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.
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2016

March 26–April 10:  Spring Festival, Nürnberg (rides and costumes in Luitpoldhain park)

April 15–May 1:  Spring Festival, Munich (Frühlingsfestival, the “little sister of Oktoberfest”)

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances; closures)

May 5:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 13–16:  Meistertrunk Show, Rothenburg (historic play and market, medieval costumes, Biergarten parties)

May 15–16:  Pentecost (Pfingsten) and Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag; closures)

May 22–25:  Carnival of Cultures, Berlin

May 25–June 3:  Fressgass' Fest, Frankfurt

May 25–June 5:  Weindorf wine festival, Würzburg

May 26:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, closures in southern and western Germany)

June 3–July 3:  Mozartfest, Würzburg

June 10–12:  Luther's Wedding festival, Wittenberg

June 17–19:  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 24–26:  Elbhangfest, Dresden

July 1–17: Kiliani Volksfest, Würzburg (county fair–type folk festival)

July 16: Kölner Lichter, Cologne (fireworks and music)

July 15–24:  Kinderzeche, Dinkelsbühl (traditional dancing, parades)

July 22–August 7:  Sommerwerft, Frankfurt (theatre and arts festival)

July 24:  Klassik Open Air, Nürnberg (series of free classical concerts and firewords in Luitpoldhain park)

July 29–31:  Bardentreffen Nürnberg (world music festival)

August 5–7:  International Beer Festival, Berlin

August 6:  Klassik Open Air, Nürnberg (series of free classical concerts and firewords in Luitpoldhain park)

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

August 17–21:  Weindorf wine festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

August 25–29:  Wine festival, Cochem

August 26–September 11 (likely):  Fall Folk Festival, Nürnberg (rides and costumes in Luitpoldhain park)

August 28–30:  Museumsuferfest, Frankfurt (music, food, culture)

August 31–September 9:  Rheingau Wine Festival, Frankfurt

September 2–4:  Reichsstadt Festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (fireworks)

September 7–17:  International Literature Festival Berlin

September 17:  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 17–October 3:  Oktoberfest, Munich (a.k.a. Wies'n)

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

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

November 3–6:  Jazzfest Berlin

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)

2017

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 23–March 1:  Fasching/Fasnacht (carnival season, balls, parades in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday; Cologne's huge Rosenmontag parade is February 27)

Mid-March–mid-April:  Thuringian Bach Weeks, Erfurt

April 14:  Good Friday (Karfreitag)

April 16–17:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Ostersonntag and Ostermontag; closures)