New Year's Eve was only yesterday... The first month of the year has flown by. On the last weekend, January in Berlin will again be showing itself from its best side. From universally popular trade fairs to small insider exhibitions: there is something for everyone. Our tip: Use the grey days to discover some new food spots.
Tip 1: Six Days of Berlin
This weekend, cycling fans will meet at the Velodrom. It's time for the Berlin version of the popular Six Day competitions again.
While the athletes compete for the trophy in the different disciplines, you can enjoy a wide selection of street food. There's plenty of entertainment on offer too – live bands accompany the event and turn the Velodrom into a party location. Our tip for families with children: Sunday is family day. With children's make-up and balloon modelling, there's plenty to stop the kids from getting bored.
When: 23 to 28 January
Where: Velodrom, Landsberger Allee, Lichtenberg
Tip 2: International Green Week Berlin
If you didn't manage to visit the Green Week the weekend before, this weekend will give you another chance. From regional products to exotic specialities, from Bavarian beer to Nepalese tea: in addition to the culinary highlights, the trade fair also presents trends in agriculture and nutrition. The globally unique Green Week is not only a must for gourmets. Animal lovers also get their money's worth here. Cattle and goats cavort in stables and there are various entertaining horse shows. The partner country this year is Croatia.
When: 17 to 26 January
Where: Messegelände Berlin, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg
Tip 3: BVG lost property auction
Berlin is varied and colourful. A trip on the trains and buses of the BVG shows us just how colourful it is every day. What is particularly fascinating is what Berliners and travellers forget every day on public transport. From gym bags to umbrellas to cameras. Everything that does not find its way back to its original owner is regularly auctioned off by BVG. Stop by and take a look! Maybe you will even find a little treasure at the next lost property auction.
When: 23 January
Where: Auktionshaus Beier, Saalburgstraße 3, Tempelhof
Tip 4: Japan Festival
For the 11th time Japan is presenting the beauty of Far Eastern culture in the Urania. In addition to over 120 exhibitors, regional artists will perform for 36 hours, including "Band-Japan Berlin". Enjoy Japanese delicacies, relax while folding Origami or play a round of Go, the traditional Japanese board game. The festival could provide inspiration for your next holiday.
When: 25 to 26 January
Where: Urania, An der Urania 17, Schöneberg
Tip 5: Texts from yesterday
Taking a trip down Memory Lane with old diary entries or reading your first love letter as if it had been written yesterday. The “Texts of Yesterday” event offers everyone the platform to read out texts from their youth. You can also bring a text and share it with other visitors. Entrance is free for contributors. You can listen to highlights of the evening in a podcast.
When: 26 January
Where: Monarch, Skalitzer Straße 134, Kreuzberg
Tip 6: Frühlingsstürme at the Komischen Oper Berlin
The last operetta of the Weimar Republic celebrates its comeback on 25 January. The operetta by the successful Jewish composer Jaromír Weinberger has been long forgotten. This year it has found its way back to the stage of the Komische Oper. Barrie Kosky's new production takes you back to the time of the Japanese-Russian War of 1904/1905. The love story of the Japanese spy and a Russian widow will take you on an emotional roller coaster. Perfect for those who want to experience more culture in the new year.
When: 25 January to 30 June
Where: Komische Oper, Behrenstraße 55, Mitte
Tip 7: Hippologica Berlin
Equestrian sports fans have probably known for a long time that whenever the Green Week opens its doors, it's not long to wait until the Hippologica. Berlin's largest equestrian event offers shows and riding tournaments. Horse enthusiasts are sure to find one or two bargains at the exhibitors' stalls. In addition to jumping competitions and rodeo shows, specialist lectures are also on offer at the trade fair. Whether you want to talk shop with like-minded people or just enjoy the shows, you're certain to be entertained!
When: 24 to 26 January
Where: Messe Berlin, Messedamm, Charlottenburg
Tip 8: Last chance - original Bauhaus anniversary exhibition
Last year, the Bauhaus celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Berlinische Galerie tells the story behind over 1,000 objects. This weekend is your last chance to immerse yourself in the history of Bauhaus. The exhibition is a must not only for art lovers. The ideas developed there have been imitated repeatedly and shaped the cityscape. Take your chance to say goodbye to this unique exhibition. You can find out more about the Bauhaus and Berlin Modernism at visitBerlin.de
When: until 27 January
Where: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124, Kreuzberg
Tip 9: Design Lab #5 – Times of Waste
While one exhibition is closing its doors, another is opening. At a time when sustainability is becoming increasingly important, the "Times of Waste" examines the subject of waste. It is unavoidable and yet it is a problem that is growing. But what exactly happens with our old smartphones, for example? With a critical eye, the exhibition covers the different facets of this topic – a topic that can't be shut away by simply closing the bin lid.
When: 25 January to 22 March
Where: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Matthäikirchplatz, Tiergarten
Tip 10: Festival of political Film
What is the significance of the Holocaust nowadays? How can we counter exclusion and outrage in our society? These and many other questions play the leading role at the Festival of Political Film in the cinema Kino in der Königsstadt this weekend. The films of contemporary filmmakers show the consequences of anti-Semitism then and now. At the subsequent panel discussions and events, you will have the opportunity to exchange views with other visitors of the festival.
When: 23 to 26 January
Where: Kino in der Königsstadt, Straßburger Str. 55, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 11: Peterchen's Journey to the Moon
The whole family can accompany little Mrs Peterchen, a passionate astronomer, on “Peterchen's Journey to the Moon”. To help the May bug, she travels to the moon and explains the secrets and phenomena of the universe. The popular fairy tale by Gerdt von Bassewitz has already been filmed several times. But the story gets a very personal touch when performed live. Treat yourself to an enchanting performance in the rustic atmosphere of the small theatre in Prenzlauer Berg and experience a great family afternoon.
When: 21 to 26 January
Where: Schaubude, Greifswalder Straße 84, Prenzlauer Berg
More recent tips for this weekend you will find in our event calender.