Prague in September
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
Imagine it’s April but where the leaves are brown and that’s what to expect. It’s one of my favourite times to visit as it will be cool in the morning but still be warm both during the day and in the evening. The chance of sunny clear weather is pretty good but there’s a chance of some cool rain. So you should be looking at shorts on a sunny day, jeans in the evening, a light waterproof jacket and a small umbrella. No night frost yet.
Eating and Drinking
Check my top six Czech food picks for an introduction and don’t forget the Czech Beer page. If you are a wine drinker and even if you are not then Prague in September sees 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.
September 21st-22nd Jewish Holiday of Roš ha-šana
September 28th State Holiday of ST Wenceslas (Czech Patron Saint)
September 30th Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur
Festivals and Things to Do
A Guided Walking Tour For Less than the Price of a T-Shirt
You think guided tour – too expensive! or you don’t want to be in a big group or struggle understanding the guide. No problem there as for less than the price of a T-Shirt you can do a tour with me in Native English and it’s limited to 6 people. Entertaining, highly rated tours, 2.5 hours, great value and a great experience. If you are used to taking guided tours or even if you want to try it for the first time, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll remember it long after you’ve left the city. Tips on eating and drinking, saving money, avoiding queues and lesser known places to visit. All included.
Take a look at the Old Town and Jewish Quarter Hidden Secrets or the Prague City Walking Tour.
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. Jewish Prague. The Jewish Museum is a collection of different sites including Synagogues, a Ceremonial Hall, Cemetery and Gallery. Check the Jewish Museum post for ticket details and discounted entry tips.
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.
Whole Month. Last month of the season to go to the Renaissance dining and music event at the Martinicky Palace. Check the event page.
September is the last or the warm evenings so if you want to kick off your shoes and enjoy a cocktail on the beach then see what’s on in the Zlute Lazne Recreational Area. Look out for a 2-day event at the end of the month showcasing a selection of microbreweries. CZK50 entry fee and guaranteed good mood. Take the number 3 tram.
September 3rd marks the death in 1948 of the second Czech president Edvard Beneš. You can learn more about him on the Edvard Beneš post and his statue outside the Foreign Office building at the Černín Palace. Beneš was both the pre-WW2 president and also the sitting president when the Communists took over.
Letni Letna Circus starts in mid-August and runs until September 3rd in Letna Park which brings together groups of internationally renowned acrobats and performing arts groups. www.letniletna.cz.
Burgerfest is a weekend event at the Vystaviste (exhibition grounds) in Holesovice. This year it’s September 9th and 10th. Take the Number 17 tram. Ticketed entry but a wide selection of food and competitions once you get in. www.burgerfest.cz.
The last weekend of September 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.
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 competiton. 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.
Feeling sporty? On 9th September you’ll find Ladronkafest which is a mix of sports, food, activities, and music. Free entry and activities. www.facebook.com/Ladronkafest/timeline.
Naplavka Street Market (close to the Dancing House) and Food Festival will run each Saturday in September and there’s also a little flea market on the river. On September 10th it will run a special Vegetarian/Vegan food festival.
Prague Dvorak International Music Festival runs from Sept 7th to 23rd. Almost a month in celebration of Antonin Dvorak (and a few other people). Colour coded events. www.dvorakovapraha.cz/en/.
During Prague in September, every Thursday at 5pm a free classical concert is given in the Wallenstein Garden.
Mlada Praha (Young Prague) not surprisingly promotes young professional musicians. Venues include Smetana House, Rudolfinum, Polish Embassy, Jan Deyl Coservatoire. www.mladapraha.cz
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