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Bear Riker’s Berlin proudly offers a comprehensive event calendar of Berlin events. Here you’ll find events including the Arts, Comedy, Dance, Music, Special Events, Sports, Talks & Readings and Theater.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | OctNovDec

German public holidays – most everything is closed

New Year’s Day Jan 1
Good Friday, Mar/Apr
Easter Monday, Mar/Apr
May/Labour Day May 1
Ascension Day May/June (ten days before Whitsun/Pentecost, the 7th Sun after Easter)
Whitsun/Pentecost Mon May/June
Day of German Unity Oct 3
Day of Prayer and National Repentance 3rd Wed Nov
Christmas Eve Dec 24
Christmas Day Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26


Berlin Events Calendar

Berlin Germany Events Calendar

JANUARY

  • International Rosa Luxembourg Conference – Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. Jan 14, 2017
  • Berlin Fashion Week – Twice a year Berlin becomes an international location for fashion and lifestyle topics. During the Berlin Fashion Week, fashion enthusiasts, buyers, trade experts, and the media interact at shows and awards ceremonies, collect information at fashion trade shows and attend exhibitions and off-site events. Jan 17-19, 2017
  • Berliner Sechstagerennen – Cycling – Berlin Six Day Race: Berlin Six Day Race featuring the top riders of track cycling who compete for round winnings and points on the slatted oval of the Berlin Velodrome. Jan 19-24, 2017
  • International Green Week – The world’s biggest fair for food, agriculture, and horticulture. Jan 20-29, 2017
  • FILMWOCHE CINEBRASIL BERLIN – Despite the increasingly tense situation of cultural promotion in Brazil, the flexibility, and passion of the Brazilian Kinomachers make it possible to continue to make great films from different budgets. You only have to look at a large number of logos and acknowledgments in the credits, to see what the state of Brazilian film promotion is. I have often observed that this triggered laughter and comments from the viewers because such a kind of financing is almost unimaginable in Germany, where subsidies and television programs take over the production. The love of the cinema has defeated the difficulties of the directors. thanks to God and so we can present this year again a wide range of high-quality films. Jan 26-30, 2017
  • CTM Festival – CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts – is the most important festival of innovative pop, electronic and experimental music in German-speaking countries today. CTM aims to engage with the direct bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music, as well as these phenomena’s synergistic effects with other sensory stimuli. Artistic experimentation with the affective and somatic effects of sounds and frequencies opens up possibilities of tuning and de-tuning the composite that interconnects body, matter, energy, and (musical) machines – and of exploring our perception. More information on the theme here.  Jan 27 – Feb 5, 2017

FEBRUARY

  • transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture, and technology. The activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies. In the course of its 25-year history, the annual transmediale festival has turned into an essential event in the calendar of media art professionals, artists, activists, and students from all over the world. The broad cultural appeal of the festival is recognized by the German federal government who supports the transmediale through its program for beacons of contemporary culture. Feb 2 -Mar 3, 2017
  • Berlin Graphic Days – The famous Berlin Graphic Days Festival will once again take place at the renown Urban Spree, indoor and outdoor. More than 80 national and international designers, illustrators, silk screeners, and much more kind of artists emerging from a large range of graphic fields will present and sell their artworks. Berlin Graphic Days are THE crossroad between exhibition, festival, market, and sale. Many different pieces including screen printing posters, colorful and meaningful t-shirts, unique pieces, books, pictures as well as numerous graphic original works will be shown to the public. To accompany this great event we have also planned for you: live painting, tasty food trucks, DJs, and live bands. Feb 3-5, 2017
  • Berlin Independent Film Festival – The Berlin Independent Film Festival is at the epicenter for low-budget filmmaking in Europe. While the Berlin Independent Film Festival is not connected with the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), BIFF runs at the same time, and not far from the European Film Market and draws on all the film industry power gathered in Berlin for those events. Feb 9-15, 2017
  • Berlinale – International Film Festival in Berlin – Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterize the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, almost 20,000 professional visitors from 130 countries, including about 4,000 journalists: art, glamor, parties, and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale. Feb 15-25, 2018
  • Tanzolymp – International Dance Festival – The International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP is held in Berlin on annual basis under the motto “Dance as a global language“ and gives participants the opportunity to meet other young people from all over the world in workshops, seminars, and competitions. The main aim of the Festival is to support and increase the popularity of dancing. Besides an international exchange exploring the different forms of dance aesthetics and artistic styles, the Festival will provide an insight into the spectrum and variety of dancing. The crowning event of the Festival will be the international gala where the best solo artists, duos and groups/formations, winners of TANZOLYMP 2017 and winners of the preceding years will receive the opportunity to perform before a public audience. For the future it is planned that an International Dance Company will be formed, consisting of chosen participants and winners of the previous year. The purpose of the International Dance Festival and the International Dance Company is to bring dancers, students, and teachers and noted celebrities together in a professional way and to create new impulses for the development of international dancing. Feb 16-20, 2017
  • TEDDY AWARD at the International Film Festival in Berlin – The TEDDY AWARD is a societal engaged political award, which is given to films and people, that communicate queer themes and content on a large scale and contribute with this to more tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society. The TEDDY AWARD has with this not only cultural importance. As long as queer life is threatened in parts of the world with the capital punishment and is even in towns like Berlin a homo- and transphobe power in the agenda, TEDDY AWARD also carries a political significance and responsibility. The 31st TEDDY AWARD will be awarded during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Feb. 15-25, 2017, on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

