Festivals, markets, and fresh-air fun: 25 wonderful ways to welcome spring in Prague

From rites and rituals to spring-fresh food and other open air events, greet spring with our guide to the best events of the season.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 20.03.2024 13:47:00 (updated on 20.03.2024) Reading time: 4 minutes

March 19 marked the vernal equinox, bringing equal day and night lengths and warmer temps a day early due to the leap year. Czech bioclimatologists also observed early spring in southern Moravia, where trees and apricots blossomed early for the first time in over 60 years, not due to the leap year but to record temperatures.

The Czech Republic heralds jaro with several folk traditions and proverbs, while in Prague, many annual events mark the arrival of the spring season. Dive into spring with our guide to the festivals and fun in the fresh air.

Fresh-air fun & activities

  • Cycling and hiking trains and buses open for the March 23-24 season. Take advantage of the country’s dense network of travel by bike or foot, setting out from Prague.
  • Several community clean-up events take place under the We Clean Czechia (Ukliďme Česko) initiative; this year, the main event is on April 6.
  • Hiking season gets underway with newly updated trails throughout Czechia; read more in our article and our archive of hiking tips.
  • Prague Bike Fest is intended to increase interest in cycling. You can test bikes and electric bikes, have your bike serviced, see champion cyclists, and more at Výstaviště on April 27 and April 28.
  • The Prague International Marathon takes place on May 5, 2024, if you feel brave enough to tackle the 42 kilometers.
  • Register for and race in the 27th Prague Dragon Boat Festival 2024 (a canoe-style race) on May 10 and May 11. It takes place on the Vltava River and features a 200-meter sprint and 2-kilometer race.
  • The Czech Republic's most renowned march, the Praha-Prčice walk that spans 70 kilometers, will take place this year on May 18. Registration opens in early May; a reward awaits people who complete the epic trek.

Outdoor markets

  • Farmers markets have reopened across the city with the main ones at Náplavka, náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, Kubánské náměstí, Karlínské náměstí, Malostranské trhy, and Řezáčov náměstí (opposite Heřmanova).
  • Easter markets are now open until April 7. Buy decorated eggs, willow whips, rattles, try traditional Czech delicacies, and see performers from all over Europe.
  • 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 14.
  • On the last Saturday of each month until October, starting in March, shop sustainably at the Heřmaňák flea market. Bring your trinkets and second-hand items to swap with neighbors, or simply browse the extensive collection.
  • An out-of-town market worth visiting is in the village of Tetín, near Beroun. The Welcoming Spring edition of their farmers market on April 27 has regional products, children's programs, live music, a raffle, and refreshments.

Spring rituals and traditions

  • Easter Sunday this year falls on March 31 (Easter Monday is observed on April 1). Czech Easter traditions range from spring cleaning on Blue Monday to the controversial symbolic whipping of women on Easter Monday.
  • 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 lay flowers in front of the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha, who wrote the classic poem "Máj" (May).

Spring fresh food

  • Easter brunch is a Prague tradition. Brasserie The Julius offers a new brunch on March 31 this year. Seasonal specialties and Easter classics, including lamb, curated by Executive Chef Milan Dolejš, and carving stations featuring beef neck and roast chicken and oysters, prawns, and mussels. Family-friendly activities are included. Reserve here.
  • Tender green asparagus appears on menus and in grocery stores throughout Czechia in spring. A festival devoted to asparagus and horseradish festivities takes place May 11-12, where you can find fresh vegetables, cooking, and live entertainment.
  • Herb-infused green beer is a special Easter edition served in pubs just a few days a year, right around Easter. A green bar map shows where you can enjoy a pint of beer, traditionally served on Maundy (Green) Thursday on March 28.
  • The season of open-air fests kicks off in spring, with Veggie Náplavka one of Europe’s largest open-air vegan events. Enjoy the springtime sun with a plate of food or drink in hand at the Prague Beer FestPastrami pop-up vol. IIPink May, and Beer & Burger Festival. Find a complete list of food and drink festivals in our article.


  • The Night of Theaters takes place on the Saturday nearest to World Theater Day (March 27 every year). Held on March 23 in 2024, it will offer tours, shows, workshops, and discussions.
  • Now, in its fifth edition, the Comic-Con festival promises a vibrant three-day (April 5-7) celebration catering to science fiction, fantasy, and horror enthusiasts. Kevin Sorbo is slated to appear.
  • The Open House Praha architecture festival takes place from May 13 to 19 and is celebrating its 10th year of granting access to closed buildings.
  • On International Museum Day, visit Prague galleries and museums for free on May 18.
  • Come to Book World Prague, and international book fair and literary festival that runs from May 23 to 26, and see a tribute to Bohemian author Franz Kafka; this year is 100 years since he passed away.
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