May events around Germany

May events around Germany

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Spring continues to pick up pace throughout Germany. As the snow melts from the mountain peaks, flowers burst into glorious blossoms and the first of the crops are brought to the table, the list of fun and exciting things to do in our free time grows ever longer. As always, be sure to double-check that these events will indeed be going forward before planning travel of any distance, and be sure to confirm you’re fully up to date with the COVID-19 regulations in force at the time of the event.

Spargelsamstag / Asparagus Saturday
May 7, Schwetzingen

A city surrounded by fields in which Germany’s “white gold” grows, Schwetzingen celebrates the beloved vegetable with art exhibitions, wacky competitions, fashion shows and culinary treats.

Deutscher Sekttag / German Sparkling Wine Day
May 8, Rüdesheim am Rhein

On Mother’s Day each year, hundreds of sparkling winemakers open their doors to offer tours, tastings, live music and culture. Sektkellerei Ohlig has a lively program planned.

Trempelmarkt / Trempel Market
May 13-14, Nuremberg

Germany’s largest inner-city flea market offers bargains on treasures you never knew you needed. The market runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and all-day Saturday.

Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag / Rhineland-Palatinate Day

May 20-22, Mainz

A festive air prevails as this southwest German state introduces its people, places, products and public institutions through live shows, demos and food and drink stands.

Long Night of Museums
May 21, Stuttgart

Museums and cultural institutions stay open late with an eclectic program of exhibitions, tours, live performances and access to places usually closed to the public.

Japan Day
May 21, Düsseldorf

Japanese culture comes to life through dance, drumming, fashion shows and a demonstration by those clad as Samurai warriors. A stunning fireworks display crowns festivities.

International Africa Festival
May 26-29 in Würzburg

Europe’s largest festival for African music and culture offers live acts, artists, food and drink stands, a bazaar, fashion show and activities geared toward kids.

Strohhutfest / Straw Hat Fest
May 26-29, Frankenthal

This lively volksfest, held in a suburb of Mannheim, turns the inner city into one long street party, with food, fun and live music galore. Be sure to wear a straw hat! 


Franconian Beer Festival
June 15-19, Nuremberg

Some 30 breweries from the city and the Franconian region proudly pour more than 100 variations of their masterfully brewed beer in what was once castle moat.

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