Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Germany

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Germany.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Germany. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.

2014

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances)

June 6–8:  Carnival of Cultures (Berlin)

June 6–9:  Meistertrunk Show (historic play and market, medieval costumes, parties in the Biergartens; Rothenburg)

June 8–9:  Pentecost (Pfingsten) and Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag)

June 19:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, southern and western Germany)

June:  Fressgass' Fest (Frankfurt)

June 27–29:  Elbhangfest (Dresden)

Late June:  Sommerwerft (theatre and arts festival, Frankfurt)

July 18–27:  Kinderzeche (traditional dancing, parades; Dinkelsbühl)

July 19:  Kölner Lichter (fireworks and music, Cologne)

August 15:  Assumption (Mariä Himmelfahrt, Bavaria and Saarland)

August 30–31:  Museumsuferfest (music, food, culture; Frankfurt)

Late August–early September:  Rheingau Wine Festival (Frankfurt)

September:  International Literature Festival Berlin

September 6–7:  Reichsstadt Festival (fireworks in Rothenburg)

September 20–October 5:  Oktoberfest (a.k.a. Wies'n, Munich)

October 3:  German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit)

October 31:  Reformation Day celebration (Wittenberg)

October 30–November 2:  Jazzfest Berlin

November 1:  All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen, southern and western Germany)

November 11:  St. Martin's Day (Martinstag, feasts)

December:  Christmas markets (throughout Germany, particularly in Nürnberg, Munich, Rothenburg, and Freiburg)

December 6:  St. Nikolaus Day (parades)

December 24:  Christmas Eve (Der Heilige Abend, when Germans celebrate Christmas)

December 25:  Christmas Day

December 31:  New Year's Eve (Silvester; fireworks, particularly big in Berlin)

2015

January 1:  New Year's Day

January 6:  Epiphany (volunteers dressed as Three Kings go door-to-door caroling and collecting for charity)

February 12–18:  Fasching (carnival season, balls, parades in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday)

April 3:  Good Friday (Karfreitag)

April 5–6:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Ostersonntag and Ostermontag)