MARCH

  • ITB Berlin – The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – ITB Berlin, short for International Tourismusbörse Berlin, is the world’s largest travel trade show. Each year, over 10,000 exhibitors present dream destinations around the world. Mar 8-12, 2017
  • MaerzMusik – The March Music Festival of Contemporary Music is a celebration of the Berlin Festival takes place annually since 2002 and in March at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other venues. It is the successor of the Berlin Biennale Festival and is considered one of the most important festivals for contemporary music in Germany. Artistic director of the March music is Matthias Osterwold. March 17-26, 2017
  • Festival of International New Drama – The Festival of International New Drama (F.I.N.D.) has been a stalwart of the Schaubühne’s repertoire since the 1999/2000 season. In the early years, dramatic texts from predominantly young writers from one particular culture or region were presented, mostly in rehearsed readings. In 2011, F.I.N.D. reinvented itself as a large scale festival for visiting productions. Since then, more and more works from international writer-theatremakers and their companies have been shown for the first time in Berlin. Mar 30 – Apr 9, 2017

APRIL

  • Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon – The Berlin Half Marathon is one of the classic running events held each year in the German capital. Apr 2, 2017
  • ExPat Expo – English Theatre Berlin puts its Miete where its mouth is with two full weeks of programming from our most important resource — our community of international expatriate artists! Come check out a one-of-a-kind melting pot of theatrical forms and traditions: the English-language Freie Szene. Apr 3-8, 2017
  • Festtage 2017 – “Festival Days” is a 10 day festival of concerts and operas bringing renowned conductors, soloists and orchestras to Berlin. It has become an acclaimed success with the German as well as the international audience: V or twenty years now they have been launched by Daniel Barenboim, since they always pull on and around the Easter holidays, many Berliners as well as numerous guests from Germany and the world in the State Opera and at the Philharmonie in its spell. Apr 7-16, 2017
  • Achtung Berlin – new berlin film award – The tenth showing of the Berlin Film Festival “achtung” (attention) Berlin – new berlin film award” is previewing on the silver screen current feature, documentary, and short films shortly before their official release in cinemas. The particular point of interest here is the fact that all the films shown have been completely or in part been made in Berlin and Brandenburg. Apr 19-26, 2017
  • ILA Berlin Air Show – International Aerospace Exhibition and Conferences – A leading exhibition, ILA 2016 will again display the innovative ability of this high-tech industry. Key congresses with high-ranking speakers, aircraft premieres, national and international world class technology as well as an impressive flight display can be seen at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport. Apr 25-29, 2018
  • AUGENBLICK MAL! – the German festival of theater for young audiences. National and international theatre-makers, as well as Berliner students and families, have the possibility to enjoy TEN OUTSTANDING PRODUCTIONS OF THE GERMAN CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE. Apr 25-30, 2017
  • Gallery Weekend Berlin – Discover art in gallery spaces, explore a diversity of architectures, gain insight into the contexts of art production—with around 50 participating galleries, Gallery Weekend Berlin makes for an exquisite art experience. Apr 28-30, 2017
  • German Fetish Fair – The German Fetish Fair for over a decade presenting the best of extravagant fetish fashion and high-quality BDSM toys and has thus become one of the first addresses for fetishists. From playful accessories to the complete furnishing of private playrooms you can find everything here. Special, exceptional products that you vain sought in the shops or from which you did not know that they exist, are to be admired here in a wide variety. The companies themselves are looking forward to presenting you the latest creations. Apr 29-30, 2017

