April City Events in Berlin
Spring is here, finally. This means fairs and markets in Berlin and maybe even a little bit of sunshine. If you are in this historic city in April then check out our list of top things to do:
1. Spring Festival, city wide – 27th March – 21st April
With the lighter mornings and evenings Spring is definitely on its way, even if the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet. So what could be better than a Spring festival in Berlin? Kicking it off with the Easter Market at Breitscheidplatz; adorable bunnies and colourful flowers all over the place making everyone feel a bit warm and fuzzy. For nearly a month Springy type events like flea markets, fairs and parades will pop up across the city as residents shake off the winter blues and enjoy the warm spring sun. Why not join in the fun? Go on a few rides; buy some useless but cute items at a market as souvenirs of your time in Berlin. And the best bit that admission is free!
2. Lena at Postbahnhof – 8th April
Don’t let the exterior of Postbahnhof fool you this is one of the best clubs in Berlin. In a great example of recycling this club is housed in an old railway station which gives it huge rooms and a jumping atmosphere. Lena is a huge name in Germany as she performed the winning German entry for the 2010 Euro Vision Song Contest in Oslo. Lena is now on tour promoting her latest album “Stardust”. If you don’t remember it here is “Satellite”, we think it’s kind of catchy.
3. Berlin Long Night of Theatres and Operas, city wide – 27th April
How about a bit of culture? In a similar vein to the Long Night of Museums, a tradition started by Berlin, this one night will be an amazing fest of opera, theatre, plays, concerts and much more allowing you to gorge yourself on the classical arts. Usually each event is only about 30 minutes long which means you can pack loads in to the evening. This is a night where virtually anything is possible; you can even get up on stage in some places if you feel inspired! The closing party at Volksbühne theatre on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz kicks off at midnight and is a fantastic way to finish off the evening.
4. Achtung Berlin, various cinemas – 17th – 24th April
For film fans Achtung Berlin is something to see. This is the third largest film festival in the city and features only films that have been, at least in part, made in Berlin and Brandenburg. The festival motto is “made with love” which means it is devoted, body and soul, to Berlin film-making All the films will be played at three venues; Babylon cinema, Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz movie and Passage cinema. So let your eyes have a feast on films from Berlin this April.
5. Berlin Vital at Berlin Messe – 4th April – 6th April
Are you a bit of a health freak? Do you do a 15km run every morning? Are you always in on the latest health food fad to get your edge? Then head to Berlin this April for Berlin Vital. This expo is running in conjunction with the Berlin Half Marathon on the same weekend. You can find out about new sports and trends in fitness, check out the latest sportswear gear and take part in some of the action. This is a great way to spend some time if you are in Berlin for the marathon or if you are just interested in keeping fit.
6. Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon, city wide – 7th April
If you are in Berlin at the beginning of April then you will be caught up in marathon fever. The course is a fast and flat one and winds through the city passing many of its more famous sights. The start and finish line is on Karl Marx Alllee just by Alexander Platz, so you could head up to the top of the TV tower and get a bird’s eye view of the race. Alternatively, a good place to try is Tiergarten as there will be plenty of room to stand along the course here. Why not make a day of it and pack a picnic? If you happen to be taking part, good on you and good luck!
7. Show Me at Friedrichstadt Palast – All Month
For a complete change of pace and a bit of glamour, which marathons at not, here is Show Me; a new show bringing back the old style of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Busby Berkeley and Esther Williams. Big and bright and beautiful you will be dazzled by the glitz and glamour of the gorgeous costumes worn by the amazing dancers, the lavish set designs and the daring feats of the acrobats. Visit Friedrichstadt Palast for the show of a lifetime and watch the video to get a glimpse of the glam.
8. Gallery Weekend, city wide – 26th April – 28th April
If you love nothing better than wandering round art galleries just soaking in the heady, artistic atmosphere then Gallery Weekend is for you. Three days and nights of art in Berlin in April. 51 galleries citywide will be opening their doors; you will be in art heaven. And it’s not just the pictures, sculptures and installations there will be special events involving performance art, dance and music. Gallery Weekend is seen by some as the reincarnation of Art Forum but in a better and more relaxed form, so get your art on.
9. Verzaubert International Queer Film Festival at Kino in der Kulturbrauerei – April
Another one for film buffs is the International Queer Film Festival nicknamed Enchanted in Berlin. It is part of the larger “Love Films” festival. As the name suggests films with a gay, lesbian or other alternative sexuality are featured, some as shorts, some documentaries and some are full length features. The bigger festival is themed to reflect the name and is about love and relationships between men and women of any combination. So head to the Kino in der Kulturbrauerei for a truly revealing night of film.
10. Lana Del Rey at Velodrom – 15th April
Lana is playing at the Velodrom, right next door to Generator – making it the perfect gig for our guests, whether they want to stumble to bed after, or just get changed before heading out on the town. Lana Del Ray has got that kind of soulful and pure voice that makes you think of angels and choirs. Her début single “Video Games” was simply stunning and now she is on the road on with her second album “Born to Die”. Just check this out and if you don’t feel something we will eat our hats.