As always, there’s plenty going on in Berlin this late summer weekend. There’ll be lots of music-making, a look into the past and the future, technical innovations to admire and many films to watch. And by the way, there’s also Sunday shopping this weekend. You can find out what's going on in Berlin with our weekend tips!
Tip 1: IFA
The IFA (formerly the Internationale Funkausstellung) – the world’s biggest trade fair for consumer electronics and household appliances – is once again taking place at the exhibition centre at the Funkturm in Charlottenburg. The technology fair, which was first held in 1924, is one of the oldest trade shows in Germany. On more than 140,000 square metres of exhibition space, you can discover electronic innovations and technical novelties to make your daily life more enjoyable and convenient. In addition to the stands of the 1400 exhibitors there will also be an exciting programme of live music, show cooking, workshops and special guided tours for children, young people, senior citizens and deaf visitors.
How to get there: The best way to get to the exhibition grounds is by public transport to the S-Bahn stations Messe Nord/ICC (Ringbahn S41, S42) or Messe Süd (S3, S5, S7, S9). Only very limited parking is available. You’ll find alternative parking (including shuttle buses to the exhibition grounds) at the Olympic Stadium.
When: from Friday to 11 September, every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Where: Berlin ExpoCenter City, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg
Tip 2: Lollapalooza
This weekend it’s Lollapalooza time again, with music, stars, lifestyle tips, fun and adventure all around the Olympic Stadium. This will be the second time after 2018 that the Olympic Park has hosted the music festival, which is one of the biggest in Europe and has also been held in some of the world's great cities like Paris and Chicago. Stars including the Twenty One Pilots, Kings of Leon, Rita Ora and Marteria & Casper will be rocking the stage. So get your tickets online now – there aren’t many left!
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Berlin Olympic Stadium & Olympiapark, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg
Tip 3: Nightwalk Berlin Mural Fest
Spotlight on the new murals at the Berlin Mural Festival 2019!
This weekend you can admire the beautiful wall paintings of the BMF 2019 in the evenings – lit up with spotlights, illuminated with projections and in some instances even with new mappings. The meeting point for the start of the 75-minute tour is on Saturday and Sunday at 8.15 pm at Ludwigsfelder Straße 14 in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. You can also explore the murals on your own with the Mural Festival app.
When: Nightwalk on Saturday and Sunday, 8.15 pm
Where: various locations in Berlin, Nightwalk starts at Ludwigsfelder Straße 14, 12629 Berlin (Marzahn)
Tip 4: Open Heritage Day
Sunday is Open Heritage Day, which is taking place all over Germany, but because Berlin has so many fascinating heritage sites, it has been extended to Saturday. You can visit more than 330 different sites in all twelve boroughs. Archaeologists, restorers and heritage conservationists will show you around and tell you interesting stories about the buildings and monuments, some of which are not normally open to the public.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: various locations in Berlin
Tip 5: Opening of the Futurium
This weekend a new museum called the Futurium will open directly beside the river Spree between Berlin Central Station and the government district. The interactive, interdisciplinary museum takes a bold look into three dimensions of the future: mankind, nature and technology. In the Futurium Lab you can discover different visions of tomorrow’s world.
On Thursday afternoon, Chancellor Angela Merkel will ceremoniously open the building with invited guests including ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. On Thursday evening from 7 pm and all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday you have the opportunity to get to know the Futurium for the first time. There will also be a varied programme of events in and around the building for the opening. Admission is free!
Our tip: Go up to the roof and enjoy the view, and don't forget to take your own vision of the future home with you.
When: Thursday from 7 pm – Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, Mitte
Tip 6: Rein ins Vergnügen – 100 years of the Bauhaus at Onkel Toms Hütte
On Saturday, the shopping arcade at Onkel Toms Hütte U-Bahn station celebrates 100 years of the Bauhaus with a glittering party, transforming itself into the historic restaurant that gave the station its name.
