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Top 11 Events in Autumn

Autumn Highlights in Berlin

Berlin Victory Column in autumnal backlight
Victory column in autumn ©, Foto: querbeet

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Autumn is just around the corner. And this year, fortunately, it has brought with it many festivals, premieres and exhibitions. To enjoy this season to the fullest, whatever the weather, we show you our top 11 events in autumn.

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Tip 1: Fall in love with the new Grand Show FALLING | IN LOVE

Falling in Love
© Bernd Brundert

Curated by none other than Jean Paul Gaultier, the new Grand Show promises to be one of the most glamorous in the history of the Friedrichstadt-Palast. You is full of passion, but is rejected again and again. Then the world literally shatters for him and he falls into a garden of love. Look forward to an explosion of colours and the glitter of 100 million Swarovski crystals.

When: from 21 September
Where: Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße 101, Mitte

FALLING | IN LOVE – the new Grand Show

Tip 2: Festival of Lights brings the "Colors of Life" to Berlin

Festival of Lights
© GettyImages, Foto: fhm

When it gets dark earlier again, Berlin begins to glow. As every autumn, the Festival of Lights bathes the city in colourful light. Under the motto "Colors of Life", the colourful projections tell of how multifaceted life in Berlin is - and how beautiful diversity is. This time you will find numerous light installations, especially around Bebelplatz and Potsdamer Platz.

When: 6 to 15 October, 7 - 11 p.m.
Where: All over Berlin

More about the Festival of Lights

Tip 3: Be a guest at eat! berlin - the gourmet festival

eat! berlin 2020
© eat! berlin; Restaurant Prism; Gericht

Never has a festival been so tasty. This year, eat! berlin is taking place for the 12th time. From "Catch of the Day" to "Back to the Future", more than 50 restaurants await to take you on a journey of culinary delights and impressive settings.

Tip: At the Berlin Food Week you can expect more delicacies and food innovations, for example at the House of Food in Bikini Berlin. At the French Affair, wine shops and wine bars in Berlin's neighbourhoods invite you to indulge in a mix of French food culture and Berlin lifestyle.

When: 2 November to 12 November
Where: various venues

eat! berlin

Tip 4: Make exciting encounters at the Days of Exile

Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg
© visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

Going into exile means leaving behind everything that was once important to you and setting out into the unknown. Literature laureate Herta Müller, who is opening the Days of Exile as patron, has had this experience herself. Many others will share their experiences and insights at this programme of events and encounters taking place in Berlin for the first time this autumn. The programme includes readings, discourses, exhibitions, guided tours, videos, music and much more. A total of 45 Berlin organisations are participating in the programme, some of which are multilingual.

When: 8 September to 9 October
Where: 45 different venues in Berlin

days of Exils

Tip 5: Listen to exciting interpretations at the Jazzfest

Jazz band in Berlin
Jazz band © Getty Images, Foto: Chris Schmidt

Founded in 1964, the Jazzfest Berlin is one of the oldest and most renowned festivals in Europe. Traditionally, not only well-known greats of the international jazz scene perform, but also the young up-and-coming generation brings exciting new interpretations to the stage. So look forward to creative improvisations and concerts that will introduce you to all the sparkling facets of jazz.


  • Sonic Dreams brings the Chicago jazz scene to the stage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele on Friday, 3 November at 9.30 p.m.
  • Trumpeter Steph Richards reflects on the influence of the sense of smell on our listening experience with her quartet Power Vibe at the Quasimodo on Friday, 3 November from 10.30 p.m.
  • At the premiere of Ghosted on Sunday, 5 November, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church will be immersed in a hypnotic atmosphere with psychedelic grooves.

When: 2 to 5 November
Where: various venues in Berlin

Jazzfest Berlin

Tip 6: Get smart at the Berlin Science Week

Museum of Natural History Berlin
Museum of Natural History © Foto: MfN Berlin, Carola Radke

Schlau in den Herbst startet ihr bei der Berlin Science Week. Mehr als 500 Vortragende bringen euch wissenschaftliche Themen, Forschungsergebnisse, Visionen und neue Entdeckungen näher. Zum ersten Mal werden dieses Jahr mit dem Art & Science Forum in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Holzmarkt 25 auch Formate an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und künstlerischer Praxis präsentiert. Freut euch auf ein interaktives Programm, das von Podiumsdiskussionen über Science Slams, Workshops und Ausstellungen bis hin zu Virtual Reality-Erfahrungen, Filmen und Musikinstallationen reicht. Macht euch schlau und lasst euch inspirieren!