MAY

  • XJAZZ is a new Berlin-based Jazz-Festival focusing a rather contemporary view on the genre. Several Locations in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain stage Jazz, Electronica, Neo-Classic. May 3-7, 2017
  • Theatertreffen – Every year in May, Germany’s most important theater festival brings together theatre-makers, journalists and international guests in Berlin. The centerpiece of the Theatertreffen is the presentation of the ten “most notable productions”, which are chosen every year from around 400 performances by an independent jury of critics. May 5-21, 2017
  • Berlin Web Week – Berlin Web Week is Berlin’s web calendar for all things internet throughout the year. And once a year, it’s a week-long festival of independent events. TBA
  • Eurovision Song Contest – OK, not Berlin-based, but… The most watched, loved, hated, talked about, campiest, overdressed song contest in the world: Eurovision. Top artists from 39 countries – two more than last year! – will compete at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. May 8-12, 2018
  • Asia-Pacific Week Berlin – Berlin offers with the APW a unique platform for international dialogue. Presented are major topics from the fields of economy and politics, research and science, culture and society. The APW 2013 will focus on ‘Smart Cities’ and confront urban challenges – whether in Berlin or in Asia’s growing mega cities. Solutions for sustainable economic and social development of urban areas will be discussed with experts and decision-makers from Germany and Asia-Pacific. May 15-28, 2017
  • DFB Cup Finals – German Football Association (DFB) – 64 teams from the 1st and the 2nd Bundesliga participate in the competition. Since 1985, the final is every year held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The DFB Cup is the second most valuable trophy in German club football. Only the league championship is more important. Since 1935 teams have played for the trophy. The site for the final has changed in the past. Since 1985, the final of the DFB Cup is carried out at the Olympic Stadium Berlin. 64 teams (36 club from the first and second Bundesliga as well as 28 teams from lower leagues) play five knockout rounds to reach the Cup Final. The Cup winner qualifies for the UEFA Europa League. Olympiastadion Berlin, May 27, 2017

