This weekend in Prague: The city's oldest funfair opens for the season

Plus: Coffee, tea or pork festivals; an opera returns home after 100 years; and the best of animation screens at Kasárna Karlín. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 23.02.2023 15:39:00 (updated on 27.09.2023) Reading time: 4 minutes


Cover band the Jack and an orchestra play AC/DC music in Highway to Symphony. Hear "Back in Black" and other hits at Divadlo Hybernia on Feb. 24.

American post-punk band Algiers took their name to highlight the struggle against colonialism, though none of the members have any actual ties to the country. They will be at Lucerna Music Bar on Feb. 24.

Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen joins Slovak guitarist David Kollar to play music from their joint album "A Sense of Destiny," a series of soundscapes and musical collages. Hear them at Palác Akropolis on Feb. 24.

Czech pop star Jan Bendig will be at Forum Karlín on Feb. 25. Special guests for the evening include Lucie Bílá and Michal David. Bendig rose to fame after appearing on Česko Slovenská SuperStar.

Drum and bass acts fill the program at Let It Roll Winter 2023, held Feb. 24 and 25 at PVA EXPO Praha. Organizers say this winter sampler event is sold out, but tickets are still available for the main Let It Roll festival in August.


A new production of Alexander Zemlinsky's opera Kleider machen Leute (Clothes Make People) premieres at the State Opera on Feb. 24 and 26. The German-language production will have English and Czech surtitles. A well-dressed tailor arrives in a small town and is mistaken for a wealthy nobleman. Zemlinsky introduced the final revised version of his opera on the same stage, then called the Neues Deutsches Theater, in 1922.

The latest Jara Cimrman play to be translated, The Plum, is back at Žižkovské divadlo Jarý Cimrmana on Feb. 24. The English-speaking cast uses the same props and seats as the original Czech production. Read our review of this classic Czech comedy here.

Ben Bradshaw and Curt Matthew in 'The Plum.' Photo: Jack Ollila
Ben Bradshaw and Curt Matthew in 'The Plum.' Photo: Jack Ollila.

An adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's cult modern-day vampire novel, Let the Right One In is coming close to the end of its run. The performance with English surtitles at Švandovo divadlo on Feb. 25 is one of the last three before the lid closes for good on the current production. The same story has been adapted into two films as well.

The life of Pavel Juráček, a key figure in Czech cinema and a signer of Charter 77, is told in Golden Sixties or Diaries of Pavel J. It has English surtitles on Feb. 25 at Divadlo Na zábradlí.

Mozart's Don Giovanni can be seen at the Estates Theatre on Feb. 24 on the stage where it had its world premiere. This production, created by Swedish-Norwegian stage director Alexander Mørk-Eidem together with German conductor and Mozart specialist Karsten Januschke, dates to 2021.

A new staging of Don Giovanni opens at the Estates Theatre. (Photo: ND/ Jan Pohribný)
'Don Giovanni' at the Estates Theatre. Photo: ND/ Jan Pohribný


The farmers market at Heřmánek (Řezáčovo náměstí) on Feb. 25 will see the return of dog-goods vendor Psí máma (Dog Mama) among the sellers.

Masopust may be officially over, but pork fests continue. The farmers market at Kubánské náměstí on Feb. 25 will feature a wide selection of sausages, smoked meats, goulash, and craft beer.

All manner of pork – from blood sausage to head cheese and roasted knee – is at Smíchovská Náplavka on Feb. 25 starting at 10 a.m.

Coffee fans unite for the Czech Barista & Latte Art Championship 2023 at New Town Hall (Novoměstská radnice) at Karlovo náměstí on Feb 25 and 26. Aside from the competition, there is a chance to sample the best of what local coffee roasters can offer.

Barista competition at New Town Hall. Photo: Facebook, Barista roku
Barista competition at New Town Hall. Photo: Facebook/ Barista roku

Teas, teapot workshops, and related attractions are at the Prague Tea Fest at Karlínské nám. 7 on Feb. 25 and 26.

Your voluntary contribution at Vegan Burger Day will go toward helping refugees from the war in Ukraine. Five kinds of burgers and other meat-free foods will be outside Cross Club on Feb. 25 starting at 2 p.m.


The Eiga-Sai festival of Japanese film and culture continues at kino Lucerna until Feb. 25. The theme for the 16th edition is unseen Japan. An arts and crafts workshop takes place on Feb. 25 in the Lucerna Gallery.

'Born Bone Born' at the Eiga-Sai festival. Photo: Free Stone Productions
'Born Bone Born' (Senkotsu) at the Eiga-Sai festival. Photo: Free Stone Productions

A retrospective of films nominated for Czech Lion awards continues at Edison Filmhub until March 4. Films this weekend include "Good Old Czechs," "Somewhere Over the Chemtrails," and "Medieval."

A special screening of the documentary Aluna, about a native culture in the mountains of Colombia, takes place at Bio Oko on Feb. 25. A photo exhibition will accompany the screening.

See 18 animated films from around the world in Anishort at Kasárna Karlín on Feb. 24. The diverse films were selected from over 1,600 submissions worldwide, and all are English-friendly.


The large fun fair Matějská pouť starts Feb. 25 and runs till April 10 at Výstaviště in Holešovice. You will find over 100 attractions including one of the largest carousels in Europe. Entry from Tuesday to Friday is free, while it is CZK 30 and Saturday and Sunday. It is closed Mondays except for school trips.

Towers managed by Prague City Tourism are open for CZK 65 on weekends until Easter. These include the ones in Old Town Square, both sides of Charles Bridge, Petřín, náměstí Republiky (Powder Tower), and a few others.

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