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May in Berlin

May makes everything new, it makes the soul fresh and free.

Frühling am Reichstag
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

May makes everything new, it makes the soul fresh and free.”, wrote Hermann Adam von Kamp in his folk song back in 1829, and who does not know this feeling? In the merry month of May there is a lot to experience in Berlin. So let’s get out into Berlin's nature and enjoy everything new, fresh and free!

Tipp 1: 1. Mai – Frühlingsfeste & Tanz in den Mai

Kettenkarussell
Kettenkarussell © Getty Images, Foto: Claudia Weirich / EyeEm

What could be better than starting the month with a public holiday? Whether at the Kulturbrauerei, the Club Weekend, in the theatre of the ufaFabrik or at other locations: In Berlin there are countless ways to dance into May.

On May Day (1st of May) itself, various events will take place during the day celebrating Labour Day in Berlin. The rally of the German Trade Union Confederation on Labour Day and the subsequent family celebration on the Straße des 17. Juni are quite classic. Flea market lovers should not miss the giant flea market at Berlin’s Ostbahnhof station. At the carnival in Steglitz's Bäkepark or at the Neuköllner Maientage, you'll fly into the blue May sky on the chain carousel!

When: 30th April – 1st May
Where: various locations in Berlin

Further information on May Day in Berlin

Tip 2: Berlin E-Prix

Flughafen Tempelhof
Flughafen Tempelhof © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

On the grounds of the former Tempelhof airport field, they go into the race. The e-sports cars whizz around lap after lap at speeds of up to 280 kilometres per hour. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the first all-electric racing series in the world - and shows that electric cars can really step on the gas. 

When: 14 & 15 May
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhof

 

Tip 3: CTM Festival for Adventurous Music

The Heimathafen Neukölln
Event in the Heimathafen Neukölln © visitBerlin, Foto: Philipp Ganzer

There is plenty of room for experimentation at the CTM Festival for Adventurous Music. Discover contemporary compositions and electro pioneers. Not only is there a lot to listen to, but socio-politically relevant topics are also discussed and the discourse between the creative worlds is sought. Concerts and dance events will take place in the second part of the festival at Berghain, Revier Südost, Heimathafen Neukölln and SchwuZ, among others. 

When: 24 to 29 May
Where: various venues in Berlin

 

Tipp 4: DFB Pokalfinale

19.05.2018 DFB Pokalfinale Saison 2017/2018 Bayern Müchen vs Eintracht Frankfurt
© Camera4

Berlin, Berlin, we're going to Berlin!

On 21 May, it's that time again: the DFB Cup Final will take place at the Olympiastadion in Charlottenburg. Fans all over Germany are hoping that their team will compete in the final at the Olympiastadion. We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed. It's best to book your tickets now! We don't know who will lift the 52 cm high and 5.7 kg heavy DFB Cup at the end, but we do know one thing: The capital will be in football fever again this weekend!

When: 21 May
Where: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

 

Tip 5: 59th Theatertreffen

Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele © Chiussi/Agentur StandArt

The Berlin Theatertreffen is the most important theatre festival in Germany.

Since 1964, theatre-makers have met annually in Berlin for this renowned German-language festival. The highlight of the festival, which lasts several days, are ten "remarkable productions" selected by a jury of experts from over 400 performances. In addition to theatre, discourse and a look at young talent and the international theatre world will not be neglected. The 59th edition of the festival will be opened on Friday, 6 May in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele by the Minister of State for Culture and Media Claudia Roth MdB together with the director of the Theatertreffen Yvonne Büdenhölzer.

When: 6 to 22 May
Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf and other venues
 

Extra tip: Theatertreffen der Jugend

Exterior view of the RambaZamba Theatre in the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg Berlin Mitte
RambaZamba Theatre in the Kulturbrauerei © RambaZamba Theater

The best productions by young ensembles are presented at the Theatertreffen der Jugend. The young artists are aged between eleven and 21. A total of 20 productions from all over Germany were selected by the jury. The RambaZambaTheater and the theatre group RomaTrial are participating for Berlin.

When: 27 May to 4 June
Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf

Theatertreffen der Jugend

Tip 6: XJAZZ - Berlin Jazzfestival 2022

Jazz band on stage
Jazz and © Getty Images, Foto: Westend 61

Jazz and music fans will definitely get their money's worth at the XJazz Festival. The festival features scene greats and newcomers from all over Europe on stage. They present innovative and cross-genre works and thus want to counteract the outdated image of the jazz music scene. An exciting programme awaits you in various locations, where you can also discover electronic, classical and experimental influences. Many venues are so close together that you can walk from one concert to the next.

When: 4 to 8 May
Where: Various venues in Berlin, Kreuzberg

Tip 7: Performing Arts Festival

Hebbel-Theater
Hebbel-Theater © visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

Discover Berlin's independent theatre scene! This year's Performing Arts Festival will once again feature everything from performance, dance and spoken theatre to puppet theatre, contemporary circus and children's/youth theatre, as well as walk-through sound installations and collective walks in the city space. Performances will take place at Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and TD Berlin, among others.

When: 24 - 29 May
Where: various venues in Berlin

Tip 8: art.spring Art Festival

Tacheles Artists' Collective Threatened With Closure
Atelier © Getty Images, Foto: Sean Gallup/Staff

The myth is gone" is the theme of this year's art.spring art festival in Berlin, which aims to encourage exchange. For one month, the district of Pankow will showcase the diversity of its art scene. Exhibitions, concerts, performances and readings are planned. And at the end on 12 and 13 June, the studios will also open their doors to art lovers.

When: 6 May to 12 June
Where: various venues in Pankow

art.spring Kunstfestival

Tip 9: World premiere - Comedy for Future Festival

inside Komödie at Kurfürstendamm
Theater und Komödie am Kurfürstendamm © Foto: Thomas Grünholz

Mit Humor und „Laughparades“ will das Comedy for Future Festival ein Zeichen gegen den „Klimawandel“ setzen. Im Laufe des viertägigen Programms zeigen mehr als 50 Comedians in insgesamt 10 Shows ihre Gags und Anekdoten. Mit dabei sind unter anderem Gayle Tufts, Lisa Feller, Suchtpotenzial, Olaf Schubert oder Abdelkarim.

Wann: 26. bis 29. Mai
Wo: im Schillertheater, Bismarckstraße 110, Charlottenburg

Tip 10: Gallery Weekend & I See You

former US listening station Teufelsberg in Berlin
viewing platform of listening station Teufelsberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

Around 50 galleries invite you to discover Berlin's contemporary art scene on the weekend of 1 May. At the same time, the exhibition I See You on the grounds of the Teufelsberg radar station is extending its opening hours until midnight. A great opportunity to visit this historic "lost place" in Berlin and enjoy the view of the city from Teufelsberg.

When: 29 April to 1 May, 12 - midnight
Where: Teufelsberg Radar Station, Teufelsseechaussee 10, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Tip 11: Avon Berlin Women's Run 

AVOn Frauenlauf 2016
Avon Frauenlauf © Camera4

The 37th Berlin Women's Run goes right through the Tiergarten. Participants can choose between 10 kilometres classic, walking or Nordic walking. There is also the option of a 5-kilometre fun run. And of course the little ones will also be taking part in the 800-metre Bambini Run. Because running together is fun. The Avon Berlin Women's Run traditionally supports the Berlin Cancer Society.

When: 14 May
Where: Straße des 17. Juni, Tiergarten

Tip 11 + 1: Public holidays

Wiedersehen von Freunden
© Getty Images, Foto: Caiaimages

Even though Whitsun falls in June this year due to the late Easter, May is one of the months with the most public holidays in Berlin.
Right on the 1st of May it is Labour Day, so instead of going to work Berlin dances into May the night before. Eleven days later, you can spoil your mum on Mother’s Day and it’s Dad’s turn on May 30th which is Ascension Day and Father’s Day.
Find out about what you can experience on Ascension Day in Berlin at visitBerlin.de.

The long holiday weekends in May are ideal for a trip to the capital, because Berlin shows off its most beautiful side then: everything is green, the trees are in bloom and there is so much to see and do. Indeed, May makes everything new, fresh and free!

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

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.