Spring 2023 events: Where to enjoy markets, food, and fun in Prague

A regularly updated list of can't-miss events and festivals for March to May in the Czech capital.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 24.03.2023 16:56:00 (updated on 26.03.2023) Reading time: 5 minutes

Monday marked the first day of spring, bringing with it, in the Czech Republic, sunshine and warm temps as well as a host of activities and events to welcome the season with food, fresh air, and fun. We've put together a calendar of spring events, to be regularly updated, where you'll find tips for the best spring outings in the Czech capital.

Fresh-air fun

Exotic butterflies are hatching in an exhibit at Prague's Botanical Garden / photo via botanicka.cz
Exotic butterflies are hatching in an exhibit at Prague's Botanical Garden / photo via botanicka.cz
  • Over 5,000 pupae from the butterfly farm in Stratford upon Avon metamorse in Prague every year. See them at the Prague Botanical Garden from April 7 to May 21.
  • Several community clean-up events take place under the We Clean Czechia initiative; this year the main event is on April 1.
  • Hiking season gets underway with newly updated trails throughout Czechia; read more in our article and our archive of hiking tips.
  • Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can ring the newly made Bell 9801, which is now on small raft at Hořejší nábřeží (Smíchovská náplavka). Read more about the bell in our article.
  • Prague Bike Fest is intended to increase interest in cycling you can test bikes and electric bikes, have your own bike serviced, see champion cyclists, and more at Výstaviště on April 22.

Outdoor markets

Fruit bowl, iStock
Fruit bowl, iStock
  • Farmers markets have reopened across the city with the main ones at Náplavka, náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, Řezáčovo náměstí, Kubánské náměstí, Karlínské náměstí, Vítězné náměstí, and Tylovo náměstí. Find out what's in season according to this interactive map.
  • Easter markets are now open until April 16. Buy decorated eggs, willow whips, rattles, seasonal food, and other items. See our article here.
  • An out-of-town market worth visiting is in the village of Tetín, near Beroun. The Easter edition of their farmers market on April 1 has regional products, children's programs, live music, a raffle, and refreshments.
  • Průhonice, just on Prague's border, has an Easter market on April 1. Enjoy hand-crafted goods and food plus workshops for children.
  • The square in front of the Rudolfinum hosts UMtrh, a combined handicraft market, a street food festival, and a relaxation zone. The next ones take place this weekend (March 25–26) and continues April 8–9.
  • Over 100 designers from Czechia, Slovakia, and Ukraine will offer up fashion, jewelry, and designer goods at MINT Market on Rašínovo nábřeží! (Náplavka) on April 16.
  • Dyzajn Market lets you buy all sorts of clothes, home furnishings, accessories, and other goods from Czech designers. It takes place May 20–21 at Výstaviště.

Spring traditions and rituals

Cherry blossoms in Prague. Photo: iStock / Liudmyla Melnykova
Cherry blossoms in Prague. Photo: iStock / Liudmyla Melnykova


  • One of the first signs of spring is the Drowning of Morana. The folk tradition is popular in rural areas on Deadly Sunday (Smrtná neděle), which this year is March 26. It is intended to drive infertility from the fields. Read more about the tradition in our archives.  
  • Easter this year falls on April 9 for those following the Gregorian calendar, while Orthodox Christians will celebrate on April 16. Czech Easter traditions range from spring cleaning on Blue Monday to the increasingly controversial symbolic whipping of women on the Monday after Easter.
  • Čarodějnice, also called Witches Night, falls on April 30. Neighborhood bonfires burn an effigy of a witch to drive away the last of the cold weather and usher in a season of good luck. The largest celebration is at Ladronka in Prague 6.
  • Kissing your loved one under a blossoming cherry tree is a tradition for May 1. In Prague, people flock to the orchards in Petřín to smooch and to lay flowers in front of the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha, who wrote the classic poem "Máj" (May).

Spring-fresh food

Range of beers at a pub in Prague (iStock / frantic00
Range of beers at a pub in Prague (iStock / frantic00

Can't-miss spring events

Street musician on Prague's Charles Bridge via iStock / agrobacter
Street musician on Prague's Charles Bridge via iStock / agrobacter
  • The new season at Prague Zoo officially opens on March 25 with musical performances, animal feedings, and the naming of the baby pangolin.
  • This year's edition of Comic Con runs at O2 universum on April 14 to 16, with stars for sci-fi and fantasy films, graphic novel artists, and other guests plus a cosplay contest and more. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
  • The 30th edition of Days of European Film showcases new films from well-known stars and debut directors, as well as some interesting debuts. Screenings are at Lucerna, Světozor, and Přítomnost on April 20 to 25 and in other Czech cities until April 30.
  • The United Islands Festival marks 20 years with 70 artists from 15 countries. Check it out on May 5 and 6 on the islands in the city center and more locations in Prague 5.
  • The 28th edition of Book World Prague, and international book fair and literary festival, will have an "authors without borders" theme this year and runs from May 11 to 24.
  • The highlight of the classical music season, Prague Spring begins on May 12 with a free simulcast on Kampa of the sold-out opening concert. The festival continues until June 2 at the Rudolfinum and other venues.
  • The Prague Fringe theater festival runs from May 22 to 27 at venues across Malá Strana. Visiting and a few local acts perform short shows in English.
  • Sunday afternoons in the Botanical Gardens feature live classical music to accompany you as you walk around to see the flowers. It starts on May 28 and continues into the autumn.
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