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Jan 15-24
at the Messe Fair Grounds, Berlin

International Green Week in Berlin: Berlin’s “International Green Week” is one of the world’s leading exhibitions for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry. The colorful presentations are organized around national, regional or product themes, and the fair is a feast for all senses: The international selection of products on display include fresh produce, seafood, meats and sausages, beer and wines, teas, herbs, flowers, and much more.

Jan 21-24
Island of Sylt

Sylt Gourmet Festival: Thousands of foodies flock to the German island of Sylt, in the North Sea, to indulge in this 4-day long Gourmet Festival. Top chefs and sommeliers from around the world prepare their feasts in the best restaurants of Sylt, offering everything from fresh-caught lobster, and fine French wines, to Spanish Tapas.

Jan 21-28
Bebelplatz in Berlin

Fashion Week in Berlin: Fashion dominates at one of the major festivals and events in Berlin. Fashionistas can get their fix at the Berlin Fashion Week, where German and international designers present their latest collections. Find out what’s hot at runway shows, trade fairs, exhibitions, and parties, which take place in historic buildings as well as the hippest clubs around town.

Jan 27 -Feb 1
Nuremberg

Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair: Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair is the largest toy fair in the world. The show is the ideal launching pad for new ideas and products. And in this wonderland of the hottest products, gift and premiums ideas will be taking centre stage. This event has become the most effective trade platform for Hong Kong & Asian manufacturers to meet with international buyers.

Jan 30 -Feb 2
Frankfurt
Creative World Frankfurt: Creative World Frankfurt is a 5 day event being held from 30th January to the 3rd February 2016 at the Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. This event showcases product from Gifts & Handicrafts, Natural Stones, Business Services industries.
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Feb 9-10

Carnival/Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the long fast for the Lent period in many Christian churches. The day is the day before Ash Wednesday and usually falls between February 3 and March 9. It has many names, including Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, the Tuesday of Carnival, and Pancake Day. Ash Wednesday is known as the first day of Lent for many Christians worldwide. It is the beginning of the Lenten fast. The Lenten fast lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) and ends on Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter Sunday.

Feb 11-21
Berlin

Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival is a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide. The public programme of the Berlin International Film Festival shows about 400 films per year, mostly international or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections. Around twenty films compete for the awards called the Golden and Silver Bears. The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, is a major industry meeting for the international film circuit once a year. The trade fair serves distributors, filmbuyers, producers, financiers and co-production agents. The Berlin International Film Festival is a source of inspiration in the global film community: film programmes, workshops, panel discussions, joint projects with other social and cultural actors – the forms of cooperation and the possibilities for creative interaction are countless.

Feb 19-Mar 19
Munich

Munich Strong Beer Weeks (Starkbierzeit): held during Lent, breweries most potent beers are featured at celebrations, together with tasty food and lively entertainment.

For around three weeks in early spring, breweries all across Munich set up their beer halls. This beer festival might be the city’s best-kept secret. It’s actually even older than Oktoberfest, started in the mid 1600s, by Munich’s Paulaner monks. The crafty monks concocted a beer beverage to sustain them through the Lent fast, and called their pick-me-up ‘blessed father’s beer’ or ‘the holy oil of St. Francis’. Finally, they settled on ‘Salvator’ – Latin for saviour. In Munich, they still brew Salvator. Some locals still call Starkbier ‘liquid bread’.

Feb-Mar
Mülheim-Kärlich

Nature One

Nature One is one of the largest European open air Electronic music festivals, featuring many renowned DJs from Germany and all over the world. Nature One costs an admission of approximately 70 Euros (2010). In the past the festival has had an attendance of roughly 53,000, with over 40,000 using the nearby fields for camping over the weekend. Acts that have performed in the past have included Moby, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Andy C and Carl Cox. Nature One has 2 main evenings with additional smaller events from Thursday till Sunday. As a special attraction there is a fireworks display on Saturday evening.

Mar 3-Apr 17
Hamburg
Hamburg Spring DOM Funfair The people of Hamburg know how to party. Not once but three times a year they team up with visitors for northern Germany’s biggest funfair – which lasts a whole 30 days. For almost a month in spring, summer and winter, people flock to Heiligengeistfeld in Hamburg to enjoy fairground rides, food and drink, and shows. There are reduced prices for families on Wednesdays – and attention turns skywards on Fridays for the massive fireworks display.
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Mar 20 - 29

MarchMusic - Festival of Contemporary Music

Berliner Festspiele © Peter BurkhardMarchMusic is one of the most important festivals for Neue Musik in Germany. It focuses on 20th century classical music and often features world premieres, organized by the Berliner Festspiele. It is a direct reaction to new relations between sound and society today. The festival for contemporary music tries to transcend the borders between tradition and innovation. A broad range of orchestral and chamber music, innovative musical theatre, experimental works and media art provide a rich panorama of contemporary music. The programme of the festival is presented by established artists as well as young newcomers from all over the world. It includes world premières and new productions. Each year there are thematic focuses, and the festival concentrates on music from specific regions.

