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Top 11 Open Air-Events in Berlin

Concerts, festivals & sports

Visitors celebrate at an open air festival
Open Air Festival © Getty Images, Foto: svetikd

Summer, sun, open air! This summer in Berlin will be something very special. Experience art, culture and music outdoors in the open air. Festivals, concerts, exhibitions, sports and dance. Just as you like it! You can find our top 11 tips here.

Tip 1: Dr Motte celebrates his birthday in the Gardens of the World

Temple in spring at the Gardens of the World Berlin Marzahn
Temple in spring at the Gardens of the World Berlin Marzahn © visitBerlin, Foto: Janine Blechschmidt

For the birthday of techno-parade inventor Dr. Motto, the Gardens of the World will be transformed into a musical magic garden. Look forward to fast beats and underground anthems. DJ Rush, Nakadia, Franca and Gabriel Le Mar congratulate you on Dr. Motte's Birtday Celebration 2x30". The techno party of the year starts at 1 pm in the Arena of the Gardens of the World. 

When: 4 June, 1 - 11 pm
Where: Gärten der Welt, Marzahn

Tip 2: Classic Open Air & State Opera for All

Classic Open Air in Berlin
Classic Open Air in Berlin

The big Classic Open Air Festival on Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful events of the Berlin summer of culture - and will take place for the 30th time in 2022! This year's programme is just as diverse as Berlin and this time, from classical and pop to opera hits, also brings Howard Carpendale and the Swinging Hermlins to the stage. The first evening ends with a big fireworks display! Look forward to great productions in front of a unique backdrop.

Tip: Another highlight for classical music fans is the live broadcast of Puccini's opera Turandot on Bebelplatz on 18 June.

State Opera for All
When: 18 June, 6 pm
Where: Bebelplatz, Mitte

Classic Open Air
Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
When: 7 - 11 July

Tip 3: Fete de la Musique

Fête de la Musique, Lustgarten
Fête de la Musique, Lustgarten © Copyright: AKUD / Lars Reimann

At the beginning of summer, music is being made everywhere in Berlin. At the Fete de la Musique you will find exciting young bands and musical projects of all genres in many places and corners: sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, sometimes classical, sometimes rock, sometimes typically Berlin, sometimes world music. 

When: 21 June
Where: everywhere in the city and on your screen

Tip 4: CSD and lesbian-gay city festival

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

For the 44th time, Berlin's queer community will parade through Berlin for Christopher Street Day. This year's CSD will once again be framed by numerous other events, such as the Lesbian-Gay City Festival on 16 and 17 July or the CSD on the Spree. Look forward to a colourful and diverse Pride Month in Berlin.

When: 23 June
Where: route to be announced

Tip 5: Tempelhof Sounds

Concert © Getty Images, Foto: Jena Ardell

Where the skylarks usually chirp, there will be a big open air concert this summer. For the first time, Tempelhofer Feld will be transformed into a festival site for three whole days. Muse, Sophie Hunger, Florence + The Machine and The Strokes will be performing. 

When: 10 - 12 June
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhofer Damm, Tempelhof

Tip 6: Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza Musikfestival 2016
RiesenRad auf dem Lollapalooza Berlin © Lollapalooza, Foto: Johannes Riggelsen

And yet another big music festival can finally, finally take place again this year in Berlin. With grüner Kiez, Funfair, Fashionpalooza and the Kidzapalooza Family Area, Lollapalooza promises colourful festival days at the Olympiagelände in September. If you bought tickets for one of the Lollapalooza festivals in previous years, you can exchange them until the beginning of April. 

When: 24-25 September
Where: Olympic grounds, Olympischer Platz 3, Westend

Tip 7: Waldbühne, Parkbühne Wuhleheide and Zitadelle Spandau

Konzert in der Waldbühne
Konzert in der Waldbühne © GettyImages, Bild: Sven Krobot/EyEm

From the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (25 June) to the greatest musical hits to hits, shills and stars like Herberg Grönemeyer, Eric Clapton, Björk, Nick Cave, Udo Lindenberg, Iron Maiden, Imagine Dragons: the Waldbühne offers you a top-class programme this summer. And the torch concert will finally take place again. The best way to find out more is to check our calendar of events.

When: until September
Where: Waldbühne Berlin Glockenturmstraße 1, in the Olympic Park

Tip: A great open-air programme also awaits you at Parkbühne Wuhlheidee and Zitadelle Spandau. Many concerts from previous years will finally be made up for, and tickets already purchased from previous years will of course remain valid. You can find out whether you need to exchange tickets for individual events and how to get tickets now on the organisers' websites and, of course, in our events calendar. 

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Tip 8: Medieval Fantasy Spectaculum

Glühwein from the clay cup
© GettyImages, Bild: Fabian Krause / EyeEm

Junker and Maiden flock here. In mid-June, the Hoppegarten racecourse on the outskirts of Berlin will host the Medieval Fantasy Spectaculum. Discover medieval craftsmanship and be entertained by market criers, acrobats and musicians around the large concert stage. As well as the main stage, you'll find jugglers and jokers, hearty food and strong brews all over the site. Even a dinosaur is said to drop by.

When: 18 and 19 June
Where: Hoppegarten racecourse, Goetheallee 1, Brandenburg

Tip 9: Britzer Gartennacht

Feuerblumen und Klassik Open Air
Classic Open Air im Britzer Garten © Grün Berlin/Foto: Holger Koppatsch

Immerse yourself in a magical world: on Britzer Garden Night (Britzer Gartennacht), you will encounter magical creatures and fantasy figures on the grounds. The fairytale journey of discovery is accompanied by illuminations and light shows and brought to life with artistry and music. On many other summer nights, the music of the numerous concerts on the large stage will waft through the garden.

When: 30 July
Where: Britzer Garten, Buckower Damm 168, Britz

Tip 10: Major sporting events in Berlin

Marathon race in Berlin
Marathon race in Berlin © Camera4

Major sporting events will also return to Berlin in 2022. From the DFB Cup final on 21 May to world-class tennis at the bett1 open in June and the big Berlin Marathon on 25 September, fans of all sports will get their money's worth in Berlin this year.

DFB Pokalfinale
When: 21 May
Where: Olympic Stadium Berlin, Olympischer Platz 3, Berlin

bett1 open
When: 11 - 19 June
Where: Lawn Tennis Tournament Club "Rot-Weiß" e.V.(Steffi-Graf-Stadion), Gottfried-von-Cramm-Weg 47-55, Wilmersdorf

BMW Berlin Marathon
When: 25 September
Where: Start: Straße des 17. Juni, Mitte

More sporting events in Berlin

Tip 11: Pyronale

Feuerwerk © Getty Images, Foto: Ray Bradshaw

At the World Championships of Fireworks, six international teams will literally light up the sky above Berlin. For two evenings in September, the teams show off their fire magic. Whoever produces the best effects and the most creative show will be decided by you: the audience.

When: 2 and 3 September
Where: Olympiastadion Maifeld, Olympischer Platz 3, Westend

You can find more tips and event information in our event-calendar.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


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.