are members of:
high opera, dedicated craftfairs and international
festivals are all a part of the rich and varied cultural
heritage and events that Central Europe has to offer.
To help you plan your trip, we have included notable
festivals and events in towns that ourbicycle
tours go through. Click on any of the towns below for information
on their cultural events.
Bystrica, Banska Stiavnica, Bojnice, Bratislava, Brno, Budapest,
Krumlov, Cracow, Domazlice, Dresden, Frydek
Kralove, Hukvaldy, Jindrichuv Hradec, Kromeriz, Kutna
Passau, Policka, Prague, Prostejov,
Roznov pod Radhostem, Slavkov
(Austerlitz), Tabor, Telc,
Velehrad, Vienna, Visegrad, Znojmo.
Dixieland Festival Banska Bystrica (May
2017) - Festival with
prominent Slovak and foreign Dixieland orchestras.
Summer of Banska Bystrica (June 2017)
city days with a rich and varied cultural program
Bystrica days (June 2017) City days
with a rich and varied cultural program
Days of town (July 2017) - presentation
of the city´s mining traditions
festival "Babkarska Bystrica" (September
2017) - International festival of Slovak puppetry
theatres with the
puppetry theatre in Central Europe and select
2017)-traditional Radvan market, which preserves
the traditions and values of the past and features
the mining city´s craft masters
Barbakan (September 2017) - unique festival
vombining film, music, modern and literary arts
Bystrica Music Days (October 2017)
Slovak opera and music festival, opera performances,
symphony concerts, chamber music concerts,
solo performances, singing choirs and dance
of Nice Music (July 2017) – International
festival of classic music.
á l´Est (August 2017) – European festival
of poetry, theatre and music
of crafts and entertainment (May
2017) - Exhibition of crafts, theatre, games
and attractions for children.
Days (September 2017) mining, historical
parade called Salamander in period costumes
- the ambience of ancient times
International Festival of Ghosts and Monsters (April/May
2017) - International festival in Bojnice chateau.Ot
is the greatest of its kind in Slovakia with an
original spooky but amusing atmosphere and a huge
number of visitors
Fair (May 2017) - Stalls and cultural
Cultural Summer and Castle Festival (2
June - 14 September 2017)
Summer Shakespeare´s Festival (July,
August 2017)- an open-air theatre show of works
of this most significant
world playwright. It is held in the unique scenery
of the Bratislava Castle
Ceremony (23 - 25 June 2017) - Largest
cultural event in Slovakia. Bratislava returns
back to the time of Renaissance. Experience the
crowing of Rudolf II - a Hungarian king in St.
Martin´s Dome. Take part in the royal
procession, watch the dubbing of the knights of the Golden Stirrup, witness
the royal oath and join the grand feast with folk merrymaking.
Music Celebration (October 2017) - International
Jazz Days (October 2017) - International
Festival of Sacred Music (9 - 23.4.2017)-international
music festival. Six concerts
at Easter time devoted solely to sacred music.
Brno (April, May and September 2017) http://www.jazzfestbrno.cz/en/
- City in the Center of Europe (May-June
2017) - Festival of fun under Spilberk and Veveri
Castles in Brno. Includes: International fireworks
BRUNENSIS (26 May- 25 June 2017); MUSEUM NIGHT (20
May 2017) presentation of Brno Museums and galleries. CHURCH NIGHT (9
Moraviae (3-29 June 2017) This international
music festival offers the opportunity to travel
around the various châteaux and churches of South
Moravia and the Highlands listening to music. The
programme is subtitled “Shakespeare, Beethoven
and the Czech Quartet Tradition”, and includes
at The Old City Hall (June-September 2017)
The Old City Hall comes alive with culture in the
summer. Its rich and colourful programme consisting
of concerts, theatre, a literary programme, (video)
art and open-air cinema takes place outdoors in
Guitar Festival (August 2017) 25th
Annual International Guitar Festival which is
considered to be one of the most important festivals
of its genre in Central Europe
International Music Festival Spilberk (13-27
August 2017) - Music Festival in the grounds
castle in Brno.
Brno (October, 2017) - International
Music and Theatre Festival – 5th prestigious
to Leoš Janáček
Spring Festival (31 March - 23 April
2017) - Huge music festival that takes place
outstanding city of Budapest.