MarchMusic - a place for innovation, unusual formats, the newest trends in technical sound and image production are shown at the night-time performances in the “Sonic Arts Lounge”. MarchMusic stands for openness – and this is the festival’s recipe for success. Within just a few years MarchMusic has gained an unusually large audience, keen to enter on a journey of musical discovery and adventure.

Mar 18-28
Berlin
Festival Days Berlin
Festival Days Berlin is an opera festival with the ensemble of the Staatsoper unter den Linden (Berlin State Opera). Due to construction work, the central location of the festival is the Schiller Theater. At Festtage Berlin international opera stars and the state orchestra “Staatskapelle Berlin” interact together and turn the Schiller Theater into a special venue with just the right atmosphere for classical music. In addition to the famous operas premieres and classical concerts are part of the Festtage programme every year.
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Mar 20

March Equinox - Equal Day and Night, Nearly

There are two equinoxes every year – in March and September – when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.

  • March Equinox in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. is on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM PDT (Change city)
  • March Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time is on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 04:30 UTC

What Happens on the Equinox?
The Earth's axis is always tilted at an angle of about 23.5° in relation to the ecliptic, the imaginary plane created by the Earth's path around the Sun. On any other day of the year, either the Southern Hemisphere or the Northern Hemisphere tilts a litte towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun's rays, like the illustration shows.

Mar 27-28
Hamburg
Osterfeuer Concerts: Traditional Easter Saturday fires along the Elbe River.
Apr 9-12
Messe Stuttgart

Market Of Good Taste is a 4 day event being held from at the Messe Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. This event showcases products like bread and cereals, dairy products, cheese, fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, ham, sausages, delicatessen, oils, vinegars and spices, chocolate, jams, ice cream and beverages etc., showcasing a wide range of food related items and services. Also a wide variety of workshops, seminar presentation, and open forum questionnaires with the help of it the exhibitors will showcase products and services like bread and cereals, dairy products, cheese, fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, ham, sausages, delicatessen, oils, vinegars, spices, chocolate, jams, ice cream, beverages associated with this sector. Beside this the event will cordially invite all the eminent and distinguished experts and professionals.

Apr 10-12
Brandenburg
LebensArt Potsdam in its forthcoming edition will include a comprehensive display of products and goods from the categories of jewelry, fashion , garden design, floristry, furniture, literature, cuisine, grills , art objects. This event will help the exhibitors to promote their products well and they can even use this platform for creating brand consciousness. This platform will also help the exhibitors to launch new products and services. LebensArt Potsdam will be definitely an informative event for the attendees as they will get to see latest lifestyle related products and services under one roof. Starting from furnitures to jewelry, everything that can be thought of will be there in this event. Thus, the visitors will definitely have an experience of lifetime.
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May 13 - 16
Hermannplatz
10967 Berlin

Carnival of Cultures

Every summer, Berlin celebrates its own special carnival, the colorful Carnival of Cultures. Over the last fifteen years, the numbers of participants and visitors have risen. In 2012, 1.28 million visitors celebrated at the street festival and the parade. About 4.800 professional and non-professional performers of all age groups took part in the parade on Whitsunday, accompanied by colourfully decorated floats. 900 artists performed during the four-day street festival. The Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life. Berlins Carnival has been inspired by modern European carnivals like the Notting Hill Carnival in London and the Rotterdam Zomercarnaval. It has taken in elements of many traditional carnivals and celebrations from all over the world. By being open to cultural rites, customs and traditions it attracts performers from countries without carnival traditions. The inclusion of all these elements makes the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin quite unique.

May 7
Bonn Schifffahrt Feuerwerk Sa.

Sep 17
Bonn

Okt 15
Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, Nordrhein-Westfalen

Rhein in Flammen: May-September

Rhein in Flammen is the name of five different firework displays along the river Rhine in Germany. The displays take place annually, at various locations along the river. On the five different dates, brightly illuminated ships sail the river in an evening convoy for their passengers to see the full firework display at each location of the river. On the river banks wine festivals take place that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The biggest “Rhein in Flammen” event takes place in Koblenz every year, on the second Saturday in August. The Bonn event takes place at the Rheinauen Park in Bonn, on the first Saturday in May.

