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
If it’s September then it’s “Harley time”. On the first and second there’s a ticketed event at the Holesovice Exhibition grounds (take the number 17 tram from the Old Town). CZK400 to get in but you get CZK100 back in drink tokens. Expect the city to be flooded with Harley Davidsons of all types. www.pragueharleydays.cz/en/
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.
Septemberfest is a two day event at Zlute Lazne on 29th and 30th 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.
On the opposite side of the river from the Naplavka above you’ll find another Naplavka. This one is Smíchovská Náplavka (Hořejší nábřeží).
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/.
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 the 17th. 300 photos to see. Good stop if the weather is not great. www.prague.eu/en/event/14443/sebastiao-salgado-genesis
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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