Agony of Choice in September


What will you choose in September? Dancing to Helene Fischer’s music or rocking at Lollapalooza, eating at the Food Week or enjoying artworks at the Art Week, visiting ISTAF or running the Berlin Marathon? Our tip: Experience as many events as you can!

First Half of September: Open Houses, ISTAF and Schlager Music

On 1 September, the former Tempelhof Airport celebrates its Summer Festival with an open house. Diverse tours, talks and live music are on the program, starting at 12 noon. Contemporary witnesses talk about the Berlin Airlift, children are invited to take part in crafts and sports workshops. 20 food stands – from vegetarian to Hot Dogs – will not leave you hungry.

Stars of the international athletics scene such as Caster Semenya will come to Berlin’s International Stadium Festival ISTAF at Olympiastadion Berlin on 2 September. Hurdles, javelin or shot put: Berlin’s audience loves athletics – as experienced during the European Championships in August – and will prepare a great experience for all sportsmen and women.

Helene Fischer had to cancel all of her five concerts at Mercedes-Benz Arena in February due to an illness. Now, she is back with her replacements concerts on 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 September. Have fun in Friedrichshain!

The 18th internationales literaturfestival berlin from 5 to 15 September focuses on five topics: Decolonizing Wor:l:ds, Nature Writing, The Art of Cooking, The Politics of Drugs and Die Evolution der menschlichen Kultur. All in all, about 200 authors from more than 50 countries join the festival about contemporary literature. Locations are, among others, the Museum für Naturkunde and the silent green Kulturquartier in Wedding

Feuerzauber auf dem Müggelsee: On 7 and 8 September, visitors can board illuminated boats of the Reederei Riedel. They will drive along the Spree to Müggelsee where colorful fireworks with music await the guests of the tour.

Hundreds of Berlin’s museums, monuments and buildings open their doors on 8 and 9 September for the Tag des offenen Denkmals. Among them are many which otherwise often stay locked for visitors. Climb on top of an old watch tower at Potsdamer Platz, take a tour through UNESCO World Heritage Site Weiße Stadt in Reinickendorf or take a look at Dorfkirche in Weißensee. The whole program is available here.

Curious Berliners are invited to visit Schloss Bellevue on 8 September: Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presents his summer festival. On the program: A live interview with German astronaut Alexander Gerst on board the ISS.

Imagine Dragons, David Guetta and Rag’n’Bone Man are only a few of the amazing acts at this year’s Lollapalooza Berlin on 8 and 9 September. The 4th Lollapalooza in Berlin takes place at its fourth venue at Olympiapark Berlin. One of the stages is even located inside the Olympiastadion Berlin.

Second Half of September: Marathon, Food, Art and Photography

More than 40,000 runners and 5,000 inline skaters are expected at the 45th BMW Berlin-Marathon on 16 September. The 42-kilometer route starts at Siegessäule and goes right across the city, past Rathaus Schöneberg and Kurfürstendamm, to Brandenburg Gate. Good luck to all participants!

Get to know the cast of Potsdam’s Jedermann production while sailing on the river Spree. Reederei Riedel hosts a unique boat tour with Timothy Peach and other stars of the cast on 17 September. Enjoy a casual evening which will only increase the Jedermann anticipation.

Berlin Food Week is celebrated from 17 to 23 September. Learn about 50 innovative food concepts at the House of Food at Bikini Berlin on 21 and 22 September or take a class at the Miele Cooking School. In addition: 70 restaurants take part in the popular Stadtmenü and present a menu with the title ‘RoastTrip.’

Bavarian tradition in Berlin: The Oktoberfest am Kurt-Schumacher-Damm invites visitors to beer and Bavarian food from 21 September to 14 October. The largest ‘Wiesn’ of the German capital offers original Oktoberfest tents and bands.

The Martin-Gropius-Bau showcases special archeological artifacts in the exhibition "Restless Times. Archaeology in Germany" from 21 September to 6 January 2019. The highlight is the about 4000 years old sky disk which was found near Nebra in Saxony-Anhalt in 1999.

It’s Berlin Art Week again! From 26 to 30 September, it is all about exhibitions, performances, awards and fairs. The latter, art berlin and Positions Berlin Art Fair, build their galleries in the hangars of the former Tempelhof airport for the first time.

The 8th European Month of Photography Berlin starts on 28 September: Until the end of October, 120 locations offers 300 events with 500 artists. Whether contemporary or historic photography, black and white or colored, analog or digital: Anything is on show at, for example, Helmut Newton Stiftung, C/O Berlin and Willy-Brandt-Haus.

Berlin’s sights and monuments glow again from 29 September to 14 October during Berlin leuchtet. From 5 October, the Festival of Lights expands the shining program!

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