July is here and the whole state is enjoying the summer holidays. There is a lot going on in Berlin once again this month: firstly, the world of fashion is convening for Berlin Fashion Week, then it will be sporty, creative and, with the Classic Open Air and the Young Euro Classic Festival, rather musical too. At the end of July, it will be colourful once more: the entire capital will celebrate the Lesbian and Gay City Festival and Christopher Street Day with the LGBTI* community. So let’s go to Berlin!
July at a glance
Tip 1: Christopher Street Day
Over a million people are expected to attend the Christopher Street Day celebrations in Berlin on 27 July. What began as the first demonstration for the rights of the LGBTI* community in Berlin in 1979 has grown into the largest event for equal rights and self-determination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people in Germany.
The colourful party kicks off at 12 pm on the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Johachimsthalerstraße where the starting signal for the parade will be given at 12:30 pm. With the motto “Stonewall 50 – Every uprising begins with your voice” the procession’s large number of floats and partying walking groups will parade 6.43 kilometres through the rainbow neighbourhood and Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate. The big final rally takes place from 4 pm in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Felix Jähn and ex-Spice Girl Melanie C. will also be performing here.
Be there and celebrate equal rights, self-determination and everyone’s right to love who they want with the rest of Berlin!
When: 27 July, from 12 pm
Where: The parade starts on the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Joachimsthalerstraße and ends at Brandenburg Gate
Berlin Canal Pride, the CSD event on the Spree, will already be taking place two days earlier, on 25 July. The LGBTI* scene will be taking to the water and touring “queer across the Spree” on 18 Spree boats.
If you are still looking for a hotel for the long CSD weekend we have put together a selection of LGBTI*-friendly hotels for you, with the pink pillow Berlin Collection.
Tip 2: Berlin Fashion Week – Summer 2019
In the first week of July, Berlin will be glamorous: the crème de la crème of the fashion world will gather in the capital for Berlin Fashion Week. The latest trends and collections from national and international designers, top-selling brands and young talents will be presented at various locations.This year is all about sustainable fashion and technology.
Many of the events at Berlin Fashion Week are only open to an invited industry audience and not the general public, but you can attend some presentations.
And there will be considerably more celebrities in Berlin on these days. So be on the lookout for any that cross your path.
When: 1 to 6 July
Where: various locations
Tip 3: Classic Open Air & Young Euro Classic
Every summer, the Classic Open Air takes place on one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares, Gendarmenmarkt. Framed by the magnificent buildings of the Konzerthaus, the Deutscher Dom and the French Cathedral, you can enjoy a unique atmosphere and grandiose music on five evenings.
Traditionally, the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg opens the Classic Open Air with many soloists and a large fireworks display. On the following evenings you can listen to the highlights of classical music, Italian opera and four pianists. The final piece will be performed by the Orchester der Musikalischen Komödie Leipzig (Leipzig Musical Comedy Orchestra) together with Die Prinzen, Christina Stürmer and Fools Garden.
When: 4 to 8 July
Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
Young Euro Classic
Youth symphony orchestras from all over the world will once again be coming to the Young Euro Classic in Berlin to show off their skills and inspire audiences at the Konzerthaus. The Klassikfestival is the world’s most important platform for young international orchestras.
This year everything revolves around the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, whose pieces will be performed for two and a half weeks by 11 youth orchestras. In addition to Beethoven, works by other well-known composers and new classical discoveries from the participating countries will also be heard – including a large number of world premieres.
In 2019, for the first time ever, young orchestras from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Tatarstan and the Israeli-Palestinian Galilee Chamber Orchestra will be performing.
A particular highlight will be the performance of the European Union Youth Orchestra, who will be performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Ode to Joy on August 4 and they invite everyone to sing along at Gendarmenplatz.
When: 19 July to 6 August
Where: Konzerthaus Berlin, Am Gendarmenmarkt 2, Mitte
Tip 4: Lesbian and Gay City Festival 20 July
Berlin, particularly the area around Nollendorfplatz, has been well known in the gay and lesbian scene for over 100 years. During the 20th century, members of the LGBTI* scene were able to go out in (sometimes) secret pubs and clubs and go shopping in shops specially catering to them. It was not a risk-free life, since gay and lesbian people have been persecuted and treated with hostility time and again. Today Berlin is one of the most open and tolerant cities in the world and the LGBTI* scene still feels at home in the rainbow district of Schöneberg.