Pálinka Festival (28 - 30 April, 2017)
Spring (5 - 7 May, 2017)
Carnival (June 2017) - The Danube
Carnival (Duna Karnevál) is the framework event
music and dance presentations, held by different
settlements alongside the Danube.
in Budapest Opera Festival (June,
Summer Festival (1 Jun - Aug 31,
2017) - One of Europe’s greatest water
events to be organized in Budapest,
on the 1,5 km section of river Danube between
Margaret Bridge and Chain Bridge on these two
summer days. Different programs, sports events
– rowing, kayak, canoe and motor boat competitions
– await spectators during the whole day. Besides
these events, hand-driven and motor boat processions
are organized both in the morning and in the
evening. Burning candles float down on the
river and Midsummer Night’s fireworks are presented
in the closing event.
day (June, 2017) - the Danube Day
is an annual international event celebrated in
through the Danube river system
Summer Festival (2 July
- Aug 3, 2017) - a festival of classical music, swing,
klezmer as well as traditional Hungarian gypsy music
festival of choirs and orchestras in Budapest (28
June - 2 July, 2017)
Festival - multicultural youth festival (Sziget
Festival) (9-16 August 2017) - Thousands of
young people move out to
a deserted shipyard island (Hajógyári
sziget) in tents for a week to participate in
a giant pop festival better known as Pepsi Island.
Pepsi Island has since grown into the largest
concert festival in Central Europe.
of Folk Arts (18-21 Aug , 2017)- the
festival (Mesterségek Ünnepe) brings
Hungarian craftsmen and their work to Buda Castle
from across the country.
Jewish Summer Festival (September 2017)
is a celebration of Hungarian and indeed
Central European Jewish Culture. Events range
from exhibitions to music concerts and theatre
of the State and Constitution Day (20
August 2017) As part of the celebrations a large-scale
fireworks display is held in Budapest. All are
welcome to join the crafts fair and concerts
held along the Pest side of the Danube Embankment
in the days before and after the festivities.
Bull Air Race World Series (1 July,
2017)- spectacular acrobatic flying competition
Wine Festival (25 - 28 Aug, 2017)
International Wine and Champagne Festival (7-10
September, 2017)-International Wine
Festival presents famous Hungarian wine specialties
and wine regions
Festival of the Five-petalled Rose (16-18
June 2017) - Historical Renaissancefestival
with parades of people in medieval clothes as
as music concerts.
of Chamber music (23 June- 2 July 2017)
- Festival of the classical music with the longest
tradition in Cesky Krumlov. Part of the festival
comprises of ‘Music through the Ages’ where music
can be hard
on the tour route of Cesky Krumlov Castle http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/festivalkomornihudby.xml
International Music Festival (14 July–
5 August 2017) - Largest of Cesky Krumlov´s
festivals. It has been going since 1992 and includes
music of all periods with the participation of
renowned instrumentalists, singers, chamber ensembles,
choirs and symphony orchestras.
Celebrations of St.Wenceslas (28
September - 1 October 2017) - Autumn fair, celebration
of good food and drink, theatre pieces, and concerts
St.Wenceslas Day (Patron Saint of the Czech Lands).
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (1
- 14 April 2017) - Dozens of famous performers and
ensembles play the music of this great composer as
well as other
famous composers of the time.
Krakow International Film Festival (28
May -4 June 2017)
City of Krakow Festival incorporating
many smaller festivals is a huge musical, theatrical,
exhibition, historical event that takes place throughout
Krakow and the surrounding area.
Culture Festival (24 June - 2 July, 2017)The
Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow is one of the most
important and largest events of its kind in the world.
The First Festival took place in 1988 and its program
focused on a scholarly conference on the encounter
betweentwo cultures, Jewish and Polish. It was a
modest occasion but it turned out to have enormous
significance, considering the boldness of the subject
matter, upon which the communist authorities of the
day looked askance.
Folklore Festival – Chodsko Folk Festival (11-13
Radebeul (26 - 28 May 2017) - Historical
camps, shows, stunts and action, folkmusic and
Dixieland Festival (May 14-21, 2017)
- Over 65 venues with more than 28 bands and
solo performers from 11 countries. Dresden sings
swings like crazy.
- 25 June 2017)
Festival (August 5 - 20, 2017) - One
of the world's most prestigious chamber music
festivals. The festival takes place in Moritzburg
Castle near Dresden every August. During two
weeks soloists from all over the world concentrate
on works of chamber music and perform them in
concerts at the end.