JUNE

  • Karneval der Kulturen – The Carnival of Cultures presents the cultural and ethnic diversity of Berlin. The annual celebration of Berlin’s diversity runs for four days and features a street party with numerous stages and performances, plus the requisite street food and craft stalls. The party culminates on the final day, with a procession of floats winding its way noisily through Kreuzberg. Jun 2-5, 2017
  • Open Air Gallery – takes place on the Oberbaumbrücke across the Spree between the districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, Berlin. Over a hundred artists display their paintings, photographs and sculptures on the Bridge. Jun 4 and Sep 3, 2017
  • Spandau Citadel Music Festival – Pop music concerts located at the ancient citadel in Berlin-Spandau. This year’s lineup includes Patti Smith, The Beach Boys, and ZZ Top.  Jun 7 – Aug 26, 2017
  • Berlin Biennale – Berlin Biennale turns various locations in the city into galleries for contemporary art. TBA
  • Jewish Film Festival – The Jewish Film Festival captures the diversity of Jewish life on celluloid. For two weeks, filmmakers from all over the world present a varied program. TBA
  • Deutsch-Russische Festtage (German-Russian Festival). The three-day celebration features three stages of arts, music, and cultural programs. TBA
  • Long Night of the Sciences – The Long Night of Science in Berlin and Potsdam, once a year – usually on a Saturday in late May / early June – will take place, is a joint project of the scientific institutions of the region. The organizer is the Long Night of Science Association (LNDW eV), in which scientific and science-related institutions have joined forces. From 5p.m. until midnight, numerous scientific institutes in Berlin and Potsdam invite you to visit laboratories, archives, libraries and lecture halls which are not normally open to the public. TBA
  • Fête de la Musique – Worldwide Music Day This season, the summertime musical event will draw music lovers in 520 cities worldwide, 297 European cities, more than 40 of them in Germany alone. June 21, 2017
  • Infektion! – Staatsopera Festival for New Musical Theatre featuring contemporary and experimental music theater. TBA
  • 48 Hours Neukölln – 18th Arts Festival 48 Hours Neukölln – “SATT” and which directly derived terms such as “hunger”, “abundance” or “over-saturation” give a constructive impetus to deal with aesthetic, ethical, political and social issues and translate them into art projects. , The theme of the festival derived YOUNG ART NK, which takes place parallel to the 48 Stunden Neukölln, is 2016 “Cockaigne”. In cooperation with both Berlin-based and international artists, the festival intends to focus on the question of what the role of art in society today really is as well as dealing with the expectations and challenges that society confronts artists with. The title consciously confronts a widespread dilemma: on the one hand, the trend towards dealing with themes in an art context often poses a challenge to artists, demanding that they deal with issues affecting society today. It can also, however, be a manifestation of the idea that, to put it in its most extreme form, art should save the world from all of its problems, which is a rather unreasonable demand to make of anybody. June 23-25, 2017
  • Bergmannstraßenfest – (Festival at Bergmannstraße) – The jazz festival “KREUZBERG Jazzt ” in Bergmannstraße has become a well known far beyond Berlin event. The cosmopolitan city of Berlin is now ethnically, religiously and culturally influenced heterogeneous and has moved to the German unification in the center of international interest, as a symbol for the way to a united Europe , a built on acceptance and tolerance society. The jazz festival describes itself as a place of creativity and the encounter between people of different nationality and culture. It offers typical Kreuzberg qualities , stirring music, culinary delights, multi cultural driving for young and old. The Jazz Festival in Bergmannstraße provides an overview of the colorful and diverse jazz scene in Berlin. It is therefore performed for special cultural and tourist reasons, traditionally in the district of Kreuzberg. Due to the importance of the jazz festival in the Bergmann road for the city of Berlin as well as for the district of Friedrichshain- Kreuzberg, and the citywide interest in neighborhood events and street festivals in Berlin, the decision was positive. June 30 -Jul 2, 2017

JULY

  • Berlin Fashion Week – Twice a year Berlin becomes an international location for fashion and lifestyle topics. During the Berlin Fashion Week, fashion enthusiasts, buyers, trade experts and the media interact at shows and awards ceremonies, collect information at fashion trade shows and attend exhibitions and off-site events. Jul 4-7, 2017
  • Classic Open Air – Every summer since 1992, the Gendarmenmarkt square in the heart of Berlin has been transformed into a spectacular backdrop for the Classic Open Air Festival – a series of concerts which attracts crowds from the world over. Since its inception, the festival has attracted about 640,000 people to 112 concerts, with a musical range covering everything from opera, operetta and stage musicals, to pop classics, soul, swing and jazz – and much in between. July 20-24, 2017
  • Botanical Night at Botanic Garden – Summer night event with illuminations, concerts, guided tours, theater, artificial firework at the Botanical Garden. July 21, 2018
  • Stadtfest Berlin – Gay Pride will take place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse, spreading over 25,000 square meters, and featuring the Worlds of Sports, Radio, Words, Film, AIDS and Politics, as well as other exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups. Along with dozens of information booths and market stalls, there will be a varied range of culinary treats. And on both days of the festival, there will be five high-energy performance venues – July 21-22, 2018
  • CSD Berlin – Christopher Street Day – Europe’s biggest Lesbian-Gay City Festival in the traditional gay district around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg. Jul 28, 2018
  • Holi Festival Of Colours in Berlin – In 2012, In Berlin, many people gathered for the first Holi Festival Of Colours Europe and caused an indescribable atmosphere on an unforgettable day! July 2018

