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Fun and exciting things to do throughout Germany….

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German Events Calendar

JANUARY

  • Days of Dance Berlin – In keeping with tradition, held at the start of the year – here comes the showdown of the Berlin dance scene! By now in its 27th edition, Tanztage Berlin allows the emerging choreographic talent of the city to flex their physical and spiritual muscles! This year Tanztage Berlin is teaming up with the Young Choreographers Festival from Athens: Two pieces by Greek artists will be presented and working conditions discussed. Jan 4-14, 2018
  • British Shorts – British Shorts is once more back to present the most exciting, funniest, strangest and most thrilling short films from the home of dirty weather – Drama, comedy, thriller, animation, experimentals, docs, horror, science fiction and music videos straight from the island. Short film screenings, film workshop, concerts, party, talks, exhibition, retrospective and open screening at Sputnik Kino (Berlin-Kreuzberg), Acudkino (Berlin-Mitte), Kino Zukunft (Berlin-Friedrichshain) and City Kino Wedding (Berlin-Wedding). Jan 11-17, 2018
  • 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 16-18, 2018
  • Six Day Berlin 2018 – 107th edition. The world’s best riders will come to the Velodrom – Men, Women, Sprinters, and U23s! Jan 25-30, 2018
  • Transmediale – transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture, and technology. All activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies. In the course of its 30-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. Since 2011, transmediale also has an all-year ongoing activity, including a residency program. These activities provide a sustainable structure of feedback, research, and reflection that interacts with the annual festival. Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2018

FEBRUARY

  • Berlin Independent Film Festival – The Berlin Independent Film Festival continues to champion low-budget filmmaking by giving special attention to films by first- and second-time directors and films achieving amazing results with small budgets. BIFF takes place at the Babylon Cinema in Berlin Mitte at the same time as the European Film Market. Feb 14-20, 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 master classes, 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, winners of TANZOLYMP and winners of the preceding years will receive the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and respectful judges. For the future it is planned that an International Dance Company will be formed, consisting of chosen participants and winners of the previous year. Feb 15-19, 2018
  • 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 characterise 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, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale. Feb 15-25, 2018

MARCH

  • Berlin Graphic Days – Berlin Graphic Days is a three-day art festival uniting over 100 national and international artists each year, stemming from all different type of graphic art. The cornerstone of the local graphics scene, it offers accessible art pieces to a large public of amateurs, collectors, decorators, designers and curious minds. The 10th edition of the event will be hosted in the prestigious venue Heeresbäckerei in the heart of Kreuzberg and will be animated by live music, night market, live paintings, club party, DJs and street food. Mar 2-4, 2018
  • ITB Berlin – International Travel Trade Show Berlin – Mar 7-11, 2018

APRIL

MAY

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. TBA

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
  • Duhner Wattrennen – Unique horse race on the seabed with trotting and horse racing; Horse racing and large Bude mile behind the dike. Duhnen Strand, Jul 16, 2017
  • Bregenz Festival – Opera on the Lake – (OK, technically not in Germany, but still pretty cool) One year after the end of the Second World War, the first Bregenz Festival was held: the week-long Bregenz Festwoche. The inaugural performance was staged upon two barges moored on Lake Constance – one carrying the stage structures for Mozart’s early work Bastien et Bastienne, the other the orchestra. In a town that did not even possess a theatre, the idea of mounting a festival seemed eccentric; but the initially makeshift solution of choosing the loveliest part of the town – the lake – as the stage proved to be a hugely successful one. Visitors from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France made the Festival an international event in its very first year. The Festival orchestra from the outset was the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, which has made a major contribution to the evolution and success of the Festival. Vorarlberg Bregenz, Austria; Jul 19 – Aug 20, 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 20-25, 2017

