Special Events in Berlin

Whether your passion is music, dance, fine art, or just plain good eating, chances are that Berlin has a festival for you!

Beginning with a four-day "Culture Carnival" in May or June, Berlin throws a party, which revolves around a "multi-kulti" parade with floats, lots of musicians, and bunches of spectators. The route changes up each year.

Dance lovers will revel in the "Tanz im August," which showcases global dance trends each year, and runs for two to three weeks in August. Tanz im August has an international reputation, and is Germany's best-known modern dance festival.

The museums of Berlin treat the city twice a year--one evening in January, and one evening in August--to late hours, complete with concerts, readings, performances, lectures, and other special events. Not only are some 100 of Berlin's collections, museums, exhibition halls and archives involved, but a ticket to these events allow free travel on public transport and special shuttle buses.

Popkomm: it's Europe's biggest domestic music industry trade fair; it takes place for three days in September; and, as can be imagined, showcases lots of music and live events.

Attention, contemporary art fans! The Art Forum Berlin runs for five days in late October or early November, bringing together artists and gallery owners for an art trade fair. You can see work from many of Europe's top galleries. The Art Forum Berlin dates coincide with Preview Berlin and Berliner Liste, which highlight work from newer artists and galleries.

What would Christmas be without a Weihnachtsmarkt? Berlin is host to many traditional Christmas markets, which offer mulled wine, toys, and gingerbread. The Weihnachtsmarkt at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche, Breitscheidplatz, is one of the largest in Berlin.

Cinema buffs will enjoy the Berlin International Film Festival, which is held in various venues--primarily the cinemas in Potsdamer Platz--during one or two weeks in February. Almost sixty years old, the Berlinale screens more than 300 films from five continents. Since this is one of the world's key cinema festivals, don't be surprised to see film celebrities in attendance.

The International Grune Woche (IGW) Berlin, which bills itself as the world's largest fair for food, agriculture, and horticulture, runs for ten days in January. This one-of-a-kind event has been staged for more than seventy-five years, and gathers together the best foods in fresh produce, meats, fish, teas, herbs, spices, and dairy products. Organic products are a highlight of the IGW. Attendees can also view agricultural, landscaping, and forestry exhibits.