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Outside view of Konzerthaus Berlin
Outside view of Konzerthaus Berlin © Sebastian Runge

May Day

Event highlights for Labour Day (1 May)

For Germans, May is the real start of summer, usually with 2-3 long weekends (1 May, Ascension Day, Whitmonday). And Berlin's offering many different events for the first week of May.
We have described some of the highlights here.

Street festivals

Couple at an Open Air Festival
Open Air Festival © Getty Images, Foto: svetikd

The streets of Kreuzberg turn into a stage for anyone who loves to dance. More than 20 DJs, various street artists, and comedians gather here for the 16th Myfest on eight stages.

Meanwhile, families with kids should head to Mariannenplatz to run an adventure course, do crafts, and play with face painting and make-up.
 

Children blow bubbles in the nature
Fun blowing bubbles © Getty Images, Foto: wundervisuals

The German Trade Union Confederation also holds its classic May Day rally, followed by a children's and family festival on Straße des 17. Juni with food, drinks, games, and a giant bouncy castle.

Neuköllner Maientage transforms Volkspark Hasenheide into a colourful festival with rides and food stands from 27 April to 21 May.
Tip: every Saturday at 10 pm, the sky above the park turns into the stage for a wonderful firework display.

Flea markets

Flea market in Berlin
Flea market in Berlin © Getty Images, Foto: MarioGuti

With about 700 stands on 25,000 m² there will be a huge flea market at Berlin's Ostbahnhof on 1 May.
Here you will find antiques, art, design interiors as well as vintage and second-hand goods.

Collectors and traders also gather on the day of work at the Oldthing Collectors fair in Berlin's Ostbahnhof.

Art

Remains of the Berlin Wall
Remains of the Berlin Wall © iStock.com; Foto: Yuriz

The Berlinische Galerie presents the photographs of the series "Stadtrand Berlin" for the first time on 1 May. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall photographs of the Wall from 1993/1994 can be seen.

To find out what else is happening on May Day in Berlin, check out our calendar of events.