AUGUST

  • Hanse Sail – A theme of the 26th Hanse Sail is “Adventure Hanse Sail”. Over four days, more than 150 traditional vessels demonstrate an unique flair. Popular sailing ships like “Roald Amundsen” or “Fridtjof Nansen,” among others, invite visitors for day trips. Rostock, Aug 10-13, 2017
  • Bremen Summer Theatre – The Bremer Shakespeare company was formed in 1983, since when it has built up the largest Shakespeare repertoire in Germany. In July 2016, it will be offering audiences such stuff as midsummer night’s dreams are made of in a series of open-air ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ performances. With its summer open-air program, the company is very much honoring an old Shakespearean tradition: London’s famous Globe Theatre also hosted plays ‘beneath the starry sky’. Located in the heart of the city, Bremen’s Bürgerpark provides the perfect romantic setting and is one of Germany’s best-maintained country parks. Bremen, Aug 16-20, 2017
  • Bremen Music Festival – Many of the programs and constellations of artists that audiences will experience at the Music Festival Bremen cannot be heard or seen anywhere else in Germany. Early music unabashedly takes its place next to contemporary works, orchestral pieces side by side with chamber music, opera alongside jazz and world music. We work with established stars as well as young performers on the verge of discovery, and by presenting their guest appearances and productions, we offer our audiences insights into the latest developments in the international music world for discussion. Bremen, Aug 19 – Sept 9, 2017
  • Alstervergnügen – In August, the popular city festival, Alstervergnügen, takes place around the Alster Lake in Hamburg. Between the market square in front of Hamburg’s City Hall and the Lombardsbridge (Lombardsbrücke) you can see many attractions and performances from over 500 national and international artists, acrobats and athletes. Over Hamburg’s four-day summer festival, there will of course also be a lot of delicious food. Hamburg, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2017

SEPTEMBER

  • Warnemünde River Festival – The summer season at the seaside resort Warnemünde comes to a festive end with the River Festival. A colourful promenade extends along the Alte Strom on all four days. Locals, holidaymakers and day visitors can discover artisan craftwork and delicacies featuring regional cuisine. Rostock, Sept 7-10, 2017
  • Autumn Dippemess – Frankfurt’s Autumn Dippemess at the Ratsweg Fairground is the largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main region. The highly popular festival features a sales market with numerous stalls as well as a fun fair with myriad fairground attractions. It’s fun and games for the entire family! Frankfurt, Sept 8-17, 2017
  • Oktoberfest – On Saturday, September 16th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9 am to secure good seats. Munich, Sept 16 – Oct 3, 2017
  • China Festival 2017 -The dragon will be dancing again in Düsseldorf on 16th September. Now in its seventh year, the China Festival in the city is a regular fixture on the event calendar and draws around 30,000 visitors to the spaces around the Town Hall. Chinese and German visitors come from all over the region to experience this colorful program of singing, dancing, artistry and many interesting activities around the Jan Wellem monument.Düsseldorf, Sept 16, 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

  • 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
  • Munich Marathon – Whoever has competed in the MUNICH MARATHON that has been held for 31 years will know that tingling sensation. The concentration and tension of the runners is tangible; it only subsides after the starter’s pistol sounds, followed by the first elated steps. The sightseeing tour starts when the runners start the race: Olympic Park, English Garden, Bogenhausen art nouveau villas, Munich Gasteig, Isar Bridge, Gärtnerplatz, Sendlinger Straße, Marienplatz, Town Hall, Bavarian State Opera, Residenz, Munich Pinakotheken, Odeonsplatz, Theatinerkirche, Königsplatz, Siegestor, Leopoldstraße. Countless highlights line up next to each other before the Olympic Stadium comes within the range of vision. The runners get goose bumps: at the big marathon gate the runners are rewarded with mist, music and colourful lighting. On the last 300 metres and accompanied by the cheers of the crowd, they turn into the home stretch of the Olympic Stadium. “G’schafft” (I’ve made it), as the Bavarians say! And then? Smile please! Everyone’s a winner! Munich, Oct 8, 2017
  • Frankfurt’s Book Fair – Every year, about 7,300 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, more than 4,000 events, 9,000 journalists and over 1,000 bloggers all combine to make the Frankfurt Book Fair the biggest trade fair for the international publishing industry. Frankfurt, Oct 11-15, 2017

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

  • The Christmas Fairs and Christmas Markets of Germany are unique. If you’re tired of commercialism taking over this holiday period and would like to get right away for a real traditional and romantic Christmas Market you might want to consider heading to Germany where Christmas gifts are not mass-produced but craftwork of real quality.


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 in Nov
Christmas Eve Dec 24
Christmas Day Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26

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