Laundry Day 
    September 6
    One of the biggest EDM festivals in Belgium happens every September. This event brings out the hard-partying Antwerpians to dance all day and night.

    Eurovision Song Contest 
    May 6-10
    The internationally famous song festival, which brought acts like Abba and Celine Dion to prominence, is held in Copenhagen this year, which is rolling out the red carpet for the continent-wide competition.

    Berlin Pride Festival 
    May 30-June 22
    A multitude of events from a Pride Gala, to the Lesbian and Gay City Festival and of course the Pride Parade on June 21.

    Cinema Queer 
    September 18-21
    International Film Festival
    Stockholm's largest continuous queer film club will film festival!

Germany: Calendar


By OUTTraveler Editors

There’s always something going on in Germany. Book your ticket to the best events whenever your vacation days allow.

GermanyJazz Ahead!
April 24 – 27, 2014

Bremen, Germany
Numerous national and international stars have already presented their talent on the jazzahead! stages in the past! And in 2014 you can again expect to hear a lot of aspiring and big stars of jazz. MORE INFO

GermanyGallery Weekend
May 2 – 4, 2014
Berlin, Germany
Since 2004 the Gallery Weekend in Berlin has made the German capital a center for contemporary art. Always in late April, some 50 galleries host special exhibitions and events inviting visitors to take a foray into the current art scene. Artists, collectors, gallery owners and people from all over the world can be seen milling around the exhibitions. Shuttle services link the various venues, and beer gardens and cafés provide visitors with the perfect place to take a break and discuss what they've seen. MORE INFO

GermanyRhine in Flames
May 3, 2014
Bonn, Germany
On a magic summer night an ever-changing kaleidoscope of lights erupts above the river and shimmering cascades of color plunge into the romantic Rhine Valley. Bonn's Rheinaue Park is the venue for the biggest single Rhine in Flames event, a festival that draws some 300,000 visitors, spreading excitement during the afternoon and offering a wonderful view of the fireworks spectacular before midnight – the culmination of an unforgettable evening. MORE INFO

GermanyHarbor Festival
May 09 – 11, 2014
More than 1.5 million people are expected to join the celebrations of the Port of Hamburg’s birthday along the gangplanks. For three days, the people of Hamburg celebrate one another, their city and in particular their port, the largest sea port in Germany. It’s the world’s largest harbor festival and hosts a high variety of attractions on the water, on land, and in the air. MORE INFO

GermanyThe Carnival of Cultures
June 6 – 8, 2014

The Carnival of Cultures, which takes place in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, is a multicultural festival that has been celebrated around the Whitsun weekend every year since 1996. Berlin's vibrant carnival is an international, peaceful celebration of diversity, openness and tolerance with parades, music, dance, theater, exotic food and all kinds of arts and crafts. The highlight and finale is the big street parade that starts at Hermannplatz and ends at Yorckstraße/ Möckernstraße. MORE INFO

GermanyLesbian and Gay City Festival
June 14 – 15, 2014

Under the slogan “Equal Rights for the Unequal”, the 22nd Lesbian and Gay City Festival takes place in Schöneberg, Berlin’s vibrant LGBT district, and is expected to draw more than 450,000 visitors. The festival offers various information booths and stalls featuring the World of Sports, Radio, Travel, Film, AIDS and Politics as well as varied range of culinary treats, shows and entertaining performances. MORE INFO

GermanyMercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin
July 2-5, 2014

Berlin, Germany
Attention Fashionistas: International designers present their latest collections in the German capital during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Find out what's "in" at runway shows, trade fairs, exhibitions, and parties, all taking place in the historic heart of Berlin. MORE INFO

GermanyCologne, Christopher Street Day and ColognePride
July 6, 2014

Cologne, Germany
The grand parade on July 6 through the city center attracts half a million participants and visitors. This is a festival for everyone because sexual orientation has no relevance in matters of tolerance, humanity, joy and equal rights. MORE INFO

GermanyFrankfurt, Christopher Street Day
July 18 - 20, 2014

Frankfurt, Germany
In the city known as “Mainhattan” for its skyscraper skyline and location on the River Main, the LGBT community comes alive during the CSD parade. This year’s theme is “hurdle borders, break bridges.” MORE INFO

GermanyMunich, Christopher Street Day
July 19 – 20, 2014

Munich, Germany
The CSD Munich is the biggest gay and lesbian celebration in Bavaria since 1980. Over 200.000 people enjoy the street festivals around the Marienplatz, Munich's historic central square and the colorful parade every year. A highlight is the annual party at the neo-gothic Munich City Hall. MORE INFO

GermanyHamburg Pride and Christopher Street Day
July 24 - August 5, 2014

Hamburg, Germany
Germany’s great northern port city gets into the festivities with a lively parade through the streets of Hamburg. In 2014, the motto is, “limitless pride instead of marginalization.” MORE INFO

