Our Ultimate List of 2019 Berlin Festivals and Events:
Berlin plays hosts to all kinds of gatherings, from technology, art, music, fashion, film and plenty of others. Here we list the festivals that we know and are looking forward to in Berlin. We included any multi-day gathering in this “festival category” so things like ITB ( Internationale Tourismus-Börse). Basically, a massive travel convention will be found on this list as well.
If you’re looking for a certain type of festival you can click the categories below. This will take you straight to our page designated for those events!
25+ Best Picks For Berlin Festivals and Events
(in order by date)
Berlin Independent Film Festival
7 – 11 February 2019
The Berlin Independent Film Festival is a major European Film festival for low budget film producers. Therefore, festival offers numerous screenings from producers all over the world in multiple languages. It has also developed into a crucial hub for low budget movie and film making. If you do a bit of research you can find some hidden gems. Watch screenings in some amazing venues, no matter what genre film you are into.
Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival
7 – 17 February 2019
This massive film festival is Berlin’s biggest. It is also one of the biggest in Europe. It takes places annualy in Berlin. At the same time as other famous festivals like Cains and Venice. The town is completely taken over by the film industry during the event. Numerous showings and premieres light up the city. This is easily the best time of year to see stars walking around and partying in Berlin. Some of the after parties to Berlinale are legendary. To find out more about this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Head over to their web site for tickets, venue info, films, awards and everything else you need to know!
Feb 26 – March 3, 2019
Welcome to Eat! Berlin. Food lovers unite for a full week of food in the German capital. Venues all over Berlin open their doors for different themed food parties, get-togethers, tastings, and pretty much every thing else…… This is Berlin food! Head over to the link below to see the full program for Eat! Berlin. Some of my favorite headliners are cheese days at Markethalle neun, and the Berlin Wine Fair that is held as part of Eat! Berlin! Here is the link to the full program for 2019.
ITB Berlin – International Travel Trade Show Berlin
6 – 10 March 2019
ITB Berlin is the bohemith of travel trade shows in Europe. ITB which stands for Internationale Tourismus-Börse in German, has been around sense 1966. It is known as the worlds largest Tourism Trade Fair. Every year the take over Berlin Messe Berlin, an expanding complex of buildings with numerous floors in each. Over 180 countries are represented every year at ITB Berlin, and it continues to grow. The first couple days of this tourism festival are only open to business that have registered and bought tickets. On the weekend the show opens up to the public.
Games week Berlin
8 – 14 April 2019
Berlin Games Week is advertised as “seven days packed with gaming business development.” There are ten plus events and over 15000 people already attending. This is one of Europe’s most Premiere gaming industry events. It also includes open gaming for visitors.
Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award
10 – 17 April 2019
Achtung Berlin is in its 15th addition on the Berlin Film Festivals scene. It offers an awards ceremony and numerous venues to view film debuts, including the famous Babylon Berlin. This is your chance to see documentaries and short films before their release.
Festival Days Berlin (Festtage)
12 – 22 April 2019
Festtage is a premier event in Berlin for classical music.
At Festtage Berlin international opera stars and the state orchestra come together and turn the Staatsoper into a special venue with just the right atmosphere for classical music.
6 – 8 May 2019
Re:publica is the worlds largest conference on digital culture. Hundreds of speakers and workshops take place from over fifty countries. The festival or conference covers many different aspects of digital culture.
Formula E Race – Berlin ePrix 2019
25 May 2019
Berlin hosts the all-electric Formula E Championship. Taking place at Tempelhoff field, Berlins massive abandon airport. The Formula E Championship is twelve races, ten teams, twenty five drivers and one championship.
Carnival of Cultures
7 – 10 June 2019
For four days around Pentecost (religious holiday) Berlin celebrates its cultural diversity. There is a massive ground set up with shops, events, music, dances and much more from performers and countries all around the world. The festival culminates with one of Berlin’s biggest and flashest parades.
Fête de la Musique
21 June 2019
Fête de la Musique also known as music day or make music day is celebrated in Berlin on almost every corner and every bar. Street music is everywhere and many pubs and venues have live music through out the day. What a time to be in Berlin!
Citadel Music Festival
June, July, August 2019
The Citadel Music Festival is more of a summer long concert series. Some of the biggest musicians that play in Berlin play as part of this music festival. This is your chance to see some major acts in a city that normal caters to underground music. Taking place in the amazing surroundings of the Citadel in Spandau. This is one of Berlin’s most picturesque live music venues.
Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt
4 – 8 July 2019
For classic music lovers like myself the Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt is one of a kind. Located at one of Berlin’s most historic and beautiful areas the ancient back drop is perfect for some of the worlds best classical music. Even for the new classical music fan this is a cant miss.
Botanical Night at Botanical Garden
19 & 20 July 2019
The Botanical gardens in Berlin hosts a one night a year event the qualifies as one of the most romantic nights in the city. During this magical night a 16 kilometer long path lead through the flower beds and several themed gardens are illuminated guiding to many attractions.
German-American Folk Festival
19 July – 11 August 2019
This Deutschland / USA festival celebrates the friendship between the two countries. This is a great place for kids and is basically an American carnival mixed with a German carnival….crazy right? Over 100,000 people attend this almost month long event.
Christopher Street Day
27 July 2019
Christopher Street Day (CSD) is in its 41st year in Berlin. The one day parade is one of if not the largest LGBTQ events in Europe. Although the main event is one day the week leading up to the parade has sprung numerous side events, party’s, and lots of other awesome crazy stuff like only Berlin can. This is the best time to see the real Berlin.
International Berlin Beer Festival
2 – 4 August 2019
The Berlin international Beer Festival is one of our favorite events. In all we (I) have been to five, maybe six. The festival consist of every kind of beer all over the world. Basically outside from Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor, about 350 breweries from almost 90 countries serve approximately 2,400 different beer specialties.
Potsdam Palace Night
16 and 17 August 2019
This is the best day of the year to visit the magic city of Potsdam. Firstly, castles and palaces open up and put on a show to celebrate the glory and splendor of yesteryear. Step back into the time of Fredrick the Great. Finally, the place is covered with dressed up actors and performers. Our conclusion, this is one romantically magic evening! Highly recommended for couples.
Long Night of Museums
31 August 2019
The Long Night of Museums in Berlin is a must see event. For one night a year museums open their doors for special performances and artists until early in the morning. Also, Berlin has hundreds of museums. This is one night where history really does come to life if Museums across the city.
Lollapalooza Berlin 2019
September, 7 2019
Lollapalooza has quickly become one of the most well known music festivals in Berlin. Although, it is in a city that mostly holds alternative and underground music festivals. This is your chance to catch some of the biggest acts in the world during a two day massive music event. The venue changed to Olympic park in Spandau.
29 September 2019
The Berlin Marathon is a staple in the professional long distance running circuit. Therefore, it has attracted massive sponsors, 2019 is sponsored by BMW, entry is available to the public via a draw. Whilst the pro’s have a different starting time. Running along side many of Berlin’s most notable monuments, The winner is guaranteed a spot in the next Olympics.
Berlin Leuchtet is a city wide version of the Berlin Festival of Lights below. There are over 500 different buildings are lit up! Literally every where has something to offer and each year is different. Our favorite is always the oberbaumbrucke.
Festival of Lights
11 – 20 October 2019
The Berlin Festival of lights is one of our favorite festivals in Berlin. In other words, for more than a week many of Berlin’s historical landmarks and buildings are light up with a magical display of moving lights. Some tell a story and others just look awesome project onto the building. This is the best time to walk around Berlin at night. Take one of our best tours of year and see all the magic. Click here for our tours and events.