Hot town, summer in the city! The first heat wave is rolling over the country and vanilla ice cream is melting all over town – Berlin is enjoying a great summer. You are looking for parties and festivals, films, art, or music? We got it all in our overview of the most important dates during the next three months:
Classic Open Air (July 2 – 6)
Sweet melodies will float through the charming atmosphere on Gendarmenmarkt under the open skies. The weather forecast is brilliant, so we can look forward to symphonies, arias, french chansons, and swinging jazz. The entire program and tickets are available online.
Open Air Gallery (July 5)
The famous Oberbaumbrücke, right next to Industriepalast Hostel, will be turned into an artspace for the 13th time already. Instead of the usual traffic you can marvel at (and purchase, of course) artworks of many different artists right above the Spree River. For artsy people it is an important date in the calendar, for all others a great opportunity to spend a relaxed sunday with locals from the surrounding boroughs Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
Coffi Italian Film & Art Festival (July 9 – 12)
Grand scenes on the big screen, dolce vita, and the odour of freshly grinded coffee – somewhere in Berlin Pankow? At the former brewery Willner Brauerei you get to enjoy four days of italian lifestyle with a cultural programme that combines current trends with tradition and creates space for new perspectives. There will be films, exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops for young and old, as well as a market for startups and culinary delights. As this is only the festival’s second year it is still an insiders’ tip, but it won’t be for long – so let’s go there! You can find the program online.
Zug der Liebe (July 25)
For many years, the Loveparade was considered the highlight of Berlin’s party calendar. Since the parade was taken away from the capital, many missed it dearly. As a new approach, the Zug der Liebe (“Parade of Love”) will stroll the streets of the city for the first time this year, with colorful floats, free love, and loud beats. Officially it’s a political demonstration for “love of neighbour” with music, in reality it will be giant techno party with roughly 15,000 dancing people. The parade starts at Bersarinplatz and will continue through Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg. Good fun for party people!
Berlin lacht! (July 23 – August 9)
Berlin lacht! (“Berlin laughs!”) is one of the biggest street theatre festivals in the world, and it will turn the Alexanderplatz for 18 days into a circus ring. Acrobats and jugglers, puppet theatre and pantomimes, storytellers, clowns, and fire artists revive old carney traditions and take you to the world of cabaret and show fairs of the roaring twenties. The program runs almost nonstop and there is no admission fee. However, if you like the performance, you are more than welcome to tip the artists.
International Berlin Beer Festival (August 7 – 9)
In August, Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain is home to the world’s longest beer garden! On more than two kilometers about 320 breweries from 86 countries present over 2,000 different beer specialities. This year, a special focus will lie on beers from the castle region in Thuringia and eastern Bavaria. Numerous bands and performers will make for all sorts of fun fringe events along the entire beer mile, so make sure to enjoy the most important of all German cultural properties. But know your limit – you might forget it…
Pop-Kultur (August 26 – 28)
Until last year the Berlin Music Week took place every year, a rather shallow meeting of the capital’s music artists with some program for those who had happened to hear about it. This year will be different: In the venues of the world’s presumably most famous techno club Berghain, the festival Pop-Kultur will try to be the hot pop cultural festival that Berlin deserves. Under the slogan “It began in Berlin” the three-day event will bring together a huge variety of genres and artists – the official program and tickets are available on the festival’s website.
IFA 2015 (September 4 – 9)
Just before summer ends, Berlin turns into the capital of technology again: IFA, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer electronics and appliances, presents the latest trends of all leading brands. It doesn’t matter if you are a techie or not, between smartphones, home cinemas, laptops, navigation systems, and all sorts of virtual nick-nacks, there are many things that are technically miracles. Day passes for the general public are available here.
Lollapalooza (September 12 – 13)
The legendary rock music festival from Chicago has a couple of spin-offs in Latin America already. For the first time in 2015 it will also take place in Europe, and what place should be better than the former airport site Tempelhofer Feld in the centre of Berlin? The line up features stars like Macklemore, Fatboy Slim, the Beatstakes, and Muse, so those two days on the field will be an unforgettable event. There are both day passes or weekend tickets on sale online.
Berlin Art Week (Septemer 15 – 20)
Berlin doesn’t need a special event to prove its rank as a leading art metropolis. Nonetheless, the city’s gallery landscape – as broad as it is diverse – will celebrate itself and open the gates for the newest trends in contemporary art for Berlin Art Week. Both small galleries and big exhibition grounds take part and you will find beautiful, thoughtful, and controversial artworks by newcomers and decorated stars. The Art Week’s website has the entire program and all participating galleries.
Berlin Marathon (September 27)
It’s the sports highlight for many Berliners and one of the biggest and fastest of its kind: The Berlin Marathon. Roughly 40,000 runners try to make the finish line, while some find this a real high speed course: All official world records by men were set here – the latest only last year. For both top athletes and hobby runners it is a great event and the cheerful ambience along the course alone is worth a visit. Though we all know, the best spot is at the finish line, the famous Brandenburg Gate.
Have a great summer in Berlin,
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel
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.