Music Festival (18 May -18 June 2017)
- Classical music/ ballet Germany's biggest classical
music festival. Concerts feature international stars
and Dresden's top ensembles inthe city's most exquisite
palaces, theatres, fine rooms and churches.
Folklore Festival (13 - 19 June 2017)
- Performance of folklore dancing ensembles with
and singing choirs.
The famous, annual festival, Slaying the
Dragon (4 - 20 August, 2017) is a representation
of a traditional 1000-year-old local legend consisting
of a Dragon show and a
parade of 1400 people in traditional costume with 200 horses.http://www.drachenstich.de/
Festival Pardubice-Hradec Kralove (June,2017)
- The largest Czech folklore festival, which,
according to tradition, takes place in
both these East-Bohemian centers at the beginning
of June. The best Czech folklore ensembles and
artists come to perform. The program is composed of a variety of presentations
of different folklore dances, from the authentic
folklore dancing, typical festival performances,
to musical, dramatized and entertaining forms.
of the Battle of Hradec Kralove () -
Traditional meeting of military history societies
to mark the anniversary of
of Hradec Kralove in 1866
European Regions (23 - 30 June 2017)
- Largest theatrical feast in Central Europe.
one bank -World Music Festival (27 May
Elizabeth Festivities (September 2017)
- Medieval festival.As in other years the city
will celebrate the arrival of Queen Eliška Richeza.
The historic centre will come alive with a medieval
fair, parades, knights’ jousting, medieval plays
and entertainment as well as performances of
thespians, conjurers and jugglers
The International Music Festival Janacek
in Hukvaldy (23 June - 9 July 2017) - Every
year this music festival in Hukvaldy Castle attracts
chamber and choir music. The festival is a tribute to Leos Janacek, one of the
Folk Rose Festival (July, 2017)
- Folk groups from all over the world perform
music and dances.
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(20 June - 3 July 2017) - Festival of spiritual
Silver Festival / Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora (24
- 26 June, 2017) - Gothic celebration based on
life in the
town in the the 14th and the 15th
Historical sword fighting, handcraft presentations and costumed parades bring
Hora International Music Festival (3
- 11 June, 2017)
Wenceslas Festival (30 September
2017) - Funfest, folk, country and modern music,
markets, wine tasting, fireworks.
Wine Festival (15-17 September 2017)
- Traditional wine celebrations, program of events
on three stages (main country and historical
and crafts,Procession led by Charles IV, firework display
Wine Fare (20 May 2017) - prestigious
wine tasting event, rich cultural programme,Czech championship
in filling the wine pipette from the barrel
Town of Mikulov Festival (29 - 21 May 2017)
- scenes from the traditional life in Mikulov, opening
public with complementary events, performances of local
ensembles and schools, wine tasting, gastronomic specialities
International Guitar Festival (9 - 15
July 2017) - Festival with master-classes
of interpretation and concerts by world-class
Festival of the Nations from the Podyji (21
- 23 July, 2017) - presentation of the original
cultural and culinary specialties of the nations
in the Podyji region
Of The Three Neighbors (18 - 19 August
2017) - Meeting of folklore ensembles.
Beer Festival (12 August 2017) - tasting
of different beer brands, attractive cultural programmes
Mikulov (25 - 27 August 2017) - Central-European
Music Festival with pop,
rock, alternative and ethnic music
- 3 September 2017) - International Choir Festival.
to Holy Hill (3 September 2017) - Traditional
pilgrimage to the Black Loretan Madonna on Holy
Hill in Mikulov.
Wine Harvest Festival (8 - 10 September
2017)-a grand event with a historical fair and
wine market, historical and folk costume parades,
wine tasting, a program of events for all ages
and local culinary specialties.
of Jewish Culture (22 - 24 September 2017)
Olomouc - http://www.olomoucko.cz/eng/
May,2017) - International classic music festival.
A tribute to one of the most famous Czech composers,
Antonin Dvorak, of New World Symphony fame
Olomouc (25 - 27 May, 2017)
Summer of Culture (June-September
2017) - Series of open air shows, concerts,
literary evenings, theatre performances in
the historical city center.
Festival of Sacred Music (September-October
2017) - First class concerts and performances
of sacred music in Olomouc churches.
Organ Festival (4 - 18 September 2017)
- Organ performances.
Festival in Pardubice (25-27 August 2017)
–International Festival Singing Choirs (July
the Steeplechase (13 May 2017) -
The world famous Velka Pardubicka steeplechase
taken place annually since 1874.
