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Events You Need to Visit in Pilsen in 2018

  • Smetana Days (March 1 – 23,  2018)

The international festival of classical music belongs among the most significant cultural events in the city of Pilsen. The festival is organized by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra which invites both foreign and Czech stars of classical music to perform in Pilsen.

  • Festival of Light Blik Blik (March 16 - 17 , 2018)

You can have a romantic walk in the streets of Pilsen in any season of the year. However, the unique atmosphere of the Festival of Light comes to Pilsen once a year only. This year buildings in Slovany, DEPO2015 and Pilsner Urqell facilities will be lit by video mapping and interesting light installation.

  • Liberation Festival (May 4 – 6, 2018)

Pilsen is the only large city in the Czech Republic which annually remembers the events at the end of the WWII and the liberation of the city by the American Army in May, 1945. The festival lasts for several days and it includes rich cultural programme and many military-historical events. The spectacular Convoy of Liberty containing hundreds of historical military vehicles takes place on Saturday 5.

  • Pilsen Yards (May 19, 2018)

The historical city centre of Pilsen hides a large number of mysterious corners, yards and gardens which cannot be visited during the year. However, the festival Pilsen Yards brings these areas closer and invites you to visit at least some of them.

  • Fresh Festival (May 19 – 20, 2018)

The Fresh Festival is the largest gourmet festival in the area of the Western Bohemia and it is visited by thousands of people every year. Many great chefs will introduce their art to you so that you can taste interesting specialities from all around the world which you probably do not prepare at home.

  • Night of Churches na Pilsen Museum Night (May 25, 2018)

This time the gates of churches, museum and galleries are opened in the evening time. The tours allow you to visit also places which are not accessible during the year. Furthermore, you can expect rich cultural additional programme.  

  • Metal Fest (June 1 – 3, 2018)

One of the first summer music festivals takes place in the Lochotin Amphitheatre. This festival is dedicated mostly to fans of metal music. Interprets such as Nightwish has already confirmed their participation in the festival.

  • International Folklore Festival CIOFF (June 6 – 10, 2018)

Czech, as well as international folklore groups and guests from the whole world will play musical instruments and dance in the city centre. Come and see that folklore art is still alive and it definitely has what to offer.

  • Historical Weekend (June 8 – 10, 2018)

The weekend festival helps you travel back in time into the period of knights’ fights. You can look forward to many theatre and music performances, traditional fair full of jugglers, magicians and handcraft shows. For the Saturday evening a parade of ghosts is arranged. 

  • Skupa´s Pilsen (June 13 - 17, 2018)

International festival of the puppet and alternative theatre presents the best Czech theatre companies and interesting foreign guests.

  • Gambrinus Day (June 23, 2018)

For a whole day Pilsen live with celebration of the foundation of the Gambrinus brewery. The city centre is transformed into a big beer garden with a rich cultural programme.

  • Night of Opera (June 29, 2018)

The Lochotin Amphitheatre hosts a spectacular opera event under the blue sky. This year you can look forward to a spectacular opera performance Turandot. 

  • Vivid Street Festival (July – August 2018)

The multi-genre open-air festival in the city centre offers a lot of opportunities for fun for all age groups. The festival lasts for three weeks and the music and theatre performances are free-of-charge. The Vivid Street Festival includes a festival of street theatre in the first half of July (16. - 18. 7.).  Tens of concerts of the main music part of the festival will take place in the middle of August (10. - 19.8). The Vivid Street Festival is finished by the Soup Festival on the first Sunday in September.  

  • Summer Baroque Festival (July – August 2018)

Following the successful festival Nine Weeks of Baroque which in 2015 brought many cultural events to tens of Baroque sights in the entire Pilsen Region will now continue with its next season in 2018.  

  • International Festival Theatre (September 12– 26, 2018)

One of the most important theatre festivals in the Czech Republic offers the best performances of current European theatre scene.

  • Sun in Glass (September 21 – 22, 2018)

The traditional annual festival of small breweries which takes place every September in the area of the Brewery in Černice introduces a number of small breweries of Czech as well as foreign origin. You can look forward various beer competitions.

  • Pilsner Fest (October 6, 2018)

Pilsner Fest is a birthday celebration of world-famous Pilsner Urquell beer which brings TOP Czech interpreters in the facilities of Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Second stage will be located in the historical city centre.

  • Treffpunkt (October 19 – 21, 2018)

The festival of Czech – Bavarian cultural cooperation offers interesting events across various genres and a wide range of gastronomical experiences in the area of DEPO2015.

  • Celebration of the Republic Foundation and DEPO Street Food Market (October 26 - 28,  2018)

Weekend celebrations of the 100th anniversary of foundation  of the independent Czechoslovakian state takes place in Pilsen with free-of-charge or price- advantageous entrance fees of 28 CZK for many sights in the city. In the evening there is a fireworks planned for you on the Republic Square. In the area of DEPO2015 there will be a street food festival organized which will introduce tastes from the period of the First Republic.

  • Christmas Market (November 30 – December 23, 2018)

Pilsen Christmas Market offers romantic atmosphere filled with the smell of hot wine, punch and freshly baked Christmas sweets. Furthermore, it is completed by an interesting cultural programme and live nativity scene. In the period of advent you can participate in advent guided tours of the historical city centre.