Berlin Highlights in July and August

In July, open-minded Berlin comes to the fore: the whole city unites under a rainbow for Christopher Street Day.

Pride Weeks (2-24 July)

Pride Weeks take place around CSD, and consist of over 200 events related to culture, politics and sport – and no shortage of parties. The LGBTI community and their straight allies are all welcome to celebrate together and make a stance for respect and equality. Here is an overview of the biggest events:

Respect GaymesRespect Gaymes (2 July)

The Respect Gaymes feature football and beach volleyball tournaments, workshops and other competitions. Highlight: the VIP football tournament with well-known figures from politics, culture and the gay and lesbian community.

Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest (Lesbian and Gay Festival) (16-17 July)

Europe’s biggest lesbian and gay street festival takes place in Schöneberg around Nollendorfplatz/Motzstraße, with a party mile with food kiosks, drinks and info stands.

Christopher Street Day on the Spree (21 July)

The biggest rainbow fleet between the Rhine and the Danube & the most charming way to fly the flag! Ten ships carry the LGBTI community under the motto “flirt, party, demonstrate”.


Vielfalt ist GrenzenlosGay Night at the Zoo (22 July)

Singing, swinging and partying – amongst the elephants, tigers and penguins, and the 90s popstar Luci van Org and the BVG brass band provide a raucous atmosphere.

Christopher Street Day Parade (23 July)

The crowning glory of the Pride Weeks, the colourful parade begins at 12.30 on Kurfürstendamm and continues around Nollendorfplatz and the Victory Column to the Brandenburg Gate. At this demonstration, which is also an enormous party, the LGBTI community rallys for equality and against every form of discrimination.


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Foreign AffairsForeign Affairs (5-17 July)

Over the last few months, the Antwerp theatre group BERLIN created a documentary accompanying an elderly couple in a ghost village near Chernobyl, the Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker invites us to accompany him and a symphony orchestra on a journey into being human after darkness falls, the Nature Theater of Oklahoma films a science fiction film at a number of locations in the city with a team of non-professional actors: for the Foreign Affairs Festival, several international artists have developed projects on the topic of “Uncertainty“ – for stage, for urban spaces and a night exhibition in the Haus der Festspiele.


Botanische NachtBotanische Nacht (Botanical Night) (16 July)

Enormous exotic fruits line the pathways, striking perfumes fill the air and the perfect accompanying music surrounds you: the event organisers promise a “Caribbean summer evening“ on Saturday, 16 July from 5 pm in the Botanical Gardens. The exhibition “Schatzinseln“ (Treasure Islands) features countless plants that only grow in Cuba. After dancing to salsa, calypso or rumba, visitors can listen to popular Cuban folk music and sip on a Cuba libre.

Some more Berlin highlights in July and August:

Classic Open Air (21.07.-25.07.2016)
Holi Festival of Colours (30.7.)
International beer festival, Karl-Marx-Allee (5. – 7. August)

Europe’s biggest vegan summer festival, Alexanderplatz (19.-21. August)

36. Long night of museums (27. August)

Pop-Kultur (former Berlin Music Week) an Orten in Neukölln (31. August – 2. September)
Open House Day of the FederalGovernment in Berlin  (27.-28. August)


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