This post covers some of the best events and things to do in Prague in November, updated for 2023.
We include activities, events, free, as well as family-friendly attractions.
November 1st is All Soul's Day/Remembrance Day.
This is a solemn day when families gather at cemeteries where loved ones are buried to lay wreaths and light candles.
November 17th is the Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy/International Students Day.
This commemorates two important events: the 1939 student demonstration against Nazi occupation and the 1989 student demonstration against the communist government (which lead to the start of the Velvet Underground).
1. Attend a Ballet Performance
If you enjoy ballet, there are a few productions you might want to see when you are in Prague.
The first is the Best of Swan Lake.
Top dancers perform the ballet to the music of Tchaikovsky in the recently refurbished Hybernia Theatre.
This is a truncated version of the story, but it does feature the most notable scenes from Swan Lake.
A perfect fit for the coming holidays is The Nutcracker. It will also be taking place at the Hybernia Theatre.
And finally, The Sleeping Beauty will be at the National Theatre.
Check our post on great family-friendly activities in Prague for more fun things to do with the kids.
2. Go Sightseeing
One of the easiest ways of learning all about the city and its history is by taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.
There are currently free walking tours covering the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge. You can also take tours of famous sites related to WW2.
Also, hop-on-hop-off bus tours of Prague are a popular option.
Another interesting way of seeing Prague is to take a cruise down the Vltava River.
If you can't make it to a guided tour, consider an audio tour instead. Anyone with a smartphone and earbuds can enjoy these outings whenever they want!
While it does get chilly at night, the wintry atmosphere of November makes this Ghost and Legends tour of Old Town perfectly spooky!
3. Go to a Christmas Market
Christmas is just around the corner so Christmas Markets will soon start popping up in Prague.
Markets in Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square), Namesti Miru (Peace Square), Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square), and Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square) usually open near the end of November.
In these markets, you'll find lights and decorations, stalls of food and drink, crafts and handmade souvenirs, and more.
There might also be ice skating.
If you want to learn all about all of Prague’s Christmas markets, this article will give you a full rundown.
4. Warm Up with Traditional Czech Food
November means colder weather, more layers, and searching out some warm comfort food.
Czech cuisine can definitely deliver on that last point.
Find a local pub for some delicious roasted pork, locally known as vepro knedlo zelo, or cesnecka - garlic soup topped with a raw egg.
If you're in Prague at the end of November, be sure to check out the warm, sweet treats on sale at the Christmas markets.
You may also want to consider taking a food tour to learn all about the most popular dishes in Prague from a professional guide.
St. Martin's Day takes place on November 11th, marking the end of the agricultural year.
You may find traditional St. Martin's meals served up at restaurants around the city.
The festivities begin with the uncorking of a bottle of wine, something you can take part in at Villa Richter on November 11th at the St. Martin's Wine Festival.
5. Enjoy Some Incredible Music
In November, the annual Prague Sounds Festival returns for its 27th year.
This major music event covers a number of genres including jazz, electronica, contemporary classic, and more, all performed by "some of the world's most iconic musical pioneers.
The Prague Sounds Festival takes place November 11th-18th.
There will also be a number of classical music concerts as part of the Christmas season.
These take place across a number of venues in the city, with the first concert beginning November 21st.
Visit this list of classical music concerts for more times and tickets.
6. Enjoy a Harry Potter Escape Game
If you're familiar with the idea of an escape game and you're a fan of Harry Potter, this is one opportunity you won't want to miss.
While partaking in this experience, you'll use a magic wand to cast spells, talk to portraits, listen to ghosts, and perform other curious tasks to solve a mystery before time runs out.
This escape game takes around 1 hour to complete, and it's sure to please fans of the wizarding world.
It's also a kid-friendly activity that is fun for the whole family.
Purchase tickets for the Harry Potter Escape Game or learn more.
Check our post on family-friendly activities for more fun things to do with the kids in Prague.
7. Enjoy a Sporting Event
November is a great month for catching the winter sports.
The Prague Playoffs, considered by many to be the greatest showjumping event in the world, takes place November 16th-19th at Prague's 02 Arena.
Sports bars in the city are expected to have the World Cricket Cup on their TVs throughout much of the month.
Prague has both hockey and football (soccer) teams that might be playing home games.
8. Attend the Whisky Life! Prague Festival
The Scottish are returning to Prague in the form of whisky, bagpipes, kilts, and more at the annual Whisky Life! Prague Festival.
There will be over 150 whiskies to taste, and if you wear a kilt you'll get a free shot of whisky.
There are also masterclasses available where you can learn about the brands and their tastes and smells.
Events take place November 3rd and 4th at New Town Hall.
9. Visit the Astronomical Clock
There's never a bad time to visit this landmark, and it's a pretty good way to figure out exactly what time is!
Dating back to the 1400s, this clock tells time with both Gothic and Roman numerals.
You'll also see a calendar showing the months and zodiac signs just below the lower face.
Best of all, you can actually visit this location for free and visit almost anytime, day or night.
That said, you may want to consider entering the Old Town Hall where the clock is located to see the inner workings of the device.
Find out more about this attraction in our post covering the Astronomical Clock.
10. Save Money With a Tourist Pass
As we’ve mentioned elsewhere in this post, a lot of the most popular landmarks and locations in Prague are actually included at no extra cost with a tourist attraction discount pass.
If you’re planning to visit at least 4-5 different locations per day, you could easily save up to 50% off general admission prices using these services.
Here are a few of the more notable attractions included with at least one Prague discount pass:
- Prague Zoo
- Prague Castle
- Old Town Hall
- Jewish Museum
- Astronomical Clock
- Prague River Cruise
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
- Petřín Observation Tower
- The Franz Kafka Museum
- And more!
For more information about how to use these passes effectively to save money, please read our post covering Prague tourist passes.
11. Enjoy a Blacklight Theatre Performance
Blacklight theatre, and telling stories through visuals and body language, has become a staple in Prague’s theatre community.
These performances are great for audiences of all ages and nationalities, as they are nonverbal and therefore without a language barrier.
The WOW Show Blacklight Theatre will be hosting performances on various dates throughout November.
If you just can't get enough of the bright and vivid colors during these shows, consider following up your theatre experience with a round of Black Light Mini Golf!
Check out more kid-friendly activities here.