In Berlin, you can visit trade fairs, congresses or conferences on the widest variety of issues almost every week of the year. From fashion, to music, all the way to delicacies: the German capital has developed into a hotspot for professional visitors from around the globe. Here you will discover the newest trends and make contacts at the shows, galleries, booths and performances.
January: Berlin Fashion Week
Right in January you can marvel at the international fashion world in Berlin. At Berlin Fashion Week, the capital is transformed into a catwalk. Designers, models, celebrities and press: everyone is on the lookout for the latest trends at the numerous shows, exhibitions and events.
The highlights of Fashion Week are the fashion shows where the labels present their new collections. This year with digital and hybrid platforms. Immerse yourself in the world of fashion, explore Berlin's innovative look and enjoy the designers' new creations.
Berlin Fashion Week will take place from 16 to 21 January 2023.
January: Green Week
Once a year Berlin attracts you with a unique experience: the International Green Week Berlin is unparalleled worldwide. In addition to the latest trends in food, agriculture and horticulture, exhibitors present a wide range of topics, including holidays and shopping in the countryside or renewable energies. You can gain an insight behind the scenes of modern agriculture at the ErlebnisBauernhof (Farm Experience) and the BioMarkt (Organic Market) provides information about organically grown products.
The next International Green Week Berlin will take place from 20 to 29 January 2023.
April: Games Week
What fan of video games doesn't dream of this: playing games that haven't been released yet, testing the latest consoles and devices, and getting to know the developers of their favourite game to boot. At Games Week you have the chance to do just that. Europe's largest video game fair connects the trade public with game enthusiasts from Germany, Europe and the world.
At Gamefest, for example, you can meet video game fans at the Computer Games Museum and the Old Fire Station to play through the latest games on the latest devices. At Quo Vadis you have the opportunity to meet developers, publishers and investors. The A Maze connects the indie scene of creators, developers, musicians and enthusiasts. In the interactive exhibition you can also test previously unreleased games.
At Game Cinema you will learn about the close links between the world of games and the world of cinema. And the Womenize! action day is all about women in the media and technology industry.
Gamefest is scheduled to take place in the summer this year.
April: Gallery Weekend
Berlin's art and culture producers will also convince you with their creativity and commitment. Whether with exhibitions by institutes, private collections or several galleries that are thematically coordinated: The German capital has now earned a reputation as an attractive and innovative art metropolis.
The next Gallery Weekend Berlin will take place from 28 to 30 April 2023.
May / June: Berlin Design Week
For one week, the whole of Berlin shows what it can do in terms of design. During the Berlin Design Week you can experience the diverse Berlin and international design scene. At over 40 locations and with around 100 national and international participants, Berlin Design Week shows the creative potential of the capital's design scene. In addition, designers and companies present their latest collections and prototypes here.
The next Berlin Design Week will take place from 8 May to 17 May 2023.
July: Pride Month Berlin
Pride Month Berlin is taking place for the second time this year. During this time you can take part in a colourful party for cosmopolitanism and tolerance for four weeks. The LGBTI* scene wraps the entire city in rainbow flags and bangs the drum against homophobia and transphobia. Celebrate with us, set a sign against discrimination and for respect and enjoy this unique spectacle. Europe's Queer Capital Berlin invites you to the weirdest party in town.
Pride Month Berlin will take place from 28 June to 23 July 2023. And as always, the crowning finale is the CSD Parade on 22 July 2023.
August: Pop Culture
It used to be called Berlin Music Week, now it's called Pop Culture. At Pop-Kultur, you will have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of players in the music scene. If everything goes according to plan, at Pop Cultur you will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of players in the music scene. You can talk to producers, discuss with representatives of music labels or exchange ideas with young musicians, for example. After all, the promotion of young musicians is a top priority here, in addition to the live events.
Live music wherever your ears reach.
Take in world premieres by newcomers and established musicians alike. Stand in the front row when some artists perform their commissioned works, i.e. works specially commissioned for the occasion. Or be surprised by new collaborations between regional and international artists.
You can also attend numerous readings, exhibitions or films about music. Don't miss the lectures and discussions during the festival, where scientists explain current trends and currents.
The next Pop Culture will take place from 30 August to 1 September 2023.
September: Berlin Beer Week
Hops, malt and water: at first glance, beer is a fairly simple affair - and yet every beer unfolds its very special taste. At Berlin Beer Week you can celebrate this diversity. For ten days a year, beer is the number one talk of the town in Berlin: brewers, traders and beer lovers come together here to talk about brewing methods and fermentation times.
Taste your way through the many different beers. What do you fancy: more traditional or more modern? Hoppy, tart or drinkable? Full-bodied or tangy? Find your favourite and exchange ideas with the brewers about the taste details of the individual beers.
The events are as unusual as the brewing methods. For example, you can taste your beer in a pop-up beer garden, go to a Beerlesque show, take part in a show brewing or let yourself be sailed over the Spree while you enjoy it, for example if you book a beer tasting on a steamer.
In addition, every year you can try the official festival beer that the participating locations serve. So there are plenty of incentives at Beer Week for a tasty trip to Berlin.
No new date has been set for the Berlin Beer Week in 2023.
September: Berlin Art Week
It's written thick and bold in the diaries of art dealers and gallery owners: Berlin Art Week is one of the most important events for contemporary art. Every autumn, you can take part in more than 100 exhibitions, fairs, award ceremonies or other art-related events in the capital.
Capital for contemporary art
The fairs and exhibitions are known for their innovative character. So look forward to new artistic positions and see how lively the art scene is. Here you will traditionally find international newcomers alongside established gallery owners. Here you will meet artists, collectors and museum directors at numerous panel discussions. And here you can take in performances, shows and installations.
The next Berlin Art Week will take place from 13 to 17 September 2023.
October: Festival of Light Weeks
Have you ever seen the Brandenburg Gate entwined with colourful trees and liana? Or the Berlin Cathedral painted with red hearts? Have you ever seen a portrait of Marilyn Monroe at Potsdamer Platz occupying five storeys of a building façade? Every year in October, you can discover similar spectacular light installations throughout the entire city.
Every year Festival of Lights, ensure that a different, exciting light is shed on various landmarks, squares, interesting places or entire neighbourhoods. National and international artists transform the capital into a great stage. The attractions shine from 7 p.m. until midnight and you can see the installations on a various tours.
- City tour “Lichterfestival” (Festival of Lights)
- City tour “Ausflug ins Lichtermeer” (Trip into the sea of lights)
- City tour by bus and boat “Festival of Lights”
- Boat tour “Lichterfeste” (Festival of Lights) in October
- Boat tour
The Festival of Lights lets Berlin shine from October 6 to 15 2023.
October: Berlin Food Week
Appetite for the most delicious dishes from all over the world? Then Berlin Food Week is the place for you. At Germany's most diverse food festival, chefs, restaurateurs and food manufactures exhibit their food. Feast your way through the delicacies and enjoy both regional and international cuisine.
Berlin becomes a Mecca for gourmets during Food Week. Palate pleasers all over the city. Sautéing, braising, poaching - here you will not only see how chefs prepare food using a wide variety of techniques. You can also try your hand at the new creations - or take up the wooden spoon yourself.
The date for Berlin Food Week 2023 has not yet been set, but it will probably take place again in October of that year.
You can find more events in Berlin's largest calendar of events.