Even if it's still cold outside, it's fun to plan the summer and look forward to the open-air events.Summer in Berlin is the time of great street festivals and open-air events. Concerts and cinemas and the open sky, festivals and long nights make the sunny days and warm summer nights an unforgettable time. So, join in the excitement and celebrate with us at our 11 tips for Berlin summer events.
Tip 1: Fête de la Musique
At the Fête de la Musique, musicians, whether amateurs or professionals, give concerts in the open air and celebrate the solstice all over in Berlin. Concerts on public streets and squares are free of charge. You can listen to music from all styles, pop, indie, rock and folk. Choirs and orchestras perform as well as solo artists and bands. The idea originated in Paris, but has since found great acceptance in many cities.
Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: 21 June
Tip 2: Open air cinemas
A visit to the open-air cinema in summer is a very special pleasure when the film is shown under a starry sky. Berlin's open-air cinemas show a successful mixture of blockbusters and independent cinema. Whether at the Kulturforum, in the park or in the enchanted inner courtyard, open-air cinemas are the best simply part of summer fun.
When: until September
Where: Various Places
Tip 3: Long Night of Sciences
Numerous scientific institutes, libraries and archives in Berlin and Potsdam open their doors to the "Brightest Night of the Year", which would otherwise not be open to the public. You can gain exciting impressions of scientific research, watch experiments and listen to lectures on very different topics. There are also exciting hands-on activities - also for children.
When: 15 June
Where: Various venues
More information about the Long Night of Sciences
Tip 4: Bergmannstraßenfest– Kreuzberg jazzt
There are also concerts without entrance and under the open sky at Bergmannstraßenfest in Kreuzberg. In the beautiful Bergmannstraße about 50 musicians perform on several stages and spread a good mood with cool jazz music. This year the festival will take place in Kreuzbergstraße due to reconstruction work on Bergmannstraße.
When: 28 - 20 June
Where: Kreuzbergstraße (from Methfesselstraße to Katzbachstraße with parts of Großbeerenstraße and Möckernstraße)
Tip 5: Berlin Fashion Week
The fashion world comes to the German capital when the Berlin Fashion Week fashion shows and trade fairs show the latest trends for the coming winter season. Berlin's creativity and inappropriateness is reflected in the fresh, individual design of the fashion designers. Stree and Urban Who, Sustainability and Eco Fashion are the big themes on the catwalks of Berlin Fashion Week. In addition to fashion shows, trade fairs and parties for the international fashion scene, there are also many public events.
When: July 2 - 6
Where: Various venues
Tip 6: The Carnival of Cultures
Our next tip is the Carnival of Cultures, which takes place in Kreuzberg on Whitsun weekend every year. Believe it or not, Blücherplatz becomes even more colourful and international than it is the rest of the year. For four days, the square is lined with stalls offering clothes, jewellery, delicious food, and much more to sample. The highlight each year is the big Sunday parade celebrating the city's diversity. So bring your dancing spirit and join the celebration of Berlin's multicultural diversity!
When: 7 - 10 June
Where: Blücherplatz, Kreuzberg
Tip 7: Classic Open Air
Berlin's most beautiful square, the Gendarmenmarkt, is the festive setting for the concerts at the Classic Open Air. The concert at the first Night is a love letter to the city of Berlin with songs from the 1920s until today. Then the highlights of classical music will be played with a colourful illumination of the Gendarmenmarkt, followed by the most beautiful masterpieces of Italian opera. On Sunday, four outstanding pianists will give a joint concert. On the last evening, the German band Die Prinzen will perform together with singer Christina Stürmer.
When: July 5 - 9
Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
Tip 8: CSD
Lesbians, gays, transgender, inter- and bisexuals demonstrate for equality and against discrimination at the Berlin Pride Christopher Street Day in Berlin under the motto "Sonewall 50". At the same time the parade is also a big colourful celebration with music on the car and an exuberant atmosphere. After the parade, the celebrations for the CSD Berlin take place everywhere in the clubs. The CSD is also the highlight of Berlin's Pride Week with many summer events.
When: 27 July
Where: Start Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburg Gate
Tip 9: Staatsoper für Alle
Great classical music open-air: Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle on Bebelplatz. In "Staatsoper für Alle" in the open air. On Sunday you can watch the live broadcast of Wagner's famous opera "Tristan und Isolde" from the opera house Stzaatsoper Unter den Linden.
Tip: Take a picnic basket and a blanket with you, then the open-air concert will be even more fun!
When: 15 June from 3 p.m. and 16 June from 1 p.m.
Where: Bebelplatz, Mitte
Tip 10: Young Euro Classic
In August, youth symphony orchestras from all over the world perform in the Konzerthaus. This year the festival celebrates its 20th birthday and focuses on Ludwig van Beethoven. The orchestras play all of Beethoven's great symphonies, as well as his piano concertos, chamber music and the great choral fantasy. Some youth orchestras will be there for the first time. So go on a musical voyage of discovery and be surprised
When: 19 July - 6 August
Where: Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
Tip 11: 39. Long Nights of Museums
Do you want to visit the dinosaurs at night? Drink cocktails in the museum or take a completely new look behind the scenes? During the Long Night of Museums, around 80 museums open their doors until midnight and show you the incredible diversity of the museum landscape during guided tours and performances.
The Long Night of Museums is the highlight of the Berlin MuseumSummer with numerous open-air events in Berlin's museums.
When: 31 August
Where: In many Berlin museums
For even more event tips, you can always click through our event calendar.