Top 9 Things to do in Berlin in May

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Top 9 Things to do in Berlin in May 2019

Looking for the best things to do in Berlin in May? There’s always something fun going on in Berlin - whether its festivals, gallery exhibitions, quirky events or pop-ups! It’s the student (and party) capital of Europe for a reason, with something going on whatever the season. We will keep this blog updated every month, so keep your eyes peeled for the city’s goings ons during your visit. This month we have rounded up all of the best things to do in Berlin in May...


May 2019

Open Air Gallery

5th May 2019

Art lover in Berlin? Don’t miss The Open Air Gallery located on Berlin’s Oberbaumbrückem where the whole street transforms into an art mile. More than a hundred artists display their paintings, photographs and sculptures on the bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. You have the chance to get involved too where you can paint, draw or doodle on the 120 metre long canvas on the ground.

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MyFest

May 1st

On Labour Day (May 1st), MyFest comes to Kreuzberg, consisting of peaceful celebrations in the neighborhoods around Kottbusser Tor, Heinrichplatz and Oranienstraße. Thousands take to the streets for May Day to welcome the warm weather and to bring peace back to the streets of Kreuzberg, a place that fell victim to riots in 1987.

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International Museum Day

It’s International Museum Day on 13th May and Berlin is one of the many cities around the world participating. Museums in Berlin and all over Germany celebrate International Museum Day with special events and guided tours, workshops and talks at the galleries and museums. Museums in the city will open their doors for free and host different events, for example Berlin’s Jewish Museum welcomes visitors to a free guided tour of the exhibitions.

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Berlin Formula E Race

25th May

The FIA Formula E Championship comes to Berlin in May - so any car racing fans can’t miss it. 25 drivers will take to the track at the city’s former Tempelhof airport. You can buy tickets to watch the Formula E here.

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Where to Watch the FA Cup Final

The FA Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19 May 2018 but if you’re in Berlin that day, don’t worry. Belushi’s will be screening the match live!

May Public holidays

Berlin’s public holidays take place on May 1st and May 30th. Locals in Berlin will be enjoying their days off doing fun things in the city. For some inspiration, these are 12 Underrated Things to do in Berlin.

6 Best Cheap Eats in Berlin

If you’re on the search for affordable but delicious grub in Berlin, we’ve tried and tested some of the best cheap eats in the city that will satisfy your tastebuds. Whether you’re looking for traditional currywurst, Berlin’s famous doner kebabs, juicy burgers or pizza, our list will sort you out so that you can eat well without breaking the bank...

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Free things to do

In January, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration. Find out more.

Try the city’s best Asian food

Berlin has an awesome Asian food scene so while you’re in the city make sure to test out grub. We’ve rounded up the best Asian food around Mitte, all within walking distance from the hostel. Find out more.


April 2019

Easter holiday!

21st - 22nd April

The Easter bank holiday in Berlin is on Monday 22nd April. If you’re in Berlin during Easter then get yourself to the Easter market on Alexanderplatz square. Here, you’ll find a springtime beer garden, a petting zoo for the little ones, wine stalls and a family friendly stage performance.

Gallery Weekend

26th - 28th April

If you’ve ever been to Berlin, you know the contemporary art scene is pretty amazing. If you’re an art lover don’t miss out on the city’s annual Gallery Weekend where around 50 galleries throughout Berlin open their doors for three days. The event attracts  20,000 visitors from all over the world from collectors, art buyers to art lovers just interested to see the creative work.

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Record Store Day

13th April

It’s Record Store Day all around the world on the 21st April but Berlin celebrate bigger than most cities with 20 of its record stores opening its doors to the public with fun events and discounts on vinyls. With Independent record stores all over the world, including Berlin's vinyl and indie music specialists. Berlin’s record stores will be hosting in-house gigs, parties and events just for the day.

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Festival Days Berlin

12th - 22nd April

Opera! Want to do something a little different on your trip to Berlin? Get yourself tickets to Festival Days, a massive opera festival at Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Philharmonie. Featuring widely known and talented opera stars including performances of two operas by some of the world's best-known operatic composers, this is a real treat when in the city. Perfect to celebrate a special occasion.

The Staatsoper is a special venue for the opera, beautiful inside and out, boasting the right atmosphere for an evening of classical music.

Achtung Berlin Film Festival

10rth - 17th April

If you’re into movies, don’t miss the Achtung Berlin Film Festival in April, also known as the New Berlin Film Award. The speciality of the week-long festival is that it only shows films that have been completely or in part been made in Berlin and Brandenburg. Screening documentaries, films by young talent, short films and more famously directed films of all genres, it’s essentially a film competition taking place at selected cinemas across the city.

