The 10 best things to do in Prague this weekend: July 21–23, 2023

Learn about Japanese culture and food, drink mezcal cocktails, watch the summer's hottest movie premieres, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 20.07.2023 14:00:00 (updated on 27.09.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

Taste mezcal cocktails at Manifesto Anděl

Are you a fan of mezcal? If so, the San Cosme Mezcal pop-up at Manifesto Anděl, open on July 21 and 22, is the place to taste four special cocktails made with the agave-based drink, plus delicious food from up to 14 different restaurants for the Summer Splash I Paloma Edition. Eat, drink, and dance to salsa, bachata, afro, and dancehall music (on June 21); or hip hop, reggaeton, afrobeats, funk, and more (on June 22). 

Visit one of the world’s biggest stadiums

Learn more about one of Prague’s cultural monuments, the Strahov stadium, with an English-language tour organized by Open House Praha on July 23. Tour the gigantic concrete structure while learning about its long history, and, if you’re in shape, climb up 130 stairs into the original Gate of Champions, where you can enjoy amazing views of the whole stadium.

Listen to international hip hop and rap acts

Several international rap acts headline the Frontline Festival 2023, which comes to Holešovice Exhibition Grounds until July 22. These are British grime MC, songwriter, record producer, and DJ JMC; rappers SL and Ariez Baby; and grime MC, rapper, and songwriter P Money, all of them from London, UK.

Watch two of the summer’s most anticipated movies

Two of the summer's biggest films, Barbie and Oppenheimer, come to Bio Oko during the Barbenheimer double feature on July 22, two days after their Czech premiere. The event starts on a lighter note, with Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, a story of self-discovery that features Czech glassware as part of Barbieland highlights; then continues with Christopher Nolan’s retelling of the creation story of the atomic bomb in Oppenheimer.

Discover an iconic Czech photographer

The recently opened photography exhibition Jan Glozar: Portraits is at The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague until Oct. 15. The photographer chose as his models distinctive individuals from Czech society that defied narrow social templates, such as the unhappy janitor, the laughing fireman, the proud collector of the Czech singer Karel Gott paraphernalia Mr. Pulda, and the widow of a bird woodcarver in Podskalí.

Experience adrenaline-filled downhill skating

Grab a front-row seat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, your skates and join in the fun at Red Bull Steep Street: Praha on July 22. Czech professional skateboarder Maxim Habanec will host the event, which consists of skating down the steep Kostelní Street in a descent with obstacles and, after the downhill ride, ends with a party with DJs. 

Eat street food on the Vltava riverbank

Cool off during the scorching weekend ahead at Smíchovská Náplavka, which on July 22 hosts the Street food na Náplavce international street food festival. Choose from a wide range of street food specialties, such as fresh fish and juicy burgers; traditional dishes of Sri Lanka and various African countries; hot chili treats; insect-based food; or, for those who like sweets, golden-fried doughnuts, crispy waffles, and light macaroons.

Refresh your wardrobe with a clothing swap

Bring summer vibes into your wardrobe in an environmentally friendly way by taking part in the Swap na Střeláku clothing swap on July 22 at Střelecký ostrov. Organized by Swap Prague, the event is a chance to swap inappropriate gifts, jewelry, clothes, books, and household items in good condition. Bring around 15 items, and take what you need for free. 

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture

The Tanabata 2023, or the Japanese festival of stars, bamboo, and wishes that come true takes place on July 22 in Hanspaulka Park. If you own a Yukata (light summer kimono), sign up for the Miss Tanabata contest; or enjoy delicious Japanese food, a tea ceremony, numerous performances, and the exhibition Jan Březina: Japan, Land of Smiling Faces that takes place on the premises of the park. 

Enjoy the silence, courtesy of Brian Eno

Opening this week at the Rudolfinum, and on display until Sept. 24, the Nave, Music by Brian Eno exhibition revolves around ambient music that inspires silence and peace. The unique meditative sound experience, which Eno, an acclaimed British artist and producer, frames an installation created by the Czech artist Jiří Příhoda.

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