Wann: 1. bis 10. November
Wo: verschiedene Orte in ganz Berlin

Berlin Science Week

Tipp 7: Encounter Edward Munch at two great exhibtions

Edvard Munch, Red and White, Berlinische Galerie Berlin
Edvard Munch, Red and White, Berlinische Galerie Berlin © Foto: © MUNCH, Oslo / Halvor Bjørngård

This autumn, two major exhibitions will showcase the work of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. In cooperation with the Munch Museum in Oslo, the Berlinische Galerie is telling the story of Edvard Munch and his role as a pioneer of modernism in Berlin with "Magic of the North". The Museum Barberini in Potsdam focuses on "Munch. Transforming Landscapes", the Museum Barberini in Potsdam focuses on the landscape paintings of the master of Experessionism.

Transforming Landscapes at the Museum Barberini
When: 18 November 2023 to 1 January 2024
Where: Alter Markt - Humboldtstraße 5 - 6, Potsdam

Munch. Transforming Landscape

Magic of the North at the Berlinische Galerie
When: 15 September 2023 to 22 January 2024
Where: Alte Jakobstraße 124 - 128, Kreuzberg

Tickets for Magic of the North

Tip 8: Never conforming ever evolving - Club Culture Day in Berlin

Zwei junge Menschen im Treppenhaus auf dem Weg in den Club
Clubkultur Berlin © GettyImages, Foto: Nycretoucher

Berlin's clubs are not only places to dance and party, they have always offered niches for creative ideas. Berlin's clubs are nocturnal havens for anyone who needs an inspirational break from their daily routine. The artistic and community-building commitment of Berlin's clubs and collectives will be honoured on Tag der Clubkultur (Club Culture Day). Be there when the clubs invite you to a very individual programme as part of a city-wide festival - in keeping with this year's motto "Never conforming ever evolving".

When: 3 to 8 October 
Where: All over the city

More Clubs in Berlin

Tip 9: Marvel and dream at the new Cirque du Soleil show "Ovo

Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin Friedrichshain Sports, concerts and events
Mercedes Benz Arena © camera4

The new Cirque du Soleil show OVO is teeming with life. A multitude of curious insects dance and tumble through the arena in an imaginative round dance. Immerse yourself in this world where everything seems to be in constant motion. Experience how the different insect species work, play, fight with each other or even search for love. When a mysterious egg appears, the fantastic insect creatures explore the mystery of their own life cycle.

Cirque du Soleil - Ovo

Tip 10: Cheer on the runners at the BMW Berlin Marathon

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

Be there when the runners start this year's Berlin Marathon. Starting at 9.15 a.m., the runners will set off in four waves on the Straße des 17. Juni and then run 42.195 kilometres around Berlin and across the city. Numerous smaller runs for children and young people will take place around the marathon. And on Saturday the inline skaters will start at 3.30 pm. Please note that some roads will be closed for the marathon. We recommend using public transport this weekend.

When: 24 September
Where: Start on Straße des 17. Juni, finish at Brandenburg Gate

BMW Berlin Marathon

Tip 11: Look forward to the contemporary production of "Aida

Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin
Staatsoper Unter den Linden © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The Spanish director Calixto Bieito is known for his modern and sometimes experimental and violent opera productions. So you can be curious to see how he interprets Verdi's Aida. With his music, Verdi himself criticised the society of his time, which was at the height of imperialism and heralded the beginning of colonisation. The story of the opera revolves around the Ethiopian king's daughter Aida, who lives as a slave at an Egyptian court. She fights with her rival, the Egyptian king's daughter Amneris, for the love of the Egyptian army commander Radamès.

When: Premiere on 3 October until 29 October
Where: Staatsoper unter den Linden


Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts