Mid-May – perhaps the weather could be a little bit better this spring, but it won’t stop us from enjoying the weekend to the full. Especially when it comes to the upcoming programme of events: sports, music, festivals, art and even a combination of art and music. As you can see, there is a lot going on this weekend. We have once again put together the best of what the weekend has to offer. Here are our weekend tips with the 11 best events in Berlin.
Tip 1: 56th Theatertreffen
The Berlin Theatertreffen has become one of the best-known theatre festivals in the German-speaking world. Every year a panel selects the 10 most remarkable productions of the current theatre season, which are then invited to Berlin and performed here. Calling all theatre fans: come to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and don’t miss out on the numerous events taking place as part of the Theatertreffen. This weekend only!
When: until Sunday
Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf
Tip 2: MANTEGNA and BELLINI – Masters of the Renaissance
Two great Renaissance painters in one exhibition who are also related by marriage: The Gemäldegalerie presents the first comprehensive exhibition in which the work of Mantegna and Bellini is juxtaposed. The two influenced each other throughout their lives. Make sure not to miss the exhibition which finishes at the end of June.
When: until 30 June
Where: Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz 4, Mitte
Tip 3: Volleyball Champions League 2019 Super Finals
Saturday afternoon will be sporty and exciting when the two best volleyball teams meet in Berlin. For the first time, you can watch the women’s and men’s matches in one place and on the same day.
When: Saturday, 3:30 pm
Where: Max-Schmeling-Halle, Am Falkplatz 1, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 4: bauhaus imaginista
It’s Bauhaus year and you simply cannot miss out on this exhibition: At the Haus der Kulturen der Welt you can learn about the history of the Bauhaus in four chapters until 10 June. For the first time, the impacts and references of the Bauhaus School will be shown on this scale. We’ll tell you more about the Bauhaus in Berlin here.
When: until 10 June
Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10,
Tip 5: AVON Frauenlauf
It’s time to get sporty again: The annual Frauenlauf – or women’s run – takes place this Saturday. It is the biggest women’s run in Germany and the route takes runners through the Tiergarten park. A 10 km run, 5 km fun run as well as 10 km walking or Nordic walking events are all offered. Children can take part too, in the 800 metre run. All participants support the Berliner Krebsgesellschaft (Berlin Cancer Society) by registering. Those not taking part can come along and cheer on the runners. The atmosphere is always great.
When: Saturday from 2:00 pm
Where: Straße des 17. Juni, Mitte
Tip 6: Children of Doom – The Science Festival
Messe Berlin is launching a completely new festival of science this year. Entitled Children of Doom, there will be many events, discussions and workshops on the themes of biotechnology, artificial intelligence and climate change. And all this at the relaxed Hafen Rummelsburg. The motto is “serious fun”, because the aim is to take a playful look at the great challenges of our time.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Hafen Rummelsburg, Nalepastraße 10 – 16, Lichtenberg
Tip 7: Watch the Eurovision Song Contest final
It’s that time again: The Eurovision Song Contest final is on this Saturday evening. And of course many venues will broadcast the event live from Israel. The nhow Berlin hotel is hosting a party for the Eurovision Song Contest with a live screening and a Madonna cover concert by Keye Katcher. At Festsaal Kreuzberg you can soak up the atmosphere live. We hope you have a lot of fun!
When: 18 May
Where: Festsaal Kreuzberg, nhow Berlin and other locations
Tip 8: “The Reich Ministry of Labour 1933–1945” exhibition
The Topography of Terror memorial has had a new exhibition since April. Here you can find out to what extent the Reich Ministry of Labour supported the National Socialist dictatorship, through discrimination and forced labour. The effects on the people in the German Reich, but also in the occupied territories, become clear through case studies. Admission is free.
When: until 8 October
Where: Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstraße 8, Mitte
Tip 9: Knights’ Festival at the Museum Village Düppel
This weekend, the Museum Village Düppel is celebrating a large knights’ festival with farmers, warriors, travelling knights and church members, who were all present in Düppel in some way or other around the year 1200. They will all be on hand to recount their travels at the festival.
Admission: €5 / concessions €3.50, up to 18 years free admission
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Museum Village Düppel, Clauertstraße 11, Zehlendorf
Tip 10: Opera breakfast at the Komische Oper Berlin
Want to have breakfast and find out everything about the latest opera piece before everyone else? If this sounds like the perfect plan for your Sunday morning, then head to the Komische Oper Berlin. An invigorating opera breakfast will be served in the foyer from 10 am, and at lunchtime the dramaturges will invite you to a free introductory matinee where you can take a look behind the scenes.
When: Sunday 10:00 am
Where: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstraße 55 – 57, Mitte
Tip 11: Flying Pictures
The Flying Steps hip hop dance crew and the Brazilian artist duo Osgemeos are staging "Pictures at an Exhibition" live – but only until the end of June. Art, music and dance performance are interlinked here. The big question is: What would pictures sound like if they were music? You'll be surprised!
When: until 2 June
Where: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50/51, Mitte
For even more information about what’s on, you can always check our day-by-day tips on Berlin’s biggest event calendar.