The Top 10 Street Festivals in Hamburg, Germany

Altonale art market
Altonale art market | © Thomas Panzau

There’s not much that the people of Hamburg enjoy more than a good Straßenfest. From the first rays of spring sunshine until the autumn downpour, streets and squares all over the city host street festivals large and small. There’s plenty of food and drink, live music, flea markets, not to mention plenty of Hamburg spirit. Don’t miss out!

1. Osterstraßenfest

Market

The street festival season is kicked off by the Osterstraßenfest that takes place at the end of April. For over 30 years the Osterstraße shopping district invites Hamburgers to a fun weekend of street food, live music on several stages, fun rides and carousels, market stands selling crafts and jewelry as well as a beloved flea market. A special neighborhood atmosphere is provided by the local associations – sports clubs, social facilities, fire brigades and more – who inform about their work and invite to take part in fun and games.

2. Stadtfest St. Georg

Market

At the end of May the Stadtfest St. Georg invites Hamburgers to a street festival around the Lange Reihe. True to the liberal spirit of the St. Georg district, the festival celebrates national, ethnic, religious and sexual diversity. Highlights include countless street food stands, a flea market, a family area with entertainment for kids, and stands presenting the neighborhood’s clubs and associations. The biggest crowds flock to the festival’s two live music venues – the “culture stage” and the “newcomer stage.”

3. Eppendorfer Landstraßenfest

Market

The beginning of the summer is celebrated at the Eppendorfer Landstraßenfest at the heart of the Eppendorf district. It’s one of the most popular street festivals in the city and attracts Hamburgers from all walks of life. While kids bungee jump, shoot at targets and ride carousels, their parents browse the flea market and art and design market stands, while others enjoy live music acts and culinary treats. A legendary attraction is the waiter race for staff from the district’s cafés and restaurants.

Schanzenfest

The street festival of the Sternschanze district – the Schanzenfest – doesn’t have a set time of the year and its date is rarely announced in advance. Just like the district it represents, the Schanzenfest is lefty and alternative, taking a stand against capitalism and commercialization. During the daylight hours the district invites for a lively day of eating and drinking, flea market shopping and enjoying street art and alternative music performances. But be advised against staying after nightfall as the traditional close of the festival sees clashes between police and radical left groups.

Schanzenfest, Sternschanze, Hamburg, Germany

Altonale

In the middle of the summer the multicultural Altona district hosts Altonale, Hamburg’s largest street festival. Its diverse program of movie, theater, art, literature, music and dance events lasts for over two weeks and culminates with a weekend of markets and music. Visitors browse unique items at the flea market, admire paintings at the art market, find a special treat at the medieval market, and enjoy the festive atmosphere created by the bustling crowds and live music on every corner.

Altonale, Ottensen, Hamburg, Germany

Altonale art market

Dat Uhlenfest

Every August the Uhlenhorst and Winterhude districts celebrate Dat Uhlenfest. A newcomer to Hamburg’s street festival scene, the Uhlenfest has quickly gained popularity and for a good reason: it has everything that a good street festival needs. The area of Hofweg and Papenhuder Straße becomes an entertainment mile with a gourmet market, a design market and the obligatory flea market. Live music stages showcase musicians and street artists, and a children’s stage entertains the young festival guests.

Dat Uhlenfest, Hofweg and Papenhuder Straße, Hamburg, Germany

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Alstervergnügen

The end of the summer is celebrated by the four day long Alstervergnügen festival that takes place around the Lake Alster. The locals and city guests are welcomed to sample food and beverages from the countless stalls and enjoy live performances and diverse attractions. Over 500 local and international artists and performers entertain on the festival’s four stages, and the culmination of each day is a magnificent firework show over the lake.

Alstervergnügen, Binnenalster, Hamburg, Germany

Alstervergnügen

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