The vibrant city of Berlin is host to a great range of annual events and festivals. Whether you are there to sight-see or on a trip for business, make time to visit a unique festival in Berlin.
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 18th to 21st of May, 2018. 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, 20th of May 2018, in the Kreuzberg district. The parade will feature performances by music and dance groups, from children to adults, amateur to professional.
International Berlin Beer Festival
Around 2,400 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 22nd International Berlin Beer Festival running from 3rd to 5th of August 2018. The so called Berlin Beer Mile of the festival is otherwise known as Karl-Marx-Allee in the centre of Berlin. Berlin Beer Festival gathers around 350 international breweries from around 90 countries and will present their beer specialities to the keen visitors.
Lange Nachte der Museen
One of Berlin’s most famous cultural events takes place across the city later this summer. The Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Museum Night) is an annual event, now in its 38th year. On the 25th of August 2018, around 80 museums will open their doors to the public for this special after-hours event. Way after midnight museums will give special access to exhibitions and collections, along with tours and unique events for the night. The theme for the 2018 Lange Nachte der Museen is ‘Made in Berlin’. The main focus will be inventions, brands and legends associated with the city.
The 38rd Lange Nacht 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.
IFA - Electronic Fair
A huge range of innovative products will be on display at the annual IFA - Electronic Fair in Berlin. From August 31st to September 5th 2018 visitors to the IFA will be able to browse displays from hundreds of exhibitors at this leading trade show. This event gathers more than 1'800 exhibitors and sells all the latest digital good. Visitors to the 2018 IFA - Electronic Fair trade show can expect to see leading names in digital communications, home cinema, photo, games, televisions, household appliances and other technology innovations.
Festival of Lights
From 5th to 14th October 2018, 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. The Festival of Lights is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and celebrates its 14th year in 2018.
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Towards the end of autumn, the city of Berlin turns in to a hub for fans of jazz from around the world. For 44 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 1st to 4th November 2018. The full programme will be published in September.