August is a good time to explore Prague's many outdoor activities, and there are plenty of annual events both within the city and a drive away. The summer months are the festival season in the Czech Republic, and August is no exception, with shows ranging from Italian operas to jazz and folk dance.
It is a busy time of year in Prague as many tourists visit during the tail end of the city's high season when the weather is warmest. Be ready for crowds as you make your way through historic sites and known tourist attractions.
Prague Weather in August
Prague tends to be drier in August than in June and July, with average high temperatures in the mid-70s and lows in the 50s. It's the hottest month for the city and you'll frequently enjoy an average of seven hours of sunshine per day. However, it's a good idea to check the forecast before leaving on your trip, as the weather can be changeable, with an average of about seven days of rain.
What to Pack
Though summer is relatively warm in Prague, always take a jacket or sweater for the evenings, and possibly a rain jacket, in case a sudden downpour or cloudy weather makes the air feel chilly and wet. Appropriate walking shoes should always be worn—heels or open toes are impractical for walking Prague's cobblestone pavements. Sun coverage comes in handy, including hats, umbrellas, sunglasses, and sunscreen, along with some water to stay hydrated.
August Events in Prague
Late summer is a time of year well-suited for outdoor events. There are numerous music festivals in and outside of Prague in August. It's also a good month to visit historic sites and buildings.
- Prague's Festival of Italian Operas: The former Verdi Festival begins in August and continues through September. It's held at the historic Prague State Opera House and as the name suggests, features performances of Italian operas.
- Prague International Organ Festival: Featuring concerts by organists from around the world, this festival takes place in the St. James Basilica in Prague's historic Old Town Square. You'll be impressed by the city's largest organ—the second largest in the Czech Republic.
- Folk Dance Week: For over 25 years, Dvorana Dance has held international dance courses for Czech Folk Dance Week; Scottish country dancing has been included as well. This week of classes, cultural outings, and sightseeing in Prague includes a hotel stay and transportation as well as stops at folk dance festivals.
- Wallenstein Days: To check out one of the numerous festivals that celebrate Czech culture, head two hours west from Prague to the town of Cheb. This event, held every August since 2005, honors Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein and his role in the Thirty Years War. In addition to reenactments of historic battle scenes, the Wallenstein Days festival features parades, fairy tale performances, music, dance, and fireworks.
- Prague Castle Tours: Dating back to the ninth century, the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular destination in the city. Dig into one of their many daytime and after-dark tours all month, given in a range of languages. Prague Castle's history is evident in the many styles of architecture visible in the structure. The Guinness Book of Records claims this is the largest continuous castle complex in the world, so allow yourself several hours to look around.
- Prague Jazz Week: This free event takes place in the afternoons and evenings for three days in the renowned, must-see Old Town area, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. While you are there, don't miss the Gothic, Renaissance, and medieval buildings, or the famed Astronomical Clock, which dates back more than 600 years.
August Travel Tips
Even though you'll be sharing the city with many other tourists, visiting Prague in August has much to offer and is worth the trip.
- Visitors to Prague in August should expect to pay high season prices for plane tickets and hotel accommodations, although toward the end of the month prices may be slightly lower.
- The crowds won't be as large as they are in early summer, but wherever you go, make reservations or buy tickets at least a month ahead of your trip. Even with advance preparation, expect to spend at least part of your visit to Prague in August waiting in line.
- There are no public holidays in August.