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Top events in January in Berlin

New Year – new Events

Brandenburg Gate Berlin in Winter
Brandenburg Gate in Winter © Getty Images, Foto: golero

This is off to a good start. The new year starts in Berlin with many exciting events. We dress up for Fashion Week, discover the world of Japan and join in the six-day race - and say "Welcome 2020". Here comes our Top 11 of events in January.

Overview of January

Berlin Events January 2020
Events in Berlin in January 2019 © visitBerlin


Tip 1: Berlin Fashion Week

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

What does fashion in 2019 bring us? Berlin Fashion Week brings together the international fashion scene in Berlin to present the latest trends of designers and labels at fashion fairs, shows and exhibitions. In addition to the big events, which are exclusively open to invited guests, there will also be numerous public parties and events around the Berlin Fashion Week.

When: 13 - 17January
Where: different venues

Tip 2: International Green Week

Grüne Woche Berlin
Grüne Woche Berlin © Thomas Machowina

For over 80 years now, the International Green Week has been taking place in Berlin in January. The most important international fair for food, agriculture and horticulture presents various international specialities and gives you exciting insights into topics such as sustainable raw materials, bio-energy and urban gardening. Croatia will also be represented as partner country of this year's Green Week with many events and special offers.

When: 17 - 26 January
Where: Exhibition grounds, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

Tip 3: 6 Day Berlin

SixDay Berlin
SixDay Berlin © Camera4

In January Berlin becomes the meeting point of the cycling scene. At the SIX DAY BERLIN, the world's best cyclists compete against each other for six days and prove their endurance and speed in various disciplines, including standing, derny and sprint races. The event will be accompanied by a show program, music and an exuberant atmosphere.

When: 23 - 28 January
Where: Velodrom, Paul-Heyse-Straße 26, Friedrichshain

Tip 4: transmediale

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Once a video festival, now an important international festival for media art and digital culture: The transmediale wants to critically examine the current culture and politics shaped by media technologies. Artists, scientists and media professionals come together at exhibitions, conferences and performances for a creative exchange and thus create new ideas.

When: 28 January - 2 February
Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John Foster Dulles Avenue, Tiergarten

Tip 8: Tanztage Berlin

Aussenansicht Sophiensäle
© visitBerlin, Foto: Nele Niederstadt

The Berlin dance season begins with the start of the year. At the Tanztage, eight premieres and three guest performances show fascinating choreographies. The festival focuses on the reflexion about today where the dancers question traditional perspectives.  

When: 9 - 11 January
Where: Sophiensaele, Sophienstraße 18, Mitte

Tip 9: Hellas Filmbox Berlin

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: David Saium/EyeEm

The current Greek film is the focus of Hellas Filmbox Berlin film festival in January. With exciting directors such as Yorgos Lanthimos and Rachel Tsangari, Greek cinema has attracted international attention in recent years, so that a look inside the film box is certainly worthwhile.

When: 15 - 19 January 2019
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte

Tip 7: JapanFestival

Christmas Sushi
© GettyImages, Bild: Tetiana_Chudovska

Tea, sake, kimonos, manga, furniture, design but also information and tips for your next trip: Dive deep into the land of the rising sun. Around 450 and 120 introduce you to all facets of the Japanese way of life, art and culture. Of course, the typical Japanese specialities such as susi, ramen and onigiri will not be neglected.

When: 25 - 26 January
Where: Urania, An der Urania 17, Schöneberg

Tip 8: 48th Berlin New Year's Run

01.01.2018 Berliner Neujahrslauf
© Camera4

Fit for the New Year. Start January with a refreshing run and make your good intentions for the New Year a reality on the four-kilometre track. The race starts on the Pariser Platz directly at the Brandenburg Gate to the Berlin Cathedral and back.

When: 1 January, 12 noon
Where: Pariser Platz, Mitte

Tip 9: AOK Traditionsmasters 2020

© Camera4

Top-class indoor football awaits you at the AOK Traditionsmasters in the Max-Schmeling-Halle. SV Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund will be taking part as well as, for the first time, Tennis Borussia from Charlottenburg and Dinamo Tiflis. The two Berlin first league clubs Hertha BSC and 1. FC Union Berlin will also compete directly against each other.

When: 11 - 12 January
Where: Max-Schmeling-Halle, Am Falkplatz 1, Prenzlauer Berg

Tip 10: Last chance: Gerhard Richter - Portraits from the Olbricht Collection

View inside the me Collectors Room
View inside the me Collectors Room © me Collectors Room Berlin, Foto: Bernd Borchardt

Until the end of January you have the opportunity to admire Gerhard Richter's portraits in the me Collections Room Berlin. Richter is probably one of the most important contemporary artists whose works fetch top prices. The exhibition now presents 48 of his impressive portraits as an edition.

When: until 31 January
Where: me Collectors Room Berlin, Auguststrasse 68, Mitte

Tip 11: The Best of Ennio Morricone

Audience hall of Admiralspalast
Audience hall of Admiralspalast © ADMIRALSPALAST

A great cinema awaits you in the Admiralspalast when 100 soloists, singers and musicians of the Milano Festival Opera perform the pieces of the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone. His masterpieces include unforgettable classics such as Once upon a time in the West, Mission, Cinema Paradiso or Once upon a time in America. Matching the music, you will find original film scenes and a spectacular screen animation.

When: 20 January
Where: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, Mitte


Even more tips for January can be found in the calendar of events

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - 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.