6 Best Cheap Eats in Berlin

If you’re on the search for affordable but delicious grub in Berlin, we’ve tried and tested some of the best cheap eats in the city that will satisfy your tastebuds. Whether you’re looking for traditional currywurst, Berlin’s famous doner kebabs, juicy burgers or pizza, our list will sort you out so that you can eat well without breaking the bank...

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Free things to do

In January, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.

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Spring Festival

29th March - 22nd April 2019

As Spring graces us, so does Berlin’s annual Spring Festival. Essentially a massive fun fair, this festival will be packed with amusement rides, roller coasters, ghost trains, ferris wheels and plenty of music and live bands. Located on Zentraler Festplatz at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm in Reinickendorf, there will be delicious grub to feast on from half metre bratwursts, crêpes, roasted almonds, candy floss and more yummy German treats. On two Saturdays of the festival, the skies will light up with electric firework displays so we recommend heading down then.

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March 2019

St Patrick’s Day

17th March

For those who will be in the German capital during St Patrick’s day, have no fear as Berlin has countless Irish pubs, bars and events taking place where you can be merry and celebrate Ireland’s National day. Expect pubs and bars to flaunt patriotic green flags, awesome music and a buzzing atmosphere to go all out in true Irish style.

Check out the best bars in Europe for St Patrick’s Day, featuring Berlin’s 2 best spots 

MaerzMusik

22nd - 30th March

MaerzMusik is an international festival dedicated to contemporary music. Taking place in Berlin over a 10 day period, true music aficionados don’t want miss this. Artistic director Berno Odo Polzer has centred this year’s festival around the connection between sound and time. A mix of talented soloists, composers and ensembles are participating in this year’s festival. Ticket prices vary depending on what show you want to see.

Spring Festival

29th March - 22nd April 2019

As Spring soon graces us, so does Berlin’s annual Spring Festival. Essentially a massive fun fair, this festival will be packed with amusement rides, roller coasters, ghost trains, ferris wheels and plenty of music and live bands. Located on Zentraler Festplatz at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm in Reinickendorf, there will be delicious grub to feast on from half metre bratwursts, crêpes, roasted almonds, candy floss and more yummy German treats. On two Saturdays of the festival, the skies will light up with electric firework displays so we recommend heading down then.

Berlin Graphic Days

15th - 17th March

Berlin Graphic Days is an art festival taking place at the Urban Spree gallery. The colourful presentation showcases more than 60 national and international designers, illustrators, silkscreeners, and many more artists emerging from a large range of graphic fields who will present and sell their artworks (in the form of paintings, t shirts, posters, cards, illustrations etc). On the Friday there will even be a night market, live bands, live painting, tasty food trucks and DJs, as well as an opening party that goes on till late. Berlin Graphic Days is the cross between exhibition, festival, market and sale. Great fun.

International Travel Trade Show

6th - 10th March 2019

Europe’s leading travel trade show takes place in Berlin from March 7th. While this event is mainly aimed at professionals in the travel industry, with experts in the tourism trade able to network, discuss ideas and share up-to-date knowledge, it’s also open the public where you can buy tickets from €8. It provides a unique opportunity to learn about different countries and regions all over the globe in one place.

International Women’s Day

March 8th 2019

Did you know that International Women’s Day in Berlin is celebrated as a public holiday? This year it falls on Friday March 8th where locals will get a day off work, in celebration of women. This fantastic occasion (also known as Frauentag) is not surprising for the progressive city...

Watch 6 Nations Rugby at Belushi’s

The only place to be in Berlin during the 6 Nations Rugby is Belushi’s. Catch all the action of the Six Nations Rugby Tournament at the sports bar from the 3rd February to the 17th March 2018! With England playing for a 3rd consecutive title, the battle will be fierce!

Whether you are supporting England, Ireland, France, Italy, Wales or Scotland, head to the sports bar (the Home of International Sports) for Europe’s greatest rugby tournament. Every game will be play LIVE on our huge TVs and projectors whilst we will be serving ice cold beer and badass burgers!

6 Best Cheap Eats in Berlin

If you’re on the search for affordable but delicious grub in Berlin, we’ve tried and tested some of the best cheap eats in the city that will satisfy your tastebuds. Whether you’re looking for traditional currywurst, Berlin’s famous doner kebabs, juicy burgers or pizza, our list will sort you out so that you can eat well without breaking the bank...

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Free things to do

In January, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.

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Last chance to see the Harry Potter Exhibition

Until March 10th 2019

Keep the Christmas spirit going and head to the Harry Potter Exhibition. Fans of the movies will become enchanted by the wizarding world where they will get to learn secrets from the sets. See the props, costumes and creatures and experience some behind-the-scenes magic. Located in Potsdam, you can travel here from Berlin on the train in an hour. The exhibition will be running until March.


