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Weekend tips 24-26/5/19

Berlin kicks off a summer of festivals this weekend!

Fernglas auf der Warschauer Brücke
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Can you see it? Summer in Berlin will soon be upon us and we can hardly wait. The capital city is embarking on a summer of festivals and events this weekend, the football’s here and so is the motor racing and naturally, there are going to be some long nights. We’ve put together 11 tips for you for the last weekend in May.

Tip 1: DFB Cup Finals

DFB Pokal
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Berlin, Berlin, we’re going to Berlin!

It’s that time of year again: on Saturday the DFB Cup Finals kicks off at the Olympic Stadium in Charlottenburg, with RB Leipzig in the final for the first time, facing record winners Bayern Munich. We don’t know who’ll lift the 52 cm, 5.7 kg German Football Association Cup at the end, but one thing’s for sure: the whole city will be caught up in football fever this weekend!
The Bayern Munich fan festival will be taking place at Alexanderplatz, while the Leipzig fans will be getting in the mood for the big match at Breitscheidplatz.
Our tip: Anyone without a ticket for the match – which kicks off at 8 p.m. – can still turn up at the great German Cup Final party on the stadium forecourt and with a bit of luck win the last precious tickets for the match.

When: Saturday, German Cup Final party from 2 p.m. (also for non-ticket holders), kick-off at 8 p.m., live on ARD & Sky
Where: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

Further information about the German Cup Final

Speaking of football fever: the 1. FC Union Berlin will also be facing a lot in the next few days. The football club from Köpenick could be promoted to the 1st Bundesliga for the first time after a successful relegation against VfB Stuttgart. The first game will take place on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Stuttgart, for which there will be a public viewing in the An der Alten Försterei stadium. In the second game on Monday at 20:30, Union will play at home.

Tip 2: YOU Summer Festival

Mädchen haben Spaß
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Europe’s biggest festival for young people will kick off the summer this weekend. Whether it’s music, fashion, sports or lifestyle, for three days more than 45,000 young people will enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Messe Berlin trade fair grounds and can also plan their dream career. At the YOU Summer Festival you can get to know more than 50 different potential employers, universities and NGOs and experience all kinds of action.
Particular highlights include the meet and greets with your favourite influencers from Instagram and YouTube.

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Where: Berlin ExpoCenter City (Messe Berlin trade fair grounds), Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

Further information about the YOU Summer Festival

Tip 3: Lange Nacht der StadtNatur 2019

Volkspark Friedrichshain
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

500 events at over 130 locations in 26 hours – is that even possible? It certainly is!This weekend in Berlin everything revolves around the topic of nature and conservation. You can find out what kinds of animals live in your neighbourhood, visit a nature reserve, go on an unusual tour, find out interesting facts during hands-on activities and much more. The Langer Tag der StadtNatur (long day of city nature) brings you closer to the capital city’s flora and fauna in a unique way.

When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: more than 130 locations all over the city

Further information about Lange Nacht der StadtNatur

Tip 4: Sticks & Stones

Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest 2015
© visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/

With the motto “Work where you’re celebrated, not tolerated!”, Europe’s biggest LGBTI* job and career fair celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday. At the Funkhaus, you can listen to 50 presentations and panel discussions and find out about career opportunities from over 100 LGBTI* friendly exhibitors. In addition to career coaching, a CV check and an application photo shoot, you have the opportunity to network with like-minded people. By the way, all school pupils, students, graduates and employed people are welcome here – whether you’re lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, queer or hetero.

When: Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Funkhaus (Event Hall), Nalepastr. 18, Treptow-Köpenick

Further information about Stick & Stones

Tip 5: Berlin Yoga Conference

Yoga auf der Dachterrasse des Hotel de Rome
© Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

The first international Berlin Yoga Conference takes place this weekend at the Malzfabrik. In addition to yoga sessions, workshops, lectures and guided meditations, there’s a festival programme with live music and performance art as well as a vegan/vegetarian market with food and drinks, a yoga fashion show and a sandy beach where you can relax and take a swim.