To mark the week of Bauhaus celebrations, everyone is invited to a big party in the style of the twenties and thirties. The tango and swing musicians known from the series “Babylon Berlin” will be performing, culinary treats will be provided in the proper style and there will be plenty to discover. Take a trip back to old times in Berlin and celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus with us. Happy birthday! Feel free to turn up in a flapper dress or knickerbockers.
When you’re there, you can also visit the Tiny Town House (TITO) by architect Van Bo Le Mentzel, meet our colleagues from visitBerlin and learn more about the Bauhaus and Berlin Modernism. The TITO House is Germany’s first mobile prefabricated terraced house, is inspired by the Bauhaus and is a pointer to the future.
When: Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Onkel Toms Hütte U-Bahn station and shopping arcade, Zehlendorf
Tip 7: Film festivals
Watch out film fans, because this weekend two very special film festivals are taking place in Berlin:
Starting on Wednesday, the Fantasy Filmfest is coming to the Cinestar in the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz on its nationwide tour. At this 12-day film festival you can watch cool thrillers, quirky comedies, and fantasy and horror films that you won’t see anywhere else in German cinemas. The Fantasy Filmfest isn’t about mainstream superhero movies, but rather imagination, innovation and weirdness.
Tickets are available for €11.
When: From Wednesday to 15 September
Where: Cinestar Sony Center, Potsdamer Straße 4, Mitte
Jewish Film Festival Berlin Brandenburg
The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and we warmly congratulate it. From Sunday onwards, films about the diversity, complexity and vitality of Jewish life around the world, as well as stories and insights from Israel, will be shown in various cinemas and venues in Berlin and Brandenburg. You’ll be able to watch everything from documentaries to sophisticated art house movies to new experimental films.
When: From Sunday to 17 September
Where: Various cinemas and venues in Berlin and Brandenburg
Tip 8: Japan Food Festival
This weekend for the first time, Berlin will host the Japan Food Festival, a unique event in Europe. At the URANIA you’ll be able to indulge yourself in the culinary variety of the land of the rising sun. Classics like sushi, sake, matcha and teriyaki are on the menu of course, but you can also try exotic dishes with unusual spices. You can watch the show cooking for inspiration at home, try your hand at sushi workshops and marvel at the demonstrations of the “ninja chefs”.
いただきます (itadakimasu – that’s Japanese for “bon appetit”)!
When: Saturday 12 noon – 10 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Urania, An der Urania 17, Schöneberg
Tip 9: „Fire Labyrinth“ in Britzer Garten
This Saturday the Friends of Britzer Garten invite you to the “Fire Labyrinth”, a maze of tea lights laid out on the large lawn. There will be live music and a cultural programme in the evening, as well as food and drink. You can either bring your own tea lights for the maze or buy them when you get there. The event ends at 9 pm with a grand firework display.
The “Fire Labyrinth" in Britzer Garten is a great experience, especially for children!
When: Saturday 6.30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Britzer Garten, Sagerhauser Weg 1, Neukölln
Tip 10: Torstraßenfestival 2019 Der Knoten
On Saturday, the Volksbühne theatre will host the Torstraßenfestival 2019, where you can go on a musical voyage of discovery. 28 musical acts and DJs will be performing on six different stages. All the artists come from Berlin, and they bring together various music scenes, cultural backgrounds and personalities from the capital. From noon to 6 pm, before the gigs start, you can explore the Independent Label Market.
When: Saturday, 12 noon to 5 am
Where: Volksbühne Berlin, Linienstraße 227, Mitte
Tip 11: „Piraten“ (= Pirates)
On Sunday, the German Symphony Orchestra and rbbKultur will be holding a very special event for children. At the “Piraten” concert, six- to twelve-year-olds can join in with a classical orchestral music experience tailored to their age group. The melodies from Disney's “Pirates of the Caribbean” or Richard Wagner’s overture to the opera “The Flying Dutchman” will certainly be familiar to some. In addition to the classical melodies, they’ll hear exciting tales from the world of pirates and buccaneers. All aboard, you landlubbers!
When: Sunday, 12 noon
Where: Haus des Rundfunks, Masurenallee 8-14, Charlottenburg