European Music Festival (June -
August 2017) - Festival with events covering
oratorios, masses, choral, solo and chamber concerts,
theatre, readings, film, exhibitions, lectures and podium discussions.
Jazz (19 - 22 April 2017) -
International jazz festival in the beautiful
Fest (7 - 28 May 2017) - Annual classical
music festival paying tribute to the Czech composer
555 (18 - 20 August 2017) - Annual multi-genre
summer festival – music, theatre, fireworks.
Prague Spring Music Festival (11 May–2
June 2017) - International music festival featuring
orchestral and theatre series, church concerts,
morning concerts chamber music and symphony orchestras.
May -3 June, 2017) - Roma Festival strives to show
richness and complexity of Roma culture and traditions.
The festival is divided into 3 sections - professional,
cultural and media. The festival strives on the
one hand to present Roma culture, art and traditions
as an integral part of Czech, European and world
Festival (11 - 27 May, 2017)
Food Festival (26-28 May, 2017)
Islands (22 - 25 June, 2017)- rock, pop,
indie, electro, world, folk & jazz music
Jazz Fest (11-12 July, 2017)
Autumn (12 September - 1 October 2017)
- International music festival.
Hana Celebrations (September 2017)
- Folklore festival with celebrations of folk
fairs and folk music.
Festival of Army Folk Ensembles "Roznovska
(June 2017) - Show of groups performing the historical fencing folklore performances.
Festival of folk ensembles – Roznov celebrations (7
- 9 July 2017)
Festival of Slovakian Folklore in the Czech Republic
U Brna (Austerlitz)
Days (11 - 13 August 2017) - Celebrations
to mark the anniversary of the birth of Napoleon
Bonaparte – Re-enactments of military maneuvres
with soldiers in period uniforms.
Days (3 May - 8 June 2017) - Theatre
presentations of the life of the 15th century
Tabor Meeting (15 - 17 September 2019)
- Medieval celebration with markets, fireworks,
fencing and demonstrations of historical crafts
of culture in Tabor (July–September
2017) - Open air concerts, historical evenings,
in Telc (28 July- 13 August 2017) -
Folk festival, theatre, discussions, performances
Balloons above Telc (24 - 27 August
Steam-Engine Summer (July-August 2017)
- Historical train trips.
celebration Zachariáš from Hradec and Kateřina
(18 - 19 August 2017) - Historical celebration.
Cultural Summer (June-September 2017)
- Concerts by various chamber ensembles in the
Church of St.Mary Regina and St.Giles and in
the chapel of Schwarzenberg Tomb.
Trebon Music Festival (29
June - 3 July 2017) - Around Trebon Festival
is one of the
longest-running, multigenre festivals in the
Czech Republic. It was first organized in 1992.The
festival offers a variety of musical genres,
unusual combinations of concerts and theatre
performances, street happenings, competitive
and fun races, and other entertainment.
nocturna (10 - 15 July, 2017)– a summer
festival of classical music whose aim it is to
bring top Czech and foreign performers to Třeboň
and to offer visitors to the town music that
at other times is only found on the most respected
of Czech and world stages. Quality music played
by well-known performers and the cosy atmosphere
of the square or chateau in Třeboň combine to
guarantee visitors to the festival an unforgettable,
uplifting experience every year
Trebon (July 2017) - Historical
of Wine and Open Monuments (September
2017) - Historical markets with traditional
art and crafts, parade in folk costumes of the
and towns. Presentation of crafts, wines, local spesialties, music and singing
in local historical objects.
of culture in U.Hradiste (June-September
Hradiste Summer Film School (July -
August 2017)- is a specific kind of festival
with unique atmosphere
and a more
than thirty-year tradition. Many invited international
as well as Czech filmmakers
Wine Fair (12 - 13 May 2017) - Prestigious
Spring Festival (March - October 2017)
Youth and Music Festivals (7 - 12 July 2017)
Vienna Festival (May- June 2017)
- Renowned for its superb international theatrical
also invites musical ensembles and opera companies
from all over the world, in addition to staging
many Austrian musical productions.
(12-14 May, 2017)
Choral Festival (25 - 30 July, 2017)
Popfest (27 - 30 July 2017)
Wien (9 June - 10 July 2017)
Wine Festival (15-17 September 2017)
- One of the biggest wine harvest festivals in
the Czech Republic. Try Burcak, young wine only