Events in Berlin

From outdoor concerts, festivals and Christmas markets, to the annual marathon, fashion week and film festival, Berlin has a lot to offer throughout the year.

Christmas markets and tours

Take your family or friends on one of the exclusive Christmas tours and discover Berlin's most famous Christmas markets and sights. The popular Christmas market at the Alexanderplatz presents Europe's largest Christmas pyramid with more than 5,000 lights. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the capital city with its Christmas lights while drinking a warming mulled wine.

Berlinale

Every year in February, Berlin becomes the hotspot of film lovers. The Berlinale is the world’s largest public film festival and one of the most important events for the international film industry. Enjoy the festive atmosphere during the Berlin International Film Festival when around 400 great films are shown in several cinemas across the city. Perhaps you will meet one of the international stars during your stay!

  • World’s largest public film festival
  • Around 400 films
  • International stars
  • Award ceremony and parties
  • 20 February - 1 March 2020

Berlinale

Spandau Citadel Music Festival

The Citadel Music Festival stages a series of rock, pop and electronic music concerts at an amazing location, the ancient citadel in Berlin-Spandau. Enjoy concert performances by national and international artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ TOP, Foreigner, Deff Leppard and other great acts.

  • Rock, pop and electronic music
  • Concerts by top artists
  • Outstanding location

Spandau Citadel Music Festival

ILA Berlin Air Show

The ILA Berlin Air Show is one of the largest trade exhibitions for the aerospace industry. It offers a conference programme, an extensive static aircraft display and spectacular air shows.

  • One of the largest exhibitions for the aerospace industry
  • Conference programme
  • Air shows 
  • 13 - 17 May 2020

ILA Berlin Air Show

State Opera for Everyone

“Staatsoper für alle” is an annual classical music concert in Berlin, which is open to everyone. Enjoy classical music in a casual atmosphere, when the orchestra of the State Opera Berlin plays a number of pieces on a stage in Berlin-Mitte. This cultural highlight in the German capital is completely free of charge.

  • Classical music concert
  • State Opera Berlin
  • Free of charge

Berlin Marathon

Today's Berlin marathon is a two-day event in September. In addition to the main run (42.195 km) on Sunday, a mini-marathon for students over the last 4.2195 km of the original route and a marathon for inline skaters take place on Saturday. It is also the biggest and most famous marathon in Germany, with a route that rewards its runners with many of Berlin's sightseeing highlights.

  • Germany’s biggest marathon
  • Sightseeing highlights
  • 29 September 2019

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Pyronale fireworks

Every year in September, pyrotechnics' from all over the world take over the Maifeld ground at the Berlin Olympic Stadium and present their craft. The well-practised teams create elaborate fireworks with breath-taking effects in an attempt to win the Pyronale trophy and the public's favour.

  • Fireworks at Berlin Olympic Stadium
  • 30-31 August 2019

Pyronale fireworks

Carnival of Cultures

The Carnival of Cultures is a four-day urban festival that reflects Berlin’s many faces. With a free and open programme, the carnival celebrates diversity. During the carnival, the public space gets transformed into a place for presentation and play with cultural identities. On the stages, world-renowned and up-and-coming bands and artists perform a variety of music styles: from reggae to chanson to classical sitar music.

  • Festival that reflects Berlin’s many faces
  • Every year on the Pentecost weekend
  • Street parades, concerts and international food stands
  • 7 - 10 June 2019

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Berlin Fashion Week

Twice a year, Berlin becomes the centre stage for the international fashion and lifestyle industry. During the Berlin Fashion Week, fashion experts, buyers, trade visitors and media representatives come together at fashion and award shows, learn about the latest developments at trade fairs, visit exhibitions and attend offsite events.

  • International fashion and lifestyle industry
  • Collections from womenswear, menswear, streetwear and more

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DFB Cup Finals

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. Since 1985, the final of the DFB Cup is carried out at the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. 64 teams (36 clubs 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.

  • Second most valuable trophy in German club football
  • Since 1985 the final takes place at the Berlin Olympic Stadium
  • The winner qualifies for the UEFA Europa League
  • 25 May 2019

Festival of Lights in Berlin

Significant buildings and places within the capital city will be transformed by glowing light installations, 3D video mappings and illuminations of international artists. Discover all the light projections on Berlin’s most famous landmarks during one of the special tours by bus, Segway, boat or foot.

  • One of the best known light art festivals in the world
  • Over two million festival visitors
  • Special tours
  • 11 - 20 October 2019

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