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Weekend tips 30/8 – 1/9/19

Another slice of summer in the capital!

Bode-Museum at northern part of Museumisland Berlin
Bode-Museum at Museumsisland © zeitort.de, Foto: Jürgen Hohmuth

The festival season this summer isn’t over yet – there are plenty of events in the capital to kick off September. Find out what's going on in Berlin this weekend with our weekend tips!

Tip 1: Long Night of Museums

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Take a night-time stroll through the museums and admire the art on view this last weekend in August, when 75 of the capital’s museums open their doors, putting on around 750 events for a fascinating summer night. The programme includes workshops, concerts and numerous specials, such as talks with contemporary witnesses, making the long night seem very short indeed!

When: 31 August, 6 pm to 2 am

Where: various places in Berlin

More information and tickets for the Long Night of Museums

Tip 2: Pyronale

New Year's Eve at the Brandenburg Gate with fireworks
New Year's Eve at the Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

For the 14th time, the world’s best firework artists will be putting on a unique spectacle of light in front of the Olympic Stadium. The recent years’ winners will be competing against each other at the “Best of Six”, turning the sky into a vast sea of lights. At the end of the evening, the jury and the audience will choose the champions from the masters of pyrotechnics.

When: 30 & 31 August

Where: Maifeld – Olympiastadion, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

More information and tickets for the Pyronale

Tip 3: ISTAF 2019

Berlin International Stadium Festival ISTAF at Olympic stadium
Berlin International Stadium Festival ISTAF at Olympic stadium © Camera4

Come and cheer on the competitors to achieve top performances when the world’s top athletes meet at the Olympic Stadium this Sunday. 180 athletes from 40 nations will be fighting for victory in 16 top-class disciplines. More than 15 world records have already been set in the history of the international meeting – and you could be there when the next one’s set.

When: 1 September

Where: Olympiastadion, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

More information about ISTAF 2019

Tip 4: Opening of Bauhaus Week Berlin 2019

Bauhau-Archiv, building
Bauhau-Archiv © Bauhaus-Archiv, Foto: Karsten Hintz

This weekend, Bauhaus Week starts in Berlin. Discover numerous events and creative exhibitions that will bring you closer to the ideas, thoughts and history of the Bauhaus.At the centre of the festival is the BHR OX bauhaus reuse, a glass pavilion on Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Charlottenburg.

When: 31 August – 8 September

Where: various locations

More information about the Bauhaus Week Berlin 2019

Tip 5: The Federal President’s Citizens’ Festival

Schloss Bellevue Berlin is the offical residence of the German Federal President
Schloss Bellevue in the Tiergarten © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Schloss Bellevue im Tiergarten

The President of Germany invites you to a public party in the gardens of Bellevue Palace. Numerous organisations and initiatives will be there, showing you the many different ways you can help with voluntary work. The highlight is the panel discussion between the President, the German astronaut Alexander Gerst and Antje Boetius, winner of the German Environmental Prize.

When: 31 August, 11 am – 7 pm

Where: Schloss Bellevue, Spreeweg 1, Tiergarten

More information about the Federal President's Citizens' Festival

Tip 6: Queerfilmfestival (Yorck cinemas)

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Bild: David Saium; EyeEm

The Queerfilmfestival is coming to town! 18 queer premieres will be screened at the delphi LUX and Kino International. From comedy and coming-of-age films to musicals, romantic dramas and documentaries – the wide selection of films represents queer cinema in all its diversity.

When: 26 August – 1 September

Where: delphi LUX & Kino International; Yorck cinemas

More information about the Queerfilmfestival

Tip 7: African Food Festival 2019

Streetfood Berlin
Streetfood © iStock.com, Foto: PamelaJoeMcFarlane

Feast your way through African cuisine at the African Food Festival at the Malzfabrik. Discover street art, performances, workshops, talks and fashion treasures. The background sounds of Afro House and Afrobeat provide a relaxed weekend feeling.

When: 31 August & 1 September

Where: Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2, Tempelhof

More information about the African Food Festival 2019

Tip 8: Open-air summer cinema at Kranzler Eck

Kranzler Eck in Berlin Charlottenburg
The Kranzler Eck at Kurfürstendamm © Michael Haddenhorst

Cinema with a difference. Against the backdrop of the sixty-metre-high glass wall of the Neues Kranzler Eck, you can watch classics and blockbusters in an atmosphere fit for films. The free summer open-air cinema treat goes on for a week. Make sure to get there early to secure a good spot!

When: 30 August – 8 September, every day from 7 pm

Where: Kranzler Eck, Kurfürstendamm 19, Charlottenburg

More information about the summer cinema at Kanzler Eck

Tip 9: Welcome Day for and with Christoph Eschenbach

Original Berlin Walks
© original berlin walks

This Sunday the Konzerthausorchester Berlin welcomes its new principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach with a musical welcome present. Public rehearsals and various ensembles will fill the Great Hall with music throughout the day.

Admission is free!

When: 1 September

Where: Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte

More information about the Welcome Day

Tip 10: Film about the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Renzo Piano Atrium Tower

Mauerspechte November 1989
© Foto: Justin Leighton / Alamy Stock Photo

At the Renzo Piano Atrium on Potsdamer Platz, films tell the story of the peaceful revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall from new perspectives. To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, you can relive Berlin’s upheavals and changes here in the specially built film box.

When: every day until 15 September, 12 pm to 8 pm

Where: Film box at the Renzo Piano Atrium Tower on Potsdamer Platz, Mitte

More information about the films on the fall of the Berlin Wall

Tip 11: Conference – Learning from the Bees

Café Botanico
© Martin Höfft, Cafe Botanico 2019

This weekend, it’s all about bees at the international conference entitled “Learning from the Bees”. Various talks and a two-day workshop will offer space for dialogue between bee-keepers, farmers and conservationists. The focus is on the future and alternative forms of beekeeping.

When: 29 August – 1 September

Where: Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 3, Kreuzberg

More information about Learning from the bees

For even more information about what’s on, you can always check our day-by-day tips on Berlin’s biggest event calendar.

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Ronja

lost her heart to Berlin on her very first trip. New to the city and fascinated by all the endless possibilities, she is particularly impressed by the mix of cultures, the variety of good, exotic food and the "everything is possible-feeling" of the metropolis. A glass of wine on the roof terraces of Berlin and enjoying the sunset - her personal definition of Berlin happiness.

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