Jun 3–12
Frankfurt
Fressgass’ Fest

This stretch of the street between Opernplatz and Börsenstraße is actually called ‘Große Bockenheimer Straße’, but for the locals, this pedestrian zone is always the ‘Fressgass’. For this is where Frankfurt’s culinary temptations are particularly great: restaurants and fine food shops invite you into the national and international world of gourmets. A visit to one of the street cafes is less costly and here visitors can watch the activities on the strolling mile, particularly in the summer. Those who just happen to be on a diet and cannot enjoy this culinary paradise may find something suitable in the noble boutiques and exclusive shops – depending on the size of their wallet or purse. Interesting for the event calendar: the annual Fressgass’ festival in June and the annual Rheingau Wine Market in August. Both events are among the most popular festivals in Frankfurt.

Jun 3-5
Nürburgring

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park

The Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festival is held held annually in Germany. Rock am Ring takes place at the Nürburgring racetrack in the west of Germany, Rock im Park takes place around the Frankenstadion in the south of Germany. Both festivals are usually regarded as one event with a mostly identical lineup for both festivals. All artists perform one day at Nürburgring and another day in Nuremberg during the three day event. Together Rock im Park and Rock am Ring are the largest music festivals in Germany and one of the largest in the world with a combined attendance of just over 150,000 people usually selling out in advance.

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Jun 3–Jul 3
Würzburg

Mozartfest

Jedes Jahr im Frühsommer bildet die fürstbischöfliche Barockstadt Würzburg den Rahmen für das renommierte Mozartfest – und das bereits seit 1921. Aus der Mozartwoche der Zwanziger Jahre hervorgegangen, vertritt das Mozartfest heute den Anspruch, das Werk Wolfgang Amadé Mozarts zu pflegen, zu vermitteln und ein Podium für eine zeitgemäße Auseinandersetzung mit seiner Musik zu schaffen. Das Festivalprogramm lädt mit über 60 Konzerten und Veranstaltungen dazu ein, klassische Musik in hochkarätigen Besetzungen von Kammermusik, Sinfonik, Vokalmusik und Weltmusik zu erleben.
Jun 4

Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, closures in southern and western Germany)

Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) falls on a Thursday 60 days after Easter Sunday. The day honors the Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord's Supper), which is important in the Catholic church. Corpus Christi is a public holiday in some parts of Germany and is marked by parades for the blessed sacrament (in form of bread or wafers).

Jun 12–14
Wittenberg

Luther’s Wedding festival: The festival features a procession of some 1,000 wedding enthusiasts in historical costumes, a crafts fair, and other events. It draws an estimated 100,000 visitors to the city.

Jun 19–21
Dresden
Stadtteilfest Bunte Republik Neustadt, Dresden (huge counter-cultural block party celebrating the Outer New Town's tongue-in-cheek status as an independent republic)
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Jun 20

June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

The June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice the Southern Hemisphere. The date varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year, and which time zone you are in.

  • June Solstice in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. is on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:34 PM PDT.
  • June Solstice in Universal Coordinated Time is on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 22:34 UTC

‘Solstice’ (Latin: solstitium) means ‘sun-stopping’. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time. Although the June solstice marks the first day of astronomical summer, it's more common to use meteorological definitions of seasons, making the solstice midsummer or midwinter.

Jun 24–26
Dresden

Elbhangfest
Jul 3–19
Würzburg

Kiliani Volksfest, Würzburg (county fair–type folk festival)

Jul 11
Cologne

Kölner Lichter, Cologne (fireworks and music)

Jul 17–26
Dinkelsbühl
Kinderzeche, (traditional dancing, parades)
Jul 17–Aug 2
Frankfurt

Sommerwerft, (theatre and arts festival)

Jul 26
Nürnberg
Klassik Open Air, (series of free classical concerts and firewords in Luitpoldhain park)
Jul 30–Aug 2
Nürnberg

Bardentreffen Nürnberg (world music festival)

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Aug 8
Augsberg, Bavaria

Peace Festival

The Augsburg Peace Festival in Germany is celebrated on August 8 each year. It commemorates the Protestants’ loss of religious freedom in the city of Augsburg in 1629. It also celebrates the implementation of the Peace of Westphalia. This restored Protestants’ religious freedom. Is a public holiday in Augsburg in the German state of Bavaria.

The Augsburg Declaration of Religious Freedom guaranteed Protestants the right to practice their faith in the city of Augsburg in 1555. However, Protestants were banned from practicing their faith in the city on August 8, 1629. The Peace of Westphalia reinstated the Augsburg Declaration of Religious Freedom in 1648. The first Augsburg Peace Festival was held on August 8, 1650. Between 1651 and 1739, the city marked the occasion by presenting the city's children with picture books illustrated with etchings. The Augsburg Peace Festival has enjoyed special protection in German law since 1950. The first Augsburg Peace Prize was awarded in 1985 and it has been awarded every three years since then. However, the prize for 2006 was brought forward to 2005 to mark the 450th anniversary of the Augsburg Declaration of Religious Freedom. The prize's recipients have played an important role to stimulate and facilitate interfaith dialogue. Since 2005, the Augsburg Peace Festival plays a central role in the interfaith "Pax" discussions held each year at the Augsburg Round Table of Religions.