AUGUST

  • International Beer Festival – The International Berlin Beer Festival is a tourist attraction where visitors can savor their beers surrounded by the architectural charm of Karl-Marx-Allee. This event has been taking place since 1997. Aug 4-6, 2017
  • Tattoo Convention Berlin – Die Tattoo Convention Berlin in Berlin. Tattoo contests, piercing, body modification and more. Aug 4-6, 2017
  • Tanz im August – As its name suggests, Germany’s largest dance festival takes place in Berlin every August. Expect performances from the biggest names in contemporary dance in Germany and beyond. Aug 11 – Sept 2, 2017
  • Young Euro Classic – Young Euro Classic stands for great music, endless enthusiasm, passion and unheard-of discoveries! Year after year, we bring the greatest young musical talents to Berlin and put them in the spotlight. Yet we need your help to do so! Take a stand for music with us. Aug 17 – Sept 3, 2017
  • Potsdam’s Night of the Palaces – The most prestigious, exuberant and romantic impressions of Prussian Baroque can be found in Sanssouci Park when the Night of the Palaces commences on Aug 20, 2016. Immerse yourself in baroque splendour and take pleasure in the multitude of spectacles in the park like concerts and dancing performances, theatre plays and literary events. Hundreds of artists take part in the creation of this incredible Night of the Palaces event. Baroque masks and costumes are coming to life again in the park, at the Orangery, the New Palace, in front of the Chinese Tea House, at the Roman Baths, the Picture Gallery, or at the Church of Peace on the other end of the park. Trees will also come alive, telling stories about how they came here and about the beautiful gardens by landscape architect Peter Lenné who blended English garden architecture with ancient Near Eastern and Roman-Latin influences. All these attractions offer visitors an opportunity to discover Sanssouci like the Kings of Prussia. Aug 19, 2017
  • Long Night at the Museums (Lange Nacht der Museen) – Twice a year, around 100 of Berlin’s museums, collections, archives and exhibition halls stay open into the early hours with special events, concerts, readings, lectures and performances for the ‘Long Night of the Museums’. A ticket gets you free travel on special shuttle buses and regular public transport. Aug 19, 2017
  • Pyronale – Fireworks World Championships – Become enchanted and inspired by the visionary creations, breathtaking effects, gorgeous and sparkling light and color choreographies of the genius pyrotechnicians. Aug 21 – Sept 1, 2018
  • Musikfest – Musikfest Berlin will open this year’s Berlin concert season, hosted by Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Foundation Berliner Philharmoniker. During the festival’s 19 days, there will be 27 events featuring 70 works of around 35 composers, performed by 20 orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensemble and soloists from the international music scene and the music city of Berlin. The Berlin Philharmonie and its Chamber Music Hall, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Großer Sendesaal of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg will be the festival’s venues. Aug 31 – Sept 18, 2017

