The Berlin ABC (events in July)



What happens in Berlin and surroundings in July? Here are a few selected highlights of the month, which you can reach by public transport by bus and train inside the ABC region. 

Cover picture: Botanical Night, David Marschalsky, 2017

Art & Culture

Berlin Biennale

City Kilomba, ILLUSIONS, Vol. II, OEDIPUS, 2018, Courtesy City of Kilomba, Photo: Kathleen Kunath

Tina Turner sang the title "We Do Not Need Another Hero" in 1985, which will be referred to at this year's Biennial. The focus of the exhibitions and performances should be the fears and worries of today's society. The Berlin Forum for Contemporary Art is taking place for the tenth time and is attracting artists from all over the world to Berlin. Until September 9th, events of the public program "I'm Not Who You Think I'm Not" will be held in many different places in the city.
The entrance fee is 16 euros (reduced 10 euros).
More information about the program and venues can be found on .
Classic Open Air

Copyright: DAVIDS/Darmer, July 2009

One of the classic highlights of the summer is undoubtedly the Classic Open Air on the Gendarmenmarkt. On five evenings, from the 5th to the 9th of July, classical music will be combined with rock, pop and jazz under the open sky. Every night a different music style will be brought to the stage. For example, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau plays Wagner on one evening, on another, opera pieces such as "Nessun dorma" or "La Bohème" will be presented by the Philharmonic Orchestra Vorpommern and two choirs from Western Pomerania and Berlin. Four pianists will present themselves on the fourth evening, and on the last night Earth, Wind & Fire ("September" and "Let's Groove") and Sister Sledge ("We Are Family") will perform their classics.
The Classic Open Air opens with an anniversary: the Babelsberg Film Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary with a musical journey through national and international music history. The most beautiful melodies of the big Hollywood blockbusters but also titles from Ufa and DEFA times will be presented. Guests include rock and pop stars Peter Maffay, Cassandra Steen, Joja Wendt, Dieter Birr, Katharine Mehrling and many more. Not to be missed: The opening evening traditionally ends with a big firework show above the Berlin Konzerthaus.
Tickets are available from 51 euros. More information at .
Komische Oper Festival

Foto: Iko Freese /

From the 10th to the 15th of July the Komische Oper Berlin celebrates the end of the season and presents its latest productions on six evenings. The performances will be completed by a champagne reception, artistic performances in the breaks, as well as lectures and discussions. On the program are the pieces Semele, Die Gezeichneten, Pelléas et Mélisande, Blaubart, Die Nase and Anatevka.
Entrance fees: 12 - 89 euros.

More information at:
Botanical Night

Copyright: David Marschalsky, 2017

The tenth botanical night in the Berlin Botanical Garden takes place on two evenings. On the 20th and 21st of July, 160 artists, music and performers will take you through a journey to Botania, a dreamland of ten magical worlds. Each world tells its own story - fantastic, dramatic and rooted in nature. Both evenings end with a fantastic show of light and music.
Take a pick on last year Botanical Night:

Admission from € 35.20. More information at

Food, Drinks & Music

Royal Wine Festival Sanssouci

Statue and grapes, Sanssouci Castle Park

Anyone who wanted to celebrate in the Prussian days needed a lot of wine. Frederick the Great cultivated a royal vineyard in Potsdam since 1769, so that he could invite his guests to the castles of the Park Sanssouci not only to dance but also to drink. On the 13th and 14th of July, the seventh, royal wine festival will take place in Potsdam, where local and also wines from many other areas of Germany will be served and presented. The aim of this event is to rebuild and recultivate the historic vineyard with the money raised at the festival.
Location: Royal Vineyard, Maulbergallee 4, 14469 Potsdam

Copyright: SPK/ Gaertner. 2017

Listening to lectures, sipping a gin-tonic and sitting on the Spree you can now spend your Thursday evenings in Berlin. On the Museum Island, the temporary colonnade bar was built again this year.
Starting at 19:00, the half-hour lectures will start with different perspectives on the institution museum. Afterwards, you can relax with a cocktail or two in a deckchair and listen to the DJ.
Admission is free. A registration is not necessary.
Berlin "Spätival"

What is more common in Berlin than anywhere else? Right: Spätis! Alcoholics, tobacco, magazines, baked goods and sweets can be bought in these shops. Outside of normal store opening times, you can get in the so-called 'late sale place' (Spätverkaufsstelle: no wonder that these shops are called "Späti") everything you might have forgotten during the week when shopping. The selection ranges from toilet paper and butter to flowers for Mother's Day.
And on July 21, there's music here too. Five bands can be seen in five Spätis in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
There are pop and indie, rock, jazz & soul and hip-hop. The artists rotate between the locations and always stay for 30 minutes on the late night of your choice.
You can find out where to listen at .
Lesbian-gay city festival

Harbor view at the Lesbisch-Schwulen Stadtfest, Copyright: Brigitte Dummer

For the 26th time, the lesbian-gay city festival takes place in Berlin Schöneberg. Traditionally, the Schöneberg Town Hall will be showing the rainbow flag from 19 July. On the 21st and the 22nd of July, it will be time to clear the street for cozy beer gardens, cool cocktail and champagne bars, information and stalls, delicious food and a lot of party.
Music will be provided by six stages playing different styles from pop to electro.
Location: around the Nollendorfplatz
Time: July 21st - 11am to midnight
July 22 - 11 to 22 o'clock


Fashion Week

Berlin Fashion Week July'18

At the Berlin Fashion Week, national and international brands will present their latest collections and trends for the spring / summer 2019. At the MBFW (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin) national designers show their collections on the catwalk. The shows take place in the E-Werk from the 4th to the 6th of July and can also be seen on screens or online.
At the same time, the designers present themselves at various events in the city. The Panorama will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of July at the Berlin Exhibition Center. Here international fashion brands present their latest collections in 10 halls.
A special feature this year: on the 4th of July, Michi Beck (singer at the Fantastischen Vier) and his wife Uli Beck open a pop-up store at Alte Schönhauser Straße 15 to present their first urban-style fashion collection "Blinded". (More on
And worthy of note: From the 3rd to the 5th of July, Kraftwerk will host two fashion fairs with a focus on sustainability. The Ethical Fashion Show and the Greenshow value resource efficiency, recycling concepts and fair-trade in fashion production. At the Greenshow, beauty labels will also show sustainable product ideas from makeup products to hair and skin care.

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