Prague in May
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
If you pack for Prague in May then expect warm weather but also include a light rain jacket and a sweatshirt to cover most conditions. May can be very changeable but daytime temperatures should not be less than 15 degrees Celsius (hence the sweatshirt/jacket). However they can reach the 30s (hence packing for warm weather including light clothing and sun protection). Evenings will be cooler so consider jeans and a long sleeve shirt. If you are here late in the month and you are a hayfever sufferer then bring your antihistamine.
Eating and Drinking
Visiting Prague in May it’s not a case of what you eat but where you eat. Whereas April marks the opening up of most of Prague’s external attractions, it’s not until May that restaurants will be planning on opening their full capacity external seating. You’ll find a selection of Scenic Restaurants on and by the river and others overlooking the city. Look out for pop-up food and drink festivals. Check my Top Czech Food Picks for a classic stuff or look at the Czech Food page for a more comprehensive guide. Don’t fancy restaurants? then try the Hot Street Food post.
May 1st State Holiday for Labour Day
May 8th State Holiday for Liberation Day
May 30th-31st Jewish Holiday of Shauvrot
Festivals and Things to Do
Permanent Exhibition. Karel Zeman Museum. Remember the days before CGI and digital film effects. Well Karel Zeman blazed that path. Great place for adults and kids to see how basic special effects were achieved in the early 20th Century. http://www.muzeumkarlazemana.cz/en
Permanent Exhibition. Invisible. It’s possibly the strangest 90 minutes you’ll ever spend and much of it in total darkness. Welcome to the world of the blind and this is definitely something that will make you reassess your life. http://neviditelna.cz/en/ book online to find a tour in your language.
Whole month. Jazzboat. What about some contemporary jazz and a scenic cruise combined (option to eat as well). Details on the Jazzboat page.
@May 7th. Prague Marathon will be run on the weekend closest to May 7th. Expect travel disruption and restrictions on the Old Town Square and surrounding roads. Details on the Prague Marathon page.
May 8th. Wallenstein Palace has a “free-to-enter” Open Day on May 8th (state holiday). Take advantage of this as it only happens twice a year and you get a chance to see places not normally open to the public. More on the Wallenstein Garden and Palace page.
May 10th to May 26th. Prague Beer Festival start date varies but the event usually runs from mid-May to the end of the month. More on the Prague Beer Festival page.
May 11th to June. Prague Spring International Music Festival starts with a “Prelude” on May 11th with the opening night at the Smetana Hall on May 12th. The event runs for 3 weeks and you can read more on the Music Festival page.
May 25th. Church Night. Many of Prague’s churches will be open at night (up to midnight) for services and music. The website is www.nockostelu.cz and if you use the search function you have to know the Czech name of the church.
May 26th. Navalis is a religious festival with classical overtones and the event is only on May 26th. www.navalis.cz.
May 26th to June 2nd. Prague Fringe starts 10 days of theatrical styled events. www.praguefringe.com.
May 27th to June 2nd. Khamoro Gypsy/Roma Culture and Music Festival starts in May and finishes in June and uses parks and clubs throughout the city. Its a 7 day event, partly free and partly ticketed. www.khamoro.cz
Agharta Jazz Festival is only shown at the Agharta Jazz club just off the Old Town Square and invites a selection of local and international talent. This is usually a 2 week festival in either May or June. www.agharta.cz.
Prague Food Festival is usually in May but largely depends on the availability of the venue and it’s typically a 3-day event. More details on the Prague Food Festival page (and a video).
Although Plzen has more of a history with the Americans for WW2 you’ll very often see large numbers of World War Two vehicle hardware in Prague from May 4th onwards.
Prague in May usually sees the start of the summer outdoor cinema season. There are a few fixed locations but my advice is to Google for “Letni Kino Prague” to find both fixed and pop-up events.
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