This weekend in Prague: Celebrate Ukraine Day or Japanese spring traditions

Plus: (Re)watch Lord of the Rings, swap plants or clothes, dance to Afro beats, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 20.04.2023 17:00:00 (updated on 27.09.2023) Reading time: 4 minutes


Ukrainian culture| Celebrate Ukraine Day on April 21 at Kampus Hybernská, an event in collaboration with Charles University that includes Ukrainian food, lectures on Ukrainian language and literature (in Czech), and a musical performance from singer Maria Kaplina.

Tree blossom festival| The festival Hanami is an occasion to celebrate Japanese spring traditions on April 22 at Hanspaulka Park. Bring a blanket for the picnic, taste the best of Japanese gastronomy, and learn more about Japanese calligraphy, kimonos, tea, and origami.


LOR marathon|Fans of movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien books can enjoy all three Lord of the Rings movie on April 22, in an Extended Trilogy marathon at Kino Aero, featuring The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. If they miss the event, another Lord of the Rings marathon takes place on May 6.

Coldplay concert|See Coldplay perform on the big screen at Kino Světozor on April 23 in a showing of their concert “Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres: Live At River Plate.” The concert was shot during Coldplay's 10 sold-out concerts at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires and includes never-before-seen backstage footage, interviews with band members, and a guest appearance from BTSs' Jin with the live debut of his popular single The Astronaut.


Otherworldly sound experiments|Lucrecia Dalt and Adela Mede play at Meet Factory on April 23. Colombian musician Lucrecia Dalt uses “a wide palette of synthesizers” to explore cultural identity, and human concepts seen through the eyes of an extraterrestrial being. Slovak-Hungarian musician Adela Mede approaches themes of home and spiritual growth through sonic minimalism.

Alternative rebellion| Polish band Izzy and the Black Trees play at Café V lese on April 23. Influenced by artists such as Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, and PJ Harvey, the group received rave reviews for their releases so far. The concert also features Czech dream-pop Indie Favorite Obsession, which mixes vintage sounds with pop melodies. 

food and drink

Afro night|Dance to Afrobeats and Latino music for AfroBeats - The Backyard Vibes at Manifesto Anděl on April 22. If you need some time to warm up, the classes and animations with Jamba Jamba & Marton will teach you some new moves, even if you’re a complete beginner and without dance partners. No evening at Manifesto takes place without refreshing drinks and delicious food, and this one is no exception.

Witches’ brunch and ball|Bring your little ones for brunch and an afternoon of fun at Chateau St. Havel on April 23. This witch-themed event will have children decorating brooms and crawling in witches' cauldrons while adults sip on prosecco and enjoy the large selection of cold and hot dishes, plus desserts.

Witches Night bonfire in Prague. Photo: Raymond Johnston
Witches Night bonfire in Prague. Photo: Raymond Johnston

Japanese/American barbecue|Taste creative food pairings at Japan Meets America- Street Food Barbecue on April 22, an event organized at Silq Restaurant in collaboration with Big Smokers. Have roast piglet with chargrilled roti bread and homemade kimchi, smoked ramen with smoked beef ribs, or chargrilled Hokkaido milk bread with Portobello mushrooms, muttabal, and tomatoes.


Clothes and toys pop-up| Shop children’s toys and sustainable clothes of high quality at PopUp Tak Trochu Jiný Sekáč & Druhé kolo, which takes place on April 21 and 22 at Tak Trochu Jiného Sekáč. Payment is possible in cash or by QR code. You can also pick up your order from at the pop-up, and save on shipping.

New home for unwanted items|Take things you no longer want or need to Komunitní centrum Husitská on April 23 for a swap that could make other people happy. The items that you can bring (and get from other people) include clothes for men, women, and children, unexpired cosmetics and drugstore items, books, decorative items, small electronics, toys, and children's items, as well as household items.

just for fun

For green thumbs|The National Agricultural Museum Prague invites plant lovers to Herb Day 2023 on April 22. While most lectures and workshops are in Czech, this is a good occasion to buy seedlings of traditional and lesser-known herbs for your garden, as well as herbal products and refreshments.

Healthy lifestyle|Between April 21 to 23, Festival Evolution brings products for organic and eco-conscious living to Výstaviště, as well as lectures and workshops (most of them in Czech). Enjoy the rich selection of natural cosmetics, quality food, organic products, eco drugstores, children's supplies, and organic textiles, some of which come with festival discounts, samples, and tastings.

For cyclists|Prague Bike Fest brings adrenaline-packed fun to Výstaviště on April 22, with bike trial shows, bike rentals and displays, as well as competitions (such as changing a flat tire and riding on a rear wheel). The event will also include cycling instructors for children. 

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