GermanyFolsom Europe
September 13 - 14, 2014

Europe's version of the San Francisco's notorious leather-themed Folsom Street Fair. MORE INFO

GermanyReeperbahn Festival
September 17 - 20, 2014

Hamburg, Germany
Bars and clubs along Hamburg's most famous nightlife strip, the Reeperbahn, play host to the latest up-and-coming live international bands during the Reeperbahn Festival. MORE INFO

GermanyMunich Oktoberfest
September 20 - October 5, 2014

For more than 200 years the World's largest beer festival is taking place in Munich. Celebrate the classic Bavarian style with oompah bands, beer from the barrel and plenty of good cheer. Get close with the local LGBT community by joining various LGBT events like Gay Sunday (September 21), RoslMontag (September 22) or Prosecco Wiesn (September 29). MORE INFO

GermanyBerlin Marathon
September 28, 2014

One million spectators and ten thousand runners: when the Berlin Marathon is on, the entire capital is on its feet. A marathon steeped in history through one of Europe's most exciting cities. MORE INFO

GermanyBerlin Festival of Lights
October 10 - 19, 2014

Berlin, Germany
From Brandenburg Gate to Berlin Cathedral: the city's signature attractions take on a dazzling new look during the Festival of Lights in Berlin, one of the biggest illumination events in the world. MORE INFO

GermanyInternational Queer Film Festival
October 14 - 19, 2014

Hamburg, Germany
The International Queer Film Festival Hamburg opens its doors for the 25th time this year, which makes it Germany's largest and longest running LGBT film festival. Some 15.000 visitors joined this event last year to view more than 60 programs and 130 films. MORE INFO

GermanyWinter Dom "Dommarkt"
November 7 - December 7, 2014

Hamburg, Germany
Two miles full of colorful booths, nostalgic carousels and a lot of high-tech-rides. You only need high spirits, cheerfulness and amusement and you will have a wonderful time walking across Hamburg's Dom. MORE INFO

GermanyPink Christmas Markets
November 27 - December 24, 2014

Munich, Germany
With their Pink Christmas Markets, Munich is offering a Christmas market especially for the LGBT community. MORE INFO

GermanyGermany Christmas Markets
November 27 - December 23, 2014

Every year, Germany's cities transform into Christmas wonderlands, offering tempting aromas, festive lights and delicious treats. Every major city hosts its own Christmas market for about four weeks, starting in late November. The most famous and oldest among those are Nuremberg and Dresden. MORE INFO

GermanyBerlin New Year's Party
December 31, 2014

Berlin, Germany
Celebrate the beginning of a New Year amongst one million people at the world’s largest organized New Year’s Eve Party. There are show stages, party tents and heaps of food and drink stands on an about 1.5 mile long stretch from the Straße des 17. Juni to the Victory Column. Join the masses and enjoy spectacular fireworks as well as live performances of world-known stars. MORE INFO

GermanyBerlin International Film Festival & Teddy Award
Feb 5 - 15, 2015

Various Locations, Berlin
The Berlinale is one of the most important events for the international film industry and Berlin’s largest cultural event. About 300,000 tickets are sold every year for various film screenings and events during those two weeks in February. During this time the Teddy Award is given to films with LGBT topics, presented by an independent jury. MORE INFO

GermanyCologne Carnival Week
Feb 12 - 18, 2015

Various Locations, Cologne
In the week before Ash Wednesday you'll have Kölle alaaf ringing in your ears and wonder if people have taken leave of their senses. The highlight of the carnival is Rose Monday, where millions of people are out on the streets dressed in costumes and celebrating “the crazy days.” Watch out for the club “Rosa Funken,” Cologne’s ambassadors of gay and lesbian carnival. Don’t miss their annual fancy dress ball. MORE INFO

GermanyITB Berlin
March 4 - 8, 2015

Berlin, Germany
The whole world meets at ITB Berlin: People, working in the travel industry and people, who want to catch up on the most beautiful travel destinations. The combination of trade exhibition, public exhibition and the biggest professional convention worldwide attracts tens of thousands of visitors, exhibitors and media representatives every year. MORE INFO

GermanyStuttgart Museums Night
March 21, 2015

Stuttgart, Germany
Museums Nights are organized on various dates in many towns and cities and provide a great opportunity to discover the wide variety of museums in Germany. Until late into the night, the museums host concerts, performances, shows, live acts, presentations and many other events, offering an entertaining insight into their program. Shuttle bus services enable you to travel between the museums without the need of a car. In Stuttgart, more than 90 museums and exhibitions open their doors until 2am. MORE INFO

GermanyFrankfurt Music Fair
April 15 - 18, 2015

Frankfurt, Germany
The Frankfurt Music Fair is known to be the world’s leading fair on the subject of music. Here, visitors will find everything from instruments and sheet music to tutelage and live performances. Aside from a comprehensive product range, the fair also offers countless workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussions. MORE INFO

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