Festivals in Germany
No matter what kind of music you like, among Germany’s many festivals there will certainly be an option for you! Most of the festivals take place during spring and summer, but be sure to bring an umbrella and a waterproofed tent as well as sunscreen.
Rock am Ring und Rock im Park (2 - 4 June 2017) are Germany’s biggest festivals for Rock. They are expecting more then 160.000 visitors. Acts starring at the festival this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Labrinth.
The Wacken Open Air festival (04 - 06 August 2016) in Northern Germany attracts fans of Heavy Metal and Rock music from all over the world. Around 80.000 visitors are expected for this year.
Fusion festival (June – July 2018) in Lärz, in the North-East of Germany, mainly focuses on electronic and hip hop music. Its line-up is not released beforehand and ticket sales are heavily restricted: you have to participate in a ticket lottery to purchase one of highly requested ticket.
If you are looking for a festival at a special location, visit the festivals of electronic and hip hop music Splash! (06 – 09 July 2017) or Melt! (14 – 16 July 2017) at the Ferropolis in Gräfenhainichen, known as "the city of iron", which is an open museum of old industrial machines.
The Southside festival (23 – 25 June 2017) in Neuhausen ob Eck in Baden-Württemberg is known as the southern rival of the Hurricane festival because the performing bands are the same. Fans of electronic, Indie, Pop and Rock music head here.
If you are more into raggae music and a relaxed holiday-like atmosphere, the Chiemsee Reggae Summer festival (16 – 19 August 2017) in Übersee, Bavaria might be the perfect festival for you.
Das Fest (15 – 16 July 2017) in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, claims to be one of the biggest open air events in Germany. It counted 255.000 visitors in the past year. The festival only costs €5 a day and on the eight stages there is something for everybody.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune for a ticket, try a one-day festival like Luft & Liebe (04 June 2017 and 26 August 2017) in Duisburg. In addition, there are many small festivals all over Germany, celebrating music, beer, wine, local culture and traditional holidays.
Lovers of classical music will enjoy the famous
(25 July – 28 August 2017). Music by German composer Richard Wagner, such as "Tristan and Isolde” or “The Rhinegold”, are performed at the festival hall of Bayreuth, Bavaria. But be aware – some people wait years for a ticket.
The Dresden Music Festival (18 May – 18 June), founded in 1978, presents each year a programme of exceptional depth and diversity by renowned orchestras and acclaimed soloists in a unique cultural and historical setting which creates distinctive connections between space and music in atmospheric venues, from Baroque structures to the modern architecture of a factory.
The Händel Festival Halle (26 May-11 June 2017) is the musical highlight of the city with high-profile artists from singers to conductors, who present Händel’s works and make the visitor’s experience memorable.
The tradition of the Beethoven Fest Bonn
Websites and locations
- Websites and locations
Rock am Ring
Flugplatz Mendig, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland Pfalz
Zeppelinfeld Nürnberg, Bavaria
Eichenring Scheeßel, Bremen
Flugplatz Lärz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony
Southside Neuhausen ob Eck, Baden-Württemberg Luft und Liebe Duisburg, North-Rhine-Westphalia Dresden Music Festival Dresden, Saxony Händel Festival Halle, Saxony-Anhalt Beethoven Fest Bonn, North-Rhine-Westphalia