don’t miss this market which draws visitors and locals alike.

Prague Sunday Market
Prague Saturday Farmer’s Market

Prague Beer
Beer and Saturdays go together perfectly

There were so many other events that we didn’t get to attend, including the Prague Food Festival which took place right after we left. But it’s always nice, when leaving a place, to feel like you had a good taste of the place without exhausting all there was to do. This was so true about Prague. As we boarded the train on our way to Budapest we were already thinking about all the things we want to do on our next trip back. (Hint: here’s a link to upcoming festivals/events in Prague to help you plan your visit).

Budapest Train
Look out Budapest, here we come!

We thank our friends at JayWay Travel, who specialize in organizing custom tours through Central and Eastern Europe. They helped us find many of the events we took part in and made our time in Prague a spectacular success.

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13 thoughts on “Celebrating Spring with Festivals in Prague”

  1. I love your very first photo! All the outfits are so colorful! I have always wanted to go to Prague and spring seems like the perfect time. I don’t really like beer, but that cheesecake festival seems perfect for me! 😉

  2. Oh my goodness, ditch the beer (seriously). You had me at cheesecake festival. Wonderful!! And a vegan choice too, which would be brilliant for our son (who can’t eat dairy).

  3. I spent two summers in Prague studying writing. It was a wonderful chance to get to know Prague. As I didn’t go to a single festival, I now realize I don’t know it as well as I thought I did! Sounds fun.

  4. This is great! I have foodie kids and just read the list to them. No beer obviously, but we’d be up for attending the cheesecake and Vietnamese festivals, and farmer’s markets are always a sure thing. I’ve bookmarked this for when we’re in Prague – hopefully next year.

  5. I still haven’t made it to Prague, but you had me at beer and cheesecake! I think that may have pushed Prague even higher on the to do list.

  6. The combination of a cheesecake festival and a Vietnamese food festival has been utterly captivated! It’s like my two favourite things in one gorgeous city -and that strawberry cheesecake looks phenomenal.

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