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July in Berlin

Open Air, Culture and diversity

Entspannen auf der Spree
Relaxing on the Spree © Michael Schulz/Berlinstagram

In July, everyone is gearing up for summer from head to toe. If you haven't yet taken to the streets and parks of the city, you'd better do so soon. July brings us events in all colours of the rainbow - it's Pride Month in Berlin. And July is also packed with other events where you can interact with people and cultures. By the way, Berlin schools remain deserted in July because the summer holidays are starting. The best time for (rainbow) families to do something in and around Berlin!

Tip 1: Celebrate Pride Month and learn something new

visitBerlin - CSD 2015
Christopher Street Day © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

In July, many events of the LGBTIQ+ community take place around Christopher Street Day (CSD) and Pride Month. The centrepiece of Pride Month is the big CSD demonstration procession followed by a rally at the Brandenburg Gate. All people are invited to celebrate and demonstrate for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people. During Pride Month you can not only celebrate, but also take part in discussions, see exhibitions and performances, listen to readings, take advantage of special counselling services and much, much more.

When: 28 June to 23 July
Where: Various events throughout Berlin

11 Tips for Pride Month in Berlin

Tip 2: Discovering talent at the Berlin Music Schools Day

Guitar player
Guitar player © GettyImages, Bild: Erik Witsoe/EyeEm

At the start of the summer holidays in Berlin, children and adults can get to know 12 local music schools at the FEZ (Leisure and Recreation Centre). Here you can test how different instruments sound and learn more about how they are played. Stringed instruments, wind instruments and plucked instruments are available to try out in the rooms of the State Music Academy. There will also be workshops and concerts where you can experience the musical instruments in action. It could be the birth of the next great musical genius or simply bring you a new, beautiful hobby.

When: Sunday, 9 July, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: An der Wuhlheide 197, Oberschöneweide

Day of Berlin Music Schools

Tip 3: Enjoy classical music on Bebelplatz

Staatsoper für alle in Berlin
Staatsoper für alle © Foto: Thomas Bartilla

Enjoy a live performance by the Staatskapelle Berlin outdoors in front of the historic backdrop of Bebelplatz or thanks to live broadcasting from home. This year's programme includes Richard Wagner's Overture to "Rienzi" and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major. The barrier-free event aims to inspire a wider audience for classical music. It succeeds very well in this every year, so it's best to be there in good time. 

When: Sunday, 9 July, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bebelplatz, Mitte

Staatsoper für alle on Bebelplatz

Tip 4: Being together multiculturally at the Kreuzberg Festival

Bergmannstraßenfest – Kreuzberg jazzt
Bergmannstraßenfest © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

At the Kreuzberg Festival, formerly Bergmannstraßenfest, you can expect music, arts and crafts and stands with delicious food. On several stages you can swing along to a multicultural mix of jazz, blues, raggae and much more. The festival is known for its convivial atmosphere and tolerant togetherness. Sit together on beer benches and enjoy the company or roam around and indulge in the international food. The festival takes place right next to Viktoriapark, where you can take a wonderful breather and picnic in between. 

When: Friday, 30 June 4-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 July 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Bergmannstraße, Kreuzberg

Tip 5: Overlooking the Tempelhofer Feld from the new THF Tower

THF Tower Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin
THF Tower Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin © Claudius Pflug

In July, a new roof terrace with a panoramic view over Tempelhof Field will open in the western head building of the historic Tempelhof Airport. From the roof terrace you can reach the glass dome of the tower from which the airport's operations were regulated. On the sixth floor there is the exhibition "Horizons. Tempelhof Airport 1990-2022". A visit also has much to offer you architecturally. The historic staircase has been fitted with a new, seemingly floating staircase construction. Both the exhibition and the visit to the roof terrace are barrier-free.

When: Opening on 15 and 16 July, you can book free tickets for the opening online
Where: Tempelhofer Damm 45, Tempelhof

New Opening of THF Tower

Tip 6: Experience even more diversity at Culture meets Garden

Gärten der Welt
© Grün Berlin GmbH

At the "Culture meets Garden" cultural festival in the Gardens of the World, the 11 different themed gardens will be brought to life for a whole weekend with authentic scents, sounds and traditional costumes. The diverse programme entertains you with traditional dances and ceremonies. At a multicultural market you can taste food from different cultures and admire or buy handicrafts. The big "Revue of Cultures" on the Arena stage will bring together the diverse participants in a colourful show. It's best to secure your tickets online in advance. 

