Prague in August
Handling the Weather and What to Wear
With the odd temporary exception either July or August will have the hottest days of the year. The evenings are usually warm and balmy and any rain can come as a relief in many ways. This is the month where you pay extra for air conditioning in the room. On the hottest days of the year the river will look very appealing for a quick dip but remember that people drown in it every year (mountain water, cold induces cramp very quickly). An umbrella will be useful mainly to provide shade when you need it and also for light showers. Caps or hats are recommended to keep the sun off your head. A light shirt with long sleeves may feel cooler than a tight t-shirt. Bring sun cream for skin protection.
Eating and Drinking
In August it’s not unknown for Czechs to switch to a 4 or 5 meal day. Czechs would normally have a light breakfast but in the very hot weather they tend to cut out the heavy lunch and instead take a lighter lunch and add a couple of “snack” periods (especially afternoon coffee and cake). This keeps the energy up for the whole day. Though a cold drink is popular at main meals, the “snack” breaks will often have a hot teas, especially a hot fruit or herbal tea. Take a look at my Top Czech Food Picks which I recommend as the evening meal in hot months and especially learn about Czech Beer. Plus I make my own recommendations for Scenic Restaurants.
Avoid packets of condiments in baskets on tables in the direct sun, especially mayonnaise.
Keep hydrated by sipping at a bottle of water and add a little extra salt to your meals on sunny days to replenish what you are losing as you sweat (helps to prevent headaches caused by dehydration).
There are no State holidays in August
Festivals and Things to Do
Letni Letna Circus starts in mid-August and is a 2 week event in Letna Park which brings together groups of internationally renowned acrobats and performing arts groups. www.letniletna.cz.
On August 21st at 12pm there will be a free-to-air concert on Wenceslas Square commemorating the events of August 21st 1968 (Prague Spring).
On August 26th there is a one-day street food event at Smíchovská Náplavka (Hořejší nábřeží). Note that this is NOT the well-known Naplavka close to the Dancing House. It’s on the opposite side of the river.
There’s a one-day multi-cultural event called the “Vibrant 9” at Podvini Park in the last week of the month. They usually update their website a couple of weeks before the event at barevnadevitka.cz/ or search Facebook for the same name.
Prague in August sees “Hradozamecka noc” which means Castle and Chateau night. It’s a national event in the last week of August. In Prague the main action will be in the Prague Castle Landscaped Gardens atrium and Wallenstein Palace/Gardens. More detail here but it forwards only to Czech language content.
This is the 15th anniversary of some of the worst flooding in Prague. You can see lots of photos of what it looked like here in an external exhibition in Kampa Park. Free to view. If you want a first hand account of what it was like then read about the 2002 Flood.
The Sebastiao Salgado “Genesis” photo exhibition is on at the Queen Anne’s Palace (also called the Belvedere) in the Prague Castle Imperial Gardens until. 300 photos to see. Good stop if the weather is not great. www.prague.eu/en/event/14443/sebastiao-salgado-genesis
The last weekend of August in Prague sees UMTRH which is basically an open air collection of performing arts usually located at the back of the Hotel Intercontinental. Concerts, films, lightshows, book readings. See their website for details www.umtrh.cz.
Foodparade is one of the last major food festivals of the year. It’s a weekend event so check the dates and location (usually Troja Chateau) on their webpage. www.foodparade.cz.
Every Thursday at 5pm there’s a free classical music performance at the Wallenstein Garden.
On August 30th you’ll find the Prague Symphony Orchestra (PSO) giving a free-to-air classical music event at the Wallenstein Gardens.
The Auditeorganum is located at the beautiful ST James Basilica starting in August and ending in September. It’s both a organ playing festival and competition. Evenings from 7pm and ticketed. www.auditeorganum.cz/
There’s a bi-weekly food festival and open-air cinema in the garden of Cross Club close to the Holesovice metro station (they call it Street Food JAM and it usually runs 10am-6pm). Check their website for directions and dates www.crossclub.cz.
Prague in August will see a week of Prague Gay Pride celebrations beginning on the 7th. www.praguepride.cz
Naplavka riverside market and Foodie place will be open each Saturday and there’s a flea market on the river.
The forests around Prague in August will be alive with people picking mushrooms so read about that on the Mushroom picking page.
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