Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Germany

The spirit of Oktoberfest lives on year-round in Munich’s beer halls.
  • 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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (Heilige Drei Könige, volunteers dressed as Three Kings go door-to-door caroling and collecting for charity; some closures)

February 12–18:  Fasching (carnival season, balls, parades in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday; Cologne’s huge Rosenmontag parade is February 16)

March 27–April 19:  Thuringian Bach Weeks, Erfurt

April 3:  Good Friday (Karfreitag)

April 4–19:  Spring Festival, Nürnberg (rides and costumes in Luitpoldhain park)

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

April 17–May 3:  Spring Festival, Munich (Frühlingsfestival, the “little sister of Oktoberfest”)

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances; closures)

May 14:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 22–25:  Carnival of Cultures, Berlin

May 22–25:  Meistertrunk Show, Rothenburg (historic play and market, medieval costumes, Biergarten parties)

May 24–25:  Pentecost (Pfingsten) and Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag; closures)

May 29–June 7:  Weindorf wine festival, Würzburg

May 31–June 2:  Mozartfest, Würzburg

Late May–early June:  Fressgass’ Fest, Frankfurt

June 4:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, closures in southern and western Germany)

June 12–14: Luther's Wedding festival, Wittenberg

June 19–21:  Stadtteilfest Bunte Republik Neustadt, Dresden (huge counter-cultural block party celebrating the Outer New Town’s tongue-in-cheek status as an independent republic)

June 26–28:  Elbhangfest, Dresden

July 3–19:  Kiliani Volksfest, Würzburg (county fair–type folk festival)

July 11:  Kölner Lichter, Cologne (fireworks and music)

Mid–late July:  Sommerwerft, Frankfurt (theatre and arts festival)

July 17–26:  Kinderzeche, Dinkelsbühl (traditional dancing, parades)

July 26:  Klassik Open Air, Nürnberg (series of free classical concerts and firewords in Luitpoldhain park)

July 30–August 2:  Bardentreffen Nürnberg (world music festival)

August 1–3:  International Beer Festival, Berlin

August 12–16:  Weindorf wine festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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

August 27–31:  Wine festival, Cochem

August 29–30 (likely):  Museumsuferfest, Frankfurt (music, food, culture)

September 2–11:  Rheingau Wine Festival, Frankfurt

September 4–6:  Reichsstadt Festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (fireworks)

September 9–19:  International Literature Festival Berlin

Mid-September:  Fall Folk Festival, Nürnberg (rides and costumes in Luitpoldhain park)

September 19:  Rhine in Flames festival, St. Goar (fireworks; nearby towns on the Rhine host the Rhine in Flames earlier in the year; check online for dates)

September 19–October 4:  Oktoberfest, Munich (a.k.a. Wies’n)

September 26–27:  Pottery and craft market, Wittenberg

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

October 30–November 2:  Jazzfest Berlin

October 31:  Reformation Day celebration, Wittenberg (closures in some Protestant areas)

November 1:  All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen, closures in 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 (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)

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