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What to do in March: Berlin’s best events this month

Not sure what to do this month? We've got you covered: these are the best events in Berlin this March.

The month is packed with cultural highlights, like one of Berlin’s biggest festivals for experimental and avant-garde music; MaerzMusik. Photo: IMAGO/DRAMA-Berlin.de

We’ve made it! Spring is just around the corner, and March is one of the best months in Berlin: spring exhibitions are opening, tourists have yet to arrive en masse and the warmer weather makes being outside fun again. So what’s going on? This is the very best of March in Berlin:

March 1

Tour of the exhibition Wolf Biermann: A Poet and Songwriter in Germany

Photo: IMAGO / Jürgen Ritter

As far as poetry is concerned, it doesn’t get more maverick than Wolf Biermann. One of Germany’s best-known songwriters, Biermann’s expulsion from East Berlin in 1976 is seen by many as the beginning of the end of the DDR. Hear more about his fascinating life at this one-off English tour of the exhibition.

  • Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte, 15:00, details.

Gesundbrewing – Craft Beer Festival

Photo: IMAGO / Pond 5 Images

Ever wanted to make your joy of day drinking into a highbrow hobby? Come down to the Castle for a day of sipping and sampling the best of Berlin’s craft beer. With a huge beer garden, cosy interior and free entry – peg this on any boozy weekend itinerary.

  • The Castle Berlin Mitte, Invalidenstr. 129, Mitte, 15:00-22:00, also on March 2nd, details.

March 2

Ambient Yoga

Photo: Quantum Oddity Gallery

Find your flow at this unique yoga class, which combines art (on the walls) and music (in the form of a custom playlist curated by the artists) to achieve total zen.

  • Quantum Oddity Gallery, Kurfürstendamm 210, Charlottenburg, 11:00, details.

Archives Day

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Now in its 10th year, Archives Day offers a chance to see behind the scenes of Berlin’s state collections. A programme of lectures, films and talks illuminate the city’s history.

  • Various locations, through March 3rd, free entrance, details.

Country to Country 2024

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Get your cowboy boots on, Europe’s biggest country festival is coming to town. Taking place over two days and with big names like Old Dominion, Brad Paisley and Lauren Alaina headlining, it is set to be one for the books.

  • Verti Music Hall, Mercedes-Platz 2, Friedrichshain, through March 3rd, details.

March 3

Indoor Greening: Plant fashion over time

Photo: IMAGO / Schöning

We’re well into the era of the Monstera, but if you don’t have one at home, this guided tour of the Berlin Botanic Garden’s greenhouses with biologist Beate Senska is bound to reinspire your indoor jungle.

  • Botanischer Garten, Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Charlottenburg, 10:00 – 11:30, details.

Museum Sunday

Photo: IMAGO / Panthermedia

It’s that time of the month again! Grab a Zeitfensterticket and enjoy Berlin’s vast cultural offerings at all state-owned museums and galleries, completely free of charge. Looking for some Museum Sunday tips? Check out our guide to our favourite participating museums.

March 6

Berlin: A post-colonial metropolis

Photo: © Zeller

This is not your typical book launch. To celebrate the release of Berlin – A postcolonial Metropolis, author Oumar Diallo and Dr Joachim Zeller are giving a free historical-critical city tour in Mitte to trace Berlin’s oft-forgotten colonial legacy.

  • Mitte Museum Berlin, Pankstr. 47, Mitte, 18:30, free entrance, details.

March 7

MAGMA

Graphics: Crapule Graphique

The perfect Thursday night out with experimental bass music, an all-FLINTA lineup and 100% of the proceeds going to charity, MAGMA’s inaugural event is set to be spectacular.

  • Kirche Von Unten, Storkower Str. 119, Prenzlauer Berg, 22:00, details.

Moonbreaker 2121

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Ever wanted to boogie on the moon? This 360-degree sound and video “travelling” installation transports you to the imagined festival Moonbreaker 2121 and is in Berlin for one night only.

  • Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg, 21:30, details.

Run Against Racism

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International Women’s Day is a chance to take to the streets – or maybe even run them. Join a group of Berlin runners and activists for an inclusively-paced 6 km jog to show solidarity with marginalised groups facing discrimination. Come early for a self-defence workshop.

  • Aquarium at Südblock, Admiralstr. 1-2, Kreuzberg, workshop starts 18:00, run starts at 19:00, free participation, details.

March 8

Night Sessions

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Moderated by head conductor Joanna Mallwitz, the theme of this week’s night session, which always includes a concert and a talk, is the act of creation, and features a conversation with the up-and-coming chef Sophia Rudolf.

  • Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt 2, Mitte, doors open at 20:30, details.

International Women’s Day Protest

Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

You know the drill. On this federal holiday, join the protests happening all over the world to take a stand for gender equality.

  • Meet at Oranienplatz, Kreuzberg, starts 11:30, details.

March 9

Pinky Promise: Underwater Fantasies

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The perfect gateway event for the kink-curious, Pinky Promise sports a lineup of DJs and cabaret performers for the dance and party vibes, and offers a selection of workshops for the academic section of the evening. Learn all about consent culture or navigating non-monogamy in the company of experts and like-minded folks. There’s also a number of dedicated play spaces to explore and enjoy.

  • Club OST, Alt-Stralau 1-2, Friedrichshain, starts 22:00, details.

Irish Energy

Photo: Shane Hynane, Bealtaine

Joseph Beuys had a lifelong interest in Ireland and even called it “The Brain of Europe”. With this as its entry point, the exhibition showcases the work of nine Irish contemporary artists.

  • Die Möglichkeit Einer Insel, Inselstr. 7, Mitte, through April 7th, details.

An Evening of Frederike Mayröcker

Photo: © Alexander Wells

Organised and hosted by Exberliner Books Editor Alexander Wells and Stage Editor Sanders Isaac Bernstein, this evening features readings by Donna Stonecipher, Alexander Booth and Ryan Ruby, among others.

  • Lettrétage, Veteranenstr. 21, Mitte, starts at 20:30, details.

Filthy Pleasures BBQ Pop Up

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Serving up classic BBQ with a Mexican twist, Filthy Pleasures has taken Berlin’s food scene by storm since they started smokin’ those meats in 2018. A bite of their legendary pork belly will be enough to convert you, and their devoted fanbase are known to queue around the block. Arrive at 11:00 and ready to brave the line, they are open until they sell out.

  • Location not yet confirmed, starts at 12:00, details.

March 11

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic

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Reinventing what orchestra can be, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic needs to be seen to be believed. With heavy metal influences and trippy light choreography, trust you are in safe hands, and enjoy the ride.

  • Berliner Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1, Tiergarten, starts at 20:00, details.

March 13

Voices of Women from Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Armenia

The monthly event is part of the Sound of Trees series, which explores the somatic and spiritual effects of musical instruments. With just 15 spaces in this intimate venue, priority is given to BIPOC attendees.

  • Spore Initiative, Hermannstr. 86, Neukölln, from 18:00 – 20:00 (in German and English), details.

March 14

UNITY

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In March, this weekly event at KitKat will begin inviting art collectives to incorporate installations and performances into the space. Dance to trance and techno at this iconic kink venue – oh, and there’s free candy!

  • KitKat Club, Köpenicker Str. 76 / Brückenstr. 1, Friedrichshain, starts at 22:00, details.

March 15

Polari

Artwork: mycheapdreams

Berghain plays host to Polari Records, a music label from DJ and podcaster Cormac, whose takeover of Panorama Bar promises a stacked lineup including Josh Caffé, Jordan Nocturne and The xx’s Romy.

  • Panorama Bar, Berghain, Am Wriezener bhf, Friedrichshain, starts at 22:00, details.

MaerzMusik

Photo: IMAGO/DRAMA-Berlin.de

This festival for experimental and avant-garde music brings together artists, instrumentalists and composers from across the world.

  • Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstr. 24, Charlottenburg, and other venues, through March 24th, details.

Charlottenwalk

Photo: Charlottenwalk

This free art crawl will take you through both the titans and the up-and-coming talent of Charlottenburg’s contemporary art scene. Historians provide insight into the galleries, so even the most seasoned art aficionados will learn something new.

  • Various galleries in Charlottenburg, from 18:00 – 21:00, through March 16th, details.

March 16

Queer Weekender

Graphic by Josefineaspvik

Hosted by That Gay Creation, this jam-packed day of live music, street food, workshops and an open decks session isn’t one to miss.

  • Holzmarkt 25, Holzmarktstr. 25, Friedrichshain, from 12 – 21:30, through March 17th, details.

Soft Power

Photo: © Hamid Zenati

This group show looks at how textile design can be used as an artistic means to address and call into question power relations. Three sections each deal with production conditions, patterns and fabric structures, and connections to the past.

  • Das Minsk, Max-Planck-Str. 17, Potsdam, through August 11th, details.

Propaganda Comedy presents: Emma Dalenberg

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Emma Dalenberg combines incisive social commentary on the American dream with big-belly laughs.

  • Karakas Bar, Kurfürstenstraße 9, Charlottenburg, starts at 20:00, details.

Irish Music on Screen

Still from The Camino Voyage, d. Donal O’Ceilleachair (2018).

To mark St Patrick’s eve, cosy up to a carefully-curated selection of films on Ireland’s musical heritage. Notable mentions are the German premier of The Camino Voyage, a documentary on the 2,500 km journey from Ireland to Spain, and a film on national treasure Sinéad O’Connor.

  • Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, Mitte, starts at 14:00, details.

March 18

Bharatanatyam Dance: Nātyamālā

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The Embassy of India is hosting a free performance of the traditional Indian dance style Bharatanatyam – the oldest classical dance in India, dating back to 200 BCE – from Natya dance company, alongside a live music ensemble.

  • The Tagore Centre, Embassy of India Berlin, Tiergartenstr. 17, Tiergarten, starts at 18:00, details.

March 20

Greek Film Festival

Photo: The Greek Film Festival

The largest Greek film festival in Europe, this year offers a spotlight on Greek horror and cult films. Over four days, 29 Greek and Cyprus-centred features, shorts and documentaries will see the big screen.

  • Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, Mitte, through March 24th, starts at 14:00, details.

March 22

Nancy Holt: Circles of Light

Photo: Gropius Bau

A retrospective of the pioneer of Land art, Nancy Holt, this multimedia show spans 25 years of her creation, vibrantly mapping her working method through film, sound works and expansive installations.

  • Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, Kreuzberg, through July 21st, details.

Tree Blossom Festival

Photo: IMAGO / Jürgen Held

It’s a spring awakening: welcome the bloom of the season at the opening of Britz’s annual tree blossom festival, which combines nature with man-made amusement in the form of rides, bumper cars, bungees and a glass maze. There will also be beer, wine and Thuringian Wurst, of course.

  • Gutspark Britz, through Apr 16, details.

March 24

Running Around the Müggelturm

Photo: IMAGO/daily mirror

Celebrate the beginning of spring with the Müggelturm run: this popular spring tradition routes through the beautiful nature south of the Müggelberge and along the Dahme. The distances offered are five kilometers, ten kilometers and half marathon.

  • Wendenschloss, starts 10:00, details

March 25

MINT: An Opera on Money

Photo: IMAGO / Schöning

Based on Northern Irish choreographer and dancer Sheena McGrandles’s experience growing up in a working class family, this performance is a mix of theatre, lived history and dance exploring the relationships between money, social class and work.

  • HAU, Hallesches Ufer 34, Kreuzberg, also on March 24th, 26th & 27th, details.

Earth Hour

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Every year on March 25, participating individuals and governments turn off the lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and other ecological problems. The idea originated in Australia in 2007, but has since spread around the world – this year, watch as the Brandenburg Gate and other Berlin monuments go dark at 20:30.

March 26

The Golden Trio

Photo: thetagorecentre

Immerse yourself in the sound of India at this concert hosted by the Indian Embassy. The Golden Trio bring to the stage a mystical melange of sonics, created by the flute, the tabla – a pair of hand drums – and vocals.

  • The Tagore Centre, Embassy of India Berlin, Tiergartenstr. 17, Tiergarten, starts at 18:00, details

March 27

Die Insel

Photo: © [in]operabilities

Based on a libretto from the largely-forgotten opera Rinoaldo and Alcina (1797) by the blind composer Maria Theresia von Paradis, this adaptation is an experience for all senses, staged by an ensemble of hearing, deaf, sighted and blind artists.

  • Radialsystem, Holzmarktstr. 33, Friedrichshain, starts at 20:00, also on March 28th, details.

March 28

House of Lunacy

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Usually known for its come-as-you-are policy, tonight Wilde Renate transforms into a bohemian, hedonistic universe once more as House of Lunacy takes over. The event asks partygoers to wear an outfit that responds to the theme “Flora, Fauna, Funghi”. Take it seriously, else you might be denied entry!

  • Wilde Renate, Alt-Stralau 70, Friedrichshain, starts at 22:00, details.

Happy Days

Photo: © Quelle: Reservix-System

Part of Zeitgeist Irland’s exciting lineup of Irish arts and culture events, this production of Samuel Beckett’s dystopian classic Happy Days will take the stage to kick off a spring season of Irish theatre.

  • English Theatre, Fidicinstr. 40, Neukölln, through to June 8th, details.

Friday 29

Critical Mass

Photo: Critical Mass Berlin

With better weather on the horizon, you have no excuse not to head out and shut down the streets of Berlin en masse with all the other bikers, bladers, lights, music and a healthy dose of bell-dinging.

  • Starts Mariannenplatz, Kreuzberg, starts at 20:00, details.

March 31

Feieramt Easter

lMAGO / Jürgen Held

Look forward to a special Easter special, with a versatile lineup including Spanish techno legend Eduardo De La Calle, Parisian DJ Toscan Haas and up-and-coming US artist Ashley Lucas, hitting the Feieramt decks for the first time.

  • ÆDEN, Schleusenufer 2, Kreuzberg, starts at 23:00, details.