Farmers' markets having a series of festivals

Most markets are open in the fall and even winter, with special events

Most of Prague’s farmers markets will operate into the late fall and winter, except the ones at Tylovo náměstí and Anděl.

There will be several special events to attract people, including the St Martin’s Day goose and wine celebration and a schnitzel festival.

The city now has almost two dozen farmers markets of varying sizes across the city, and more are being added. Libeň has a newly opened marketplace under Libeňský zámek on Wednesdays and Saturdays, joining other Prague 8 markets in Karlínské náměstí, Klapova street, metro Ládví and Draháň.

While wine and beer are usually the focus of festivals called -braní, the suffix is getting more use these days. Sofijské náměstí in Prague 12–Modřany on Oct. 18 will have a sausage festival called Klobásobraní, and markets in both Karlínské náměstí and Roztylské náměstí in Prague 4–Spořilov on Oct. 20 will have a schnitzel festival called Řízkobraní.

The popular market at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad in Prague 3–Vinohrady has a focus on pumpkins on Oct. 24–27 and Halloween on Oct. 31. There is also an apple festival Nov. 10 and a pork festival (zabijačka) Nov. 24.

Roasted goose will be served as part of St Martin’s Day celebrations at Náplavka at Rašínovo nábřeží and at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad on Nov. 11. New bottled wine will also be available. Svatomartinské slavnosti has become the Czech answer to France’s celebration of Beaujolais nouveau, and restaurants around the country will also be marking the occasion with wine from this year’s harvest.

For people who can’t wait to have some roasted goose, Karlínské náměstí on Nov. 3 will also have a goose and beer festival (as the new wine won’t yet be available).

The out of the way Roztylské náměstí market has one of the larger schedules. Aside from the schnitzel festival it includes a plum dumpling eating contest Oct. 27, a new Moravian wine festival Nov. 10 and pork festival Dec. 8.

The 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia will be remembered at the Oct. 28 market at Vítězné náměstí at Dejvická Street.

Tylovo náměstí will close Oct. 31 and Anděl on Nov. 15. The market at Arkády Pankrác should run until Dec. 19. Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad is expected to run to Dec. 22, depending on the weather.

Tylovo náměstí and Anděl will reopen as Advent markets in late November. Vítězné náměstí from Nov. 30 will have an Advent market on Friday afternoons.

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