10 best things to do in Prague this weekend, June 18–20

Open-air cinema, a new resturant devoted to an Italian specialty, pop art opening, and comedy is back in the Czech capital.

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Published on 18.06.2021 16:05 (updated on 20.06.2021)

SEE

Pop art by Pasta Oner.
Pop art by Pasta Oner now on display through July 25.

Czech pop artist Pasta Oner has a one-man show called 20th Century Cabinet at Villa Pellé Gallery. The show has 60 of his new works, divided into five themes. The works look back at the 20th century, especially the 1990s, as the pinnacle of modern civilization. "I see the exhibition at Villa Pellé as a major milestone. I feel great respect and I must admit that I also have a lot of stage fright,"Pasta Oner said. People are encouraged to buy tickets in advance, as visitor numbers are limited under current rules. Read more on the venue website and Facebook page. The show runs to July 25.

EAT

Crispy chicken, cold Czech beer, and great vibes in Vinohrady.
Crispy chicken, cold Czech beer, and great vibes in Vinohrady.

Kohoutek Resto, a newly opened concept restaurant in Vinohrady helmed by Italian expat Fabio brings a taste of northern Italy to a vibey, self-service setting where all the furnishings and foodie gadgets are for sale (you can even take home the centerpiece Somoto Cafe Racer if you have a spare CZK 155,000 on hand!). But it’s the food that takes center stage: slow-roasted and crispy kohoutek (cockerel) marinated for 72 hours in a special sauce, burgers, fried mozzarella sandwiches, and a finale of tiramisu, cheesecake, or pannacotta. Enjoy a cold Czech beer served from the unique bottoms-up draft dispenser this weekend (screengrab this article for a free beer or soft drink with purchase)!

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RIDE

T6AF tram. (Photo: DPP, Petr Hejna)
T6AF tram. (Photo: DPP, Petr Hejna)

The T6A5 tram will have its last run on Saturday, June 19, from 8 am to 6 pm on the number 4 line from Smíchovské nádraží to Čechovo náměstí and back. No special tickets are required, just a standard ticket or transit pass. There are only six of this model left in service. At 6.15 pm all six T6A5 trams will leave the Smíchovské nádraží loop for a parade through Prague along the route Anděl - Arbesovo náměstí - Újezd - Malostranské náměstí - Malostranská - Chotkovy sady - Špejchar. The trams have been in service for just over 25 years. More information including timetables is on the Prague Public Transit website.

EXPLORE

Galleries and museums across Prague 7 have special programs from June 18–20 as part of Máme otevřeno / We are open 2021.
Galleries and museums across Prague 7 have special programs from June 18–20 as part of Máme otevřeno / We are open 2021.

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Places across the Prague 7 district including Prague Market as well as galleries, museums, and community centers will have special programs on June 18–20 as part of Máme otevřeno / We are open 2021. Some of the venues will let you see into often inaccessible areas. Others will have special programs. Details can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Not that only some specific programs or events are free.

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You can pick cherries for free at an abandoned former orchard called Vrch Třešňovka – or Cherry Hill – located near public transit in Prague's Hrdlořezy district. Many people in previous years, rather than simply pick the cherries, have broken off the entire branch to get them all at once. This means there are few cherries within easy reach. To make it easier, you can rent ladders and a basket from local organizers. But you can also bring your own. There are also some events planned, such as a tasting walk on June 20 at 11 am (registration required). For more information, visit Facebook. or the organizers' website.

EXPERIENCE

Solstice seen from Charles Bridge. (Photo: Raymond johnston)
Solstice seen from Charles Bridge. (Photo: Raymond Johnston)

While the summer solstice is technically June 21, you can still see one of Prague’s longest-running shows a day earlier or later. Back when Emperor Charles IV planned what is now called Charles Bridge, he consulted with astrologers. If you stand at at the Old Town tower of Charles Bridge on the evening of the solstice, the sun sets over the altar of St. Vitus’ Cathedral. The facade of the tower also has a depiction of St. Vitus, standing in a circle to represent the sun. The show starts around 8 pm and is over by 8:35 pm., as the castle is on a hill. Read more about it in our previous story.

LAUGH

Velvet Friday, a stand-up comedy show in English will take place on Fridays at Pracovna & Laskafe, at Vlkova 36 in Prague’s Žižkov district. The first edition is free, but ticket information for subsequent shows will be announced soon. The organizers promise a fantastic line-up of hilarious people accompanied by live pianist. But you can be the judge – we mean about the hilarious people, not whether the pianist is alive. That determination is best left to medical experts. The pub allegedly has prosecco on tap. More information is on Facebook.

WATCH

Open-air rooftop cinema debuts this weekend at Dum Radost.
Open-air rooftop cinema debuts this weekend at Dum Radost.

Prague's Lucerna Cinema will start a series of open-air screenings on the roof of a functionalist landmark Radost in Prague’s Žiźkov district on June 20 at 9:30 pm. The opening film will be a restored version of Miloš Forman’s 1967 comedy The Firemen's Ball (Hoří, má panenko), with English subtitles. The film program will run on Sunday evenings until Aug. 29. More information is available on Facebook, and advance tickets are at the Lucerna website.

STREAM

Scene from the making of Manta Ray. (Photo: DAFilms.cz)
Scene from the making of Manta Ray. (Photo: DAFilms.cz)

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A new series called Thai Movie Night will start on June 19, with the screening start at 8 pm on the DAFilms.cz online platform. The first film will be the 2018 winner of the Venice film festival’s Orizzonti Award. A fisherman rescues a stranded man, but every good deed had consequences in director Phuttipong Aroonpheng’s drama Manta Ray. The movie will be available for 24 hours, virtual admission is free. The screening will begin with an invitation to the movie by H. E. Ms. Phasporn Sangasubana, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Czech Republic.

LISTEN

A number of solo artists will perform on 4 stages in Kampa Park as part of the Cool V Plotě festival June 19 from 2:30 pm including Amelie Siba (winner of last year's Apollo Award for her album Dye My Hair), Mirek Kemel, an accordion and ukulele player, and singer, and Irena Budweiser, a longtime member of the Spiritual Quintet. An accompanying program will also support busking, and exotic food street specialties will be on offer by London chef Stan Brousil and the Coolkydz project. This is the festival's first outing in Prague's Kampa Park, it is typically held in Pisek. More details here.

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