September City Events in Berlin
Spectacular September starts with stunning Pyronale and then takes in festivals, music and art, finishing with a final flurry of fleet feet at the Berlin Marathon. Even though summer is leaving, Berlin still brings the goods.
1. Pyronale at Maifield – 6th -7th September
A burst of red is quickly followed by two purple and then they are split by brilliant white rocket trails and you are transfixed by the beautifully crackling night sky. You can hear some uplifting classical music that you know well and fits the display above perfectly. Pyronale is one of Berlin’s sparkliest and spectacular events. International teams of firework experts travel from across the globe to compete in front of bewitched crowds at Berlin’s Maifeld. With the theme of purple and yellow and music from Strauss and Offenbach this year’s Pyronale will be one to remember.
2. Kreuzberg Festival Days at Viktoriapark – 30th September
Picture rows of quaint market stalls selling tempting, traditional German treats. Feel your feet tapping to the irresistible sounds of live music while you are greedily munching on a genuine German pretzel. Laugh as a street performer across the road seemingly drops all of his juggling balls but then manages to catch them all at the last minute. And one of the best places to get stunning views across the whole of the centre of Berlin is from the war memorial in Viktoriapark. Enjoy the last rays of late summer sun in the park and celebrate Kreuzberg Festival Days with the locals.
3. BMW Berlin Marathon, city wide – 29th September
You can hear the crowds around the corner starting to cheer and your anticipation rises to fever pitch. Then you catch a glimpse of the first few runners their legs pounding rhythmically on the hard road, their faces intense with concentration. The BMW Berlin Marathon attracts more than 40,000 athletes and is one of the flat, fast courses of the race circuit. Every 500m there is a live music stage and 80 bands will be providing a continuous concert for the runners and spectators. Highlights will include the samba band at the Wild Boar, the Turkish rock band at Kottbusser Tor and the jazz big band at Yorkschlösschen in Kreuzberg.
4. Berlin Art Week, city wide – 17th – 22nd September
A brand new event is Berlin Art Week, only in its second year a mere toddler compared to other European Art extravaganzas. But with its roots in the ABC (Art Berlin Contemporary) the Berlin Art Fair has lived up to the hype in bringing art, artists and galleries into the public eye elevating Berlin’s status to a city known as a centre of art. And it’s not just pictures on walls; there will be sculpture, high fashion, design and photography exhibitions to excite your higher sensibilities. One highlight is the “Painting Forever!” an exhibition that explores contemporary painting in Berlin.
5. Berlin Music Week, city wide – 4th – 8th September
Berlin will be filled with music in September and the bohemian Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district will be centre stage for Berlin Music Week. With every genre under the sun playing the choice of what to see and listen to could be overwhelming. There will be big names like Bjork, who is playing an exclusive once only gig, and My Bloody Valentine, who seem to be everywhere this year. Pop legends Pet Shop Boys will be making appearance as well as hot DJ sets from Röyksopp and SebastiAn. Dancing in the streets, all-night club parties and the mixing of musicians and fans that is what it is all about.
6. International Literature Festival Berlin at Haus der Berliner Festspiele – 4th – 15th September
As you wander the streets of Berlin in September you may come across a crowd of people and as you add yourself to the back you can just hear someone speaking. You listen with increasing interest to the story as the author twines the characters in deeper. The International Literature Festival Berlin is often the first chance many authors get to bring their work to the public. Not only is this a chance for audiences to hear a writer read their work aloud – but it’s also a chance to discover new favourites. Take the time to listen and you might find something completely new!