Whitsun in Berlin 2016

Whitsun in Berlin 2016

Celebrate the festivals as they come

– © KdK
Strandbar – © Pierre Adenis

May, as the sun’s rays are warming up the city, is when the street festivals and open-air events kick off the summer season.

Things get especially busy in Berlin over the long Pentecost (Whitsun) weekend, falling this year between 14 and 16 May 2016. The whole city celebrates outdoors at street parties, festivals, and Volksfeste.

Street festivals and Volksfeste

Carnival of Cultures
Pentecost in Berlin has long been synonymous with the Carnival of Cultures. From Friday to Monday of that weekend, Kreuzberg’s Blücherplatz is transformed into a colourful street party with live music, culinary delights and crafts from around the world.
The highlight is the massive, colourful parade on Sunday. Tens of thousands of Berliners and visitors line the streets to catch a glimpse of Chinese dragons, traditional folk groups, and samba dancers in gorgeous costumes.
Blücherplatz, 13 – 16 May 2016

Neuköllner Maientage
Every Saturday night at 10 o’clock during Neuköllner Maientage sees fireworks light up the sky over Berlin from Volkspark Hasenheide. This closes a day filled with family-friendly fun at its finest with carousels and lots of shows.
Volkspark Hasenheide, 29 April - 25 May

Steglitzer Festwoche
Lots of fun for the whole family The Steglitzer Festwoche is a traditional folk festival with numerous attractions and historic carousels, cotton candy, and roasted almonds.
Bäkerpark, 27 May - 12 June

Concerts and theatre

The dream of everyone involved in German theatre: to be invited to Berlin for the Theatertreffen where ten outstanding productions from the German-language stage are showcased. All of the important productions of the past year take the stage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, 6 – 22 May

Spandau Pfingstkonzert
Brass music with lakeside views: the traditional Spandau Pfingstkonzert combines performances by brass bands and other bands with a folk festival, all right on the waterfront.
Spandau Wilhelmstadt, An der scharfen Lanke, 14 – 16 May


Information about worship on Pentecost weekend can be obtained on the websites of the Archdiocese of Berlin and the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg.

Church Open Houses
Berlin’s churches open their doors on Pentecost Sunday especially for concerts, climbing the church towers, organ tours, readings, and snacks.
Various venues, 15 May 2016

Sporting highlights

Basketball Euro League Final Four 2016
The basketball elite plays in Berlin in 2016 as the final matches of the four best teams in Europe’s most important club competition take place from 12 to 15 May 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, 12 – 15 May

BIG 25
And, if you want to get out and get active yourself, you can decide to run a 25 km stretch as part of this event along the main attractions with the Marathon Gate at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium as the target. There is also a children’s race, a 10 km race, and a 5x5 km relay.
Olympic Stadium Berlin, 15 May 2016

Run of Spirit
A day later, people with and without disabilities will come out for the Run of Spirit.
16 May 2016

Events calendar

Further events on Pentecost/Whitsun weekend 2016 can be found in our events calendar.

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