October starts with a weekend full of events. Berlin is celebrating the Day of German Unity, the clubs are sending signs of life, the mosques are opening their doors. Browse for bargains at the giant flea market, stroll through a middle-aged market or try pumpkins in all variations.
There really is something for everyone on this very special holiday weekend in autumn. We have picked out 11 tips for you.
Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers. Only with your support will Berlin - by far - remain the best!
Tip 1: Light festival Berlin leuchtet: United
Berlin shines in the 1000 colors: After the Festival of Lights, the Berlin leuchtet festival is now immersing the city in a sea of colors with 70 light art projects. The motto "United-Einheit" refers both to 30 years of German unity and to the importance of joint action in the face of the Corona crisis.
When: until 4 October
Where: different places
Tip 2: 30 Years of German reunification
On the first weekend of October we celebrate 30 years of German reunification. This year the host is the federal state of Brandenburg with a large open-air exhibition with installations and exhibits in Potsdam.
The Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) will be on site at the Alter Markt in Postdam with its "Erzählmobil", where you can tell your stories about 30 years of unity. The multimedia project "Tell your story - from the fall of the wall to today" can be viewed at www.rbb-deine-geschichte.de . And of course there are also numerous events in Berlin to mark the anniversary.
Tip 3: Day of Club culture
We are still alive! Many Berlin clubs developed creative ideas on how to bridge the time of closure: from beer gardens to art exhibitions. Yet Corona still threatens their existence. In order to show that they are still there, the Day of Club Culture on October 3 will take place with numerous showcases in open spaces. The Day of Club Culture belongs only to new initiative DRAUSSENSTADT, which is committed to more outdoor urban culture.
When: October 3
Where: various clubs
Tip 4: Giant flea market
A highlight this weekend is the giant flea market at the trotting race track in Karlshorst. Second hand fashion, antiques, design and all kinds of beautiful things are exhibited on the large area of the trotting track and tempt to stroll, look, haggle and take home. The makers of the giant flea market have developed guidance systems and other hygiene measures to provide carefree fun.
When. October 3 - 4
Where: Karlshorst harness racing track, Treskowallee 129, Lichtenberg
Tip 5: German Unity Race Day
The cult day in the Hoppegarten: Two big races will be held at the Berlin racetrack. In addition to the popular seasonal highlight, the PFERDEWETTEN.DE PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN EINHEIT, the LONGINES 130th GREAT PRIZE FROM BERLIN will also take place on this day for the first time.
So you can expect an exciting race day.
When: October 3, 1pm
Where: Rennbahn Hoppegarten, Goetheallee 1, Hoppegarten
Tip 6: Schöneberger Pumpkin festival
The Pumpkin Festival in Schöneberg: Pumpkins in all sizes and variations decorate the Akazienstraße. There are countless suggestions, recipes and decoration ideas for what you can try out with pumpkins. And of course you can also try delicious pumpkin soup and stroll through the cosy Akazienstraße with its nice stores.
When: October 3 - 4
Where: Akazienstraße, Schöneberg
Tip 7: Open Mosque Day
On the Open Mosque Day (TOM) you have the opportunity to visit a mosque and learn more about Islam. In addition to exhibitions, guided tours and other events, the motto "Faith in extraordinary times" focuses on personal conversations and open exchange.
When: October 3
Where: various venues
Tip 8: Clärchens Wiesn 2020
O’zapft is! The Oktoberfest in Munich is also cancelled this year, but in Berlin at the Clärchens Ballhaus you can enjoy the typical Wiesn atmosphere - of course corona conform. Inside as well as outside in the tent you will have the opportunity to try traditional Bavarian food and beer - whether with Dirndl and Lederhosen or without. It's best to reserve a table right away.
When: until October 4
Where: Clärchens Ballhaus, Auguststraße 24, Mitte
Tip 9: Juggler festival in the citadel Spandau
The Zitadelle Spandau is the perfect setting for the medieval bustle that awaits you on Saturday. A historical market with traders, acrobats and artists will take you back in time. The physical well-being is of course also provided with hearty and sweet treats while the medieval rock band "TANZWUT" plays. A hand-operated carousel and Ferris wheel offer fun and entertainment for the little ones at the jugglers' festival.
When: October 3 - 4, 10am - 9pm
Where: Spandau Citadel, Am Juliusturm 1, Spandau
Tip 10: Open air concerts in Friedrichshagen
Slowly the open air season is coming to an end. Afterwards, four bands will perform on the open air stage Friedrichshagen and get you going again. On Friday at 6 pm singer-songwriter Leona Heine will get you in the mood, followed by the Köpenick band "Toni Mahoni & Die Gezeichneten". On Saturday it will be rocky when the bands "Blind Trust" and "Rock Twice" will perform swinging rock classics from 6pm to 9pm.
When: October 2 - 3
Where: Open-air stage Friedrichshagen, Hinter dem Kurpark 13, Köpenick
Tip 11: Visit Museum Island
On October 3, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum will open their doors again. Now you can again visit all the houses on the Museum Island. Visit the exciting double exhibition "Teutons" in the James Simon Gallery and the Neues Museum or pay a visit to Nefertiti.
When: from 3 October
Where: Museum Island, Mitte
You can find more events in Berlin in our calendar of events.