February 2019

Berlinale International Film Festival

7th - 17th February

The Berlinale International Film Festival is a world-famous event that showcases the very best of international cinema. If you’re going to be in the German capital between 7-17th February, get some tickets to a film and enjoy the very best of feature-length films and short films from all over the world.

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If you’re on the search for affordable but delicious grub in Berlin, we’ve tried and tested some of the best cheap eats in the city that will satisfy your tastebuds. Whether you’re looking for traditional currywurst, Berlin’s famous doner kebabs, juicy burgers or pizza, our list will sort you out so that you can eat well without breaking the bank...

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Berlin Independent Film Festival

7th - 11th February

This festival celebrates low-budget cinema. See the best new productions from up-and-coming filmmakers who show off their work at the Babylon Cinema in Berlin. You can see feature films, documentaries, sci-fi, workshops, music videos, LGBT film - and they’re all in competition to win best low-budget production in Europe.

Free things to do

In January, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.

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Transmediale

Until 3rd February

The annual Transmediale is a festival for art and digital culture in Berlin. The event draws out new connections between art, culture and technology - and explores how our minds have been shaped by the media. Geared toward media art professionals, artists, activists and students from around the world, activities at Transmediale look at contemporary culture through a critical lens. The festival involves films, workshops, performances, exhibitions and a conference.

What to do in Berlin on a Rainy Day

If you’re in Berlin in February, expect some rainy days. But don’t let the bad weather ruin your trip. There are plenty of fun things to do in Berlin on a rainy day, whether it’s spending an afternoon in a museum or sipping on tea in a Turkish tea house. Read our top picks.

Harry Potter Exhibition

Until March 10th 2019

Keep the Christmas spirit going and head to the Harry Potter Exhibition. Fans of the movies will become enchanted by the wizarding world where they will get to learn secrets from the sets. See the props, costumes and creatures and experience some behind-the-scenes magic. Located in Potsdam, you can travel here from Berlin on the train in an hour. The exhibition will be running until March.

Most Instagrammable Spots in Berlin

When you’re travelling to Berlin, don’t forget your camera as there are some pretty amazing photo opportunities in the city that will take your Instagram feed to a whole new level. From the East Side Gallery to the Oberbaum Bridge, read our guide so you can locate some of the city’s most Instagrammable spots

7 Best Beer Spots in Berlin

Berlin is famous for its beer so when you’re in the city, don’t miss the best beer spots, beer gardens and breweries. The city is crammed full of them. If you’re a craft beer fan or want to get a taste of the local brews, these are the 7 best beer spots in Berlin...

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January 2019

Potsdamer Platz Ice Rink

Until 6th January

It’s time to get your skates on! In Berlin the Potsdamer Platz ice rink will stay open until 6th January so if you haven’t had a chance to skate yet, now’s your chance. Take to the ice on a 500 square metres open-air ice rink and glide around beneath the beautiful winter wonderland with the Brandenburg Gate in view. The whole of Potsdamer Platz turns into an alpine world with foodie markets, stalls and more.

Berlin Christmas Garden

Until 6th January

Throughout the whole of December and the start of January, Berlin’s botanical garden transforms into a Christmas wonderland with with illuminations, magic woods and light sculptures. Inspired by London’s very magical ‘Christmas at Kew’, if you’re in Berlin throughout the festive season you simply must get all of your wintry feels here! There will be cosy fireplaces to warm  up next to, plenty of food and an ice rink!

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Harry Potter Exhibition

Until March 10th 2019

Keep the Christmas spirit going and head to the Harry Potter Exhibition. Fans of the movies will become enchanted by the wizarding world where they will get to learn secrets from the sets. See the props, costumes and creatures and experience some behind-the-scenes magic. Located in Potsdam, you can travel here from Berlin on the train in an hour. The exhibition will be running until March.

Berlin Fashion Week

15th - 18th January

Berlin Fashion Week takes place twice each year every July and January. If you’re a fashionista in Berlin get yourself tickets to the January shows and watch the best designs from some of the world’s most renowned designers hit the catwalk. There will also be a sustainable fashion exhibition so you can learn more about how to be ethical and stylish at the same time.

International Green Week

18th - 27th January

Do you consider yourself as somebody you cares about the planet? Do you actively try to reduce your carbon footprint? Well, International Green Week may be the perfect event for you. This event is held at Berlin Exhibition Grounds and it’s all about education yourselves on all things green (and enjoying the delicious foods while you’re there). Whether is renewable energy, organic foods, great wine, farming, animals or wood - this place has it all. Tickets from €10.

British Shorts

17th - 23rd January

If you’re a lover of film, you might interested in the British Shorts, a festival that showcases the best and funniest of British film and international cinema. There will be film screenings and a concert taking place over the 7 day period; from drama, comedy, animation, documentary, experimental film, music video, thriller to horror there will be plenty on offer. Tickets are from €6.

Transmediale

The annual Transmediale is a festival for art and digital culture in Berlin. The event draws out new connections between art, culture and technology - and explores how our minds have been shaped by the media. Geared toward media art professionals, artists, activists and students from around the world, activities at Transmediale look at contemporary culture through a critical lens. The festival involves films, workshops, performances, exhibitions and a conference.

Australia Day at Belushi’s Bar

Aussies! Just cos you’re on the other side of the world for Australia Day 2019, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on an epic Australia Day party in Europe! Join us at Belushi’s Bars in Berlin on Saturday 26th January for the time of your life surrounded by awesome people, unreal music and live sport straight from Straya. Belushi’s will have DJs at night plus plenty of Aussie Beers and Food on offer.

Free things to do

In January, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.


December 2018

Potsdamer Platz Ice Rink

2nd November - 6th January

It’s time to get your skates on! In Berlin the Potsdamer Platz ice rink returns to the heart of the city for the festive season. Take to the ice on a 500 square metres open-air ice rink and glide around beneath the beautiful winter wonderland with the Brandenburg Gate in view. The whole of Potsdamer Platz turns into an alpine world with foodie markets, stalls and more.

Christmas Markets and Fairs in Berlin

December marks the festive fun of Berlin’s Christmas markets, the most magical time to visit the city where the famous Christmas markets see visitors from all over the world coming to feel the festive spirit. There will be plenty of gluhwein and sausages to go round! The markets opening up in November are:

  • Christmas Market on Alexanderplatz (26 November - 26 December 2018)

Under Berlin’s iconic TV tower, the whole of Alexanderplatz is transformed into an iconic Christmas market from 26 November - 26 December 2018. Located in Berlin’s Mitte, the warming market attracts hundreds of people each year to bask in its Christmas atmosphere.

  • Charlottenburg Palace (27th November - 26th December)

  • Gedächtniskirche (26 November 2018 - 6 January 2019)

Christmas Garden Opens

Until 6th January

Throughout the whole of December Berlin’s botanical garden transforms into a Christmas wonderland with with illuminations, magic woods and light sculptures. Inspired by London’s very magical ‘Christmas at Kew’, if you’re in Berlin throughout the festive season you simply must get all of your wintry feels here! There will be cosy fireplaces to warm  up next to, plenty of food and an ice rink!

Where to watch the Premiere League and NFL

With the football season back in full swing, you’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. They’ll be showing the top NFL and NCAA College Football.

Belushi’s serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Brandenburg Gate

Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate will once again be a haven of New Year celebrations. The huge open area behind this mega tourist attraction will cater for foodies and party-goers and the live acts will make it a night to remember. On the strike of midnight, fireworks will burst the sky into colour so all the lucky ones there can welcome the New Year in with a bang. This is essentially a huge open air street party that will go on until 3am.

New Year’s Eve Party at Belushi’s

If you’re coming to Berlin, the party capital of Europe, to celebrate New Year’s Eve then there’s only 1 place you wanna be to party hard. That’s Belushi’s bars in Mitte. Every year this backpacker bar puts on a massive party to enter 2019 with a bang; expect more information soon when the theme for the night is announced!

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Decorative Arts Fair

A contemporary art fair comes to Berlin providing upcoming artists and designers with the opportunity to present their work which are sold at affordable prices. This fair at the Zeughausgasse is all about usable modern art so if you want a new art piece, you might get lucky at the Decorative Arts Fair.

Swan Lake Ballet

Treat yourself to a beautiful start of Christmas with a stunning performance of the Swan Lake Ballet at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz. Coming all the way from Shanghai in China, 48 swans will give the performance of a lifetime on stage to give you all the festive feels. If you haven’t seen a ballet already, make this your first one.

Tickets from €47.

Harry Potter Exhibition

October 13th 2018 - March 10th 2019

This October marks the start of the Harry Potter Exhibition. Fans of the movies will become enchanted by the wizarding world where they will get to learn secrets from the sets. See the props, costumes and creatures and experience some behind-the-scenes magic. Located in Potsdam, you can travel here from Berlin on the train in an hour. The exhibition will be running until March.

Free things to do

In October, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.


November 2018

Christmas Markets and Fairs Arrive in Berlin

November marks the start of Berlin’s Christmas markets opening up around the city. November and December are the most magical times to visit the city where the famous Christmas markets see visitors from all over the world coming to feel the festive spirit. The markets opening up in November are:

  • Christmas Market on Alexanderplatz (26 November - 26 December 2018)
  • Charlottenburg Palace (27th November - 26th December)
  • Gedächtniskirche (26 November 2018 - 6 January 2019)

Jazzfest Berlin

1st - 4th November

Calling all jazz lovers! Jazzfest Berlin is a amazing festival that gives a platform for upcoming jazz artists to showcase their talent. Held over 4 days, tickets have now been released so if you’re a jazz fan make sure you don’t miss this event!

Christmas Garden Opens

15th November - 6th January

From mid-November Berlin’s botanical garden transforms into a Christmas wonderland with with illuminations, magic woods and light sculptures. Inspired by London’s very magical ‘Christmas at Kew’, if you’re in Berlin throughout the festive season you simply must get all of your wintry feels here! There will be cosy fireplaces to warm  up next to, plenty of food and an ice rink!

Find out more

Where to watch the Premiere League and NFL

With the football season back in full swing, you’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. They’ll be showing the top NFL and NCAA College Football.

Belushi’s serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.

Short Film Festival

19th - 25th November

If you’re a movie fan in Berlin, then catch one of the short films at the Short Film Festival. This is the oldest short film festival in Germany showing more than 7000 films varying from short and medium length films from all over the world for 7 days. In selected cinemas in Berlin only.

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Festive Season ballet: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake

17th November

What’s better than getting ready for the festive season than attending a magical ballet? In Berlin, you can buy tickets to see the The Nutcracker or Swan Lake, two breathtaking performances that you will never forget.

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Harry Potter Exhibition

October 13th 2018 - March 10th 2019

This October marks the start of the Harry Potter Exhibition. Fans of the movies will become enchanted by the wizarding world where they will get to learn secrets from the sets. See the props, costumes and creatures and experience some behind-the-scenes magic. Located in Potsdam, you can travel here from Berlin on the train in an hour. The exhibition will be running until March.

Free things to do

In October, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.

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Potsdamer Platz Ice Rink Opens

2nd November - 6th January

It’s time to get your skates on! In Berlin the Potsdamer Platz ice rink returns to the heart of the city on the 2nd November. Take to the ice on a 500 square metres open-air ice rink and glide around beneath the beautiful winter wonderland with the Brandenburg Gate in view. The whole of Potsdamer Platz turns into an alpine world with foodie markets, stalls and more.

Bazaar Berlin

7th - 11th November

Looking to do some sustainable shopping? Bazaar Berlin is stocking up on amazing products from all over the world in this awesome sales extravaganza. Taking place at the Berlin Fairground, there will be over 500 manufactures from 60 different countries present their goods. Expect jewellery, accessories, clothing, design products, home textiles, fair trade products, organic products and more!


October 2018

Berlin Oktoberfest at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm

21st September - 14th October

The biggest Bavarian party in Berlin is the city’s very own Oktoberfest, inspired the official Oktoberfest event that takes place in Munich each year. Think big steins, traditional German food, typical Bavarian dress and amusement rides.

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Oktoberfest at Alexanderplatz

Until 7th October

This is another fun Oktoberfest event in Berlin taking place in Mitte. For over two weeks, Alexanderplatz will be holding its very own Oktoberfest with original Bavarian beer, traditional hearty German food and live music. There is also an open-air beer garden with over 1,000 seats. Think pork knuckles, sausages, pretzels and sweet treats.

Festival of Lights

5th - 14th October

You’re lucky if you’re visiting the German capital in October. Berlin lights up for 10 whole days with its biggest light festival of the year. Experience breathtaking light art all around the city during the Festival of Lights. On the floors, on buildings, on famous landmarks. Even the iconic TV Tower will be putting on its own light show. This year’s light show theme is ‘Connecting Cultures’. It looks epic.

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Pyronale

12th - 13th October

The Pyronale is an annual fireworks competition that takes place in Berlin. Watch the skies pop and sparkle as you experience firework displays from competing pyrotechnicians. You can purchase tickets on the website.

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Berlin Graphic Days

5th - 7th October

Any contemporary art fan will love Berlin Graphic Days. Showcasing the best of graphic art, about 60 graphic artists, illustrators, street artists and screen printers from around the world come together to create, display and offer works of art - such as prints, T-shirts, canvas tote bags and more, for sale.

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Day of German Unity Celebrations (National holiday)

3rd October

3rd October marks a national holiday in Germany. The Day of German Unity is the national day of Germany commemorating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when Germany was united again. The nation celebrates this day - and you can to if you’re in the city. Head to the Berlin Wall and see the very landmark that once acted as a barrier, but now represents German freedom and unity.

Harry Potter Exhibition

October 13th 2018 - March 10th 2019

This October marks the start of the Harry Potter Exhibition. Fans of the movies will become enchanted by the wizarding world where they will get to learn secrets from the sets. See the props, costumes and creatures and experience some behind-the-scenes magic. Located in Potsdam, you can travel here from Berlin on the train in an hour. The exhibition will be running until March.

