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Weekendtips 1 - 3 / 11 / 19

The first weekend of November kicks off with great style and cool jazz

Berlin skyline with chestnuts and sunlight in autumn
Berlin skyline with chestnuts and sunlight in autumn Getty Images, Foto: Matthias Makarinus

This weekend, according to Mexican tradition, the dead are honoured with colourful festivities. It goes without saying that an international city like Berlin has a lot to offer in this respect. Horror enthusiasts can shudder one last time at the horror nights in Filmpark Babelsberg. What’s more, the jazz festival starts with "Make some noise", Berlin Science Week presents the most exciting science topics to the public and gamers get their money’s worth at the EGX Berlin. Here are our 11 tips for the weekend.

Tip 1: Jazz festival: "Make some noise"

Saxophone player on stage
Saxophone player on stage Getty Images, Foto: Massimo Solimene / EyeEm

US composer and visionary Anthony Braxton opens this year's Berlin Jazz Festival with his large-scale project "Sonic Genome". On the occasion of the third global performance, the Gropius Bau transforms into a musical world of experience for six hours on Thursday evening, 31 October. Braxton was one of the key figures of Chicago’s Afro-American avant-garde scene of the 1960s. The tradition that has arisen here of not only making music but also shaping the performance itself in creative autonomy is continued with the festival's motto "Make some noise". Late Night Labs is just as much an experiment as Kiez concerts in hairdressing salons or wine shops.

When: 31 October – 3 November
Where: Locations right across Berlin
Admission: free up to 36 Euro

Tip 2: Long Night of the Hotel Bars

Getty Images, Foto: gradyreese

Bartenders always know the best stories: During the Long Night of the Hotel Bars in Berlin you will dive into the city’s world of night owls. In the stylish ambience of Waldorf Astoria, Ellington and nine other traditional Berlin houses you can experience the exclusive world of hotel bars. Enjoy exquisite drinks, entertainment and stories from the best bar managers in Berlin. A shuttle service will be running through the city every half hour.

When: 2 November, from 8 pm
Where: a total of 11 hotels
Admission: 19 Euro (tickets limited to 1,000)

Tip 3: Korea Independent Film Festival

Kino Babylon
Cinema Babylon Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Max Threlfall

Berlin is celebrating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but Korea is still divided. The Korean film festival at Babylon gives an insight into the life and way of thinking of this divided country. Six selected independent films and two documentaries will be shown, including "House of Hummingbird", which was also shown at this year's Berlinale.

When: 31 October – 5 November
Where: Babylon Berlin, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, Mitte
Admission: 8 Euro

Tipp 4: Berlin Science Week

digital handshake of a businessman
digital handshake of a businessman Getty Images, Foto: FUN FUN PHOTO

Berlin Science Week gets underway on the first weekend of November. Renowned scientists from all over the world present their work and give insights into current scientific discourses in over 130 workshops, lectures, slams and creative formats. Topics include the future of digital identity, the relationship between humans and machines, and climate change.

When: 1 – 10 November, from 8 pm
Where: different venues all over Berlin
Admission: Registration and tickets via the website of the individual organiser

Tipp 5: EGX Berlin

EGX Berlin: People with headphones on desktop computers
EGX Berlin: People with headphones on desktop computers Foto: EGX

Gamers and gaming enthusiasts listen up: The latest gaming trends will be presented at EGX Berlin. Whether retro board game or the latest trends for PC or game console, you can of course have a go at all the games yourself. Other specials include coaching for esports players, the EGX Theatre with live gameplay presentations of Cyberpunk 2077, for example, and of course numerous cosplayers will be here to bring the characters to life.

When: 1 – 3 November
Where: Station Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, Kreuzberg
Admission: 10 - 40 Euro

Tip 6: 3 Tage Kunst (3 Days of Art)

Cups and Brushes
Cups and Brushes GettyImages, Bild: grandriver

The fair "3 Tage Kunst" promotes local artists who work in the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Selected by an independent jury of experts, works of contemporary art from the fields of painting, graphics, photography, sculpture and objects are exhibited. The Format < 100 is new, giving collectors and art lovers the chance to buy original works for less than 100 Euro.

