The 10 best things to do in Prague this weekend: Sept. 22–24, 2023

Have a beer or five for Oktoberfest, tour the city's galleries or art museums, party on the fall equinox, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 21.09.2023 14:29:00 (updated on 28.10.2023) Reading time: 4 minutes

Drink Czech or German beer for Oktoberfest

The Prague edition of Oktoberfest takes place between Sept. 20 and 23 at Holešovická tržnice with great German beer on tap, including special brews for the festival, and typical Bavarian delicacies such as pretzels, radishes, Obatzda cheese spread or Bavarian sausages. Another event for beer lovers is the Nusle beer festival on Sept. 23, which features Czech breweries such as Beránek, Čestmír, Matuška, Four Elements, Permon, Raven, or Vinohradský pivovar.

Embrace contemporary art and music

Inspired by the concept of noise, HeArt of Noise is the latest dance performance by the contemporary dance company 420People at Divadlo Archa on Sept. 21 and 22. Choreographed by Sylva Šafková, it introduces a modern take on futurism in movement, music, and set design. The musical background comes from T. Reindl & Omnion, who created their version of stage noise using recordings and live music.

Explore art museums of galleries

This year's Prague Art Week presents the best of the city's galleries and art museums. Over 30 art spaces around the city will participate in the event with new exhibitions, performances, tours, literary performances, film screenings, and an educational program. Highlights include shows at the National Gallery Prague, Fotograf Festival, Sumo Prague, and Galerie Smečky, as well as an exhibition of a progressive private collection in a former bank building.

EDITOR'S PICK: This weekend, experience a thrilling historical reenactment just outside of Prague. On Sept. 23-24, the plains of Hvězda nature reserve will transform into a 17th-century battlefield as hundreds of soldiers recreate the pivotal Battle of White Mountain. Cannon fire and pyrotechnics will bring this decisive moment in Czech history back to life. Visitors can also explore the period marketplace and catch demonstrations of period arts like fencing. It's a unique opportunity to step back in time and learn through living history. See the Facebook page for the event here.

Savor seafood and live music

Between Sept. 22 and 24, The Mozart Prague will host a seafood festival presenting flavors from all over the world in an exclusive gastronomic experience to the sound of live music. Another event that combines delicious food and music is Manifesto Deep House Sessions on Sept. 22, featuring fresh new tracks and remixes of older classics from some of the most renowned Czech DJs, paired with delicious food and drinks from the Soot bar.

Drink wine and burčak

The St. Wenceslas Vineyard at Villa Richter, which is Prague's oldest vineyard, hosts a wine-themed event on Sept. 23 with 50 varieties from top Czech and Moravian alongside local varieties and traditional burčak. Grébovka Wine Festival on Sept. 22 and 23 offers two wine festivals in two scenic locations, moving from Náměstí Míru to Havlíčkový sady park, where 80 exhibitors including winemakers and artisans will pour their vintages. 

See a French or a Czech play

A project to bring the works of non-existent Czech playwright and polymath Jára Cimrman to an English-speaking audience starts a new season. The next performance of The Pub in the Glade at Žižkovské divadlo Jarý Cimrmana is on Sept. 22. Inspired by the book of the same name by Michel Houellebecq, the Serotonin play (with English subtitles) at Meet Factory on Sept. 24 centers on Florent-Claude who finds himself at a crossroads that makes him question his life choices.

Party on the fall equinox

Celebrate the changing of seasons with Catharsis: Equinox at Gabriel Loci on Sept. 23 and 24, an event combining music and art consisting of a festivity in front of the Gabriel Loci monastery and another in the crypt below the church. Music acts include Sabura, Hans Hammer, Häger, Equi, Zjook, Infract, Kobe, and many others.

Watch a sci-fi thriller, a biopic, or a Hitchcock classic

The debut of Robert Holz, the cyberpunk sci-fi thriller Restore Point (Bod Obnovy) premieres in cinemas this weekend. Catch it on Sept. 22 and 23 at Kino Lucerna (with English subtitles). The cinematic tribute to Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, starring Helen Mirren, is at Edison Film Hub on Sept. 22, 23, and 24. English director Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho is at Kino Ponrepo on Sept. 22

Enjoy an illustration and comics festival

The 10th annual Lustr festival between Sept. 21 and 26 will bring together ten illustration and comics festivals from all over the world. Illustrators, comic artists, and curators from Hong Kong, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, France, Greece, and Hungary will celebrate the survival of these festivals through the pandemic era.

Take part in Day of Heroes

The eighth edition of Heroes Day at the Exhibition Grounds takes place on Sept. 23 as a showcase for the integrated emergency rescue system. Its activities and events are designed to teach visitors about the country's public safety efforts via hands-on activities and exhibits. Additionally, supporters of the Tereza Maxová Foundation for Children's Move with TERIBEAR initiative will be welcomed in the outdoor area near the grill section adjacent to Stromovka Park.

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