The vibrant city of Berlin is host to a great range of annual events and festivals.
Whether you are there to sightsee or on a trip for business, make time to visit a unique festival in Berlin.
Lange Nachte der Museen
One of Berlin’s most famous cultural events takes place across the city later this summer.
The Lange Nachte der Museen (Long Museum Night) is an annual event, now in its 34th year.
On the 17th of May 2014, around 100 museums will open their doors to the public for this special after-hours event. From 6pm to 2am they will give special access to exhibitions and collections, along with tours and unique events for the night.
The theme for the 2014 Lange Nachte der Museen is ‘Young and Old’. Visitors to the museums may hear musical hits from history, stories of family life in Berlin, or be greeted by young and old couples from mythology.
The 34rd Lange Nachte der Museen will be opened by Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit on the steps of the Altes Museum. Our sophisticated Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin is within easy walking distance to Altes Museum, DDR Museums and hotspots of this festival in Berlin.
A shuttle bus will be on hand to help people get around the city and make it to as many museums as possible. Many exhibitions and events on the night will be in English, so it’s a great event for visitors to Berlin from the UK or North America.
International Berlin Beer Festival
Around 2,000 different beers from around the world can be sampled at the annual Berlin Beer Festival.
The popular Berlin Beer Festival takes place in the first weekend of August each year, with the 18th International Berlin Beer Festival running from 01 to 03 August 2014.
The so called Berlin Beer Mile of the festival is otherwise known as Karl-Marx-Allee in the centre of Berlin. It is here that hundreds of international brewers will present their beer specialities to the keen visitors.
A different beer making country or region is invited to be the star of this festival in Berlin: in 2013 Poland was the guest country with a range of tasty beers.
IFA – Electronic Fair
A huge range of innovative products will be on display at the annual IFA – Electronic Fair in Berlin.
From 05 to 10 September 2014 visitors to the IFA will be able to browse displays from hundreds of exhibitors at this leading trade show. Around 240,000 visitors attended IFA 2013, and placed orders totalling almost four billion euros.
Visitors to the 2014 IFA – Electronic Fairtrade show can expect to see leading names in telecommunications, home cinema, photo, games, televisions, household appliances and more.
Festival of Lights
From 10 to 19 October 2014, millions of visitors will flock to Berlin to see the city lit by amazing illuminations.
The city is transformed as artistic lights are placed around landmark architecture and venues for the Festival of Lights (Berlin Leuchtet). The festival aims to tell stories and draw attention to unique, hidden and essential spots in Berlin. There are associated events throughout the festival, like the ‘LightSeeing’ program, ‘Jazz in den Ministergärten’ and other performances.
The Festival of Lights is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and celebrates its 10th year in 2014.
Towards the end of autumn, the city of Berlin turns in to a hub for fans of jazz from around the world.
For 40 years the Jazzfest Berlin (Berlin Jazz Festival) has been held in a variety of locations around the city. It showcases the diverse talents of international jazz musicians and ensembles.
The popular Jazzfest Berlin takes place from 30 October to 02 November 2014. The full programme will be published in September 2014.
Carnival of Cultures
The diversity of Berlin is celebrated early every summer in the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures).
This 4 day urban festival shows the many faces of Berlin with its free and open programme of events. The next Carnival of Cultures takes place from 06 to 09 June 2014.
Throughout the Carnival of Cultures visitors can celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity with a range of events around Blücherplatz. There are hundreds of market stalls with tasty food, traditional craft, art and gifts, local and international bands performing, and street performers showing their skill.
A highlight of this colourful festival in Berlin is a huge street parade that takes place on Pentecost Sunday, 05 June 2014, in the Kreuzberg district. The parade will feature performances by music and dance groups, from children to adults, amateur to professional.
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