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Top 11 Events in Summer

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Bite Club MS Hoppetosse at Arena Berlin Treptow
Arena Bites Club Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Bite Club in Arena Treptow, Streetfood, an Deck der Hoppetosse, Spree

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

Fete de la Musique 2011
© Copyright: AKUD / Lars Reimann

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
Admission free


Tip 2: Open air cinemas

Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum in Berlin
Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

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

More tips for open-air cinemas

Tip 3: Long Night of Sciences

Technische Universität Berlin
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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


Tip 4: Bergmannstraßenfest– Kreuzberg jazzt

Visitors at the Berlin Kreuzberg-Festival
Kreuzberg-Festival in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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)

Admission free

More information about the Bergmannstraßenfest

Tip 5: Berlin Fashion Week

Fashion Week Berlin
Fashion Week Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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

Event Carnival of cultures at Whitsun in Berlin
Carnival of cultures © Daniela Incoronato

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

Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt © DAVIDS/Darmer

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

People with rainbow flags at the Pride Parade in Berlin
Pride Parade in Berlin © Fabian Böttcher

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

Staatsoper für alle in Berlin
Staatsoper für alle © Foto: Thomas Bartilla

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

Free entrance

Tip 10: Young Euro Classic

Young Euro Classic 2010 in Berlin - Baltic Youth Philharmonic
Young Euro Classic in Berlin © © MUTESOUVENIR | KAI BIENERT

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

Long Night of the museums in Berlin
Kulturforum at the Long Night of the museums © Sergej Horovitz

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.

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does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts