Taking big steps we are heading into the warm season. And as everything turns towards the sun, we show you what you should not miss this spring in Berlin. Here are the highlights for the next few months:
Berlin Half Marathon (29.3.)
The start of the season for all runners! Though maybe not as famous as the “real” Berlin Marathon in September, the Half Marathon still is one of the capital’s nicest sports events. Both leisure runners and top athletes show up, and of course wheelchair athletes, hand bikers, walkers, and inline skaters go over the same distance. More information: www.vattenfall-berliner-halbmarathon.de
Record Store Day (18.4.)
The Internet with its countless download platforms has not done much good to the record stores of the world. But to music lovers there is hardly anything nicer than to look through piles of vinyls and CDs. So since 2008 the scene has celebrated its stores once a year. Therefore, on April 18, the record stores of Berlin, too, will wait for you with some special events. Highlight: many international artists produce special records that are only being sold in a limited edition in contributing stores on Record Store Day. Where to go: www.recordstoredaygermany.de
Achtung Berlin & Sehsüchte (15. – 26.4.)
Two very unique film festivals are waiting for you in April. First is the Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award between April 15 and 22, that focuses in different categories on the filmmakers of Berlin and Brandenburg. Following this, from 22nd to 26th of April, Europe’s largest student film festival takes place in Babelsberg, right outside Berlin: Sehsüchte puts young filmmakers in the spotlight and gives the audience an opportunity to see the big names of the future at work today already.
Carnival of the Cultures (22. – 25.5.)
Due to a lack of finance the festival would have almost been cancelled this year. But thanks to broad support and a public campaign it will now take place as usual. Everything else would be heartbreaking: The Carnival of the Cultures is probably Berlin’s most beautiful street festival. Everyone who’s there when the streets of Kreuzbergs turn into a colorful ocean of diversity and acceptance can confirm that. Berlin’s most colorful weekend!
Berlin Festival (29. – 31.5.)
Moving from its former location on Tempelhofer Feld to Treptow’s Arena has done no harm to the capital’s biggest commercial music festival. Apparently they did not even want to wait another twelve months for it to happen again and simply antedated the party to May. The line up is still a secret, but just as every year some of the biggest names in contemporary rock, alternative, and electronic dance music in particular should show up. And the best part: from Industriepalast Hostel its just a 15 minute walk. More information: www.berlinfestival.de
Let it roll! (30.5. & 6.6.)
Soccer fans can look forward to a unique brace: Not only will the final match of the DFB Cup, the German National Trophy, turn Berlin’s Olympic Stadium into a lion’s den; a week later even the final of the Soccer Champions League will be played here. Why not get tickets for both and use the time inbetween to explore the beautiful city of Berlin?
Long Night of the Sciences (13.6.)
Coming up is the smartest night off the year and it invites thousands of visitors to lecture halls, archives, libraries, and laboratories. The latest breakthroughs in science, interesting talks, and exciting experiments are waiting for you. Time to marvel, jump in, and discuss. Science can be so much fun! More information: www.langenachtderwissenschaften.de
Street Festivals in June
Many would say that Berlin is at its best during June. And this is mainly due to the numerous open air and street festivals. First in line is the alternative Torstraßenfestival. Straight between Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg offer pubs, clubs, and cafés the opportunity for young bands off the mainstream to perform. A week later is not only the colorful and bright Lesbian-Gay Street Festival (20. – 22.6.) with up to 350,000 people right around Schöneberg’s Nollendorfplatz coming up, but also the magical Fête de la Musique (21.6.). What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer with music on 100 stages for free and countless buskers all over Berlin turning the capital into a sea of melodies and rhythm?
On the last weekend of June it comes thick and fast: In Neukölln the famous art festival 48 Hours Neukölln promotes a grassroots understanding of art far off any ivory tower elites. At the same time, Bergmannstraßenfestival beckons all generations to Kreuzberg’s most beautiful coffeeshop strip. Highlight on Saturday is the traditional Christopher Street Day when Berlin can show its queerest side. As if that wasn’t enough, the British Queen has announced her visit to the German capital for the same week. Crazy world, crazy Berlin!
We’re happy to celebrate the spring with y’all! Best,
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel Berlin
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.