Time to go
On the continent in Central Europe the winter weather is cold with snow, but the summers are lengthy with lots of sunshine and clear days. Our tours run from the beginning of April to the end of October, the optimum months here for a good trip. May, June and September are the times to experience the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. The temperature in the summer can get quite high, so July and August are perfect if you love the sun. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly too. These times are perfect if you want to see the changing of the seasons.
July and August tend to be the busiest times in terms of crowds. Bear this in mind if you want to see some national monuments relatively crowd-free.
Festivals and events
Central Europe is rich in festivals and cultural events. Worth mentioning are the local festivals celebrating the grape harvest in September, called “vinobrani”. There is much merrymaking by the local residents, with copious imbibing of the region’s delicious wine. In some areas the folk culture is connected to wine growing, and this can be enjoyed particularly during vinobrani.
Mikulov Wine Fare (20 May 2017) – prestigious wine tasting event, rich cultural programme,Czech championship in filling the wine pipette from the barrel
The Town of Mikulov Festival (29 – 21 May 2017) – scenes from the traditional life in Mikulov, opening of sights to the public with complementary events, performances of local ensembles and schools, wine tasting, gastronomic specialities
The International Guitar Festival (9 – 15 July 2017) – Festival with master-classes of interpretation and concerts by world-class guitarists.
The Festival of the Nations from the Podyji (21 – 23 July, 2017) – presentation of the original cultural and culinary specialties of the nations living in the Podyji region
http://www.narodypodyji.cz/ (In Czech only)
Festival Of The Three Neighbors (18 – 19 August 2017) – Meeting of folklore ensembles.
Mikulov Beer Festival (12 August 2017) – tasting of different beer brands, attractive cultural programmes
http://www.mikulovskepivobrani.cz/ (only in Czech)
Eurotrialog Mikulov (25 – 27 August 2017) – Central-European Music Festival with pop,
rock, alternative and ethnic music
Kampanila (1 – 3 September 2017) – International Choir Festival.
Pilgrimage to Holy Hill (3 September 2017) – Traditional pilgrimage to the Black Loretan Madonna on Holy Hill in Mikulov.
Palava 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.
http://www.palavske-vinobrani.cz/ (in Czech)
Days of Jewish Culture (22 – 24 September 2017)
Easter Festival of Sacred Music (9 – 23.4.2017)-international music festival. Six concerts at Easter time devoted solely to sacred music.
Jazzfest Brno (April, May and September 2017) http://www.jazzfestbrno.cz/en/
Brno – City in the Center of Europe (May-June 2017) – Festival of fun under Spilberk and Veveri Castles in Brno. Includes: International fireworks competition IGNIS BRUNENSIS (26 May- 25 June 2017); MUSEUM NIGHT (20 May 2017) presentation of Brno Museums and galleries. CHURCH NIGHT (9 June 2017)
Concentus 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 about thirty concert
Summer 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 its courtyard
International 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
The International Music Festival Spilberk (13-27 August 2017) – Music Festival in the grounds of Spilberk castle in Brno.
Janaček Brno (October, 2017) – International Music and Theatre Festival – 5th prestigious biennale dedicated to Leoš Janáček
Dvorak’s Olomouc (5-12 May,2017) – International classic music festival. A tribute to one of the most famous Czech composers, Antonin Dvorak, of New World Symphony fame
Beerfest Olomouc (25 – 27 May, 2017)
Autumn Festival of Sacred Music (September-October 2017) – First class concerts and performances of sacred music in Olomouc churches.
International Organ Festival (4 – 18 September 2017) – Organ performances.
Royal 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 centuries. Historical sword fighting, handcraft presentations and costumed parades bring this town alive.
Kutna Hora International Music Festival (3 – 11 June, 2017)
St. Wenceslas Festival (30 September 2017) – Funfest, folk, country and modern music, handicraft markets, wine tasting, fireworks.
International Prague Spring Music Festival (11 May–2 June 2017) – International music festival featuring orchestral and theatre series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts chamber music and symphony orchestras.
Khamoro (28 May -3 June, 2017) – Roma Festival strives to show the 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 culture.
Beer Festival (11 – 27 May, 2017)
Prague Food Festival (26-28 May, 2017)
United Islands (22 – 25 June, 2017)- rock, pop, indie, electro, world, folk & jazz music
Bohemia Jazz Fest (11-12 July, 2017)
Prague Autumn (12 September – 1 October 2017) – International music festival.