Sep 6-10 & 13-16
Bad Dürkheim

The World's Largest Wine Festival

Although this fair is called "Wurstmarkt" (literally sausage market), the folk festival is famous for its celebration of excellent local wines. The Wurstmarkt takes place every second and third weekend in September in the town of Bad Dürkheim along the German Wine Road. Located in the heart of Palatinate, Germany's second largest wine growing region, the Wurstmarkt prides itself in being the world's biggest wine festival. The culinary event has been celebrated every September for over 590 years, and what has started as a fair for local farmers and wine growers, attracts now more than 600,000 visitors annually.

Sep 22

September Equinox?

There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the Autumnal (fall) equinox in the northern hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's known as the Spring (vernal) equinox.

Late Sep-first weekend in Oct

OctoberfestOktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezeln (Pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).

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Oct 3rd
Brandenburg Gate
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Germany's National Holiday

October 3rd is “Tag der deutschen Einheit” – Day of the German Reunification. This national holiday commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification since 1990. Almost every German city celebrates October 3rd, but the best open-air festivities will be held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the national symbol of Germany.

Where: throughout Germany

19-23 Oct
Frankfurt
Frankfurt Book Fair:
Frankfurt's history with the published word is well documented. Just down the road in Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press way back in 1439. Book fairs have been a part of the city from that time on. In its current form, the Frankfurt Book Fair has been around since 1949, when Frankfurt's Paulskirche hosted the first post-War book fair. Today the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest in the world, welcoming more than a quarter of a million visitors and 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries. It's a must visit event for those in the publishing industry as well as great place to stock up on reading materials for the long Northern European winter to come. The first three days are limited to those in the trade and on the weekend the Fair is open to the public.
Nov 1

All Saints’ Day

Catholics and some Protestants in Germany honor the lives of every saint on All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen) on November 1. They also remember deceased relatives and visit their graves. This day is a public holiday in the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Saarland.

Some sources say that All Saints' Day's origins date back to 609 CE or 610 CE, when the Pantheon in Rome was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. This coincided with the pre-Christian Feast of the Lemures that honored all of the dead. However, other sources have different dates.

3-6 Nov
Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin

Jazzfest Berlin

JazzFest Berlinis a jazz festival based in Berlin, Germany. The Berlin Jazz Festival is a world renowned festival that presents all the manifold and diverse styles of jazz. The tightly arranged, varied programme is equally traditional and progressive, and has tended to focus in particular on big bands and large ensembles. Alongside the big American name artists the Berlin Jazz Festival also increasingly presents musicians from all quarters, artists whose music centres on crossing the borders between local folk traditions and global sounds and trends. Venues include Berliner Philharmonie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Volksbühne, Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the Jazzclubs Quasimodo and A-Trane. 2012 JazzFest Berlin will last for 4 days from 1st to 4th of November.

Nov 11

National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) is an occasion to remember all victims of war and tyranny. Like the Sunday of the Dead (Totensonntag), the National Day of Mourning is a “silent day” - this means that in some regions of Germany music or dance events are prohibited.

he National Day of Mourning was established in 1922 and was initially dedicated to the victims of World War I. The nazis made it a national holiday and redefined it as an occasion to celebrate their heros and glorify war. In an effort to symbolize a clear break with the fascist ideology and the nazis' perversion of the holiday's initial aim, the Volkstrauertag was moved to the second Sunday of the church year after World War II. Today it is an occasion not only to mourn the dead but also to illustrate the tragedy of war and speak out for peace.

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Dec 6

Saint Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas of Myra is a popular Christian Saint among children across Europe because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Both the North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas are legendary figures whose attributes derive from the myths surrounding St. Nicholas.

The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins in other people's shoes, which accounts for many of today's Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots. Having inspired both the figure of the North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas, St. Nicholas has in some countries been more recently joined on his visits to children's homes by an evil companion who punishes the naughty ones: in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and northern Italy, this personification of evil is called Krampus, in Germany Knecht Ruprecht, and in the Netherlands Zwarte Piet.

Dec 26

Boxing Day

December 26 is St Stephen's Day and is a public holiday in Germany. For many people, it is a quiet occasion spent with friends or family or an opportunity to enjoy the German countryside. Until the 1400s, the period around Christmas and New Year was a long celebration. This period included aspects of the Christian feast days marked in modern German and pre-Christian rituals. The Second Day of Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year's Day and Epiphany are the remains of this long festival. December 26 is also St Stephen’s Day. St Stephan was the first Christian martyr and was convicted of blasphemy against Moses and God, as well as for speaking against the Temple and Law. He was stoned to death in 34 CE or 35 CE.

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