What's On In Berlin In September

Skyline of Berlin in sunset
Skyline of Berlin in sunset | © SP-Photo / Shutterstock
Lily Cichanowicz

As chilly as this one has been, summer coming to a close is always a bit of a bummer. The city is here to console us, though, with the multitude of exciting events going on this September. From Berlin’s highly anticipated Art Week to Bread & Butter, the biggest fashion event of the year, to film screenings and the final Bite Club, there’s something for everyone on the docket.

Image courtesy of Winston Chmielinski and Magic Beans, © 2016

ART | Opening: How to Let Go
📅Friday, September 2nd

Get a dose of cultural high-brow at Winston Chmielinski’s solo exhibition, How to Let Go, at Magic Beans Gallery, which opens at the very beginning of the month and runs until October. Chmielinski’s innovative, multimedia compositions are born out of the destruction of his own work. They offer a contemplative rendition of the potential that accompanies states of impermanence.

📍 Auguststraße 86, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 25766055

DRINK | Berlin Coffee Festival

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th

Markthalle Neun holds an unending array of irresistible foodie events, and the Berlin Coffee Festival is the latest. It’s no secret that our fair city is smitten with the whole third wave coffee thing, and at this bonanza we can expect Berlin’s coffee connoisseurs to bring their very best in the form of workshops, tastings, and even a barista challenge.

📍 Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 61073473

FASHION | Bread & Butter

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th

Arguably even bigger than fashion week, Berlin’s notorious fashion trade show, Bread & Butter, is back once again. Rebranded as a ‘trend show’ under its sponsor, Zalando, it is now open to the public, with the aim of empowering consumers in the world of fashion. Bread & Butter offers people the exclusive chance to interact directly with the masterminds behind the brands they cherish.

📍 Arena Berlin, Eichenstraße, Berlin, Germany

MUSIC | Musikfest Berlin

📅 Friday, September 2nd — Tuesday, September 20th

Berlin’s annual Musikfest features 27 different classical music performances across a whopping 19 days. Its program includes a total of 35 composers and 20 different orchestras from around the world. Notable participants include all three of Munich’s philharmonic orchestras, along with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela and the Ensemble Musikfabrik, among many others. The events will be held in the splendid Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

📍 Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 254880

📍 Schaperstraße 24, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 254890

© Ali Ghandtschi

LITERATURE | International Literature Festival

📅 Wednesday, September 7th — Saturday, September 17th

Berlin’s International Literature Festival is in its 16th year, boasting an even more interesting series of events, readings, and symposiums than ever. Literary figures hail to the city from around the world to participate, and works are presented in many different languages. The festival program covers a multitude of genres including a portion dedicated to youth literature. Find out more about the festival’s organization here.

📍 Chausseestraße 5, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 27878620

FASHION | Vogue Fashion Night Out

📅Thursday, September 8th

Luckily, the fashion forward feels we’ll all certainly be experiencing after Bread & Butter won’t wane too quickly thanks to events like Vogue Fashion Night Out. Strut your stuff at the iconic Bikini Berlin and elsewhere at this special shopping night where some of Berlin’s most high-end brands will be offering discounts and other deals. Plus, the celebrated photographer Joachim Baldauf will be there.

📍 Budapester Straße 38 – 50, Berlin, Germany

FOOD | Bite Club

📅Friday, September 9th

It’s always good to have a bit of closure when mourning the loss of something that was cherished; in this case, we’re talking about the summer. Stop by Bite Club, Berlin’s legendary street food feast on its final day, Friday, September 9th. The sheer diversity and plentitude of yummy treats on offer is enough to make anyone swoon. Some of our favorite food stalls include the tasty Isaan style dishes at Khwan BBQ and the sweet and savory Southern food at Humble Pie.

📍 Eichenstraße 4, Berlin, Germany

CULTURE | Pyronale

📅 Friday, September 9th — Saturday, September 10th

On September 9th, come to the 11th Pyronale at Olympiastadion. Berlin has always been known for its unique, edgy style, and this festival certainly offers something different. The Pyronale is a fireworks competition, and it’s definitely far from the amateur stuff we’re used to on New Year’s Eve. In fact, the Pyronale is actually an invitational where the world’s best pyro technicians participate. Creative and artistic, this audiovisual experience will surpass any expectations.

📍 Olympischer Pl. 3, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 20634952

MUSIC | Lollapalooza Berlin

📅 Saturday, September 10th — Sunday, September 11th

Maybe it’s our convenient central location or the long legacy of musicians who have graced our streets, but Berlin has certainly been lucky to receive many of the world’s best musicians throughout the years. In fact, it can be difficult to keep track of all these performances before it’s too late! Thankfully, Lollapalooza Berlin offers the chance to see a good number of artists in one place. Where else could you catch Radiohead casually playing a show at the park?

