Top 25 Things to Do in May

This month in Prague: a cheesecake festival, a light spectacular, and MCs on the metro

May Day

See our article 10 Tips for Major May Day Fun for a line-up of May 1st events!

Music

Skream – May 7/Roxy

One of the defining faces of the early dubstep sound and a member of Magnetic Man, today Skream is in high demand at dance events all over the world.

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Skream at Roxy, May 7

Prague Spring – May 12-June 6/Municipal House

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The presitigous classical music cycle returns to Prague for a spring festival of world-class performances from a variety of genres.

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Mudhoney – May 13/Lucerna

Pioneers of the Seattle grunge sound return to Prague with supporting act White Hills from New York and woodsy folk from Barton Caroll.

Foxygen – May 22/Meetfactory

California psycho-pop duo brings their ’60s-Americana sound to Prague for the first time. Named in Pitchfork Media’s Best New Music line-up, sure to be one of spring’s best shows.

Parties

Hip-Hop Subway Series – May 3/Metro C

Board Haje metro at at 4pm and brace yourself for a commute of beatboxing and “cruel jams” all the way to Hlavní nádraží. The after party will be at Vzorkovna, which has relocated to Národní 11 (formerly N11).

Mono Prague – May 9/Chemistry Gallery

Monthly underground electronic music showcase featuring a rotating cast of stars from the genre hosted by resident DJs Sebastian Paiza and Agustin Alvarez. 

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Mono Prague, May 9

Be-IN Flower Garden – May 15/Forum Karlin

Every four months this newly opened venue transforms into a themed dance club. In honor of May a blooming garden will set the stage for top DJs and food by White Circus catering.

Festivals

11LET.EU Open Air Festival – May 7/Střelecký ostrov

Celebrate 11 years since the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU with a free open-air music festival showcasing the talents of J.A.R., Youth Carnival, and Kieslowski plus puppet theater for kids.

St. John’s Navalis Celebration – May 15/Vltava

Venetian gondoliers converge on Prague for a Baroque water concert, processional, and light spectacular beneath the Charles Bridge to commemorate St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of the profession.

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St. John’s Navalis, May 15

Khamoro World Roma Festival – May 24-30/Multiple venues

Gypsy jazz, films, storytelling, exhibitions and parade and gala concert are on the line-up for this year’s highly anticipated Khamoro fest. Venues include Náplavka, Jazz Dock, SaSaZu.

Žižkov Rock Open Air – May 29/Zahrádky Žižkov

Small-scale festival with great bands and super sound: Bogotasystem, Lucky Losers, The Atavists.

Refufest – May 30/Kampa Park

The tenth outing of this multi-genre and multi-cultural festival features music by Bipsi Babsi, Circus Problem, and more plus theater, street-food stalls and kid’s activities.

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Khamoro World Roma Festival, May 24-30

Theater

Shiner: A Grunge Rock Love Story – May 8-13/The Kolowrat Palace

This love story set in the era of flannel and Kurt Cobain, marks the international premiere of playwright Christian Durso.

Prague Fringe Festival 2015 – May 22-30

Taking place at venues across the Malá Strana district of Prague, the annual theatrical extravaganza offers 200 performances of some 40 shows! Read our article Prague Fringe 2015: Exclusive Sneak Peek for highlights, picks.

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Prague Fringe Festival, May 22-30

Film

The Shop on Mainstreet (Obchod Na Korze) – May 7/Tiskárna na Vzduchu

Subtitled version of this 1965 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film that chronicles Aryanization in Slovakia during World War II.

Art & Design

Jan Kaplický Drawings – Now through June 16/Veletržní palác

One of the world’s last great architectural and artistic draughtsmen, Kaplický presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.

Open House Festival – May 16-17/Multiple venues

For the first time in Prague explore architecturally significant buildings including Dancing House, Quadrio, Lucerna, Florentinum and other unique structures.

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Open House Festival, May 16-17

About Pop-Up Shop – May 7/Kurator

Top designers from Brno will be on hand to offer their cool fashion creations. If you haven’t yet checked out the Czech Grand Design winner for shop of the year, now is the time.

Food & Drink       

Burger Blitz – May 19-20/Multiple venues

Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Hard Rock Cafe’s roving burger-mobile will be handing out free hamburgers at CVUT (5/19) and Chodov Centrum (5/20).

Prague Cheesecake Festival – May 23/Studio Alta

A debut competition and tasting event that’ll showcase everyone’s favorite creamy concoction. Complete with cocktails. No wonder spaces are limited!

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Prague Food Festival – May 29-31/Prague Castle Gardens

The country’s largest annual food festival returns this year with a delicious menu of Prague’s and the Czech Republic’s finest purveyors of food and drink. For more May food festivals see our article Spring Food Festivals in Prague.

Random Fun

Battle of the Nations – May 7-10/Petřín Tower

A live re-enactment of an historical medieval battle with full contact and blazing swords and shields. All will play out against the back drop of the requesite Reniassance Faire.

Prague International Tattoo Convention – May 22-24/Výstaviště Holešovice

More than 80 tattoo studios from around the world, fashion shows, a Miss Tattoo convention and (really?) activities for little ones at this seventeenth annual event.

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Get Rainbow’d, May 23

Get Rainbow’D – May 23/Bohnice Hospital Grounds

A colorful family 5K fun run in which participants are sprayed with a rainbow of colored powder at every kilometer. This year’s event will also have a “foam zone”.

What else is going on this month?

For all entertainment listings in Prague, click here.


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