The best cultural events and festivals in Berlin

Art, film, dance, music—Berlin has it all, and our little festival guide gives you the inside scoop to a few of Berlin’s best events.
Have a ball in Berlin with our insider guide to our favourite festivals and events in the German capital. Music lovers, dance divas, art aficionades, beer connoisseurs—Berlin’s events offer something for everyone.

Berlinale International Film Festival

Add some glitz and glamour to your midwinter holiday in Berlin with the Berlinale International Film Festival. Hosting hundreds of films from all corners of the globe, this film festival has taken off since its opening nearly 60 years ago.

The perfect way to shiver off the mid-February chills and rub shoulders with some of the cinema scenes biggest stars, take a trip over to the Potsdamer Platz cinemas to catch this year’s biggest and brightest.

Lange Nacht der Museen

Translated as ‘The Long Night of Museums’ to many, this event might sound a bit dull. But two nights a year (late January and late August), Berlin’s incomparable museums brim with the most exciting exhibits, special events, concerts, and performances.

From dusk till dawn, soak up the frenetic energy that fills the city, head out on the town, and kiss any chance of boredom goodbye.

Museumsinsel Festival

There’s nothing like Berlin in the summer, especially when all summer long, Berlin’s famous Museum Island plays host to a stunning array of performances, concerts, events, showcases, and exhibitions.

One night, catch a world-renowned classical concert; the next, a showcase of contemporary art exhibitions to the music of Patti Smith. Always unexpected, you’re sure to find something for everyone.

Tanz im August

For lovers of all forms of dance, this is not to be missed. For 15 days in late August, Berlin’s international dance festival, Tanz im August, collects some of the world’s biggest names in dance in a series of spectacular performances.

See the most important global dance trends of the moment displayed by the world’s best performers at an event that is sure to astound and awe.

Internationales Berliner Bierfestival

Beer lovers unite (and teetotallers look away)! Berlin’s International Beer Festival takes place one weekend every August to the joy of beer connoisseurs the world over. With over 2,000 brews from more than 60 countries, any attempt to sample every one is sure to result in a very groggy Monday.

But the intoxicating energy and convivial atmosphere—not to mention the chance to try beers that you have never even dreamt of—makes this an occasion to get excited about.

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