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Berlin Leuchtet

Until 14th October

Another light festival in Berlin where the city’s buildings illuminate with colour and light. This festival is not as big as the Festival of Lights but it’s still awesome. If you’re in Berlin towards the end of September you’ll get to experience the city lit up with colour. Even bridges and some public parks will be gleaming with light installations and laser, video and 3D projections.

Where to watch the Premiere League and NFL

With the football season back in full swing, you’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. They’ll be showing the top NFL and NCAA College Football.

Belushi’s serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.

Free things to do

In October, the peak season crowds disappear and the city becomes much more relaxed. This is the perfect time to go sightseeing. Here are the top free things to do in Berlin to give you some inspiration.

Find out more


September 2018

Berlin Oktoberfest (pictured)

21st September - 14th October

The biggest Bavarian party in Berlin is the city’s very own Oktoberfest, inspired the official Oktoberfest event that takes place in Munich each year. Think big steins, traditional German food, typical Bavarian dress and amusement rides.

International Stadium Festival

2nd September

ISTAF is the world's biggest one-day athletics event. Every year around 50,000 spectators attend to watch 180 world class athletes compete in 15 different sports in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

Heritage Day

9th September

Heritage Day also known as Open Monuments day is when Berlin’s monuments which are usually closed to the public open their doors for visitors. Get a behind-the-scenes to get a look at some of the cultural sites, buildings and monuments that can only be accessed on the 9th September only.

Berlin Biennale

Until 9th September

One for the art lovers. The Berlin Biennale is a contemporary art exhibition held every other year. Different locations in the city have transformed into galleries showcasing the very best of contemporary art. Buy tickets to an exhibition from €10.

Berlin Marathon

16th September

The Berlin Marathon kicks off on 16th September where  more than 40,000 athletes from about 120 countries will take to the city streets on a 42 km course. Join over a million spectators cheer on the participants from the sidelines.

Where to watch the Premiere League and NFL

With the football season back in full swing, you’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. They’ll be showing the top NFL and NCAA College Football.

Belushi’s serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.

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Berlin leuchtet


28th September - 14th October

A light festival in Berlin where the city’s buildings illuminate with colour and light. If you’re in Berlin towards the end of September you’ll get to experience the city at its most magical. Bridges and even some public parks will be gleaming with light installations and laser, video and 3D projections.

Lollapalooza

8th - 9th September

This year’s line-up of the Lollapalooza music festival is literally insane. Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Liam Gallagher, K.I.Z, Years and Years, The Wombats, Rag n’ Bone Man plus the DJ who knows how to get a party started, David Guetta are a just a few of the incredible artists playing. Lollapalooza takes place outside at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park.Find out more

International Literature Festival

5th - 15th September

Over the course of eleven days, the International Literature Festival takes place in Berlin. Bookworms will definitely want to be in attendance to hear new prose and poetry by contemporary authors from all over the world.

Bread & Butter

A fashion show event in Berlin over 3 days held in the Berlin Arena. Discover the latest fashion trends and sit amongst fashion experts and big-time bloggers. The lifestyle event includes interactive fashion shows, brand presentations, exhibitions and talks on the digital future of fashion.


August 2018

1 Holi Festival of Colours

18th August

The most colourful festival in Berlin. If you’re going to be in the city on 18th August make sure to get tickets to the Holi Festival, a massive celebration of colour. A modern spin on the traditional Hindu celebration, get ready to get splattered in colours at the Zentraler Festplatz, complete with a killer music line-up and party atmosphere.

2 Spandau Citadel Music Festival

June, July and August

The Citadel Music Festival stages a series of rock, pop, rap and electronic music concerts at an amazing open-air location in Berlin-Spandau located in the western outskirts of Berlin. Over a whopping three months you’ll get to see the likes of Arcade Fire, Amy Macdonald, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol, Santana and A-ha, just a few of the talented artists that make up the 2018 lineup. It’s set to be big! You can buy tickets to the festival based on which artist you want to see (so prices vary).

Check out the Best Music Festivals in Berlin this Summer

3 International Berlin Beer Festival

3rd - 5th August

Beer and Berlin go hand in hand - and there’s no better time to be in Berlin than August if you’re a beer lover. The International Beer Festival comes to Berlin at the beginning of August for three days and nights. Experience all types and brands of beer served at a mile-long festival in the Friedrichshain district. It’s the ultimate German experience. About 350 breweries from almost 90 countries will be there offering up 2,400 different beer varieties for you to try.

4 European Athletics Championships

7th - 12th August

The 2018 European Athletics Championships will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 7th to 12th August 2018, with a portion of the championships taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Think triathlons, aquatics, golf, gymnastics, rowing, all to be televised for 10 days, live from Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. 4,500 athletes take part in the Championships - it’s an exciting time to be in Berlin. You can get tickets to your favourite sporting event here

5 International Street Theatre Festival

1st - 12th August

Make the most of the fantastic street theatre coming to Berlin in August. The International Street Theatre Festival wakes up the streets bringing life and vibrancy through performances to Alexanderplatz in Mitte. Over 150 artists and performers from around the world will be in Berlin putting on street shows and live entertainment all free of charge!

