Festivals and events, fairs, markets, and concerts, theatre, shows, and cinema – the next three months are packed with enthralling events in Berlin. There’s so much to do and see during the Indian summer here; so your team from Industriepalast Hostel Berlin has put together the ultimate list of go-to events for October, November, and December in the German capital. So put a big mark on the calendar for:
It’s a celebration
Technically, street festivals are something for the summer season. But the last three months of the year make for plenty of occasions that practically ask for an outdoor celebration. For two weeks in October, the nights will shine bright and colorful, when sister events Berlin leuchtet and Festival of Lights (September 29 – October 15, 2017) turn many a sight and attraction of the German capital into an illuminated work of art. Take a stroll through the nightly streets and enjoy the miracles of light – hopefully without the usual October rain. October 3 is German Unity Day – our biggest national holiday – and there is traditionally a grand celebration on the streets around Brandenburg Gate. Then, when the days get really short, the romantic Christmas markets all throughout town are a sure sign that we are fast approaching the holiday season. Starting from early December, there’s more than a dozen of them happening in Berlin alone, and they are all truly unique and wonderful. Gather some friends around you and enjoy a mug of steaming hot mulled wine – is there a better way to enjoy the Advent season? On November 16, 2017, already, Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden Dahlem opens its gates for the public: an ocean of fairy lights and light installations turn the planted worlds of the gardens into a magical Christmas wonderland.
And the biggest party of the year? New Year’s Eve in Berlin, of course! One night of absolute party madness and Europe’s biggest NYE party at Brandenburg Gate – any questions?
So mu(n)ch to explore
Not only oranges are the new black, all foods are: Eating is the trendiest lifestyle issue. Fusion cuisines, slow-food joints, and street food markets – food is culture. The fourth issue of Berlin Food Week from October 14 through 21, 2017, in Berlin Mitte’s Jandorf Mall offers a great platform for exchange between professionals, gourmets, and hobby chefs. But it is not only food, that is on the table: During Plattenladenwoche (Record Store Week) the many record stores in the capital make sure to offer your ears some fine treats with numerous shows, events, and special sales. Food on the turntables between October 16 and 21, 2017.
A great opportunity to broaden your horizon is Open Mosque Day on October 3: Berlin’s mosques open their doors and invite non-Muslims to find out more about local Islamic communities. An interesting equivalent would be the Jewish Culture Days (November 4 – 12, 2017), with a number of workshops, concerts, film screenings, and other events linked to Berlin’s vibrant Jewish culture.
Fairs and Exhibitions
After the reunification, Berlin’s creative scene mostly moved to the shabby-turned-gentrified hipster boroughs in the East. The once chequered West of the capital has since been drifting out of focus a little, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel: Designmeile Berlin (October 5 – 8) makes a stylish statement for the “City West” with workshops, talks, exhibitions, and architecture tours, hosted by galleries, hotels, fashion stores, and others. There’s still creative potential here, and it’s never been more vibrant. The potency of another industry will be on display at a rather different trade show in October: Venus Berlin (October 12 – 15, 2017) is one of the biggest and most significant fairs for the adult entertainment industry, attracting some 30,000 visitors every year. Toys, films, fashion, and entertainment novelties over four days – for grown-ups only!
To bring the creative potential of distant worlds to the heart of Germany is the aim of sales fair Bazaar (November 8 – 12, 2017). Importers and traders present arts, crafts, and natural products from all around the world on the exhibitions grounds at Berlin Radio Tower – many a treasure to be discovered by you!
On screen and on stage
You might be feeling a bit sentimental about the passing of summer, but when it comes to the cultural scene, fall and winter are much-anticipated. While the many theatres and opera houses are waking up from summer lethargy, many other events make for a rich cultural calendar, too. Like the amazing Jazzfest Berlin, which offers everything from classic swing and jazz to progressive fusion sounds at both traditional venues like A-Trane and at more unusual places. When: October 31 through November 5, 2017. An escape to mythical worlds not only for children are the Berliner Märchentage (Berlin Fairy Tale Days) in November (9 – 26), in the shape of many a small reading, performance, or show at numerous venues. Fairy tales, Legends, traditional Mythology – the motto “Love is a heavenly power” proves, that in a world of online trolls and hateful oranges traditional fairy tales and legends are needed more than ever.
More than just your regular stage performance is theatre company Drehbühne’s current production of The Jungle Book (German language! October 6 – November 12, 2017). The kicker: their “stage” is the botanical garden in Berlin Dahlem – and thus a “real” jungle. For broadway fans, there is something, too: The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Stage Theater des Westens (through November 4, 2017) finally brings a Disney musical back to the German capital. Another favorite back in town: Cirque du Soleil make their return to Berlin with their new show “Ovo” for 8 nights (November 8 – 12, 2017). And for film geeks there is International Short Film Festival Berlin, in short: InterFilm, from November 14 through 19, 2017, with no less than 500 short films from around the globe – a thrilling program.
As you can see, the next three months are packed with events and festivals enough to make you want to stay until the end of the year – and beyond. Book your stay at Industriepalast Hostel Berlin and get ready for an unforgettable autumn in the German capital.
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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.