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June in Berlin

Bye bye spring, hello summer!

Berliner Dom im Sommer, Foto: NiseriN

It's summer in Berlin. This also marks the start of the season for swimming lakes, beer gardens and many open-air events. From the Fête de la Musique to the Staatsoper für alle, from artspring in Pankow to the Biennale for Contemporary Art - a colourful summer of culture awaits you in all districts. Here we have put together the top 11 highlights for June for you.

Tip 1: Biennale for Contemporary Art

museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin
museum Hamburger Bahnhof visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

The curator of this year's Biennale is the artist, thinker and activist Kader Attia, whose work includes liberating knowledge, thought and action from colonial thought patterns. In doing so, he relies on art as a special form of repair, which will also be the overarching theme of the Biennale 2022. Art as a way of repairing objects, physical injuries and ultimately individual and social traumas. 

When: 11 June to 18 September
Where: various venues in the city

Tip 2: Greentech Festival & re:publica

Greentech Festival - Key Visual
Greentech Festival Berlin GREENTECHSHOW GmbH

How can we shape our future greener together? This is the question addressed by the Greentech Festival, which will take place this year on the grounds of the former Tegel Airport. Over 100 speakers and 150 exhibitors from 20 different countries will present their ideas, technologies and products for a more sustainable and climate-friendly world. The Green Awards ceremony will kick off the event, followed by a conference and exhibition.

When: 22 to 24 June
Where: Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL), access road to Tegel Airport, Tegel


This year's re:publica is themed "Any Way the Wind Blows". The conference for digital change traditionally brings together authors and creatives, politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs to discuss current issues in our society.

When: 8 to 10 June
Where: Arena, Eichenstraße 4 and Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, Kreuzberg

Tip 3: Special Olympics - National Games

Olympiastadion Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin Camera4

The National Games are an important milestone for all athletes who want to participate in the Special Olympic World Games Berlin 2023. Over 4000 athletes will compete in 20 different sports. Be there when these very special games open with a big show at the Alte Försterei. The games themselves will take place in the Olympic Park. At the end there will be a big party mile in front of the Brandenburg Gate. 

When: 19 to 24 June
Where: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

Other sporting events:

The Finals
This year's finals will take place directly after the Special Olympics and thus offer the perfect opportunity for living inclusion in sport.

When: 23 to 26 June
Where: various venues in Berlin

bett1 open
At this year's bett1 open you will not only see top tennis, but can also look forward to a supporting programme with music and urban art. Game, set, match!

When: 11 to 19 June
Where: Lawn Tennis Tournament Club "Rot-Weiß" e.V.(Steffi-Graf-Stadion), Gottfried-von-Cramm-Weg 47-55, Grunewald

Tip 4: Fête de la Musique 

Fete de la Musique 2011
Fête de la Musique Copyright: AKUD / Lars Reimann

Music is in the air: at the Fête de la Musique, music is made everywhere in Berlin, in clubs, universities, on observatories, bridges and, of course, on all the neighbourhood corners and in the open air. After two years online, this year's Fête de la Musique will finally feature live music again. Join in, listen and enjoy the sound of summer.

When: 21 June
Where: various venues

And even more music!

Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt DAVIDS/Darmer

State Opera for all
In the open air on one of Berlin's most beautiful squares, opera becomes an unforgettable experience. This year, the Puccini opera about Princess Turandot, who wants to keep all her suitors at bay with three seemingly unsolvable riddles, will be broadcast live.

When: 19 June
Where: Bebelplatz, Mitte

Tip: The Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt takes place from 7 to 11 July. Best to secure tickets as soon as possible!

Jazzdor Festival
Friends of jazz can look forward to two festivals in June. At the Jazzdor Festival, the programme includes not only music but also an exchange between Strasbourg and Berlin. 

When: 7 to 10 June
Where: Kesselhaus Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, Friedrichshain

Jazz Festival
And at the Jazz-Festival In der Tischlerei the BigBand of the Deutsche Oper Berlin plays, combining the concerts with readings, dance, film or drama.

When: 12 to 19 June
Where: Deutsche Oper - Tischlerei, Richard-Wagner-Strasse, Charlottenburg

Tempelhof Sounds
Tickets are still available for the big music festival on Tempelhof Field. Three days of rocking and dancing that make the blades of grass shake.

When: 10 - 12 June
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhofer Damm, Tempelhof

Tip 5: Dr. Motte's Birthday Celebration

Temple in spring at the Gardens of the World Berlin Marzahn
Temple in spring at the Gardens of the World Berlin Marzahn visitBerlin, Foto: Janine Blechschmidt

Partytime in the Gardens of the World! Dr. Motte, inventor of the Love Parade, celebrates his 60th birthday with a big open-air rave. DJ Rush from Chicago, Saytek from London, Industrialyzer from Amsterdam and the legendary underground electroclash legend Kittin will be there. Take the cable car directly from the U5 station Kienberg/Gärten der Welt to the techno party.

