Top Summer Festivals
Top Summer Festivals 2016
The Czech Republic rocks in the summer. And if you’re a festival lover, it rocks all the more. For an extra dose of Czech culture, sunshine and amusements, check out our list of the Top Summer Festivals happening in Prague and beyond. And catch one (or two) if you can!
Festivals in Prague
Photo credit: unitedislands.cz
Featuring mainly Czech and European pop, indie and rock acts, this festival rocks for a few reasons beyond the great music. The location is prime located along the Vltava River on “islands” in Prague’s center. It’s free. Enough said.
- Website: unitedislands.cz
- Dates: June 23-26, 2016
- Location: Venues include Kampa, Střelecký ostrov, Kinského zahrada and Janáčkovo nábřeží (Prague 1)
- Getting there: Tram to Národní divadlo and walk
We love that this festival takes place in Prague’s largest park and is in our Prague 7 ‘hood (i.e. getting there is a breeze). Not to mention, the lineup is killer…Iggy Pop, Foals, The Kooks plus a host of awesome Czech bands. It’s the first year of the festival and something tells us it won’t be the last.
- Website: metronomefestival.cz
- Dates: June 25-26, 2016
- Location: Výstaviště Holešovice, Prague 7
- Tickets: 1 and 2 day tickets available
- Getting there: 20ish minute walk from Sir Toby’s or tram 14/24 to Výstaviště Holešovice
Letní Letná Praha
This contemporary circus comes to life every year at Letná park (one of our fav parks). Seventeen days and nights of theater, comedy, cabaret, acrobatics, and live music from local talent and acts from abroad offer plenty of opportunity to catch a show and revel in the flamboyant atmosphere. Tickets are required for most acts but it’s free to wander the grounds and enjoy the refreshments.
- Website: letniletna.cz
- Dates: August 18-September 4, 2016
- Location: Letenské sady, Prague 7
- Getting there: 30ish minute walk from Sir Toby’s or tram to Sparta and walk
Prague Sounds Good
If punk’s your flavor, this one’s for you. Pennywise, NOFX and Sum 41 are on the bill this year. It’s the sole festival on our list that’s held indoors. If it’s as hot as last summer, you’ll appreciate the A/C.
- Website: forumkarlin.cz
- Dates: August 23-24, 2016
- Location: Forum Karlín, Pernerova 53, Prague 8
- Tickets: see above link
- Getting there: tram to Křižíkova or metro to Florenc and walk
Colours of Ostrava
Head east to experience the biggest international music festival in the Czech Republic. The annual awesome line-ups and the unique industrial setting add major allure to this festival.
- Website: colours.cz
- Dates: July 14-July 17, 2016
- Location: Vítkovická, Ostrava, Czech Republic
- Tickets: 1 and 4 day tickets available (with our without camping)
- Getting there: 3ish hour train or bus ride from Prague (check out the discounted offer available to festival goers)
Rock for People
Photo credit: rockforpeople.com
The popular outdoor music festival that leans rock and a slightly hard-core (The Offspring and Massive Attack are headliners this year) but also features genres like indie, electronic, hip-hop, etc. Set at the old airport grounds outside Hradec Králové so there’s space aplenty for music, meandering and camping.
- Website: rockforpeople.com
- Dates: July 3-July 5, 2016
- Location: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
- Tickets: 1 and 3 day tickets available (with or without camping)
Getting there: 90 minute train from Prague with free shuttle bus running frequently from the train station to the festival grounds.
Alexandra is American photographer and writer living in Prague, who came for the views and stayed for the cheap beer. She is into sunrise walks on the bridge, cafe culture and is overly enthusiastic for all things Prague, travel and good coffee.