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Festivals in Berlin

Berliners love outdoor (and indoor) festivals and so do the tourists who flock to them each year. Summer is the best time for outdoor activities, but there are festivals all year round, and many tourists like to visit Germany for its traditional winter Christmas markets.

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Berliners have an image of being cultured and the festival calendar reflects that with festivals to celebrate film, art and literature and other cultural activities at the centre of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. Musically Berlin really is famous for DJs and techno music and there are a number of day or weekend party/dance/festivals to enjoy this particular genre.

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10 Festivals in Berlin, Germany

  • "Long Night at the Museums" has been running since 1997 and encourages people to visit museums late at night. There are open air concerts, special exhibits, and sessions where curators talk about their work. Around 80 museums participate.
  • The Berlin Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the world. It’s held each year in February and reflecting Berlin’s obsession with a certain animal — the main prizes are the Gold and Silver Bear.
  • The Carnival of Cultures is a festival celebrating Berlin’s multi-cultural identity and culminates in a colourful street parade. It takes place in Kreuzberg and features market stalls offering food from many different countries, world music, entertainment, arts and crafts and more.
  • Feel like a 4 day dance party? Fusion is one of the most famous dance festivals in Europe and it’s held on an old military base 150 km from Berlin. To get a ticket you have to enter an online lottery and hope you’re one of the lucky ones!
  • The Day of German Unity Festival is held around the Brandenburger Tor to celebrate Germany’s national holiday. Music, food, theatre performances as well as many family friendly activities make up this 3 day festival.
  • Christopher Street Day was first celebrated in Berlin in 1979. Since then it’s grown to be the largest German LGBT festival. Typically it occurs between June and August and highlights include music, and a parade with a myriad of colourful floats.
  • The International Literature Festival occurs in Berlin over 10 days in September. Writers from all over the world come to talk about their work. Readings are in the original language with translations into German.
  • September also sees Berlin Art Week showcase Berlin’s vibrant art scene. There are new gallery exhibitions, many special art and performance events, and shows. A spotlight on Berlin as a place to make art.
  • Festival of Lights occurs in October and the city literally comes to light. Colourful lighting projects dazzle landmarks such as the Brandenburger Tor, the Berlin Cathedral, and the TV Tower. Includes other events such as jazz/classical music concerts.
  • And for the beer connoisseur — the International Berlin Beer Festival. Around 2000 different varieties of beer are on offer from 80 different countries. The fun is to be had along Karl-Marx-Allee where you can stroll, listen to live music and of course sample beer!

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Top Festivals in Berlin, Germany

  • What’s a museum like at 1 am? During the "Long Night at the Museums" you get the opportunity to see. It’s the unique events which are the most interesting, like the ability to hear first-hand stories from curators and the work-on-the-spot exhibits from painters, dancers and performance artists.
  • The Berlin Film Festival is internationally one of the most important dates in the movie world’s calendar. It represents exposure for both established and up-and-coming film-makers — an award equals immediate credibility. It’s not just for industry insiders; there’s a lot of new films for cinema-lovers to enjoy.
  • The Carnival of Cultures (Karneval der Kulturen) or KdK for short celebrates diversity. There are professional and amateur dance performances, adults and children can take part. A variety of bands and music styles. Kreuzberg, where it takes place is a mixture of people from different backgrounds. KdK is a celebration of Berlin and the people who make it home.