From a spectacular evening of events at Potsdam’s Sanssouci palace to the Pop-Kultur music festival (previously known as Berlin Music Week), August offers a wealth of fun things to do and see in Berlin. Take a look at our top city picks below.
4-6 August: Internationales Berliner Bierfestival
The Internationales Berliner Bierfestival celebrates German beer and international ale with a three-day folk festival. Around 340 breweries from 87 countries showcase their drinks along the event’s Biermeile (beer mile) – a section of the Karl-Marx-Allee in the Friedrichshain district, between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor U-Bahn underground stations. The festival, which offers approximately 2,400 different beer specialities, focuses on a different country or region each year and the theme for 2017 is beers from North Rhine-Westphalia.
Internationales Berliner Bierfestival, Karl-Marx-Allee, 10243 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6576 3560
11 August-2 September: Tanz im August dance festival
Tanz im August – Dance in August – is a well-established international contemporary dance festival that promotes new dance formats and innovative choreography. Performances often include German premieres and Berlin debuts. Alongside prestigious events such as the Montpellier Danse and Festival ImPulsTanz in Vienna, this is one of the most renowned dance festivals in Europe.
The main venue is the Hebbel am Ufer theatre (HAU), famous for its progressive productions, and performances also take place at various other venues across Berlin. Workshops, concerts and parties are part of the festival too, and the full programme will be available on the Tanz im August website shortly before the festival starts.
Tanz im August, Hebbel am Ufer, Stresemannstrasse 29, 10963 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2590 0427
19 August: Lange Nacht der Museen
Lange Nacht der Museen – Long Night of Museums – is an event that sees more than 100 Berlin museums and cultural institutions open the doors to their collections on the night of 19 August. During these late-night opening hours, visitors will have the opportunity to take a closer look at paintings, sculptures and installations, and enjoy a number of performances and concerts.
This is also a chance to discover Berlin’s art scene as, from 6pm to 2am, artists, musicians and dancers produce temporary artworks in unique settings. The artistic programme includes highlights suitable for all age groups. Information hubs for the event are located at the Kulturforum cultural centre and Potsdamer Platz square.
19 August: Potsdamer Schlössernacht
The Potsdamer Schlössernacht – Potsdam Night of the Palaces – brings the lives of the Prussian kings to life at Sanssouci palace. This yearly event invites visitors to discover the palace’s gardens, parks and temples, and offers a glimpse into the baroque lifestyle of Frederick II, also known as Frederick the Great.
In the gardens, visitors will encounter classical music, dance and theatre performances, which give an insight into popular attractions from centuries ago, while a number of informal lectures will present the thoughts and visions of 18th-century society.
Potsdamer Schlössernacht, Sanssouci, Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam
23-25 August: Pop-Kultur
Pop-Kultur (previously called Berlin Music Week) is a three-day music festival that takes place at the Kulturbrauerei art centre in the city’s Prenzlauer Berg area. The festival features numerous concerts as well as workshops, readings, film screenings, discussions and performances. It offers musicians, artists and people working in different branches of the music industry the opportunity to meet, network and exchange ideas.
Pop-Kultur also promotes contemporary scientific discourse on music, society, and urban development. The aim is to explore trends and influences in contemporary pop music as well as to examine freedom and constraints within the industry, which have both cultural and economic effects.
Pop-Kultur, Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin