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What to do in July: The best Berlin events

Your guide to summer in the city - find out what to do this July with our round-up of the best Berlin events.

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It’s Pride season and things are hotting up on the streets of Berlin with loads of events to look forward to. Will you be donning your most fabulous rainbow outfit for the iconic Christopher Street Day parade, or mooching around a farmers market? Either way don’t forget suncream. 

July 1  

Jazz Week Berlin 

Photo: Tyler Nix / Unsplash

The fifth edition of Jazz Week kicks off this month’s musical treats. Jazz fans can look forward to a diverse series of gigs, from mainstream to avant-garde and improvised music. This year will also feature discussion panels focusing on the question of spaces, both physical and creative. Groovy stuff.

  • Jazzwoche Berlin various locations, July 1-7 , details

Rainbow bike demo Potsdam

Photo: IMAGO / Martin Müller

“Greater visibility, acceptance and openness towards the LGBTIQ+ community in Brandenburg” is the mission of Potsdam’s rainbow bike demo. Started in 2020 by three friends, this pride on wheels event has been growing in popularity year on year. Hop on your bike and join in. 

  • Luisenplatz, Potsdam, starting at 15:00, details

Kreuzberg festival

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Over three days, three stages and showcasing over 40 bands, the Kreuzberg festival delivers those perfect summer music vibes. With a diverse offering from glam rock to experimental electroacoustic, there’s something for everyone. 

  • Kreuzbergstraße, June 30 – July 2, details 

July 2

Queer Summer Splash 

Photo: Emmanuele Contini

The Queer Summer Splash at Prinzenbad in Kreuzberg has become an essential event of Berlin Pride, with DJs, drinks stands, food trucks and of course the pool to cool off after all that dancing. Celebrate the queer takeover of the sommerbad in your cutest speedos. 

  • Sommerbad Kreuzberg, 12:00-21:00 details 

July 4

PRUSSIAN PALACES. COLONIAL HISTORIES. 

Paul Carl Leygebe, The Tobacco Society of King Frederick I in Prussia © SPSG / Gerhard Murza

This special exhibition in Charlottenburg Palace tells the stories of people forcibly brought to Berlin and Potsdam from the 18th to the early 20th century. A multidisciplinary collaboration between artists and historians, the exhibition explores Germany’s colonial past through the personal stories of non-Europeans and their lives in Germany. 

  • Charlottenburg Palace, July 4-31, details

Book launch: Jennifer Neal

Photo: Janine Kuehn

The American-Australian author will be in conversation with fellow writer Jessica J. Lee about her new coming of age novel, Notes on her Color. It’s one of Electric Literature’s Books by Women of Colour to Read this Year, and Lettrétage always delivers an intimate and inspiring book launch.

July 6 

Eva Fàbregas

Eva Fàbregas, Growths, 2022, Photo: Amande Dionne

The Barcelona-London based artist uses the Hamburger Bahnhof’s industrial exhibition hall to spectacular effect with a huge site-specific installation. It’s her biggest solo exhibit yet, taking the visitor on an audio visual journey through giant hanging organ-like sculptures. Fleshy fun for all the family.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, July 6 – Jan 7, details 

Heroines of Sound Festival 

Photo: Ulla C. Binder 2343 for Heroines Of Sound2022

Over 50 artists deliver ten concerts, a sound art exhibition and discussion panels at the genre-spanning feminist festival Heroines of Sound. The electric guitar is taking the spotlight this year, with a focus on microtonality and drones.

  • Radialsystem, July 6-9, details 

July 8 

Rave the Planet 

Photo: Sebastian Wischmann

“Music is the Answer” is the motto of Rave the Planet’s 2023 demonstration celebrating Berlin’s techno culture, with the ultimate aim of getting it recognised as Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage. Get your rave gear on and join the march to celebrate how electronic music brings us all together. 

  • Straße des 17. Juni, 14:00-22:00, details 

Clouds and Light: Impressionism in Holland 

Jacoba van Heemskerck: Two Trees, 1910. Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Part of Museum Barberini’s theme year “Holland in Potsdam”, Clouds and Light focuses on Dutch artists’ take on French Impressionism. Moving from cloudy skies to cityscapes, the exhibition brings together over one hundred works by forty Dutch artists. A pastel shaded feast for the eyes.

  • Museum Barberini, July 8 – Oct 22, details

Spreewald handicraft and farmer’s market 

Photo: Burg im Spreewald

For those wishing to escape the baking heat of the city streets take a journey out of town to the bucolic Spreewald. In the town of Burg you’ll find a weekend festival celebrating all things Spreewald, from traditional crafts such as embroidery and basket weaving, to the ubiquitous barrels full of gherkins and other yummy regional specialities. 

  • Festplatz in Burg, July 8-9 , details

Refuge Worldwide 

Come ready for a workout as the Berlin community radio station presents its latest neighbourhood dance. DJs from the Refuge Worldwide team serve up eight hours of music over two floors at arkaoda in Neukölln. Yum. 

  • arkaoda, 22:00 – 06:00, details

Staatsoper for everyone

Photo: Peter Adamik

One of the most atmospheric outdoor events of the summer, these two free open air performances by the Staatsoper always draw a big crowd. On this, its 17th edition, you can listen to the opera Don Carlo on Saturday or some Wagner and Bruckner on Sunday. Bring your own chair or picnic blanket, and don’t forget the champagne. 

  • Bebelplatz,  July 8-9 starting at 19:00, details 

July 9 

Berlin Fire Brigade open day 2023  

Photo: IMAGO / Seeliger

After a four year hiatus the Berlin Fire Brigade’s open day is back, promising a fun day out for young and old. Good luck dragging the little ones away from the live demonstrations, hands on fire fighting activities and vehicle exhibitions. 

  • Ehemaliger Flughafen Tegel, 10:00-18:00, details 

QUEERDOS The Sultry Bitch Theory

An evening of spoken word performances with QUEERDOS Kollektiv. The night will focus on performances that probe the norms and boundaries of expressing queer intimacy. 

  • Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 20:00-23:45, details 

July 10 

Berlin Fashion Week  

Photo: Berlin Fashion Week

The world’s fashion elite descends on Berlin for a week in July for trade fairs, discussion panels and exhibitions as well as numerous runway shows. Our city has always been at the cutting edge of fashion, and this year the focus is on design sustainability, inclusion and innovation. 

  • Berlin Fashion Week 2023 various locations, July 10-15, details 

July 13

Spanish Dialogues: Picasso Works from the Museum Berggruen  

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Nusch, 1937 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe / Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

A special exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, Spanish Dialogues brings together a selection of his works alongside 14th to 18th century Spanish artworks.

  • Bode-Museum, July 13 – Jan 21, details

Isa Genzken. 75/75

Isa Genzken, Schauspieler, 2013. Privatsammlung Rheinland. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

The Neue Nationalgalerie is celebrating Berlin artist Isa Genzken on the occasion of her 75th birthday with an exhibition of 75 of her sculptures, from the 1970s to the present day. 

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, July 13 – Nov 27, details

July 14

Bite Club Birthday Edition

Photo: Bite Club

The first rule of Bite Club – invite all your friends to Bite Club’s 10th birthday celebration. An evening of yummy and varied street food, including Berlin favourites such as Brammibals Donuts, Chutnify and Kebap mit Attitude. Come along and chow down.

  • Berlin Arena, starting at 17:00, details

Botanical Night

Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

Once a year the Botanical Garden is open for two nights of lights, music and performance. The gardens are divided into eight areas, each with a distinct theme. You can wander the Silent Mountains, skip through the Swirling Meadows or explore the Dark Forest, if you dare…

  • Botanischer Garten, July 14-15, details

July 15

Lesbian and Gay City Festival

Photo: IMAGO / Pond5

Europe’s largest Lesbian and Gay festival lights up Nollendorfplatz again this year with food trucks, six stages of music and a wide range of LGBT* group projects on display. Their slogan this year is “Equal Rights for the Unequal” – another stellar event in the Berlin Pride Month calendar.

  • Nollendorfplatz , July 15 – 16 starting 11:00, details 

July 20

KENAKO Africa Festival

Photo: Lanaya © kristografie KENAKO 2019

KENAKO Africa Festival celebrates its 10th birthday with ten days of concerts and discussion panels, this year focusing on African voices taking on the challenges of climate change. 

  • Alexanderplatz, July 20-30, details 

Canal Pride

Photo: © wattskonzept KG

Set sail in one of fourteen party boats across Berlin with Canal Pride. Each boat is sponsored by a different association and organised by people from across the Berlin queer nightlife scene. Top DJs and performers will keep you entertained both on board and at the after party at Osthafen. All hands on deck.

  • Canal Pride various locations, check in at 17:30, details

July 21

Nation of Gondwana  

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The Nation of Gondwana describes itself as a realitätsfluchthilfe – reality escape help – since 1993. Parallel world tourists gather at Waldsee, about 30 minutes outside of Berlin for this 29th edition of the renowned techno festival. Far out.

Open day at the Berlin University of the Arts  

Photo: UdK Berlin

At the end of the academic year the university opens its doors for visitors to look round its workshops, studios and rehearsal rooms. It’s another staple of the Berlin cultural summer, and a great opportunity to see new work from young artists. 

  • Universität der Künste, July 21-23, 11:00-22:00 , details

Dyke March 

Photo: IMAGO / ABACAPRESS

This year celebrating their 10th birthday, the Dyke March hits the streets of Kreuzberg and Neukölln to promote the visibility and safety of the Lesbian community in Berlin. Join in for the demo and the Dykes* Do It Better after party at Festsaal Kreuzberg. 

  • Festsaal Kreuzberg, starting at 18:00, details 

Hoffest: 33 Jahre Schokoladen

Photo: dave_e_d

Don’t expect any chocolate here, but rather a celebration of Berlin’s alternative culture and plenty of cheap beer. Kuluturprojekt Schokoladen is a bar, club, reading stage and concert venue, throwing its doors open with free entry for the weekend. Come to hear punk, indie and post rock tunes. 

  • Schokoladen, July 21-23, details 

July 22

Christopher Street Day 

Photo: IMAGO / Zoonar

Around one million people take part in the Christopher Street Day parade, the biggest event in the Berlin Pride Month calendar. This year we’re marching under the bilingual slogan “Be their voice – and ours! …für mehr Empathie und Solidarität”. Join in for the march around Mitte ending at the Brandenburg Gate for Berlin’s loudest and proudest event of the summer.

  • Leipziger Straße, starting at 12:00, details 

July 28

WHOLE Festival 

Photo: WHOLE Festival

About an hour south west of Berlin by train, WHOLE Festival unites queer collectives from all over the world. Four days of workshops, art installations, skinny dipping and of course, great music. Come for techno, house, disco and much more. 

  • Ferropolis, July 28-31, details 

Awkwardly Social @ about blank

Photo: alana naumann

Berlin label Awkwardkly Social are back with another big one this summer. Head down to about blank for some quality curated tunes and varied international lineup of DJs. 

  • ://about blank, 23:59-10:00, details 

July 29 

Adidas Runners City Night Berlin 

Photo: © SCC Events, Adidas Runners City Night 2022

Get on your running shoes or your inline skates for a sunset run/roll along Ku’damm. Berlin’s world famous street is blocked to car traffic for the event, and you can choose whether to run 5k or 10k. It’s wholesome sweaty summer fun.

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, 19:00, details

Indian Summer Fest 2023

Photo: IMAGO / imagebroker

Two days of incredible Indian food from over 20 food stalls and an amazing line up of dancers, DJs and comedians celebrating the spirit of Bollywood under one roof – Indian Summer Fest is going to be a culinary and auditory feast! Join for the afterparty at Club OST to keep the party going into the small hours.

  • OST Hafen Berlin, July 29-30, details