SEPTEMBER

  • IFA Berlin – IFA in Berlin presents the latest products and innovations in the heart of Europe‘s most important regional market. Only IFA offers such a comprehensive overview of the international market and attracts the attention of trade visitors each year from more than 100 countries. IFA is the main meeting place for key retailers, buyers, and experts from the industry and the media. Don‘t miss the opportunity to explore emerging trends and celebrate the premieres of new technologies and products. Sept 1-6, 2017
  • ISTAF Berlin – The International Stadium Festival Berlin (ISTAF) is the oldest and most famous German athletics meeting and one of the most popular and successful sports events in Germany. Sept 2, 2018
  • Folsom Europe – the fetish lifestyle out-in-the-open. Fetish is something you live, which is deep inside you and makes you excited. Whether it be someone in skin gear, leather, uniform or rubber, it stirs your imagination and makes you go wild. And wild you will be! Sept 6-10, 2017
  • International Literature Festival – The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) takes place in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other locations. The main topics are “growing old”, “experiences in life”, “wisdom” and “cooperation among the generations.” Sept 6-16, 2017
  • Lange Nacht der Startups (LNdS) presents an accompanying exhibition of the best startups of the last event and a program of presentations and workshops during re:publica. Ten startups will present themselves and their products to visitors. In our startup corner topics around founder issues will be discussed. At the same time we will start the call for participation for the second LNdS in September. We are looking for startups in the fields of commerce/retail, communications, entertainment, green/biotech/health, data analytics, home, security and startups around food and lifestyle topics. In addition, the pitching finals of the international Telekom Innovation Contests and the kickoff of the contest for “Start Tel Aviv” of the Israeli Embassy will take place. Sept 8, 2017
  • Viva la Musica – A musical summer night at its finest with spectacular fireworks. The large open-air classical music event in the gardens of the world! Conductor Roland Mell follows with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra and symphonies in the footsteps of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Italy. This concert tour sounds before a fantastically illuminated backdrop of the Italian Renaissance garden with a magnificent fireworks display. Sept 9, 2017
  • Berlin Art Week – Berlin Art Week will take place for the fifth time this year. This key fall event dedicated to contemporary art combines exhibitions, art fairs, art awards, and an auxiliary programme featuring talks, films, and tours. In addition, Berlin Art Week provides new, surprising insights into private collections, project spaces, and the city’s sites of artistic production. The centrepieces of Berlin Art Week this year are once again the fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin – Art Fair. And this year as well, numerous visitors and guests from Germany and around the world are expected to attend. Sept 13-17, 2017
  • Fantasy Filmfest Nights – If you fancy fountains of blood and guts, you will certainly get you money’s worth. “Be afraid.” The Fantasy Film Festival is held every year in in August and September in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne and Nuremberg. It presents the genre of the fantastic film. Thriller, horror and science fiction are integral components of the festival program. But it will also be shown films from genres such as anime, Black comedy and fantasy. The festival is divided into different sections, which vary slightly during the festival season. The Fantasy Film Festival is one of the most important genre festivals worldwide. Sep 13-24, 2017
  • Berlin Travel Trade Show – presents a comprehensive selection of all the latest trends for your holidays. About 260 exhibitors are personally represented locally with their travel experts. On the second largest tourism fair in Berlin-Brandenburg, there are also time lots of valuable information and tips, as well as favorable trade deals – also fulfill your vacation dreams! September 15-16, 2018
  • Berliner Oktoberfest  the 67th Berlin Oktoberfest invites the Central Festplatz am Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. Here is Berlin’s biggest main city Wiesn. For cheerful “Oktoberfest mood” ensure the 85 x 25 meter original Paulaner Marquee Oktoberfest band D ‘Chieminger and DJ Hummel.  There are Bavarian specialties as Haxn, chicken, meat loaf, pretzels and Radi. Everything is Bavarian decorated and equipped: Dirndl and Lederhosen are welcome! Of course, there is no lack the genuine Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer . Original Bavarian, it is also especially so, because marquee host Arnold Bergmann is a native of Bavaria, and he personally took care of lovingly with his team to all decorative elements. Particularly suitable is the marquee-visit for corporate parties or groups. Sept 22 – Oct 15, 2017
  • BMW Berlin Marathon – The BMW BERLIN MARATHON is part of the World Marathon Majors, the collaboration of the most important marathon races in the world (Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Tokyo, Berlin). The demand for starting spots for the 40th anniversary race was so great that the race was sold out after only 3.5 hours. Sept 24, 2017

