June City Events in Berlin
The message in Berlin this June is get outdoors. We have picked out some of our favourite events that will be held under the sky this month:
1. Velothon – Marathon, city wide – 9th June
Let’s get off to a flying start with the Garmin Velothon Marathon. Amazingly this is its fifth year but it has already established itself as the second largest cycle race of its kind in Europe. The route will take in loads of the big tourist sites in the city like Brandenburg Tor, Potsdam Platz, Tempelhof Airport and Eastside-Gallery so if you want to pick a good spot to watch then these places will be ideal. Also remember that large numbers of roads will be closed so your best bet will be to use the U or S Bahn, along with the rest of the population. The finish line is on Straße des 17. Juni and the atmosphere here is bound to be electric.
2. Fotomarathon, city-wide – 15th June
Are you happier behind the camera than in front of it? Do you think of yourself as a bit of a David Bailey? Then head to Berlin for the Fotomarathon and put your money where your lens cap is. If you haven’t heard of it before the idea is you spend 12 hours on one day, 15th June, taking 24 awe inspiring photos of one of the greatest European capitals, Berlin. Easy you say, but the twist is that there is a theme to the day and this won’t be revealed until the morning of the competition. Why not have a go and have some fun along the way!
3. Open Air Gallery at Oberbaumbrücke – 2nd – 7th June
Keeping with the outdoor arty theme take a look at the Open Air Gallery on Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge). This is a chance to get up close and personal with some top artists and their work. The focus is on both established and emerging artists so there is sure to be an eclectic mix of taste, talent and type so take along your open mind. You can even have a go if you fancy yourself as a budding Picasso, with a 120m long canvas free for anyone to add their own mark. The Oberbaum Bridge crosses the Spree just south of Museum Island and is near the trendy Kreuzberg area which is packed with cafe and bars for some refreshment afterwards.
4. CSD Berlin, city wide – 22nd June
Still outdoors, but a little more flamboyant, is the CSD parade. This year’s motto is “No more speeches! Demonstrate! Choose! Change!” as Berlin’s population head towards an election they are pushing for more equality and recognition, we wish them luck. If you want to support the parade then it starts at the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Joachim Str, then heads towards Wittenberg Platz, Lutzowplatz to meet Straße des 17. Juni at Grosse Stern and then through the Tiergarten to finish with a flourish at the Brandburg Gate and a huge festival with music and stalls. We are going along to show our support so we will see you there.
5. Walk with the Artist – 28th to 30th June
After the success of the last season, Art & Tours Berlin invites you to participate to the second edition of Walk with the artist, a program of author itineraries, on June 28th-29th-30th in Berlin.
A list of international artists such as Rebecca Agnes, Paolo Barlascini, Silke Bauer, Irma Markulin, Maria Mitsopoulou, Irina Novarese, Stefanie Schairer, Viola Thiele, Chryssa Tsampazi will propose their urban explorations accompanying the visitors in innovative and not usual itineraries.
An opportunity for contemporary art lovers and for an audience interested to contemporary transformations.
Nine events that will be organized during the last weekend of June (28th – 30th) from 10 am to 6 pm.
Walk with the artist is an artistic intervention in the city, an open-air workshop, an experiential discovery of the territory. The project is the result of a reflection on the practice of walking as an aesthetic instrument that can describe and modify the metropolitan areas.
- Cost of a Walk (2 hours): €10
- Cost of a 4 walks ticket: €30
- Cost of a all season ticket (9 walk): €60
The number of participants is limited so we suggest a reservation in advance.
Find out more about the Walk with the Artist tours and book tickets on-line.
6. Lesbian and Gay City Festival, city wide – 15th – 16th June
The weekend before the CSD parade is the Lesbian and Gay City Festival. Under the slogan “Equal Rights for the Unequal”, this is Europe’s largest LGBT Festival. The whole area of Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg will be dressing up in rainbow colours with street parties, market stalls and music. There are five different music areas including a house and techno section, disco hits of the 70’s and 80’s and lesbian and gay entertainers so you will be spoilt for choice. One of the biggest highlights is the Wild Sofa where guests from politics and culture will be grilled by local celebs Gerhard Hoffmann and Biggy van Blond.
7. Sandstation at the Beach at River Spree – From 6th June
We are still outdoors and still getting arty here with Sandstation. The beach at Friedrichshain along the River Spree is popular in the summer months with those looking to top up their tan but they are sharing their space with some interesting shapes. What it is all about, you ask. Basically it is a chance to see some top artists building some unusual sand sculptures. Each year the sculptures are built to a theme and this year it is “Head in the Sand”. There are free workshops and the chance to have a go yourself as well as cafe’s and lounge chairs to relax and, catch some rays while watching the action. So if you are looking for something to do for a few hours why not head down there and have a look?
8. Yoga-Festival at Cultural Park Kladow – 13th – 16th June
And relax. After all that excitement let’s take some deep cleansing breaths and pop into the Yoga Festival. This is not for the hectic festival goer; you can expect gentle music and warm summer breezes to float in the air over the Culture Park in Kladow, a little suburb just outside the city. There will be Mantras, talks, group yoga sessions, workshops and a great market selling all sorts of far eastern stuff as well as music and a generally good karmic atmosphere. We feel calmer already, Namaste.
9. Feast of Music, city wide – 21st June
Midsummer’s night has become associated with music festivals in many European countries in recent years. So if you are in Berlin on the 21st June then you can expect loads of music stages to pop up across the city, and bars and clubs to be holding special open air nights. There are too many to list here, but we like the look of Rewind Rocks at Friedrichshain, Everything on Butter at the Butter Cafe and for something sweeter try Ice Cream With Style at Cafe Barfly. Celebrate the middle of summer with an all-nighter!
10. Bonobo at Astra Kulture Haus – 13th June
OK so now we are all chilled out; let’s get that blood pumping again with some classy DJ music from Bonobo. Even if you don’t like electronic music much, we don’t believe it, this gig is still a must as Simon Green (the name behind the DJ persona) is so skilled at the art of production that you will be converted. His latest album “The North Borders” is a sophisticated blend of sampling and live guest artists. One you will probably have heard of is Erykah Badu, whose turn on “Heaven for the Sinner” is sublime. Just go and see him, you won’t be disappointed.
11. Bergmannstraßenfest in Kreuzberg – 28th – 30th June
We just have time for one more outdoor event. Bergmannstraßenfest is a fantastic place to really feel the love in Berlin. A couple of streets close themselves off and turn into a huge festival come market fair. The Kreuzberg district is known for its bohemian populace and relaxed vibes and the fest is so much more than that. You can chill out and listen to music while enjoying an al fresco meal.