Prague in October
Handling the Weather and What to Wear
This largely depends on if we have an “Indian Summer” or not. The chart just shows averages. In an Indian summer you can still expect 20 degrees C but on average we’d expect 10-15 degrees C during the day dropping to 5-10 at night. So, much like March/April, you won’t need cold weather gear but allow for a light sweatshirt/jumper and waterproof jacket.
Eating and Drinking
If you are a wine drinker and even if you are not then Prague in October still gives you a chance to try the first wine of the year. The really early wine is known as Burčák (pictured) and some places call it “wine cider”. It can be either white or red and can come in many flavours but it should be a little sweet and yeasty as it has not finished fermenting. Expect to pay @CZK50 for a 0.2L glass.
Restaurants and cafes will be extending the use of any external areas by using space heaters but in general this is the month when outside eating will begin winding down. Still can be warm enough for a Czech Beer. On the menus the soups will be getting thicker and drinks menus will again be showing Mulled Wine and Grog (rum with hot water and lemon). Trdlo will return from it’s summer form i.e. cold with ice-cream back to it’s original form i.e. served hot just with a hint of cinnamon. Take a look at my top six Czech food picks or for the more comprehensive guide, the Czech Food page.
October 5th-6th Jewish Holiday of Sukkot
October 12th-13th Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (starts from @4pm on the 11th)
October 28th State Holiday – National Independence Day
Festivals and Things to Do
Prague International Jazz Festival www.jazzfestivalpraha.com/en/
Smichovska Naplavka is hosting specialised food festivals every Saturday this month. 7th (Dolce Vita – sweet stuff), 14th (Goose and Cider), 21st (Soups and Goulash) and 28th (Pork Feast). Get details of how to find it on the Smichovska Naplavka page.
Wallenstein Palace has a free-to-enter “Open Day” on October 28th. This happens only twice per year so take advantage to see the things not normally open to the public. October is your last chance to see the gardens before they close for the winter. More on the Wallenstein Garden and Palace page.
Laterna magika (modern theatre performances) hosts the Prague Crossroads Festival with Eastern European troupes performing Human Rights related pieces.
Rudolfinum Gallery is hosting a free modern art exhibition called Nervous Trees.
Strings of Prague starts in October from the 20th. It’s much like the Prague Proms earlier in the year in that its a “crossover” i.e a mixture of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Ticketed events at different venues. www.strunypodzimu.cz/en/home-en/
Signal Light Festival is spread all over the city from Republic Square, through the Old Town, New Town and across to the Lesser Town from 12th to 15th. There are some day pieces but most of the action is in the evening. Read more on the Signal Light Festival page.
Imagine that you go blind. The guys at the New Town Hall have an exhibition which scarily puts you in that position. www.neviditelna.cz/en/
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