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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

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 15th Myfest. Meanwhile, families with kids should head to Mariannenplatz to run an adventure course, do crafts, and play with face painting and make-up.
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.

May Day concerts

For the whole family

The Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt invites the public to take a look behind the stage on 1 May. This guided tour will explain what's behind all the curtains and doors.
A bit further afield in the idyllic Grünau district, the sixth Berlin Water Sports Festival takes place. Not only will there be lots of action to watch on the water, but also a lot of opportunities to give it a go yourself. (Exact date not fixed yet)

Re:publica

From 2 to 4 May, the largest European conference on the digital revolution will be held in Berlin. 7,000 people are expected to attend, including bloggers, business people, and network activists to discuss what it means to become a digital society.

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