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Where: Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2–14, Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Further information about Berlin Yoga Conference

Tip 6: 1st Boylesque Drag Festival Berlin

© Getty Images, Foto: HEX

The 1st Boylesque Drag Festival Berlin takes place on Saturday at Bar Jeder Vernunft and on Sunday at Tipi am Kanzleramt. Boylesque first conquered the capital in the 1920s and drag shows have a long and honourable history in Berlin. Inspired by the Vienna Boylesque Festival, the 1st Boylesque Drag Festival Berlin breaks down all gender barriers, so come along and celebrate diversity, inclusiveness and joie de vivre.

When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Bar Jeder Vernunft, Schaperstr. 24, Charlottenburg & Tipi am Kanzleramt, Große Querallee, Mitte

Further information about the 1st Boylesque Drag Festival Berlin


Greentech Festival - Key Visual

Another festival is also celebrating its debut this weekend, with the former Tempelhof Airport hosting the GREENTECH FESTIVAL, the first festival to celebrate green technology. Everything here is all about green mobility and sustainable consumption. The founders, including former Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg, aim to convince more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world of the benefits of green technologies. The programme is aimed at both specialists and the general public. So come along, be inspired by new technologies and celebrate the change.
Our tip: A special kind of Fridays for Future – on Friday admission is free all day long!

When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Where: Tempelhof Airport, Platz der Luftbrücke, Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Further information about GREENTECH FESTIVAL

Tip 8: Berlin ePrix

Fia Formula E Berlin ePrix
© LAT Photographic
Tel: +44(0)20 8267 3000

As part of the GREENTECH Festival and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the 5th Berlin ePrix takes place on Saturday at Tempelhofer Feld.
Where aircraft once took off and landed until 2008, 272-horsepower racing cars will be tearing across the tarmac at up to 230 km/h on Friday and Saturday.
The motor sports fans among you will only notice that one thing is missing – the noise of roaring engines, because all the cars have electric engines and are as quiet as a passenger car.

When: Friday (practice from 2 pm) & Saturday (qualifying from 8:45 a.m., race starts at 1 pm)
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Further information about the Berlin ePrix

Tip 9: Mercedes-Benz EQ Run

Sprint im Stadion
© Getty Images, Foto: Chin Leong Teoh / EyeEm

After the winner of the Formula ePrix has taken the podium, it’s over to you with one of the greenest of all modes of transport, your own two legs. Exactly 1,886 of you can then take part in the Mercedes-Benz EQ Run on the official route of the Formula ePrix. In this new charity race, you have 60 minutes to run as far as your legs will carry you, and for each completed 2.37-kilometre lap Mercedes-Benz will donate €1 to Laureus Sport for Good. So sign up by May 22, get your running shoes on and follow the Formula E racing cars!

When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Further information about the Mercedes-Benz EQ Run

Tip 10: Night of the Open Churches & Neighbours’ Day

Gedächtniskirche am Breitscheidplatz © Getty Images, Foto: Jon Arnold

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche bei Nacht

On Friday, the churches of the Ecumenical Council of Berlin-Brandenburg open their doors once again until late into the night and invite you all to get to know their churches in a unique way. There are concerts, church tower tours, open-air festivals and readings by candlelight. Around 100 Christian congregations of all denominations will be participating in 2019.
This year the Night of the Open Churches is cooperating with Neighbours’ Day, when many large and small neighbourhood festivals invite you to become part of the community.

When: Friday
Where: various locations

Further information about the Night of the Open Churches

Tip 11: CelebrateEurope

Close-up on the EU flag.
Europaflagge © GettyImages, Bild: Jacques LOIC

On Sunday, the Microsoft Atrium on Unter den Linden will be hosting the city’s biggest independent European election party. In addition to many inspiring talks and analyses, they’ll be eagerly awaiting the first projections and the outcome of the election, as well as celebrating Europe. Admission is free.

When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
Where: Microsoft Atrium, Charlottenstraße 46, Mitte

Further information about CelebrateEurope

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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