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What's On This Month In Berlin | May 2016

What's On This Month In Berlin | May 2016

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Updated: 30 May 2016
While the German bank holiday system can seem a little odd to foreigners (really, a bank holiday on a Sunday? Banks are always closed on a Sunday!), there are enough free days this month to mean that even the lost committed fun-employed Berliner has plenty to do as locals flock outside to top up their severely depleted Vitamin D and begin the five month long affair with sitting by the Spree with a Sterni.


ART | Gallery Weekend

29th- April – 1st May

More than 50 galleries, which throw open their doors and invite curious art buffs and baffled tourists with equal delight

TALK | Re:Publica

1st May

One of the most significant events in digital culture; this year’s event will include discussions on internet politics, music and culture.

MUSIC | Mozart Mai

2nd – 4th May

This month, the team at the Kommischer Oper celebrate the work of Mozart with a number of concerts throughout May.

PARTY | [format]mensch

4th May

[format]mensch is a night of smart discussion and interesting guests followed by a night of revelry at KaterBlau.

EVENT | Pictoplasma

7th May

One of the world’s most important events in contemporary character design comes to Berlin for a day of talks and coaching for artists and fans alike.


PERFORMANCE | Berlin Burlesque Week

4th – 13th May

Germany’s biggest burlesque festival brings cabaret’s biggest influencers, parties, live shows, and workshops for nine days of non-stop acts.

FILM | Remainder Preview

9th May

Omer Fast’s first feature film is previewed at Kreuzberg’s Freiluftkino this May.

PARTY   |   Berlin Bruisers’  Violet Variete’

13th May

Indulge in a mixture of sports, comedy, music and heaps of drunk people singing.

PARTY | 3 Years Humboldthain Club


Humboldthain Club will feature a massive line-up of electro, funk, and hip hop in celebration of three years in the capital.

PARTY | Berries Does Cherries

14th May

Back for a second round, Cherries returns for Berries Does Cherries, the cheeky spin off of Berries (one of the biggest hip hop nights in Berlin).


CULTURE | Carnival of Cultures

13th – 16th May

This four-day event includes dance, music, readings, and drama, and it culminates in a day-long parade on Pentecost Sunday.

ART | Prehistoric Art

16th May

A highly reviewed exhibition draws to its conclusion this May at Martin Gropius Bau.

MUSIC | Valley Of The Sun

17th May

Valley Of The Sun’s concert offers some respite from the minimal electro that’s playing elsewhere, as they tour their new album Volume Rock.

FOOD | Seafood Festival

21st – 22nd May

The Berlin Seafood Festival is a culinary meeting of raw and fresh seafood produce coupled with Berlin’s finest street seafood vendors.


CULTURE  |   International Museum Day

22nd May

This year’s annual International Museum Day should excite everyone that has been putting off that visit to the Natural History Museum or the Altes Geschichte Museum until a rainy day.

CULTURE   |   Asia Pacific Week

23rd May- 3rd June

A week-long dialogue between Germany and her partners in Asia – a cultural exchange with workshops, lectures and more.

COMEDY   |   Bein Open At T Berlin

26th May

Berlin English Improv Network’s monthly ‘jam’ with some of the best English language comedy in the city.

COMEDY | It’s All News To Me

27th May

English-speaking comedians cast a satirical eye over current events for an audience of politically savvy (or else potentially sauced) listeners.