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


January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (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)

April 3:  Good Friday (Karfreitag)

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

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances; closures)

May 14: Ascension Day (closures)

May 22–25:  Carnival of Cultures (Berlin)

May 22–25:  Meistertrunk Show (historic play and market, medieval costumes, parties in the Biergartens; Rothenburg)

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

Late May–early June:  Fressgass’ Fest (Frankfurt)

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

June 26–28:  Elbhangfest (Dresden)

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

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

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

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

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

September 2–11:  Rheingau Wine Festival (Frankfurt)

September 4–6:  Reichsstadt Festival (fireworks in Rothenburg)

September 9–19:  International Literature Festival Berlin

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

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)