What is happening in Karlovy Vary The present of Karlovy Vary

The current life in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is not only about the springs and balneology. The traditional Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) therapy still remains the biggest attraction, but those who do not come to Karlovy Vary for the “miracle springs” can admire many architectural sights, visit famous sports facilities, and enjoy important events.

The present of Karlovy Vary

Due to its unique atmosphere and ideal conditions for congress tourism, the city is often the place for various congresses, conferences, and other social events. Also the Hotel Imperial and Spa Resort Sanssouci have many halls and lounges available which are ideal for organizing various events.

Besides large events, you can also visit various theater performances, concerts, exhibitions, etc during your stay. Other interesting events take place in the hotels of the Imperial Group. The Hotel Imperial organizes dance evenings, concerts, lectures, and exhibitions on a regular basis. The Spa Resort Sanssouci offers entertainment in the form of dance evenings.

The most important events in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)

After the spa treatment, it is often an important cultural event that brings the most tourists. Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is the regular host of many events of world-class importance; the most famous one is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Everyone finds something to enjoy here. The young generation will probably prefer the International Film Festival. The older generation would probably rather visit the events organized within the event “Dvořákův podzim“ (Dvořák’s Autumn) or the Jazz Festival.


The Nobility Weekend - Meeting of European Aristocrats
Every year, up to 600 European aristocrats meet in Karlovy Vary on this weekend. The “Jarní ples“ (Spring Ball) event is the highlight of this weekend. However, the aristocrats participate in other events, such as horse racing, golf tournaments, etc.


Spa season opening
A popular annual event, with a historical parade through the city lead by Charles IV. The spa season starts with a consecration of the springs. During this opening weekend, you can also visit a historical market and a few concerts. The festivities take place in several places in Karlovy Vary.


The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
This is the most important event in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). During one week in July, Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is consumed by the unique festival atmosphere. Tourists from all over the world are everywhere; concerts, parties, and ceremonials take place constantly. You can meet Czech and foreign celebrities in the city. Films from all over the world compete in several categories and are evaluated by committees of experts as well as spectators.


Golden Hockey Stick
This gala hockey evening announces the results of the hockey inquiry for the best Czech hockey player of the year. The stars of the sports and artistic world participate in this event. You can see them both in the auditorium as well as on the stage.

Karlovy Vary City Triathlon
The Czech Republic Championships in the sprint triathlon and Olympic triathlon take place in the city center. The start of the competition is at the Rolava open air pool. The biking part leads through the entire city to the Thermal Hotel. After putting the bikes away, the competitors run a few laps to the Mill Colonnade and back.

Fresh Film Fest
Fresh Film Fest is another international film contest organized in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). Unlike the IFF, this is a competition for promising student films. More than two hundred films are screened during the festival. The event has also an accompanying program.


Karlovy Vary Folklore Festival
Dance, singing, and theater are the main program of the International Meeting of Folklore Artists. Ensembles from Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, etc. participate on a regular basis. Besides the individual performances, the event also includes a parade through the city and a folklore trade market.

Dvořák Autumn in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
This festival in honor of the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák takes place throughout September. The festival in cooperation with the Karlovy vary Symphony Orchestra takes place annually since 1959.


The International Festival of Tourism Films annually gives awards to films, spots, internet presentations, etc., which help to develop this industry.

Jazzfest Karlovy Vary
Jazzfest is not only limited to jazz as it might seem from its name. You can hear also swing, blues, gospel, and other types of music at various places throughout the city. Concerts at Vřídelní kolonáda (the Thermal Spring Colonnade) are a traditional part of the festival.