Concierge Confidential: Berlin’s Best Summer Festivals 2023

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As the Head Concierge at Hotel de Rome, it’s Steff Bäslack’s mission to seek out the best and brightest of Berlin’s cultural calendar. This is particularly easy in the summer, when Berlin presents itself as a city of fun, freedom, and festivals. From celebrating the LGBTQ community to embracing art in all its forms, here are the Berlin summer festivals that most perfectly capture the essence of this vibrant city.

A Celebration of Love and Equality: Berlin Pride/CSD – 22nd July

Berlin Pride is a colourful event that encapsulates the city's open-minded, fun, and progressive spirit. Since its inception in 1979, Berlin Pride has grown exponentially, as thousands of visitors from Germany and around the world flock to experience the vibrant parades, non-stop parties, and boatloads of glitter. 

The main day is called Christopher Street Day, in honour of the original setting of New York’s Stonewall Riots, a landmark moment in the LGBTQ liberation movement and reminder of the political dimension of the festival. To get there, simply take public transport to the city centre, and let the good times roll.

 

Unleashing Your Inner Artist: 48 Hours Neukölln - Play(ground) – 23rd-25th June

For a truly unique Berlin experience, don't miss 48 Hours Neukölln, an annual art festival that transforms the bustling district of Neukölln into a vibrant playground for creatives. During the festival, the streets, galleries, and hidden corners of the neighbourhood come alive with over 400 artistic projects, installations, and performances that encourage playful interactions and thought-provoking encounters. 

This year's theme, ‘Play(ground)’, challenges both artists and visitors to engage with the spaces and people around them, and to creatively explore the boundaries of free expression. To join the fun, simply hop on the U-Bahn to Neukölln and let your curiosity guide you.

Dance Under the Stars: Airing Out Festival 2023 – 13th July to 5th August

Airing Out, the open air festival at the Humboldt Forum, offers an irresistible blend of music, culture, and the great outdoors. Curated by “scene maven” Melissa Perales, the festival lineup features acts from the global south alongside local heroes, showcasing a diverse range of musical styles and performances. As you move to the rhythm of DJ sets and live music, allow yourself to be immersed in the festival's atmosphere, which encourages critical thinking and a fresh perspective on the world. Families are invited to enjoy the popular Picture Book Cinema and Story Theatre series on the weekends. To join the festivities, make your way to the historic Schlüterhof, part of the impressive Humboldt Forum in central Berlin.

 

Discover the Unexpected: Berlin Summer Festival of Culture – June to September

The Berlin Summer Festival of Culture invites you to uncover hidden gems and artistic treasures throughout the city. From June to September, the festival offers a myriad of events in various locations, from readings in the zoo to state ballet on a ship, and impromptu theatre performances on the streets. 

With a spirit of surprise and enchantment, the Summer Festival of Culture is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Berlin's creative scene. The events are spread across the city, so be sure to check the festival's program for specific locations and times. Don't forget to bring your curiosity and a willingness to explore the unknown.

A Night of Regal Splendour: Potsdamer Schlössernacht – 18th & 19th August

A Night of Regal Splendour: Potsdamer Schlössernacht – 18th & 19th August

Step back in time and immerse yourself in a world of elegance and grandeur at the Potsdamer Schlössernacht. This annual event transforms the stunning Sanssouci Palace and its surrounding gardens into a magical setting, complete with illuminated fountains, majestic architecture, and live classical music. 

The festival offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the 18th-century Prussian court. To attend, take a short 40-minute train ride from Berlin to Potsdam and purchase tickets in advance. Dress to impress, as many guests choose to wear period costumes or formal attire, and prepare for a night of enchanting entertainment beneath the stars.

 

After a joyous day at a Berlin summer festival, our concierge team at Hotel de Rome is there to provide you with the utmost comfort and impeccable service.


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