October in Berlin: Food, Drinks and more

Autumn has arrived in Berlin, but luckily golden October offers feel-good events including Food Week, Bar Convent and Jazzfest.

October starts with a real shopping spree as shops open on Sunday, 1 October. You can find tips for stores near the Hotel Palace Berlin as well as the rest of Berlin here.

We have waited a long time for this: The Staatsoper Unter den Linden will finally re-open! The regular program will start only in December, yet the Präludium from 1 to 8 October invites guests to explore the architecture and sound of the renovated building. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, for example, will perform on 7 October.

Sparkling Berlin: From 6 to 15 October, the Festival of Lights turns its colorful spots on Berlin’s sights. Some of the glowing buildings such as the TV Tower will not be highlighted with pictures, but with video installations. Be sure not to miss Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Cathedral!

The who is who of the international bar scene meets up at the 11th Bar Convent Berlin on 10 and 11 October. The leading trade show of the beverage industry presents more than 1,000 brands and exhibitors at Station Berlin. Visitors can take part in presentations, tastings and more.

How about some food after the drinks? Berlin Food Week runs from 14 to 21 October! At the House of Food, the “headquarter”, you can taste products by 70 Berlin manufacturers and inform yourself about the latest trends in food. Hobby chefs can prove their skills in 13 cooking workshops. Also on the program: the Good Food Market at Bikini Berlin, the German Rum Festival and the popular Stadtmenü, in which more than 60 Berlin restaurants present a menu with the title “PilzParade”.

On 13 October, several state ministries in Berlin open their doors for Jazz in den Ministergärten. In the evening, jazz groups and solo acts perform in the ministries of Brandenburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.

After six months of diverse garden experiences, the International Garden Exhibition closes its doors on 15 October. For the last time, you can explore flowers, enjoy the view from the Wolkenhain and experience international garden culture.

It’s the German Historical Museum’s 30th birthday! The Museumsfest on 29 October offers exhibitions, discussions, music and stand-up comedy – all for free! The special highlight: Employees of the museum give personal tours and insights into the exhibitions and the history of the museum.

Halloween is on 31 October! Those who like it creepy should visit the Berlin Dungeon. The torture chamber, the elevator of doom and the plagued street are waiting for you.

The 54th Jazzfest Berlin will take place from 31 October to 5 November in different places – for example, at the legendary Jazz club A-Trane, the Haus der Festspiele or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The program includes 24 jazz formations from solo artists to big bands with more than 140 musicians from Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

Last but not least, two tips for events taking place beyond October:

Only recently, the new and unique show Parade started at Chamäleon Theater. Eight world-class acrobats present a mix of circus, theater and dance, together with interactive video elements. Musically, electro, pop and live percussion are waiting for visitors.

The CWC Gallery showcases an exhibition of Claudia Schiffer until 11 November. 100 special photographies of the German supermodel are on show, shot by 15 international artists.

We wish you a happy October!

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