Who would have thought that the universe actually has another year for us on stock? By now you should have gotten rid of that mean little new year’s hangover and while the really cold days of winter are probably still ahead of us, there’s no need to mourn after 2016. For the new year promises 12 exciting months in Berlin. Highlight after highlight will make your stay in Berlin an unforgettable adventure, no matter what time of the year you’ll come and visit us. Still busy making plans? Then better check out our overview of Event Highlights 2017 below:
Fashion, electronics, and the whole wide world
Trade show – that sounds like a whole bunch of suit-wearing professionals attending boring product presentations. Not so in Berlin! For here, some of the world’s biggest and most enthralling trade fairs are open to the public. How about we start with Berlin Fashion Week: Not once, no, twice a year the fashion world looks upon Berlin for inspiration and trends, and you can be part of it. January 17 – 20 as well as July 4 – 7, 2017, that is when it happens. The world’s biggest trade show for food, agriculture, and gardening is the International Green Week (January 20 – 29, 2017). And if you can’t go travel the whole world, maybe the whole world must come to you: ITB (March 8 – 12, 2017) is the world’s leading travel trade show – and it’s open to the public. In late summer then it is all about consumer electronics when companies and start-ups present the world with the products of the future at IFA Consumer Electronics from September 1 through 6.
No soccer world cup this year, no olympic games; and yet: it will be a sporty year. It may be the oldest activity in the history of mankind, but running has become a trend sport recently. Therefore the half marathon (April 2, 2017) and in particular the Berlin Marathon (September 24, 2017) are popular events. If you’re planning to participate yourself better get registered as soon as possible, there are way more people who want to run than the 40,000 who actually can. No matter who’ll end up playing, DFB Cup Final on May 27, 2017, is basically the super bowl of German soccer. And one more highlight: Every four years the International German Gymnastics Festival connects more than 100,000 gymnasts from Germany and abroad. And this time it happens: in Berlin. June 3 – 10, 2017.
Summer, sunshine, street festival
Sorry Disneyland, but we just have to put the record straight: Berlin during summer is the happiest place on earth. And that’s partly due to the many beautiful street and music festivals. The season kicks off with MyFest on worker’s day (May 1, 2017) on and around notorious Oranienstraße in Kreuzberg. Many name Carnival of the Cultures (June 2 – 5, 2017) the most amazing street festival there is, so you should definitely check that out. The official beginning of summer will be celebrated with Fête de la Musique (June 21, 2016) again, when countless bands and musicians turn the whole city into a stage. July has a huge rainbow hovering over town with Lesbian-Gay Stadtfest (July 15 – 16) and Christopher Street Day Parade (July 22, 2017) – Schöneberg will be one giant LGBTIQ party. Slightly more traditional is annual Berlin Beer Festival that makes Karl-Marx-Allee the world’s longest beer garden from August 4 through 6. And music festivals can be found in and around Berlin all throughout summer, with the biggest and possibly most famous being Lollapalooza 2017 on September 9 and 10.
There are so many reasons to look forward to this year’s summer! One of them is the international garden festival IGA 2017. Germany’s elite of gardeners and landscapers get together only once in a blue moon in order to design a park of flowery miracles. Erholungspark Marzahn is located in the far east of Berlin, but when it comes to gardening trends it will move to the centre of attention. Different subject areas cover everything from balcony plants over water gardens and public parks to guerilla gardening and urban farming. No less than 2.5 million visitors are expected to visit the amazing “Ocean of Colors” between April 13 and October 15, 2017. Better not miss it!
Reformation’s coming home
And another major event that is only happening this year: Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the church reform in Germany and Europe the 36th German Protestant Church Assembly will take place in Berlin and historic Wittenberg, where Martin Luther started it all. Some 200,000 people are expected to participate in 2,000 events over the course of five days between May 24 and 28, 2017. The “Kirchentag” is thereby open to members of all religions, denominations, and beliefs; a celebration of peace and inclusion. A huge part of the participants is made up of young people, so the festival is proof that religion still is an important part of many people’s lives in our days. Very interesting in this regard is an exhibition put together by the German Historic Museum that takes place from April 12 to November 5, 2017, at Martin-Gropius-Bau: The Luther Effect: Protestantism – 500 Years in the World.
What’s Berlin without art? Only half the show – and half as trendy, that is for sure. Contemporary young art defines the city, so you should definitely put some art spaces on your personal map of Berlin. Or on your almanac: Inspiration and creativity await you at the alternative grassroots festival 48 Hours Neukölln (June 23 – 25, 2017). Eight weeks before that, the capital’s galleries open their doors as part of Berlin Gallery Weekend (April 28 – May 1, 2017). One of the highlights sure is Berlin Art Week from September 17 through 12, before the colors of autumn become a whole new meaning during nightly Fesitval of Lights (October 6 – 15, 2017). There are numerous film festivals, too, of course. Most notably: Berlinale 2017 – February 9 – 19, 2017.
As you may well see, 2017 promises to be an exciting year full of events and emotions. And those are only the events fixed so far. Here at Industriepalast Hostel’s Blog you can always find out about the biggest events and interesting things to do. Stop by!
Stay tuned in 2017,
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.