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Summer In Berlin: 6 Unmissable Open-Air Events

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Updated: 9 February 2017
For most of the year, Berlin is notoriously dreary. That’s why its residents get so giddy over the warm summer weather. The best way to celebrate summer is by spending as much time outside as possible. From enchanting nights spent in historical places to riveting outdoor concerts, these six unmissable open-air events offer the perfect excuse to enjoy Berlin at its best.
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Bite Club (May 20-September 9)

Along with Markthalle Neun, any Berliner will agree that the Bite Club is the crème de la crème of street food markets in the city. This outdoor event is held every third Friday of the month from May until September, and it is truly a foodie’s dream. Expect all the biggest names on Berlin’s street food scene to be in attendance. The dishes usually represent a variety of different cultural cuisines like classic Vietnamese street food and authentic German delicacies. Plus, there are dishes to satisfy every palate from tasty jerk meats by Spice Spice Baby to vegan and gluten-free donuts at Brammibal’s Donuts.

Eichenstraße 4, Berlin, Germany

What a view! Happy hungry foodies and Khwan Issan Thai BBQ 🙂

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Botanical Night at Botanical Garden (July 16)

What began as a backyard garden centuries ago has gradually evolved into one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world. While the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum is certainly spectacular by day, the annual Botanical Night offers a romantic glimpse into the gardens at dusk and beyond. The various themed gardens are illuminated with care, and the garden stays open until 2 am. Mythical creatures and decorations are interspersed throughout the gardens to create a truly magical effect. It is possible to take a guided tour of the gardens, and be sure to stay tuned for the firework show as well as other performances throughout the night.

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Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt (July 21-25)

For many, attending a classical music concert may seem like an expensive and esoteric way to pass the time. The Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt is as accessible to the public as it is impressive. The setting alone is breathtaking as the audience is situated at the center of a square whose perimeter is comprised of marvelous classical architecture. These buildings are illuminated in the evenings while the concerts take place, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. If all this doesn’t make classical music appealing enough, there is also an array of jazz and rock performances in this year’s program.

Gendarmenmarkt, Dorotheenstraße 34, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3157540

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Spandau Citadel Music Festival (May 27-August 28)

The Spandau Citadel Music Festival is a series of outdoor concerts that spans across three months from the end of May through August. Each year, big name performers grace the stage from several different genres including rock, pop, and electronic music. Notable artists yet to perform this summer include Lionel Richie, Beirut, Pixies, and many others. The concerts are held in the citadel of Spandau Castle, which has existed for hundreds of years, giving the venue a unique ambiance. Plus, it is possible to tour the fortress battlements in between sets.

Spandau Castel, Am Juliusturm 64, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3549440

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Christopher Street Day (July 23)

Berlin has become a haven for the LGBTQ community thanks to its alternative culture and liberal spirit. Each year, there are different events open to all to celebrate and demonstrate for LGBTQ rights. One of the biggest commemorations is Christopher Street Day, which is celebrated across Europe. In Berlin, the day consists of a march and a rally at Brandenburg Gate. Held in memory of the Stonewall Riots, the Soul of Stonewall Award, which recognizes LGBTQ rights activists, is presented at the end of the demonstration. To accompany the political aspects of the day, there will be festivities including live music performances and other acts.

Courbierestraße 6, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 23628632

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Potsdamer Schlössernacht (August 20)

Located just outside of Berlin proper, Potsdam Castle Night is held at King Frederick II’s summer palace. The palace welcomes visitors to step back in time to Prussia’s heyday. The stunning baroque architecture is worth exploring any day, but this night, in particular, is something extra special because, in addition to food and drink, there will also be dance, drama, and orchestral performances as well as poetry readings. The grounds will be adorned with flowers and decorations, and costumed actors will be perusing the grounds, too, ready to interact with curious guests. Potsdamer Schlössernacht offers something fun for everyone.

Maulbeeralle, Potsdam, Germany


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