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Festivals in Germany in June

What's on in June 2014 in Germany?


In June, Germany's summer festival season is in full swing, and you can catch some of the best German events and festivals. Many festivities will be outdoors, so you can fully enjoy Germany's warm June weather.

1. Handel Festival

George Frideric Handel
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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 5 - 15, 2014
Where: Halle an der Saale

2. Rock am Ring Music Festival

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 6 -8, 2014
Where: Nuerburg Ring

3. Bach Festival in Leipzig

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 13 - 22, 2014
Where: Leipzig

4. Berlin Gay Pride

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, 2014
Where: Berlin

5. Kiel's Sailing Week

"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 21 - 29, 2014
Where: Kiel, in the North of Germany

6. Carnival of Cultures Berlin

The Berlin Carnival of the Cultures is a four-day street fair with exotic food and drinks, concerts, and parties, celebrating the multicultural spirit of Germany’s capital.  The highlight of the colorful festivities is the parade on Sunday, when performers, decorated floats, and musicians from over 70 different countries dance through the streets of Berlin Kreuzberg.

When: June 6-9, 2014
Where: Berlin
Visitor's Guide to Berlin's Carnival of Cultures

7. Fete de la Musique in Berlin

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, 2014
Where: Berlin

8. Munich Opera Festival

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: end of June, 2014
Where: Munich

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