OCTOBER

  • Day of German Unity – The Day of German Unity is Germany’s national holiday. It commemorates German reunification in 1990 and is celebrated with a festival around Brandenburg Gate. Oct 3, 2017
  • Festival of Lights – The BERLIN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is one of the largest and best-known illumination festivals and public events in the world. It takes place each year in October, where for 12 consecutive nights, Berlin’s world famous landmarks, cultural monuments, historical buildings, streets and other locations become transformed through light, projections, and events. Extraordinary illuminations, light projections, and light objects are presented by many local and international lighting artists. Working with light is still an emerging form of artistic and cultural expression, and the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS offers a unique platform for visual artists. The festival includes different special events such as „OpenCity“ (arts & culture), “LightRun” (fitness), „Jazz in the ministry gardens“ (music), and Sunday sales in shopping centers (shopping & more). The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is also an active partner in charity events presented and organized by the “City Stiftung Berlin” Oct 6-15, 2017
  • Long Night of the Family – Every year, one night in May belongs to the children and their families. In the program: Nocturnal Walks through the woods with supper, encounters with ghosts and monsters, evening tours of parks, churches and museums, workshops in university laboratories, technical and artistic inventor workshops, cooking with nightshade family, town trail, puppet theater and participatory theater in the spotlight dance discoveries, collaborative musical experiences, funny and mysterious readings, the creation of family artworks, storybook cinema, bluster, Rough Housing, tests of courage, cinema in the hay, pessimism and dark cabinets, discovery trips on lakes and rails or the popular bread on the campfire for the whole family… Oct 7, 2017
  • Venus – it is one of the largest international trade fairs for the adult industry. VENUS is also seen as lifestyle fair, because more than half of the exhibitors come from an area other than that of the classic erotic. Besides movies, love toys, and lingerie; there are other products lined up for several years like computers and computer accessories as well as wines, packaging machinery, or furniture. October 12-15, 2017
  • Berlin Food Week – We love good food – and that’s why we love this city. In Berlin star gastronomy meets street food scene, haute cuisine on experimental flavors. In all walks of life meet at supper clubs unknown guests who have one thing in common, namely enjoyment of an exclusive dinner. Local factories and micro breweries prove that quality retail starts. And major labels show that they have understood something, the new way of life that responsibility implies in the diet. Oct 14-21, 2017
  • Porn Film Festival Berlin – When the first Porn Film Festival started at the Kant cinema in Charlottenburg – alas, only our anglophone guests got the pun at the time – none of us would have imagined how long this then unique – and maybe even a little crazy – project would accompany us, or what kind of dynamics it would develop over the following years. As complicated as the first years might have been at times – we repeatedly had to struggle with hesitations of filmmakers and distributors, with some initial shyness of the audience and with our traditionally low budget, we have always been greatly rewarded for all the work that we put into the festival. Oct 24-29, 2017
  • Berlin Jazzfest, Germany  Founded in 1964, the Berlin Jazzfest returns to the 1,000-seat Haus der Berliner Festspiele theater. Over the past several years the festival has veered away from American headliners to feature a global roster of musicians, including the Trio Ivoire from Germany, the Italian bassist Riccardo del Fra and the American saxophonist Pharoah Sanders (above). Full program details and tickets will be available beginning Sept. Oct 31 – Nov 5, 2017

NOVEMBER

  • Berlin Burlesque Festival – We’re very happy and excited to present the fourth annual INTERNATIONAL BERLIN BURLESQUE FESTIVAL, bringing various world class burlesque artists and sideshow performers back on the stage of the historic Heimathafen and the famous Wintergarten to write a new chapter in its history. Nov 2-5, 2017
  • EXPOLINGUA Berlin is the only international fair for languages and cultures in Europe’s German-speaking region and provides the most comprehensive market overview. EXPOLINGUA Berlin offers you a unique opportunity to gain an overview of the diverse programs and services offered for language learning and teaching as well as for cultural exchange. Nov 17-18, 2017
  • Interfilm Berlin – 500 Films in 60 Programs, 7 Competitions & 7 Locations! The Short Film Festival Berlin was established in 1982. It is the second oldest German short film festival (after Oberhausen), and is recognized as the second most significant and oldest international film festival in Berlin after the Berlinale. For six days film fans can watch movies in various locations all over Berlin. Nov 20-26, 2017

DECEMBER

Christmas markets are a long-held tradition in Germany. Berlin has over 60 markets. Christmas markets are held from late November through Christmas. For a list Weihnachtsmärkte

  • Louis Lewandowski Festival is an international festival of synagogue music. It is dedicated to the German-Jewish composer Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894), who became famous because of his reform of synagogue music. The Fifth Louis Lewandowski Festival will feature music by some of the most prominent Chor Shul composers. Dec 14-17, 2017

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