When: Saturday, 8 July 12-19 h, Sunday, 9 July 12-17 h
Where: Gardens of the World, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn

Culture meets Garden

Tip 7: Spending family time at the kosher street food festival

New Synagogue Berlin Centrum Judaicum in Berlin
New Synagogue Berlin Centrum Judaicum in Berlin © Centrum Judaicum, Foto: Jana Blechschmidt

The courtyard of the imposing New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße will be the venue for the second kosher street food festival. Accompanied by a family-friendly programme with a magic show, you can try the whole range of kosher cuisine. You can also discover homemade lemonades and Israeli beers and wines. Look forward to lots of games for children, a tombola and an interesting stage programme with music by German and international artists.

When: Sunday, 2 July 
Where: Inner courtyard of the New Synagogue, Oranienburger Straße 3, Mitte

Tip 8: Listening to and singing along at the Humboldt Forum sing-in

Panorama of Humboldt Forum and Berlin Cathedral
Humboldt Forum and Berlin Cathedral © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

If you visit the Humboldt Forum on the first weekend in July, you can expect more than just interesting exhibitions. Spread throughout the building, 11 Berlin choirs will present programmes inspired by the exhibitions and the architecture. There will also be a "200 Voices" concert in which all the choirs will sing together. You can even sing along yourself at a sing-along concert. Don't miss this special opportunity when the staircases, exhibition rooms and courtyards of the Humboldt Forum are filled with melodic sounds. 

When: Saturday, 1 July 2-7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 July 2-5:30 p.m. 
Where: Humboldt Forum, Schloßplatz, Mitte

Tip 9: Dancing at the summer open air "Congorama"

Two dancers of the club in Berlin: people on the dance floor
Two dancers of the club in Berlin: people on the dance floor © GettyImages, Foto: mediaphotos

The Sonic Pluriverse Festival of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) has the motto "Congorama". It musically brings together three places with "Congo" in their names. From the Congo River in Africa to Congo Mirador in Venezuela and Congo Square in New Orleans. In July, the festival will take you to a world full of rhythms with nine concerts and DJ sets, where sounds from different cultures and musical genres come together. The events will take place on a specially erected stage in front of the HKW

When: Several dates in July
Where: House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Tiergarten

Open Air Festival in front of the HKW

Tip 10: Find out about sustainable fashion for Fashion Week

Fashion Week im ewerk 2018
Fashion Week © ewerk

During Berlin Fashion Week, stylish people and celebrities flock to the capital to see fashion shows and attend exclusive events. But even if you don't belong to the select group that celebrates clothing during these days, you can still take part in some of the events. The Fashion Week is now focusing more and more on the topic of sustainability. For instance, at Bikini Berlin you can see an exhibition on sustainable materials in the fashion industry. And the Holzmarkt invites you to the "Anti-Fashion Fashion Festival", a kind of anti-fashion week. 

When: 10 to 15 July
Where: Various locations in Berlin

Discover the Berlin Fashion Week

Tip 11: Finding treasures at the design market

Kunsthandwerk
© GettyImages, Bild: RomanBabakin

At the design market, organised by the sustainable textile and printing company Bélaplume from Berlin, you can browse for high-quality objects such as screen prints, photographs, illustrations, jewellery and ceramics. Of course, sustainable fashion also has its place here. The approach of the design market is to bring together a local community of artists and to offer a platform for the sale of handmade treasures. The event will be accompanied by a small live programme with music.

When: 9 July from 5 to 11 p.m.
Where: In front of the Hansa Library, Altonaer Straße 15, Hansaviertel

Visit the Design Market

You can find even more tips for events in July in our events calendar.

Maria Grade

Maria

studied art history in Berlin and is at home in the digital world. For her, things get interesting where technology and sustainability meet art and architecture. As a child, she wanted to become a writer or journalist. Today she writes about the Berlin of the future for you. All posts