Berlin Highlights in April

Spring has sprung, and runners and bargain hunters with it: at the half-marathon and at the flea markets, everyone will be hoping to see the friendly side of the moody month of April. But for cold and wet days, Berlin also has plenty of indoor highlights to keep you entertained.


Berlin half-marathon
(3 April)

Over 20 kilometres through the city

The half-marathon will make its debut at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam this summer – more than enough reason for the participation of top national and international runners in the Berlin event.

Photo: half-marathon, © SCC EventsCamera4


Echo Gala (7 April)

Presentation of the German Music Awards

Album of the year, top newcomer or radio hit: the German Music Awards are presented across 20 categories to outstanding national and international artists. The 25th Echo gala of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie takes place in the Palace at the Funkturm (Messe Berlin).
This year’s nominees can be viewed here:

While Echo is a regular feature on the Berlin events calendar, the Laureus World Sports Awards are taking place in Berlin for the first time on 18 April. The athletes who have been honoured since 2000 include Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher and Tiger Woods.

International Games Week Berlin

International Games Week (19 - 24 April)

Platform for games developers, publisher and investors

This large trade fair is used by the industry visitors for networking, but there is plenty for gamers too: Last year, the “Gamefest at the Computerspielemuseum” was attended by 3.5000 gamers. More information at

Photo: Gameweek,© International Games Week Berlin, Ulf Büschleb


Achtung Berlin – new Berlin film award

Achtung Berlin – new Berlin film award (13 - 20 April)

Film festival for new German cinema from Berlin and Brandenburg

Across six cinemas, “Achtung Berlin” features 70 productions by Berlin and Brandenburg filmmakers. The competition categories are ‘feature film’, ‘documentary’, ‘medium length films’ and ‘short films’.



VeloBerlin (16 - 17 April)

Public trade fair for bicycles

‘Urban mobility’ is one of the buzz phrases of the fair, at which exhibitors present the entire spectrum of bicycles, including city bikes, single speed bikes and bikes for kids. In the general programme, visitors can learn about bike tours all over the world, e-mobility and ergonomics.

Photo: Velo, © Velokonzept


Jetzt Berlin - Photo exhibition

Photo exhibition: “Jetzt, Berlin” (to 30 April)

Maria Sewcz delves into the rough-and-ready character of Berlin

The photographer from Schwerin tries to get to the bottom of Berlin as a city of permanent change and actively searches for places in flux. In this collection, the resulting photographs interrelate to form an essay. 


janet jackson unreakable

Concert highlights

Janet Jackson, Hans Zimmer, Anastacia, a-ha

In April, some world-famous names are coming to Berlin: Norwegian synth-pop a-ha and film score composer Hans Zimmer play live in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, as well as the multiple Grammy winner Janet Jackson (Max-Schmeling-Halle) and the soulful voice of Anastacia (Admiralspalast) all lie ahead for the enjoyment of Berlin music lovers.

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