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September in Berlin

Events, festivals, and fairs in September 2019

View from Elsebrücke while the sun sets to Oberbaumbrücke and TV Tower
View from the Elsebrücke © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Summer is almost over, but before autumn officially begins on 23 September, we're enjoying the last summer days of the year in Berlin. You can look forward to impressive fireworks, top sports performances, and innovations in literature and technology to look forward to. You can find out what else September has in store for you here.

September at a glance

Berlin Events September 2019
Events in Berlin in September 2019 © visitBerlin

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Tip 1: BMW Berlin-Marathon

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

At the 46th BMW Berlin Marathon, around 40,000 runners, handbikers, and inline skaters will line up at the start line. As Germany's largest running event, athletes and sports enthusiast from all over the world come together to create a unique atmosphere. The route runs right through the inner city, past the Victory Column, the Reichstag, the Memorial Church and many other important sights until the finish ath the Brandenburg Gate. Suitable places to cheer them on are for example the Federal Chancellery, the Memorial Church, and of course Brandenburg Gate.

When: 20 September 2019
Where: central Berlin

Further information about the BMW Berlin Marathon

Tip 2: ISTAF 2019

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Leichtathletik Berlin 10.02.2017 Mercedes Benz Arena 4 ISTAF INDOOR 60 m Huerden Hürden Damen vorne vlnr ROLEDER Cindy GER PEARSON Sally AUS Foto Camera 4

On the first weekend of September, Berlin will once again be a sporting city: the International Stadium Festival will be the next highlight in the Olympic Stadium and is bringing the world's best athletes to the capital. ISTAF is the most traditional German athletics meeting as well as one of the largest athletics meetings in the world. On a Sunday afternoon you can experience the competition of international stars in 16 disciplines live - excitement is guaranteed.

When: 1 September 2019
Where: Olympic Stadium Berlin, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

Further information about ISTAF

Tip 3: International Literature Festival

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

A literary trip around the world at the 19th International Literature Festival is watining for you. Renowned authors and international new discoveries will present their works here at readings, discussions, and workshops. In addition, authors, journalists, and politicians will discuss current political and economic issues at discussion events. You can also be curious about the "Specials" section, where very unique topics are the focus of the events.

When: 11 to 21 September 2019
Where: Main venue: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf

Further information about the Literature Festival

Tip 4: International Electronics Fair 2019 (IFA Berlin)

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

September also marks the start of the International Electronics Fair 2019 in Berlin. The leading global trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances gives innovations their own stage. More than 1000 exhibitors will present the latest technological developments over six days. In special exhibition areas, you can experience innovative products and solutions on topics such as wearables, smart fitness, and smart homes first hand. If you would like, you can also take a free guided tour at the IFA.

When: 6 to 11 September 2019
Where: Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

Further information about IFA

Tip 5: Berlin Art Week

Berlin Art Week: Art exhibitions in Berlin
The Berlin Art Week © Edgard Berendsen

The event for contemporary art in Berlin: As part of Berlin Art Week, the Berlin art scene invites you to exhibition openings, art fairs, awards ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events. This year's highlights include the art berlin art fair in the hangars of the former Tempelhof Airport, where around 110 galleries will be presented. You can also look forward to solo exhibitions from Bani Abidi at Gropius Bau and Anna Daučíková at KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Partners such as the Akademie der Künste, the Berlinische Galerie, the me Collectors Room, and many other institutions, private collectors, and project spaces are also involved.

When: 11 to 15 September 2019
Where: various venues

Further information about Berlin Art Week

Tip 6: Bauhaus Week Berlin 2019

Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin
Bauhaus-Archiv © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

In the first week of September, Berlin celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus. Numerous events will represent ideas and exciting facts about artists and the history of the world-famous School of Design. A shop-window exhibition will be held for this purpose. The centre of the festival is the bhr ox, bauhaus reuse, a glass pavilion on Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Charlottenburg.

The final highlight is the Open Heritage Day on 8 September with the focus on Bauhas and Berlin Modernism.

When: until 8 September 2019

Where: various places in Berlin

Further information about the Bauhaus Week

Tip7: Mural Fest

Streetart von Herakut
© Benjamin Pritzkuleit

The time has come again for Berlin's facades to become colourful! The Berlin Mural Fest will start its second round in 2019. International artists like Pichi Avo, Okuda San Miguel and Aryz come to the city and spray the biggest and craziest street art murals at selected spots. Perhaps you have already spotted one of the artworks or artists, because they are already painting. You can look forward to at least 10 new murals! Highlight of the BMF is the Nightwalk on the 7th & 8th of September, where all murals shine during the night. More details, making-ofs and places where you can discover even more of Berlin's Urban Art can be found in the Mural Fest app.

When: to be announced
Where: various places in Berlin

Further information about the BMF

Tip 8: Opening Futurium

Design for Futurium at the Berlin Central Station
Design for Futurium at the Berlin Central Station © Richter Musikowski Architekten

On September 5th, the Futurium starts into its own future with the opening event "Festival of the Future". From Thursday to Sunday you can expect a program packed with music, interactive activities, workshops and dialogues that make future scenarios liveable. The central question in the focus of the exhibition, forum and lab is: How do we want to live? You can also get a foretaste of the future in the "Restaurant im Futurium", whose menu features innovative and regional dishes.

When: 5 to 8 September 2019
Where: Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, Mitte

Further information about the Futurium

Tip 9:Jewish Film Festival

cinema audience
© Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

cinema audience

Germany's largest platform for Jewish and Israeli film presents itself for the 25th time with the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg. Current films offer insights into the diversity and complexity of Jewish life and tell stories from Israel. The programme ranges from arthouse cinema to independent or documentary films. The discovery and promotion of young filmmakers from Germany and Israel is one of the festival's most important goals.

When: 8 to 17 September 2019
Where: various places in Berlin and Brandenburg

Further information about the Jewish Film Festival

Tip 10: Urban Nation Biennale

Inside the museum
© visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

Artists from Berlin and the world create a 100 meter long art mile in the streets of Schöneberg as part of the Urban Nation Biennale. Consisting of live performances, installations and interactive sculptures, the aim is to create a new awareness for current topics with a focus on the future. Sustainability, technology but also the future life in cities and their possible organization are artistically presented under the title "ROBOTS AND RELICS: UN-MANNED".

When: 13 to 15 September 2019
Where: U-Bahn-Trasse in front of the UBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Bülowstrasse 7 and in the streets of Schöneberg

Further information about the Urban Nation Biennale

Tip 11: Festival 114 ÜBER MARZAHN

Marzahn-Hellersdorf: Ahrensfelderberge in Berlin
Marzahn-Hellersdorf: Ahrensfelderberge © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

114 Über Marzahn is the name of the interdisciplinary festival that takes place on 7 September on the Ahrensfeld mountains. The fourth highest peak in Berlin symbolizes the potential transformation of Marzahn, measures 114.5 metres and is the focus of the events programme. Nature, art and architectural tours as well as concerts and interventions will allow you to experience the place and its history in a new way.

When: 7 September 2019, 12 am - midnight
Where: Ahrensfelder Berge

Further information about 114 über Marzahn

At the end of September, the lights will be switched on for the "Berlin lights up" festival and numerous buildings and places in the city will shine in the most beautiful colours. The

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

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