Prague's top 15 weekend events: Open museums, sport revelry, and summertime cinema

This weekend in Prague, June 13-16, brings a stellar line-up of food, drink, and culture events.

Anica Mancinone

Written by Anica Mancinone Published on 13.06.2024 16:24:00 (updated on 13.06.2024) Reading time: 3 minutes

STUDIO SPOTLIGHT

Art studios are in abundance in Prague, hiding the behind-the-scenes creativity of burgeoning and established artists - and this weekend, you’ll get special access to the beautiful chaos. From June 14 to 16, studios all over the city will be open free for Open Studios Prague 2024, with the opportunity to meet artists and see masterpieces in the making.

Doors will also open to prestigious museums and galleries for Prague Museum Night on June 15 after a five-year hiatus. Spend your Friday evening wandering through the Municipal Library, David Černý's Musoleum, Kunsthalle Gallery, AMU Gallery, the National Agricultural Museum, and the freshly renovated Prague City Museum’s main building at Florenc, which will host food trucks and musical performances outside the venue.

Artists will keep feeling the love with the summer MINT Market back on the Rašínovo nábřeží waterfront on June 16. Over a hundred designers from Czechia, Slovakia, and Ukraine will be putting their goods up for sale.

SWEAT AND SUDS

The month-long UEFA EURO 2024 football tournament kicks off from June 14, and while pubs around the city are sure to be screening the matches to avid fans, Manifesto Market Anděl is transforming into a veritable football fan zone. Surround yourself with diverse culinary delights, endless drinks on tap, and a sizzling atmosphere for this year’s tournament.

Up to 3,500 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in the fourth annual L'Etape Czech Republic by Tour de France on June 15, starting in Strahov and moving to countryside roads. If you’re not already registered, you can join the electric energy at one of the fan points as the parade of cyclists travel through.

RISE TO THE ROOFTOP

Outdoor cinema is back for the summer, and this Friday you can spend the balmy evening enjoying a screening of The Dark Knight on the roof of Arkády Pankrác. Throw down some buttery popcorn and enjoy Heath Ledger’s timeless performance of the Joker.

BREWS BY THE BANKS

Featuring 50 Czech microbreweries, Beer on the Beach will allow attendees to sample a variety of beers and fare from food stalls on the Rašín embankment on June 14 and 15. The brews will be accompanied by music from DJs and jazz ensembles.

If that doesn’t quench your pivo cravings, the Craft Beer Fest at Riegrovy sady on June 14 and 15 will bring popular breweries to the green expanse of the Vinohrady park. Expect brews from Madcat Beer, Pivovar Panáček, Sněžka Brewery, and more.

Fill your tum with dim sum at SILQ Restaurant on June 15, where 9 varieties of the scrumptious Chinese morsels will be served up for the Dim Sum Festival. Fried, steamed, or boiled, you can look forward to a hefty feast.

GLOBAL GROOVES

Celebrate all things African culture with a busy program organized for the Festival of African Culture at the Botanical Garden on June 15. Fill your senses with traditional African dishes and rhythms and dance from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lecturers and experienced travellers will spin stories of adventures through Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and beyond.

Go intercontinental and swing by the gardens of the Polish Embassy in Prague on June 15 for a traditional picnic accompanied by concerts by Polish band Raz, Dwa, Trzy and the Czech Zrní. Polish delicacies such as pierogies will be served up, and short language lessons will be running for Polish Day.

PAPAS AND PRIMATES

Stuck for ideas on celebrating Father’s Day? The big day is coming up on June 16 and Prague Zoo has it handled. Guided meetings with orangutans and fathers in the animal kingdom will be running throughout the day along with the regular guides and tours.

Perhaps heart-wrenching, cinematic odysseys are more your or your father’s speed, in which case Kino Aero is screening Christopher Nolan’s cherished film Interstellar on June 16. The cosmic masterpiece follows an ex-pilot on a mission for mankind and his family, and will be sure to wrench a few tears out of even the most stoic father.

RIFFS AND RECITALS

Featuring headliners Bring Me the Horizon, Avril Lavigne, The Prodigy, Bad Omens, Sum 41, and Dogstar, the Rock for People Festival is running this weekend at Park 360 and some tickets are still available.

If you’re looking for something more classical, the Czech premiere of opera Le Grand Macabre is opening at the Opera Nova Festival on June 14, showcasing what Národní divadlo describes as an “extremely bizarre apocalyptic vision of the demise of a grotesquely insane world.”

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