When: 1 – 3 November
Where: Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Hohenzollerndamm 176, Wilmersdorf
Admission: free

Tip 7: Horror nights at Filmpark Babelsberg

Pumpkin Monster on Halloween
Pumpkin Monster on Halloween Getty Images, Foto: Felix Lichtenfeld/EyeEm

Last chance for horror fans: This weekend will be the last time to get creeped out by zombies, monsters and murderers this Halloween season at Filmpark Babelsberg. By the way, the horror reaches far beyond the mystical film set cemetery. Those who survive the horror can shake their bones at the Monster Party on 2 November.  

When: 1 – 2 November
Where: Filmpark Babelsberg, visitor entrance: Großbeerenstraße 200, Potsdam
Admission: from 29 Euro

Tip 8: Mexican day of the dead at Kühlhaus

In Mexico, the dead are traditionally honoured with a joyful celebration. Vibrant colours and exquisite delicacies are to lure the spirits of the dead back to the realm of the living for this day. Pictures of the deceased adorn the altar, the ofrenda. You are also allowed to bring pictures. The Calaca Cultural Center, which has been organising the Day of the Dead for 15 years, is honouring the researcher Alexander von Humboldt with its own altar on the occasion of his 250th birthday. Perhaps he'll even stop by.

When: 1 and 2 November from 8 pm, 3 November from 6 pm
Where: Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Straße 3, Kreuzberg
Admission: 12 - 15 Euro

Tip 9: Fiesta del Dia de los Muertos in the TAK Theater

Glowing Halloween Pumpkins in the Dark
Glowing Halloween Pumpkins in the Dark GettyImages, Bild: AlexRaths

The TAK Theater also celebrates the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. Guests from this world and the next are spoiled with Mexican delicacies. The family-friendly play "Interview mit dem Tod" (Interview with death) teaches the audience about the festively arranged encounter between the living and the dead. Parallel to the programme you can also place memorabilia of the deceased on the decorated altar. Younger guests can also get creative at various craft workshops.

When: 2 and 3 November 8 pm – midnight, 4 November 3 pm – 6 pm
Where: Tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg, Prinzenstr. 85 F, Kreuzberg
Admission: 5 - 15 Euro

Tip 10: 20 years of stilwerk Berlin

Babylon Berlin:Im MOKA EFTI
Im MOKA EFTI Frédéric Batier / X Filme 2017

Get out your fringe flapper dresses. stilwerk Berlin is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the swing of the 1920s. The Goodnight Circus will be performing live on the dance floor for Onestep, Charleston and Shimmy. Dr. Hirschfeld will choose which records to play. If you haven't run out of breath yet after the dance interludes, breathtaking acrobatics and burlesque interludes await you. Roulette and Blackjack can also be played – for a good cause, of course.

When: 2 November 8 pm – 3 November 1:30 am
Where: stilwerk, Kantstr. 17, Charlottenburg
Admission: 107 Euro

Tip 11: Pollesch in the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Friedrichstadt-Palast, Foto: Bernd Brundert

With the "belief in the possibility of the complete renewal of the world" René Pollesch shows that contemporary spoken theatre can also exist between the Grand Shows in the palace. After its premiere in October, the play catapulted overnight to number one on the theatre charts. Pollesch, who is the designated director of the Volksbühne 2021, has managed in this collaboration withwith Fabian Hinrichsto to bring together the best of both stage worlds: "Sprechheater mit Tänzer*innen und Revueelementen" (Spoken theatre with dancers and revue elements). Volksbühne meets Friedrichstadt Palace.

When: Premiere on 9 October
Where: Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße, Mitte
Admission: 12 – 45 Euro

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