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September in Berlin

Events, festivals, and fairs in September

The Berlin Reichstag in autumn
The Berlin Reichstag in autumn visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Summer is almost over, but before autumn officially begins on 23 September, we're enjoying the last summer days of the year in Berlin. Look forward to weeks full of art, photography and music, the Pyronale, sporting feats, novelties in literature and technology and many, many festivals. Find out what else September has in store for you here.

Tip 1: Q BERLIN - The Metropolitan Conference for the Immediate Present

Q Berlin Questions
Q Berlin Questions visitBerlin, Foto: Sebastian Gabsch

"The New Unknown - Navigating Zeitenwende" -   What will be the consequences of the war in Ukraine? How do we make society and democracy sustainable and resilient? What role do metropolises like Berlin play in overcoming current challenges worldwide? Mayors of international metropolises and other top speakers from politics, business and academia will discuss these questions at the fifth Q BERLIN at the ICC Berlin on 15 and 16 September. Berlin's official metropolitan conference will be hosted by Berlin's Governing Mayor, Franziska Giffey. The programme also includes keynotes and lectures by Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman, the founder of FutureMap Parag Khanna, neuroscientist Maren Urner, Ukrainian journalist Sevgil Musayeva, who was voted one of the top 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2002, TV presenter Marietta Slomka and many others. While different approaches will be discussed and projects presented on the first day in the three overarching thematic areas of "Transformation & Resilience", "Global Cohesion & Solidarity" and "Democracies in Danger", you can dive deeper into individual topics in deep dives and discussions on the second day. An overview and information on the venue can be found on the Q BERLIN website.

When: 15 & 16 September
Where: ICC Berlin, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

Tip 2: Berlin Art Week & Positions Berlin Art Fair

Berlin Art Week: Pavillon im BAW Garten
Berlin Art Week: Pavillon im BAW Garten visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

For five days, Berlin is all about contemporary art. And once again Berlin Art Week shows that there is much to discover in all the city's neighbourhoods. Museums, galleries and even small private collections open their doors and invite you to exhibitions, performances, discussions and of course many exciting encounters.  This time, the Berlin Artweek Garden (BAW) will be set up at the Uferhallen in Wedding, a former industrial site that is now home to studios and studio spaces. A festival venue that could not have been more appropriately chosen to address the displacement of artistic free spaces in Berlin in the context of the exhibition "On Equal Terms". 

More tips for art lovers: The Positions art fair in Hangar 5 & 6 of the former Tempelhof Airport takes place on 15 & 16 September and the Berlin Biennale runs until 18 September.

When: 14 - 18 September
Where: all over the city

Tip 3: Triennale the Modernism

UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Hufeisensiedlung Berlin-Britz (Neukölln)
Hufeisensiedlung UNESCO-Welterbe, Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Karsten Rasmus/Klaras-Verlag

Based on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Berlin, Weimar and Dessau, "Triennale the Modernism" aims to raise awareness of the world heritage of modern architecture in Germany. At the opening weekend in Berlin, you can learn more about the topic in various workshops, symposia and guided tours. Under the motto "Living. Work. Live. there will also be frequent references to current issues, such as urban development, diversity or political participation.

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When: 30 September - 3 October
Where: various locations in Berlin

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Tip 4: Green World Tour

Malzfabrik Schöneberg
Malzfabrik Malzfabrik, Foto: Matthias Friel

The Green World Tour is all about sustainable concepts, technologies and products. For two days, the Malzfabrik will become an exhibition centre where various exhibitors will present solutions for more sustainability. The spectrum of topics is broad and ranges from green investments and e-mobility to renewable energies and energy storage, sustainable building, green lifestyle products, current research projects, training opportunities and jobs in the green economy.

When: 3 - 4 September 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2 - 14, Schöneberg

Tip 5: IFA 2022

international consumer electronics exhibition in Berlin
international consumer electronics exhibition in Berlin Messe Berlin GmbH

Discover technical innovations and try out many of them for yourself. At the World Fair for Consumer and Home Electronics, numerous exhibitors present their highlights and inventions. The trade fair around the radio tower is also popular for its large show programme. This year there will also be an event area for young people, the Young IFA WG, where YouTubers and bloggers will also be presenting themselves. This year you will find the IFA Summer Garden, which has the motto "Oktoberfest", near Hall 10.

When 2 to 6 September
Where: Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

Tip 6: Berlin Photo Week

C/O Berlin
C/O Berlin visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The main aim of Berlin Photo Week is to create a link between contemporary and traditional photography. In the numerous exhibitions you will therefore see a wide range of iconic photographs, but also new talents. If you like to take photos yourself, you can learn new techniques and tricks in over 30 workshops and photowalks. In the Funplace, you can let off steam with your smartphone and shoot creative photo material for your Insta account in front of many great installations.

