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January

 January 1:  New Year’s Day; Restoration of Czech Independence Day (closures)Country wide
 January 6: Three Kings’ Day (also known as Twelfth Night) marks the end of the Christmas season. People celebrate with carol-singing, bell-ringing and gifts to the poorCountry wide

February

 Early February: Masopust Carnival celebrates the start of spring and farewells winter with banquets and masquerade paradesCountry wide

March

 Mid March: Febiofest features film, TV and video of new works by both world renowned and unknown film-makers. It kicks off in Prague then continues throughout the rest of the Czech RepublicCountry wide

April

 April 19-22:  Easter long weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)Country wide
 April 30: The Burning of the Witches (pálení čarodějnic) see Czech’s gather around massive bonfires with fake witches at the stake to bid a final farewell to winter. Can be witnessed in many Czech villagesCountry wide
 April 30: Magical Krumlov brings magic to the medieval town of Český Krumlov that sets the stage for the upcoming Month of LoveČeský Krumlov

May

 May 1: Labour Day/Day of Love (akin to Valentine’s Day); public holiday where many couples gather at the statue of romantic Czech “poet of love”, Karel Hynek Mácha, which is located in Prague’s Petřín ParkCountry wide
 Early May: Prague International MarathonPrague
 May 8:  Liberation Day (closures)Country wide
 Mid May-Early June: Czech Beer Festival; featuring 150 different kinds of beer from various Czech breweries along with traditional Czech meats and freshly baked goods 
Prague
 May 12-June 3: Prague Spring (Pražské jaro) music festival; Prague’s most prestigious event with classical music concerts held throughout the cityPrague
 Late May: Prague Food Festival (food booths in the Royal Gardens behind Prague Castle)Prague
 May 24–June 1:  Prague Fringe Festival (offbeat theatre, music, dance and comedy)Prague
 Late May-Early June:  Khamoro World Roma Festival celebrates Roma culture with performances and eventsPrague
 May 28-June 2: Festival of SongsOlomouc

June

 June 20:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)Country wide
 Mid June–Mid July: Prague Proms International Music FestivalPrague
 Mid June: Microbrewery FestivalPrague
 June 21-23:  Five Petalled Rose Celebrations bring back the spirit of the Renaissance with medieval jousts, music and craftsČeský Krumlov
 Late June:  United Islands of Prague (cultural events and world music on the city’s islands)Prague
 June 28-July 6: Karlovy Vary International Film FestivalKarlovy Vary
 Late June-Early July:  Český Krumlov Chamber Music Festival

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Krumlov


July

 July 20–August 11: Český Krumlov International Music FestivalČeský Krumlov
 July 5:  St. Cyril and Methodius Day (closures)Country wide
 July 6:  Jan Hus Day (closures)Country wide
 Mid July: Bohemia Jazzfest; starts in Prague then travels to other Czech townsPrague
 Late July: Ukulele Festival (held in the village of Únětice on the outskirts of Prague)Únětice
 July 27–August 12: Telč Vacations Festival (2 weeks of the best Czech folk music and exhibitions)Telč

August

 

Early August: Czech Motorcycle Grand Prix

                                                            

Brno
 August 30–September 2:  International Folklore FestivalBrno

September

 September 7–9: Pálava Wine Harvest Festival brings over 2 centuries of tradition to a fairytale town for the annual wine harvestMikulov
 September 7–21:  Dvořák’s Prague Music FestivalPrague
 Mid-September: Znojmo Historic Vintage (wine festival)Znojmo
 September 21–22: Slunce ve Skle Beer FestivalPilsen
 September 28:  St. Wenceslas Day celebrates Czech statehood and the national patron saint (closures)Country wide

October

 October 11-14:  Signal Festival (light shows on the facades of famous buildings)Prague
 October 26–November 30:  Český Krumlov Wine Festival celebrates wine and gastronomical cultureČeský Krumlov
 October 28:  Independence Day (closures)Country wide

November

 November 1:  All Saints’ Day/Remembrance Day (religious festival, some closures)Country wide
 November 17:  Velvet Revolution Anniversary (closures)Country wide

December

 December: Christmas festivals all over the country (most notably in Prague and Český Krumlov)Country wide
 December 5: Mikuláš (St. Nicholas Eve) marks the start of the Christmas seasonCountry wide
 December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)Country wide
 December 26:  St. Stephen’s Day (closures)Country wide
 December 31:  St. Sylvester’s Day (fireworks in Prague)Country wide

 

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