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Berlin summer events guide 2018

So far, so good: the summer is definitely here to stay. The high temperatures and the sunny days invite us to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer. Oh…and the permanent FOMO (fear of missing out)!  The endless summer vibes are for real and there are countless events happening from now until September. To help you pick your program for the next weeks, we selected some of the unmissable events of this summer. Check them out!


Pride Week:

Pride Week kicks off with the Motzstrassenfest, the “Lesbian and Gay” Street Festival of Schöneberg. During the weekend, in the “core” of the traditional gay neighborhood, the street festival occupies the streets around Nollendorfplatz, with music, go-gos and drag performances on five stages. Expect loads of street food stalls, spiced up with Castro-style fetish crowd.

The 40th Christopher Street Day – CSD is the official berliner gay parade and happens every last Saturday of July. It starts on the corner of Kurfürstendamm/Joachimsthaler Strasse, passes by Tiergarten and the Strasse des 17. Juni to finish at the Brandenburger Tor, where an extensive program on the main stage will entertain the public until the end of the night.

On the same Saturday, the Dyke* March Berlin will take the streets of Kreuzberg from 7 pm and it includes the Dykes on Bikes demo!

For the party monsters, there are plenty of special parties to please every crowd: From the oficial party UNITY, produced by some of the most (in)famous party crews in Berlin, and its lesbian version Liquid, to more queer and campy events like Gimme Moritz CSD Edition and Bushwig, a 24-hour “drag and dance music extravaganza”. Also fun is the harness-uniformized-crowd of Revolver/B:east, the men-only MENtabolism and the traditional GMF closing parties.

And don’t worry: if you happen not to be in the city during this week, save the Saturday (September  8th), when the mother-of-all-fetish parties Folsom Berlin takes over Schöneberg again!


Food & Drinks:

Spätival 2018 von LOTTO Berlin:

On Saturday, July 21st, this festival is devoted to one of the most beloved institutions in Berlin: the late-night shops culture! 5 bands will play live music in front of 5 different “Spätis” located in Friedrichshain and in Kreuzberg, from the middle of the afternoon until late evening. It never sounded so easy to grab a beer and go on tour to the next Späti to grab another one!

Berlin Beer Week:

The extended week of 10 days – from the 20th to 29th of July – is dedicated to all craft beer lovers! There will be special events in bars, breweries and pubs all over the city, such as pop-up beach bars, guided tastings, “Beerlesque” (burlesque + beer) nights, live brewing demonstrations… Let’s celebrate the exciting Berlin’s beer culture!

American Food Festival:

On Saturday, the 4th of August 2018, from noon until 10 pm, the first American Food Festival takes place at the Festsaal Kreuzberg to help us sample the best of the American delicacies in Berlin!

Japanese Sake Festival:

On the next day and at the neighboring Birgit&Bier, the sake festival is back (with a Karaoke party!) to promote the Japanese national beverage in 15 different styles. There will also be food and arts & crafts stands.

Vegan Summer Festival:

Europe’s biggest vegan festival will show the vegan lifestyle to the mainstream crowds that stroll around Alexanderplatz, “spreading the word about animal rights, animal welfare and vegan nutrition”, focusing on local vegan traders and caterers.

berlin 2018 summer events guide
Photo from Beer Week’s Facebook Feed.



Botanische Nacht:

For their 10th edition, on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of July, the magical Botanical Garden presents unique light and sound installations in 10 different themed worlds. In addition to the light shows, there will be other artistic performances and food stalls to make it a perfect summer night – all surrounded by plants, obviously!

Tattoo Convention Berlin:

The 28th edition of this great tattoo event will give you the perfect reason to show off some bare skin in the summer! More than 300 tattoo artists from all over the world will be present and a tattoo contest is scheduled on the 3-day-event. On the first week of August!!


On Saturday, the 11st of August, the demonstration pro legalization of the cannabis will start marching from Alexanderplatz, advocating once again for its recreational use. Will they succeed this time?

Lange Nacht der Museen:

80 museums will be part of the long night of museums this year. The event takes place on the last Saturday of August. You just need to find your Doppelgänger to be able to attend the 800 events of their agenda! Plan wisely!

Tanz im August:

The international festival for contemporary dance will take place from August 10th until September 2nd. During four weeks, the festival will showcase productions of international stars, newcomers and choreographs of the Berlin scene, bringing their works to locations all over the city. It is definitely a must-do program in the summer!

Berlin Circus Festival:

The 10-day-festival for contemporary circus will present a mix of circus, dance and performance, with artists from all over Europe, under two huge circus tents at the not less huge deactivated airport Tempelhofer Feld.

Tanz im August
Ahn Aesoon and KNCDC – “Bulssang”; Photo by KNCDC, courtesy of Tanz im August



Surf Film Festival:

Nothing better than beach vibes when the summer is in full swing – even if it is only exhibited on a big screen! During the last week of July, the 6th edition of the festival will take over a different venue each night and will also include performances and live music acts.

Israeli Queer Movie Night:

The 3rd edition of this event will happen strategically in the middle of the Pride Week, on July 26th at the cult Babylon movie theater in Mitte. Three Israeli movies are on the program for this night and the entrance is free!

IndoGerman Filmweek:

Also at Babylon, in the end of August, the festival will exhibit movies portraying the role of the women in the Indian cinema. Expect short films, workshops and talks with filmmakers.

Photo from Berlin IndoGerman Film Festival’s Website

Well, that should keep you busy, right? Enjoy Berlin’s glorious summer of 2018!

*This article was written by Domingos Lepores and edited by Tulio Edreira.

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