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
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
Tip 2: Pyronale
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
Tip 3: ISTAF 2019
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
Tip 4: Opening of Bauhaus Week Berlin 2019
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
Tip 5: The Federal President’s Citizens’ Festival
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
Tip 6: Queerfilmfestival (Yorck cinemas)
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
Tip 7: African Food Festival 2019
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
Tip 8: Open-air summer cinema at Kranzler Eck
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
Tip 9: Welcome Day for and with Christoph Eschenbach
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
Tip 10: Film about the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Renzo Piano Atrium Tower
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
Tip 11: Conference – Learning from the Bees
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
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