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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Germany

Hofbräuhaus musicians, Munich, 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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2023

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)

January 27–February 5:  CTM Festival, Berlin (electronic / experimental music and art)

January 29–February 5:  Montgolfiade Hot-Air Balloon Festival, Lake Tegern (east of Oberammergau, in Bavaria)

February–March:  Fasching/Fastnacht/Karneval, primarily in southern regions and Cologne (carnival season — parties and parades in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday; Cologne's huge Rosenmontag parade is February 20)

February 16–26:  Berlin International Film Festival (a.k.a. "Berlinale")

March 31–April 23:  Thuringian Bach Weeks, Erfurt

Early April:  FestungsLeuchten, Koblenz (sound-and-light show along the Rhine at Ehrenbreitstein fortress; fireworks show on final evening)

April 7:  Good Friday (Karfreitag; closures)

April 8–23:  Spring Festival, Nürnberg (rides and costumes in Luitpoldhain park)

April 9–10:  Easter (Ostern) Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 21–May 7:  Spring Festival, Munich (Frühlingsfestival, the "little sister of Oktoberfest")

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances in rural areas, labor demonstrations and street festivals in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, closures)

May 5–7:  Hafengeburtstag (harbor's birthday), Hamburg (giant maritime festival)

May 6:  Rhine in Flames festival, Bonn (fireworks; nearby Rhine towns host Rhine in Flames later in the year)

May 6–13 (likely):  Green Sauce Festival, Frankfurt (street music, green-sauce sampling)

May 17–26:  Fressgass' Fest, Frankfurt

May 18:  Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt; closures)

May 18–June 18:  Dresden Music Festival (classical music performances)

May 26–June 4:  Weindorf wine festival, Würzburg

May 26–June 11:  Handel Festival, Halle

May 26–29 (likely):  Carnival of Cultures, Berlin (street parade on Sunday)

May 26–29 (likely):  Meistertrunk Show, Rothenburg (historic play and market, medieval costumes, Biergarten parties)

May 28 & 29:  Pentecost (Pfingsten) and Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag; maypole dancing and flower-bedecked cattle in some rural areas, closures)

June 2–4:  Rock am Ring rock festival, Nürburg (near Koblenz — not to be confused with Nürnberg)

June 2–July 2:  Mozartfest, Würzburg

June 8:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam; processions — particularly in Bavaria, flower carpets — particularly in rural Baden-Württemberg, closures across southern and western Germany)

June 8–11:  Melt Festival, Gräfenhainichen (electronic music and indie rock, near Wittenberg)

June 8–18:  Bach Festival, Leipzig

June 9–10:  Elbjazz, Hamburg

June 9–11:  Luther's Wedding festival, Wittenberg

June 16–July 16:  Tollwood Summer Festival, Munich (concert series, art, street theater)

Mid-June (3 days):  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 16–18:  Traumzeit Music Festival, Duisburg (eclectic line-up staged in a former industrial site)

June 17–25:  Kieler Woche, Kiel (world's largest sailing festival, featuring historical-ship parades and cultural events in the city center)

June 23–25:  Elbhangfest, Dresden (music, dance, wine)

Late June (3 days):  Oberlindenhock, Freiburg (street food, live music)

June 28–July 2:  Fusion Festival, Neustrelitz (Burning Man–esque counterculture free-for-all held on the grounds of a former airfield north of Berlin)

June 30–July 16:  Kiliani Volksfest, Würzburg (county fair–type folk festival)

July 1:  Rhine in Flames festival, Bingen / Rüdesheim (fireworks)

July 6–11:  Freiburg Wine Festival (local wines, live music)

July 7–July 9:  Cologne Pride Street Festival

July 14–23:  Kinderzeche, Dinkelsbühl (traditional dancing, parades)

July 14–30 (weekends):  Kaltenberg Knights' Tournament (huge jousting festival, near Munich)

July 15:  Kölner Lichter, Cologne (fireworks and music)

July 21–23:  Bardentreffen Nürnberg (world music festival)

July 21–August 6 (likely):  Sommerwerft, Frankfurt (theatre and arts festival)

July 22 (likely):  Berlin Pride (a.k.a. Christopher Street Day Berlin)

July 30 & August 5:  Klassik Open Air, Nürnberg (series of free classical concerts and fireworks in Luitpoldhain park)

August 12:  Rhine in Flames festival, Koblenz (fireworks)

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

August 16–20:  Weindorf wine festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

August 18–19:  Potsdamer Schössernacht (Potsdam's palaces lit up, nighttime performances in the gardens, midnight fireworks over Sanssouci both nights)

August 24–28:  Sandkerwa Bavarian folk festival, Bamberg

August 24–28:  Wine festival, Cochem

August 25–27:  Museumsuferfest, Frankfurt (music, food, culture)

August 25–September 10:  Nürnberg Fall Folk Festival (costumes, rides in Luitpoldhain park)

August 26:  Long Night of Museums, Berlin (most museums open until 2 a.m., with one-off installations and performances)

August 30–September 8:  Rheingau Wine Festival, Frankfurt

September 1–3:  Reichsstadt Festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (fireworks)

September 1–10 (likely):  Berlin Beer Week

September 6–15:  Berlin Festival of Lights (light installations on landmark buildings)

September 6–16:  International Literature Festival Berlin

September 7–10:  Medieval festival, Selb (on the Czech border, northeast of Nürnberg)

September 8–12 & 15–19:  Wurstmarkt, Bad Dürkheim (world's biggest wine festival, near Heidelberg)

September 9:  Rhine in Flames festival, Oberwesel (fireworks)

September 16:  Rhine in Flames festival, St. Goar (fireworks)

September 16–October 3:  Oktoberfest, Munich (a.k.a. Wies'n)

Mid-September–early October:  Berliner Oktoberfest

September 22–October 8:  Cannstatter Volksfest (Oktoberfest in Stuttgart)

September 28–October 7 (likely):  Filmfest Hamburg

September 29–October 9:  Wine harvest festival, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

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

October 13–15:  Onion Market festival, Weimar

October 18–22:  Frankfurter Buchmesse (huge book fair and publishers' convention)

October 20–November 3:  Halloween in Frankenstein Castle (near Darmstadt)

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

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

November 2–5:  Jazzfest Berlin

November 6:  Leonhardifahrt, Bad Tölz (traditional Bavarian religious procession in spa town south of Munich)

November 9:  Night of Broken Glass Remembrance Day; anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (remembrances, but no closures)

November 11:  Martinstag (St. Martin's Day) and official start to Karneval season (colorful costumes and revelry in Cologne)

November 15–January 14, 2024 (likely):  Christmas Garden Berlin (light show in Berlin Botanical Gardens; also held over similar dates in Dresden, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hannover, Koblenz, Mainau Island on Lake Constance, Münster, and Stuttgart)

November 22:  Repentance Day (closures in Saxony)

November 23–December 31 (but closed Nov 26 for Totensonntag):  Tollwood Winter Festival, Munich (music, circus, and cultural events performed on Oktoberfest fairgrounds, plus Christmas market until December 23)

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

December 6:  Nikolaustag (St. Nicholas Day; St. Nick, often with companion in tow, often seen around town on evening prior)

December 24:  Christmas Eve (Der Heilige Abend; Germans decorate trees and open presents, shops close at noon)

December 25:  Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)

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