📍 Alt-Treptow, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 25002333

© Marco Funke

ART | Berlin Art Week

📅Tuesday, September 13th — Sunday, September 18th

Berlin Art Week is an excellent chance to experience openings at Berlin’s hippest galleries including the likes of Croy Nielsen, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, and Capitan Petzel. Many galleries hold special exhibitions and are open for extended hours at this time, giving us the ability to catch the best of the best in Berlin’s contemporary art scene. Berlin Art Week’s program includes an exciting litany of talks, films, and art fairs as well.

📍Various locations throughout the city

FILM | Downunder Berlin — Australian and New Zealand Film Festival

📅 Wednesday, September 14th — Sunday, September 18th

Believe it or not, Australian influences go beyond the range of third wave coffee shops cropping up around the city that sell elaborate avo-toasts for brunch. Considering the number of Aussie expats that call Berlin home, it only makes sense that some of their culture has been woven into the broad and eclectic fabric of Berlin’s film scene. Indeed, Downunder Berlin offers much more insight both visually and creatively into life in the south Pacific.

📍 Moviemento Kino, Kottbusser Damm 22, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 6924785

MUSIC | 9 Jahre Renate

📅 Friday, September 16th- Monday, September 19th

There’s nothing quite like a night of clubbing and gallivanting around the city while the weather is warm. Come along for this three-day event that facilitates doing what many Berliners probably are anyway: getting lost in the throes of techno oblivion for the entire duration of the weekend until it’s time for work once again on Monday. Head to Renate, one of Berlin’s hippest clubs, to enjoy this three-day nonstop party.

📍 Alt-Stralau 70, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 25041426
HISTORY | Dead Ladies Show

📅 Tuesday, September 20th

Berliners aren’t known for sugar coating things, and the Dead Ladies Show on the 20th serves as a perfect example of what we mean. ACUD Studio presents this fun evening of remembrance dedicated to the lives of four forgotten women who played important roles in history. The list includes a set of abolitionists, a French photographer and an avant-garde poet. Drinks will be served.

📍 Veteranenstraße 21, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 44359497

FOOD | 72hrs True Italian Food

📅 Thursday, September 22nd

If weekend benders comprised of clubbing aren’t really your thing, how about a three-day stint dedicated to authentic Italian gastronomy? Over 40 different Italian wineries, restaurants, and pizzerias from around the city will be participating, and for a fixed price of just Є6, it’s possible to enjoy a meal along with a glass of wine. We really couldn’t think of a better way to explore the city than on an Italian food tour, and it really could take 72hrs to enjoy this event to its fullest.

📍 Various locations around the city

FESTIVAL | Oktoberfest at Kurt-Schumacher Damm

📅 Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, October 16th

While Berlin is long ways away from Munich, it doesn’t mean that we have to bypass the merrymaking associated with Germany’s annual Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest at Kurt-Schumacher Damm, in particular, will have all the essential components of a celebration on the Wiese, including beer, dirndls, and dancing.

📍 Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, Berlin, Germany

SPORT | Berlin Marathon

📅 Sunday, September 25th

The Berlin Marathon is one of a handful of the world’s premiere running events. More world records have been set on the Berlin Marathon course than any other in the world. The race is also known for its enthusiastic crowds, and over 40,000 people competed last year. Watch out for running superstars like Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele who are two of this year’s most notorious competitors.

📍 Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany

© Raving Iran

FILM | Premiere: Raving Iran

📅 Monday, September 26th

On September 26th, it will finally be possible watch the premiere of the movie everyone’s been talking about: Raving Iran. This film follows two DJs in the underground world of clubbing in Iran, where the entire culture that we take so much for granted in Berlin is strictly forbidden. The level of fear present throughout the film is truly palpable, offering a striking contrast to the cultural freedom that has allowed Berlin’s own techno-counterculture to become something of an institution.

📍 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 240661

COMEDY | Bein Open Session

📅 Thursday, September 29th

Come enjoy some friendly English improv comedy at this month’s installment of Bein Open Session at T Berlin in the trendy district of Kreuzberg. Presented by the English Improv Network, Bein Open Session offers English speakers the rare chance to attend live comedy performances. In addition to the show, perks of the venue include creative tea-inspired cocktails and snacks.

📍 Fidicinstraße 38 Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

MUSIC | Suzanne Vega

📅 Friday, September 30th

Even in 2016, Suzanna Vega’s popularity hasn’t waned much in Berlin. Her tunes still grace the radio daily, and the city’s affections are only magnified when she pays a visit. At the end of the month, Vega will be performing at Passionskirche in the trendy Bergmannkiez. Come and enjoy all her hits because this fun, pop-rock show is not to be missed. Get your tickets here.

📍 Marheinekeplatz 1, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 69401241

FESTIVAL | Berlin Leuchtet

📅 Friday, September 30th – Sunday, October 16th

Close out the month with a festival. Berlin Leuchtet to be exact. Meaning ‘Berlin Shines,’ this festival is something of a precursor for Berlin’s Festival of Lights in October, but it certainly boasts many of its own unique attractions. Kick off the festival with a ship tour where it’s possible to access these stunning light displays from the serene waters of the Spree.

📍 Various locations around the city

landscape with balloons floating in the air


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