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Carnival of Cultures
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Whitsun in Berlin

Celebrate with the Carnival of Cultures

May is the unofficial start of summer and there's a lot to do in the German capital. It is the season for street parties, flea markets, and open-air events to mark the first warm rays of sunshine. Many events will be taking place outside over the long Whitsun/Pentecost weekend from 7 to 10 June. We have put together the best tips for you.

Street fairs and festivals

Carnival of Cultures in Kreuzberg, Berlin
Carnival of Cultures © Daniela Incoronato

Pentecost (Whitsun) in Berlin means four days full of music, dance, art, and culture! From Friday to Monday of that weekend, Kreuzberg's Blücherplatz is transformed into the Carnival of Cultures, a colourful street party with live music, culinary delights and crafts from around the world. The highlight is the big carnival parade on Pentecost Sunday (9 June). Some four thousand people including folklore groups and samba dancers will take the fun to the streets of Berlin in celebration of the city's diversity.

Concerts

Jazz band on stage
Jazz and © Getty Images, Foto: Westend 61
Jazz band on stage

The Jazz im Park festival in Pankow's Bürgerpark is a family-friendly jazz experience for Pentecost. In addition to the music on offer, exhibitions, carousels, and bouncy castles guarantee a fun time for visitors of all ages.

Special folk festival with lake views: from 8 to 10 Juni, the Spandau Whitsun Concerts offer traditional music plus a colorful array of events for the whole family.

Worship

Engelbecken at Luisenstädtischen Kanal in district Kreuzberg
Engelbecken at Luisenstädtischen Kanal © (c) visumate
The Sankt-Michael-Kirche is the eponym for the Michaelkirchplatz at the Engelbecken, which is part of the former Luisenstädtischer Kanal. After the canal, which was filled in in 1926 and along the round arch of which the Berlin Wall ran until the fall of the Berlin Wall, was converted back into a green area and promenade, there was a clear view of St Michael's Church from the south. However, it was not until the fall of the Wall that the viewing axis reopened, so that the church today fulfils its original urban planning idea and forms the focal point of the Luisenstädtischer Kanal. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Information about worship opportunities can be found on the websites of the Archdiocese of Berlin and the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg. Pentecost Sunday is also the traditional day for church open houses. About 100 churches all over Berlin will offer readings, concerts, tower climbs, and organ tours.

Sporting highlights

A young family jogging
Jogging with the whole family © Getty Images, Foto: Halfpoint
Young family walks through the forest on a beautiful autumn day

Run of Spirit will enter its eleventh round on 10th June. In the Spandauer Forst, the runners will compete together at the sports festival of the Protestant Johannesstift. The vision of the race: People with and without disabilities shall experience and share the joy of sport together. At distances of 550 metres or 10 kilometres, it is possible to run as a team or as a family.