When: 2 to 9 September
Where: Various locations in Berlin

Tip 7: International Literatur Festival Berlin

International Literature Festival in Berlin
International Literature Festival in Berlin Ali Ghandtschi

For 11 days in September, the world of books is a guest in Berlin. Listen to readings, discover new reading material, meet authors, have something read to you or join in the discussion yourself.  The programme is as broad as the topics of our time. It is not without reason that the International Literature Festival Berlin is one of the most important literary events in the world. On the occasion of the war in Ukraine, the ilb, together with PEN Berlin, the PEN Centre Germany and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is calling on everyone (including cinemas, schools, universities, the media, but also individuals) to take part in a world-wide reading of Ukrainian literature on 7 September.  Join in!

When: 7 to 17 September
Where: various locations in Berlin

Tip 8: Musikfest Berlin (Music Festival Berlin)

Symphonie Orchester
Symphonie Orchester istock.com, Foto: cyano66

After a year-long Corona break, this year's Musikfest Berlin is a single crescendo of musical highlights. Classical works by Sibelius and Mahler are on the programme, as are contemporary compositions, new names and experimental formats. For example, the oeuvre of the Australian composer Liza Lim, who musically explores transcultural themes, will be presented in Germany for the first time. Another highlight is the performance of the full-length opus "Epitaph", composed by jazz legend Charles Mingus. Hear great orchestras and experience legendary conductors who travel from all over the world. The programme includes 50 works by 40 composers. Discover new worlds of sound and enjoy the music!

When: 27 August to 20 September
Where: various venues in Berlin

Tip 9: Open Monument Day

Fliegerberg Otto Lilienthal Monument in Berlin
Fliegerberg Otto Lilienthal Monument wikimedia, Foto: Kaiser2102 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

This year's Open Monument Day goes in search of traces. For monuments are witnesses to past histories - and these can be reconstructed on the basis of the evidence contained in the building fabric. What scars does the building have, how was it developed, what is hidden under the various layers of time? Together with experts, you will become forensic investigators and find out under the motto "KulturSpur. A case for historic preservation", you will find out what is hidden behind the walls of Berlin's historic buildings.

When: 10 and 11 September
Where: all over the city

Tip 10: 35th Days of Jewish Culture

Neue Synagoge Berlin Centrum Judaicum in Berlin
Neue Synagoge Berlin Centrum Judaicum visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Art, music, films, comedy and of course delicious food: The Jewish Culture Days are a feast for all the senses - and showcase the diversity of Jewish life in Berlin. 10,000 guests are expected at the kosher street food festival alone on 18 September at the Jewish Community of Berlin, Oranienburger Straße 28-31. The cultural programme is spread throughout the city, from Clärchens Ballhaus to several cinemas and the Quatsch Comedy Club. Of course, there are also guided tours of the Jewish Museum and the city's synagogues invite visitors to open days.

When: 10 to 18 September
Where: various locations in Berlin

Tip 11: Oktoberfest and giant kites: Festival highlights

Festival of the Giant Dragons
Festival of the Giant Dragons Stadt und Land, Foto: Nils Bornemann

You can see them flying from afar, the gigantic kites in a variety of shapes and colours. At the Festival of Giant Kites, animal and fantasy creatures up to 40 metres long flutter above Tempelhofer Feld. There will also be street food, a small market - and of course you can let your own kites flutter in the wind.

Other festivals in Berlin in September (selection):

  • Berliner Herbstrummel from 9 September to 9 October at the central festival site on Kurt-Schuhmacher-Damm.
  • Lake festival at Orankesee on 3 September
  • Potato festival in Dahlemon 17 and 18 September
  • Historic apple festival at Britz Palace (Schloss Britz) on 24 and 25 September
  • Pumpkin and apple festival in the Britzer Garten on 24 and 25 September
  • Spandau Wine Summer from 1 to 4 September
  • ufaFabrik Boulevard on 4 September
  • Pyronale at the Maifeld at the Olympiastadion on 2 and 3 September

When: 17 September
Where: Tempelhofer Feld

Extra Tip: Events for Sportfans

BMW Berlin Marathon

The Marathon in Berlin at the Victory Column
The Marathon in Berlin at the Victory Column Matthias Makarinus

With 40,000 runners, the Berlin Marathon is one of the largest running events in the world. Every year, athletes from over 120 countries take to the starting line. The race starts at 9.15 a.m. in the Tiergarten and the finish line is at the Brandenburg Gate. Hand cyclists and wheelchair users start a little earlier. The inline skaters will already be on their way the day before. The route passes the Victory Column, the Reichstag, the Memorial Church and many other important sights before finishing at the Brandenburg Gate. Suitable places to cheer are, for example, the Federal Chancellery, the Wild Boar, the Memorial Church and, of course, the Brandenburg Gate.

When: 24/25 September
Where: Straße des 17. Juni 

ISTAF 2022

ISTAF Stadium Berlin
ISTAF Stadium Berlin Camera4

Another sporting highlight is the International Stadium Festival. Here you can see European champions, world champions, Olympic champions and reigning world record holders compete live in 16 disciplines. The ISTAF is one of the biggest one-day athletics events in the world, attracting more than 50,000 sports fans to the Olympic Stadium.

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

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.