When: 4 June
Where: Arena stage in the Gärten der Welt, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn

Tip 6: Art, culture, music in the neighbourhoods

48 Stunden Neukölln
48 Stunden Neukölln Jörg Pietsch

48 Hours Neukölln
For 48 hours, the whole of Neukölln becomes a gigantic experimental laboratory for creativity. For the 24th time, the initiators invite you to get to know the diversity of Berlin's creative scene. Embark on a very special discovery tour of the neighbourhood and be surprised by a wide variety of music, art and cultural events.

When: 24 to 26 June
Where: All over Neukölln

Köpenick Summer
Köpenick celebrates summer with a festival on the Schlossinsel. Music plays on four stages. You can get something to eat at the historic farmer's market - and for the little and big kids there are merry-go-rounds and rides. Of course, the Captain of Köpenick will also make an appearance. Highlights are the parade and the big fireworks display on Saturday.

When: 17 to 19 June
Where: Alt-Köpenick 20, Köpenick

artspring: Open studios in Pankow
Pankow's artists open the doors of their studios under the motto Signale! The artspring art festival ends with two days of open studios. Take the opportunity to get to know Pankow's art and culture scene and to talk to the artists themselves.

When: 11 and 12 June
Where: various locations in Pankow

Tip 7: Historic manor house festival

Schloss Britz and the Gutspark in Berlin-Neukölln
Schloss Britz and the Gutspark Berlin Bezirksamt Neukölln

For the first time, Gutshof Britz invites you to its historic summer festival. Stroll through the grounds and discover old craftsmanship. Watch saddlers and blacksmiths at work and try your hand at making small "journeyman's pieces". For refreshments there is mead and lemonade, crepes and hearty dishes. At the green market you'll find fresh regional vegetables for cooking at home.

When: 4 to 6 June
Where: Britz Castle & Estate, Alt-Britz 73, Britz

Tip 8: Experimental Festivals

Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg
Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg visitBerlin, Foto: Nele Niederstadt

Poetry Festival Berlin
Poetry as an experimental art form: that's what you'll experience at the Poetry Festival Berlin. Over 200 poets from 33 countries present their works, sometimes in combination with music, sound, art, film, dance, theatre and digital media. The poets come to Berlin from all over the world, including the Ukrainian poet Halyna Kruk. 

When: 17 to 23 June
Where: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Mitte (Hansaviertel)

Berlin Solo Impro 
At the Berlin Solo Impro Festival you can hear music from a wide variety of genres. After an introductory panel discussion with the five performers, each will perform solo for 20 minutes. The finale will be a joint improvisation.

When: 21-23 June
Where: Acker Stadt Palast, Ackerstraße 169, Mitte

Tip 9: Marvel at aeroplanes and vintage cars

Futuristic office buildings with a airplane silhouette
Flugzeug am Himmel, Foto: Manuel Gutjahr;

International Aerospace Exhibition ILA Berlin
This weekend are visitor days at the ILA Berlin. Here you can see all kinds of aircraft and marvel at the skills of the pilots at the air shows.

When: 22 to 26 June
Where: Berlin ExpoCenter Airport at BER Airport, Messestraße 1, Schönefeld

Classic Days
Those were the cars of yesteryear: fancy sledges, racing cars and many other original automobiles from bygone days will bring back memories at the Classic Days. Clear the way for shiny paint and polished chrome. Also make a note that Kurfürstendamm will be closed between Olivaer Platz and Joachimsthaler Straße for the Classic Days from 4 p.m. on Friday, 17 June until 5 p.m. on Monday, 20 June.

When: Classic Days: 18 to 19 June
Where: Kurfürstendamm between Olivaer Platz and Joachimsthaler Straße, Wilmersdorf-Charlottenburg

More about Kurfürstendamm

Tip 10: Days of Urban Nature & Architecture

ufa-Fabrik mit bepflanztem Dach
ufa-Fabrik mit bepflanztem Dach visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

Discover Berlin's biodiversity. During the Long Day of Urban Nature, you can immerse yourself in green Berlin at over 500 events, which also take place in unusual places. Explore the city's rooftops, stroll through enchanted cemeteries and learn more about future projects, such as the landscape park on the site of the former Tegel Airport.

When: 11 to 12 June
Where: all over the city

Architecture Day
On Architecture Day you can literally look behind the scenes: On the one hand, you can visit exciting buildings that are normally closed to the public, and on the other, architectural offices open their doors.

When: 25 to 26 June
Where: various locations in the city

Tip 11: ADFC Sternfahrt

ADFC Sternfahrt
ADFC Sternfahrt ADFC Berlin

If only it were possible to cycle across the autobahn more often. The ADFC's big bicycle rally is all about the equal coexistence of all forms of mobility - and, of course, the switch from car to bicycle. 18 different routes lead the cyclists to the big star, where everyone meets. A contribution to the traffic change and a great experience for the whole family! The destination is the Green League's environmental festival at the Brandenburg Gate.

When: 12 June 
Where: 18 routes via cleared sections of the A100 and A115 to the big star

For even more event tips in June, you can always click through our event calendar.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.