6 Dance in August

10th - 31st August

This is one of the most important dance festivals in Europe. With a focus on contemporary dance, the Dance in August festival takes place throughout August with some unusual, beautiful and striking performances set to stun audiences. Book tickets to see a show and experience top class choreography like you’ve never seen it before. Whether you want to see ballet, or extreme dance - or even take part in workshops you can find all the information you need here.

7 German-American Folk Festival

1st-19th August

A festival celebrating two different cultures. The German-American folk festival celebrates the friendship between Berlin and America - serving up burgers, hot dogs, steaks, corn and the cob, baked potatoes and more - there will be plenty of grub to fill your stomachs. Enjoy live music with a country and rock n’ roll playlist,  amusement rides, rollercoasters and fun stalls to wander. Each year around 100,000 visitors enjoy the festival at Marienpark in Berlin-Mariendorf.

8 Blue Man Group

Whole of August

The sensational Blue Man Group are coming to Berlin! A production like no other, let three bald, blue men take you on a spectacular journey on stage bursting with music, laughter and surprises. Witness a performance like never before, injected with bright colour, energy and mystery.

9 Pyronale

31st August

A must-do for pyrotechnics fans, the Pyronale show will blow your mind. Taking place in the sky over Maifeld at the Olympic Stadium, watch the sky light up with fireworks and colour hosted by the best pytotechnicains in the business, with six teams competing to put on the best show. You choose to either be seated or standing, get tickets here.

10 Pop-Kultur

15th -17th August

Pop Kultur is an international festival that takes place in Berlin at Kulturbrauerei. It’s more than just a music festival. As well as live music, Pop Kultur also hosts live readings, films, talks, exhibitions and networking events. There will be 80 concerts, DJ sets, talks and more to enjoy - check out the full line-up here. The ultimate festival for those truly interested in music and culture alike (and all ages rock up). The ticket price is 65,20 €.

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July 2018

1 Christopher Street Day/ Pride Berlin

28th July

The Berlin Pride Celebration, usually known as Christopher Street Day is a parade and festival held to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (and anyone else who wants to join in the fun). This will be the 40th year Berlin has held Pride - so expect it to be big. Music, street parties, colour and parades.

2 Fan Fest Viewing for World Cup 2018

Until 15th July

Watch the World Cup in the most epic way ever (other than actually being there in person). Every time the World Cup takes place, Berlin holds a Fan Fest open-air viewing throughout the tournament located on the Straße near Brandenburg Gate. With several huge screens set over a stretch of two kilometres, crowds gather for the public viewing, screening German matches only. This is essentially a gigantic football fan street party.

3 Berlin Volksfestsommer Fair

Until 22nd July

This French fair is the largest folk festival in Berlin packed with rides, food stalls, live music and entertainment to enjoy over summer. If you like roller coasters, this is the event for you, located on Zentraler Festplatz. There will be over 150 performers, rides and rollercoasters including the "Rock & Roller Coaster", a ghost train, and a water ride. Don’t miss out on the traditional German delicacies. Head over on a Saturday and watch the skies sparkle every night with the firework show.

4 Berlin Fashion Week

3-7 July

In Berlin, fashion enthusiasts can’t miss fashion week. Taking place on the 3-7th July, see the best designs on the catwalks for the Spring/Summer 2018 collections. Check out the workshops, the best of high fashion and models rocking the catwalks.

5 Spandau Citadel Music Festival

June, July and August

The Citadel Music Festival stages a series of rock, pop, rap and electronic music concerts at an amazing open-air location in Berlin-Spandau located in the western outskirts of Berlin. Over a whopping three months you’ll get to see the likes of Arcade Fire, Amy Macdonald, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol, Santana and A-ha, just a few of the talented artists that make up the 2018 lineup. It’s set to be big! You can buy tickets to the festival based on which artist you want to see (so prices vary).

Check out the Best Festivals in Berlin this Summer

6 Botanical Night at Botanical Garden

21st July

Held only once a year, the Botanical Night is perhaps the prettiest place in the city to be. On the 21st July, the entire Botanical Gardens will be illuminated and lit up for this special event. With several themed gardens, flora and mythical creatures over a 16km long path, you don’t want to miss this. The night ends with a huge romantic firework above the Italian garden which paints flowers in the sky.