The biggest lesbian and gay city festival in Europe is being celebrated here for the 27th time this year. With the motto “Equal rights for the unequal – worldwide!” you can explore six different festival worlds across more than 20,000 square metres of event space, which present a variety of topics from sports, film, politics and the positive world, to radio, wellness and health.
Various stages with music and talks, including The Wild Sofa talk show, round off the colourful event. Delicious snacks and cool drinks are of course available.
So stop by and celebrate respect, equality and love together in Berlin!
When: 20 and 21 July
Where: Around Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg
Tip 5: Opening of the James Simon Gallery
On 12 July, the time will finally come for the new James Simon Gallery to open its doors, and none other than Chancellor Angela Merkel will open the future “Gate to Museum Island”. One day later on the event day (https://www.visitberlin.de/de/event/aktionstag-zur-eroeffnung-der-james-simon-galerie) of the Prussian Museum Foundation, the gallery will then be open to the public for the first time. On 13 July, thanks to a varied event programme, you can explore the building and its premises and learn a lot about its namesake James Simon, who was one of the most important patrons of the arts and sponsors of the Berlin museums during his lifetime.
When: 12 July ceremonial opening, 13 July open to the general public
Where: James Simon Gallery, Eiserne Brücke, Mitte
Tip 6: Hyundai Archery World Cup Berlin 2019
The World Archery Federation’s highest-ranking tournament series will come to Berlin at the beginning of June. From 2 to 5 July, the qualification for the final will take place at Maifeld at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, which will then take place on 6 and 7 July in the Lilli-Henoch-Sportplatz central stadium at Anhalter Bahnhof in Kreuzberg.
So stop by and see the world’s elite archers up close.
When: 2-7 July
Where: Qualification at Maifeld at the Olympiastadion, Glockenturmstrasse 1, Charlottenburg; Final at Lilli-Henoch-Sportplatz, Askanischer Platz 7, Kreuzberg
Tip 7: Deep Web
Light artist Christopher Bauder and musician Robert Henke are bringing a monumental audiovisual installation to Kraftwerk Berlin: Deep Web. Here you can let yourself be transported to the world of sounds and lights in the spectacular atmosphere of the old industrial building. For the first time, the gigantic installation will be open to the public, and the two artists will be giving a live performance of animated light lines and multidimensional sounds over four days.
When: 12 July to 23 August
Where: Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenickerstr. 70, Kreuzberg
Tip 8: Open-air concerts
July also has some open-air concert highlights in store in Berlin and a whole host of global stars will get the Olympiastadion, the Waldbühne and other open-air stages in the capital rocking:
- Metallica, 6 July Olympiastadion
- Der Radio B2 Schlagerhammer, 13 July Rennbahn Hoppegarten
- P!nk, 14 July Olympiastadion
- Andrea Berg, 27 July Waldbühne
- PUR, 28 July Zitadelle Spandau
Tip 9: 10. Tegeler Hafenfest
On the third weekend of July, the Tegeler Hafenfest takes place once again on the Greenwich Promenade in Alt-Tegel. This year the maritime town festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In addition to an array of delicacies for you to savour, there is plenty to listen to between Sechserbrücke and Kanonenplatz: Der Udonaut & die Panikpräsidenten feat. Hannes Bauer, Steffi Stephan, Jean-Jacques-Kravetz from Udo Lindenberg’s Original Panikorchester and many other musicians will be performing on different stages. There is also lots to discover at the craft market and in the pirate village, while an exciting children’s programme is on offer for the youngest visitors.
A particular highlight is the large Tegel in Flammen (Tegel in flames) firework display.
When: 18 – 21 July
Where: Greenwich Promenade, Reinickendorf
Tip 10: Botanical Night
For the Botanical Night 2019, Berlin’s Botanical Garden will once again be transformed into the legendary fantastical world of Botania.
Spectacular light installations, breathtaking music and artistic performances, mysterious fantasy figures and lovingly staged nature transport you into a dream world where you will completely forget that you are still in Berlin. On your journey through Botania you can keep up your strength with a wide range of culinary delicacies.
Our tip: get your tickets in advance!
When: 19 and 20 July
Where: Botanical Garden Berlin, Königin-Luisen-Straße 68, Zehlendorf
Tip 11: Garden of Earthly Delights
The new exhibition the Garden of Earthly Delights opens at the Gropius-Bau on 26 July, in which various international artists use the garden as a metaphor for the state of our world as a poetic form of expression. In addition to the poetic and sensory dimensions of the garden, the exhibition also displays social, ecological and political phenomena such as climate change, globalisation and migration.
When: from 26 July
Where: Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, Kreuzberg