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Summer in Prague is in full swing. And just like every season in Prague, the city is packed with fun events to suit every taste and budget. Here are some highlights.

Music

The beat goes on—on the streets, in the theatres, in the Metro stations. Prague is justly famous for fabulous music and this summer you can take your choice:

  • Prague Proms: Highlights include Natalie Cole, United Choirs of Prague Proms II, and the Best of Hollywood nights. Full programme details are available at http://www.pragueproms.cz/en/program/
  • The Dvořák Prague Festival: http://www.dvorakovapraha.cz/en/
  • July 22 sees Suzanne Vega performing at the Archa Theatre, followed by Joss Stone at the Lucerna Music Hall on July 23. Blink-182 will rock Tipsport Arena in August.
  • If you can’t get here in summer, don’t despair. Later in the year Kylie Minogue, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams are all lined up to play here.

Art
If art is your passion, head along to the Veletržní Palace to see Alfons Mucha: The Slav Epic and Gustav Klimt: Dáma s rukávníkem. http://www.ngprague.cz/en/vystavy. Remember to check out the other museums in the city as well. Gallery of Art Prague (GOAP) is showing Andy Warhol—I’m OK in U Bílého jednorožce near Old Town Square. It’s a great chance to see a collection of the album covers he designed.

Open Air Hollywood NightTheatre
Letní Letná (http://en.letniletna.cz/2014/) brings excitement, spectacle and fun to Prague in the form of the 11th Annual International Festival of New Circus and Theatre. From 14 to 18 July plan to spend some time in Wenceslas Square catching some exciting street theatre at the Behind the Door Festival 2014 (http://www.zadvermi.cz/en/about-the-festival/).

 

Sport
Czech cuisine and beer might take their toll on your body and your fitness. If you’re not sure how to fit in your exercise routine when there’s so much to see and do in this city, get over it! On 30 August you can take part on the 10 km We Run Prague event, which starts at Žluté lázně on the Vltava. Head to http://www.zlutelazne.cz/en/programme/we-run-prague-742/ for details. September 6 you can head out for another run—this time the Birell Prague Grand Prix 2014, which includes both 5 and 10 km events. (http://www.runczech.com/en/events/prague-grand-prix-2014/index.shtml)

French Market on KampaAnother option is to rent a bike and explore the city’s myriad bike paths, or even venture into the countryside beyond. Prague, and the Czech Republic, have an extensive network of paths totalling more than 37000 km, so you won’t run out of places to visit.

Markets
As well as the regular farmers’ markets that take place around the city—great places to buy fresh produce by the way, but also good for picking up something delicious for brunch—there are some exciting events on the horizon.

  • Head over to the annual French Market on Kampa from July 10 to July 14 to enjoy French food, wine and music.
  • Prague Vintage Market Vol 03 is happening on July 26, and you’ll be able to pick up vintage and retro clothes and accessories. The venue is Containall, a cultural centre created from shipping containers in Malá Strana.

Wishing you all a great summer in Prague.

By Dalice Trost, 15 July 2014

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Photo 2: Prague Proms

Photo 3: Francouzský trh - Le marché français

 

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