7 Where to Watch the World Cup

You’re going to want an epic venue to watch the World Cup so take note of our top places to cheer on your team while you’re in Berlin. Beer gardens, sports bars and open-air viewings are just a few of the insane places Berlin has on offer to watch the 2018 World Cup…

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8 Lesbian and Gay City Festival

21st and 22nd July

The Lesbian and Gay City Festival in Berlin is Europe's largest street festival for the LGBT community. It has been held in the traditional gay area around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg since 1993. This year marks Berlin’s 26th year celebrating this festival.

9 Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt

5th - 9th July

A unique experience that classical music lovers will love. The Classic Open Air festival is staged on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the Gendarmenmarkt. For a few days every summer, the Gendarmenmarkt in the heart of Berlin is transformed into a concert stage. See stunning music performances from classical music in the traditional sense, but also rock, pop and jazz music played on violins, cellos and other classical instruments.

10 Summer in Berlin

July is one of the hottest months in Berlin, with highs of 24 degrees. We created the ultimate to-do list for summer in Berlin from BBQ’s in the parks, urban beaches, rooftop bars and public swimming pools to enjoy. Get all your Berlin summer inspo here...

Check out the Best 12 Things to do this Summer


June 2018

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Spandau Citadel Music Festival (pictured)

June, July and August

The Citadel Music Festival stages a series of rock, pop, rap and electronic music concerts at an amazing open-air location in Berlin-Spandau located in the western outskirts of Berlin. Kicking off in June, over a whopping three months you’ll get to see the likes of Arcade Fire, Amy Macdonald, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol, Santana and A-ha, just a few of the talented artists that make up the 2018 lineup. It’s set to be big! You can buy tickets to the festival based on which artist you want to see (so prices vary).

Fête de la Musique

21st June

Taking place every summer, Fête de la Musique brings the city together for an open-air festival for one day only where you can catch live musicians and bands on Berlin’s streets. With over 100 venues in Berlin participating, you can listen to all kinds of music all for free. Bands, orchestras, choirs, soloists and DJs perform music on public squares, in the streets and in other public areas. Music will fill the air from 4pm on the 21st June and will carry on all the way into the night.

Berlin Biennale Contemporary Art

9th June - 9th September

Art lovers will like this one. This event is held every other year and celebrates all things contemporary art. Berlin Biennale turns various locations in the city into galleries for contemporary art. This is it’s 10th year! Kicking off in June, check out what’s on here.

Berlin Volksfestsommer Fair

22nd June - 22nd July

This French fair is the largest folk festival in Berlin packed with rides, food stalls, live music and entertainment to enjoy over summer. If you like roller coasters, this is the event for you, located on Zentraler Festplatz. There will be over 150 performers, rides and rollercoasters including the "Rock & Roller Coaster", a ghost train, and a water ride. Don’t miss out on the traditional German delicacies. Head over on a Saturday and watch the skies sparkle every night with the firework show.

Fan Fest Viewing for World Cup 2018

14th June - 15th July

Watch the World Cup in the most epic way ever (other than actually being there in person). Every time the World Cup takes place, Berlin holds a Fan Fest open-air viewing throughout the tournament located on the Straße near Brandenburg Gate. With several huge screens set over a stretch of two kilometres, crowds gather for the public viewing, screening German matches only. This is essentially a gigantic football fan street party.

Open Air Gallery

3rd June

The Open Air Gallery in Berlin returns on the 3rd June. On this day, the Oberbaumbrücke into an art mile. Yup, a whole stretch of art on one street. More than a hundred artists display their paintings, photographs and sculptures on the distinctive bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Go check it out...

Make the most of Summer with our ultimate guide

Throughout June

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Bergmannstraßenfest

29th June - 2nd July

Another vibrant street festival. Bergmannstraßenfest is a multicultural festival that takes place over three days in Kreuzberg, Berlin’s coolest neighbourhood. There will be cuisine from all over the world to get your taste buds tingling, rides, jazz music with over 50 bands and three stages, as well as stalls selling handmade crafts, art and more! It will be buzzing.

Where to watch the 2018 Football World Cup

The 2018 Football World Cup kicks off in June and there’s only one place in Berlin that you’ll wanna watch the live coverage. Belushi’s, the best sports bar in town. With a big screen projector, 13 flat screen TVs and English language commentary, Belushi’s will be screening every single match from Russia. Plus make the most of the Happy Hour with 2 for 1 drinks, a late kitchen serving up our infamous range of juicy burgers and pre-game bar snacks.

Her Damit

8 -10th June

One for the true ravers. Her Damit festival is a house music festival held 50km from Berlin at the idyllic Bunkeranlage Freudenberg. This tiny village with a population of around 250 people provides the ideal setting for an outdoor music rave. This three day festival is set to be pretty amazing with a line-up that includes brilliant international DJ’s in techno, electronic and house. There will be food cabins too. You can also camp for an extra €10 if you’re getting a ticket for the whole weekend (or if you wanna go that extra further you can try glamping).

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Article by Shereen Sagoo

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