Festivals in Berlin

Berlin has a full calendar of festivals throughout the year. Here you will find information and a description of the events with links to their websites where available...

As one of the major multi-cultural cities in Europe, Berlin is home to a great number of art and culture, musical, traditional and commercial festivals and events. The carnival of cultures, for example, fuses the music and foods of all of Berlin's residents from African dancers to Thai curries and Turkish sweets to Caribbean reggae.

The enormous trade fair grounds (International Congress Centre, ICC) is home to a number of annual, international fairs, ranging from holidays to fashion to fruit and vegetables.

The streets of Berlin are also regular locations for street fairs and markets, celebrating cultures (Fête de la Musique), electronic music (Love Parade) and sexuality (Christopher Street Day). The following list offers a selection of the festivals and events in Berlin.

Berlin Festivals and Events

Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale): Probably Berlin's most important cultural event, this film festival is held annually in February and places an emphasis on representing films from all over the world. The awards are known as the Gold and Silver Bears (the Bear is the symbol of Berlin). The festival is held in a number of cinemas across the city.

Carnival of Cultures (Karnival der Kulturen): This carnival presents the cultural and ethnic diversity of Berlin with music, food and events on the streets of Kreuzberg. The carnival takes place over four days during the Pentecost weekend.

Fête de la Musique: Music festival with live bands and dancing groups all over the city celebrate the beginning of the summer. Over 400 bands are represented playing different styles of music.

Christopher Street Day: Like most big towns in Germany, Berlin celebrates Christopher Street Day every year between June and August. The festival is composed of floats and walking groups from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associations. The festival ends with a spectacular fireworks display.

Design in May (Designmai): International design festival held every year in Berlin. The latest designs from Germany and Europe are on display as well as over a hundred events, exhibitions, workshops and presentations.

  • Tel: 030 2809 8687

Berlin Jazz Festival (JazzFest Berlin): Features globally renowned names from the world of jazz and blues. The festival takes place every year in October or November.

  • Tel: 030 397 870

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