This weekend in Prague: Sample burgers, seafood or rum at food fests across the city

Plus: Check out a Sunday charity bazaar, see international designers, listen to Diana Krall, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 18.05.2023 16:41:00 (updated on 27.09.2023) Reading time: 4 minutes


Contemporary photography|CAMP presents the work of the Dutch photographer Iwan Baan, who helicoptered over the houses, walked along the river, and cycled through the streets of the Czech capital for his Prague Diary. Prague's first exhibit devoted to Baan, one of the most sought-after documentarians, of contemporary architecture runs through Aug. 20.

Culture fest in Prague 7|Between May 19 and 21, take part in the annual gallery hop around the Letná area called We Are Open. The 13th year of the event brings various cultural happenings, such as a flash mob (that welcomes additional participants), a group exhibition, workshops, and other fun activities.

Art festival|Scenes of the Crime, the artistic part of this year's 28th year of the international contemporary art festival 4 + 4 Days in Motion, takes place until May 21 in Erpet Smíchov and its surroundings. The original space of the former sports center currently hosts the exhibition Everything Is Everyone, featuring 60 artists and art projects from all over Czechia.

Open doors |Until May 21, Open House Praha 2023 lets visitors explore some of Prague's most unique buildings and architectural landmarks. The aim of the annual Open House Prague festival is to give the public some insight into the different historical eras of the Czech capital’s architecture. Some of the buildings have tours in English. Read more in our article.


Theater of change|Can anyone teach us how to live and how to be happy? The play Cry Baby Cry on May 20 at Švandovo divadlo na Smíchově (with English supertitles) explores the idea, through the stories of five women who try to find out how they should change their lives.

Opera premiere|Catch the premiere of Armida, the last opera by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák on May 19 and 21. The new staging at the National Theatre is based on the libretto of Jaroslav Vrchlický, who tells the love story of Armida, the daughter of King Hydraot of Damascus, and Rinald, a knight participating in a Crusade. 


Mozart on screen|The Metropolitan Opera in New York’s version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni is at Kino Aero with English and Czech subtitles on May 20. This is the Met debut of Tony Award-winning director of Broadway’s A View from the Bridge and West Side Story, Ivo van Hove.  

Scandinavian take|The movie Everybody Hates Johan from Norwegian director Hallvar Witzø is a dark comedy about a loner’s attempt to win over the love of his life while indulging in his love of pyrotechnics. Catch it at Edison Filmhub on May 20 and 21 (with Czech and English subtitles).


Classic jazz|Canadian jazz player Diana Krall is at Kongresové centrum Praha on May 20. Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, has won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards, and in 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second greatest jazz artist of that decade.

Psychedelic rock|Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are at Palac Akropolis on May 20. After recently making waves as the opening act at a Ghost concert in April, the proto-doom/psychedelic band is now the headliner in a concert where the opening bands are Gaupa and Blood Ceremony.

markets and swaps

For a good cause|Café Ad Astra continues its popular Sunday charity bazaar on May 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donate clothes that are in good shape (no boots, toys, housing items, or books) until May 20. Proceeds from the sale of the items support the cafe's employees, who are people with disabilities, while the remaining clothes are donated to socially disadvantaged families. Each item at the bazaar will cost CZK 50.

One-of-a-kind objects|The summer edition of Dyzajn market brings more than 200 creators, designers, and culinary creators from all over the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Ukraine to Výstaviště Praha Holešovice on May 20 and 21 with handmade items. Admire and shop the selection of original jewelry, clothing, accessories, handbags, backpacks, porcelain items, decorations, candles, toys, books, stationery, and, of course, delicious treats.


Wine and seafood|Prague's annual Pink May event on May 20 has become a welcome tradition on the spring calendar. Taking place at Náplavka, sample the best Czech and Moravian wines, rosé wines, and clarets paired with grilled fish and seafood, vegan specialties, and burgers.

For rum lovers|The Rum Fest at Žluté lázně on May 20 is the perfect opportunity to indulge in your favorite types of rum and discover new varieties. With over 100 different types of rum to sample and live music performances, this festival kicks off the season at Prague's historic spa area.

Gourmet burgers and craft beers|On May 21, head over to Karlínské náměstí for the Beer and Burger Festival. Pair gourmet burgers from Prague's best vendors and local burger purveyors with craft top-fermented brews and a colorful music program in the center of one of Prague's liveliest districts.

Seafood and prosecco|Taste the best calamari, shrimp, octopus, tuna, sea bream, sea bass, and other delicacies from the charcoal grill at Kavárna Pavilion Grébovka on May 21. There will also be popular appetizers in the form of popular tartare and spreads, all of them from Maare.

Israel food and culture|Also on May 21Israel on the Vltava comes to Střelecký ostrov. The festival celebrates Israeli culture with traditional food, music, dance performances, and a program for kids. In addition to Israeli eats, you can shop for fashion, design, and accessories from creators with Israeli roots. 

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