Halle, the birthplace of composer Georg Friedrich Handel, pays tribute to the German composer by hosting the annual Handel Festival. Come to hear international musicians interpret Handel’s works, from his early chamber music and Italian cantatas, to the Messiah.
When: June 6 - 16, 2013
Where: Halle an der Saale
More than 150,000 rock music fans gather each summer at the race track of the Nuerburg Ring to get up and get down at "Rock am Ring", Germany's biggest open air music festival. The star-studded lineup of international rock bands keeps the fans dancing for all three days.
When: June 7 -9, 2013
Where: Nuerburg Ring
This world-class music festival in Leipzig commemorates the life and work of the city's most famous resident, Johann Sebastian Bach. Renowned artists from all over the world perform Bach's classical masterpieces in historical venues like the Thomaskirche (Thomas Church), where Bach worked as a cantor for 27 years.
When: June 14 - 23, 2013
Every summer, Berliners raise their rainbow flags to celebrate Christopher Street Day with a spectacular Gay Pride Parade. The festivities take place in the Berlin district of Schoeneberg and around the Victory Column in the Tiergarten park. In addition, the city hosts the largest gay lesbian street festival in Europe, which takes place one week before the Christopher Street Day Parade.
When: Gay Pride Parade, end of June, 2013
"Kiel Week" is the largest sailing event in the world, attracting 5,000 sailors, 2,000 ships, and more than three million visitors every year. The event dates back to 1882 and offers hundreds of regattas, historic ship parades, and a cultural program that transforms the city center of Kiel into the largest summer festival stage in Northern Europe.
When: June 22 - 30, 2013
Where: Kiel, in the North of Germany
Berliners celebrate the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer with this city-wide music festival. With performances on over 80 open-air stages, the street festival offers everything from reggae, and jazz, to hip hop, electronic music and klezmer. The free concerts start in the early afternoon and will last long into the summer night.
When: June 21, 2013
Celebrated every summer since 1876, the Munich Opera Festival at the Nationaltheater offers an excellent program of opera and ballet performances throughout June and July. Highlights include the free open-air concerts “Opera For All” (July 8 and 9)
When: starting June 27, 2013