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Top events in October in Berlin

A month full of highlighs

Drachenberg and Teufelsberg in Berlin
View on Teufelsberg from Drachenberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

October in Berlin enchants us every year anew: While the days are slowly getting shorter, the light festival Berlin leuchtet continues to present until October 4 the city and its sights in colorful illuminations. Even the leaves are slowly turning colorful and create a special atmosphere in Berlin in autumn. In addition, you can look forward to numerous other event highlights and many large exhibitions this month.

Tip 1: 30 Years of German reunification

Brandenburg Gate with Quadriga in Berlin in autumnal backlight
Brandenburg Gate in autumn ©, Foto: sborisov

On October 3, we will celebrate 30 years of reunification on German Unification Day. The central celebrations will take place in Potsdam, because the federal state of Brandenburg will be the host this year. Under the motto 30 years - 30 days - 30 x Germany" installations and events are taking place throughout the city.
Even if there are no big celebrations this year, you can all join in the nationwide "October 3 - Germany sings". From 7 pm you can sing along from your own balcony or on the street or follow the livestream from 6.45 pm on Youtube.

When: October 3
Where: various locations

More information about events at the Day of German reunification

Tip 2: Day of Club culture

Diskothek Ballhaus Spandau
© Ballhaus Spandau, Foto: Rainer Fedke

We're still there: On October 3, the Day of Club culture will also take place for the first time, on which the existence-threatened Berlin clubs will send a sign of life.  The clubs will each present a showcase on the open spaces provided - naturally under the necessary hygiene and safety conditions. By the way, the Day of Club culture is part of the new campaign DRAUSSENSTADT for more outdoor urban culture.

When: October 3
Where: various clubs



Akademie der Künste
© Alamy Stock Photo, Foto: Arco Images GmbH

The month of Photography will take place throughout October. In more than 100 museums, galleries and other institutions you can visit photography exhibitions that revolve around the main theme Europe - Identity, Crisis, Future and other themes such as 30 years of reunification and 100 years of Greater Berlin. "CONTINENT - In Search of Europe" is the title of the central exhibition of EMOP Berlin - European Month of Photography at the Akademie der Künste.

When: October 1 - 31
Where: different places



Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin © Foto: Bernd Brundert

The Berlin photographer - and doorman at Berghain - Sven Marquardt captured in his photographs the dancers from the ensemble of the Friedrichstadt-Palast immediately after a performance. Thus intimate portraits were created at this special moment between euphoria and exhaustion. The entrance is free of charge, but nevertheless it is best to book your desired time ticket in advance.

When: October 2 to November 29, daily 11 am - 8 pm,
Where: Foyer of the Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße , Mitte


Tip 5: Teutons. An archaeological inventory

James-Simon-Galerie - Außenansicht
James-Simon-Galerie © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Luna Zscharnt für David Chipperfield Architects

What were the Teutons really like? And how were they represented in the course of time? The double exhibition on the Museum Island brings you closer not only to the Teutons, but also to the changing history of Teutonic research. In the James Simon Gallery, 700 exhibits offer insights into the life and skills of the Germanic peoples. At the same time, the exhibition in the Neues Museum provides information about the reception of them in the course of time.

When: until March 21
James Simon Gallery and Neues Museum, Museum Island, Mitte


Tip 6: Open Mosque Day

Sehitlik-Moschee © wikimedia commons, Foto: Avda

In spite of Corona, the mosques open their doors, as in previous years, and invite you to exchange ideas. Take a look inside various mosques and gather personal impressions when Muslim communities across Germany open their doors at the Open Mosque Day on October 3. At the Open Mosque Day you can not only discover the premises, but also get to know members of the community and exchange ideas with them. There will be exhibitions, guided tours and lectures.

When: October 3
Where: various venues


 Tip 7: Giant flea market at the Karlshorst harness racing track

Flea market in Berlin
Flea market in Berlin © Getty Images, Foto: MarioGuti

Where otherwise the fast horses trot, the bargain hunters and collectors of beautiful things are on the road on the Day of German Unity and on Sunday. On the grounds of the Karlshorst harness racing track, stalls with beautiful antiques, art and design await you. The organizers of the giant flea market have developed detailed concepts so that you can stroll and haggle safely and relaxed.

When. October 3 - 4
Where: Karlshorst harness racing track, Treskowallee 129, Lichtenberg

More information about flea markets

Tip 8: Chaos royal at BKA  

BKA Theater
© BKA Theater, Foto: Sven Ihlenfeld

New at the BKA Theater is the improvisation theatre groupe Chaos Royal with their Impro à la carte, which welcomes you every Monday. The troupe has finest improthetaer on the menu and serves you exactly what you want. On demand they bring bloody dramas, funny comedies, songs or poems on stage - always off the cuff, with a lot of playfulness and surprising ideas.

When: every Monday
Where: BKA, Mehringdamm 34; Kreuzberg

More information about Chaos Royal at BKA

Tip 9: The Piranesi Principle

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Maximilian Meisse

On the occasion of Piranesi's 300th birthday, the Kunstbibiothek (Art Library) is showing master engravings, books, pamphlets, satirical pictures and drawings from the collection that have never been shown before. Piranesi's works bring to life the Rome of the time with its decayed architecture, the opera and the sciences of his time. His sombre fantasies have had a lasting influence on artists, architects and filmmakers to this day and have lost nothing of their haunting effect.

When: October 4 - February 7
Where: Kunstbibiothek, Matthäikirchplatz 6, Tiergarten


Tip 10: Unfinished Metropolis - 100 years of urban development for Greater Berlin

Kronprinzenpalais Unter den Linden in Berlin
Facade of the Kronprinzenpalais Berlin © Foto: H.G. Esch

In 2020, Berlin as we know it is celebrating its 100th birthday, because it was not until 1920 that the individual cities and communities were merged to form "Greater Berlin". The exhibition Unfinished Metropolis - 100 Years of Urban Development for Greater Berlin takes the anniversary as an opportunity to take a look at Berlin's urban development. The exhibition also presents the results of the "International Urban Planning Competition Berlin-Brandenburg 2070" and also takes a look at Berlin's twin cities Moscow, Vienna, Paris and London.

When: October 1 - January 3, daily 10am - 6pm
Where: Kronprinzenpalais, Unter den Linden 3, Mitte


Tip 11: Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2020

At the box office
At the box office © Getty Images, Foto: Denkou Images

The third Human Rights Festival Berlin is taking place under the motto "The Future is Now". Presented as a hybrid festival you can visit it online, but also live. The festival will show 40 selected international documentaries, which deal with topics like freedom and human rights. You can watch them as a stream, all films will be shown simultaneously in the cinemas Sputnik, Moviemento and ACUDkino as well as in the BUFA.

When: September 30 - October 10
Where: various cinemas


For even more event tips in October  you can always click through our calendar of events.