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Borgward auf der Bremen Classic Motorshow

Messe Bremen

Werder-Fans im Weser-Stadion

BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale

Bremer Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Marktplatz

Jonas Ginter / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale

Bremer Sixdays

Michael Heckel

jazzahead

Frank Pusch / Messe Bremen

Riesenrad auf dem Bremer Freimarkt

Carolin Hinz / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale

Schiffe beim Bremer Schlachte-Zauber

Torsten Krüger / Schlachte Marketing und Service Verband

Events

Party to samba rhythms, enjoy great food and drink in maritime surroundings, see sensational shows or explore the fairytale world of Bremen at Christmas. Whether it’s art and culture, entertainment and festivals, sports or trade fairs, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our listing of the biggest and best events.

May be subject to change.

Further events and activities

Date

Event / Description

Location

19.05.2018-
24.02.2019

Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbrecht Collection. 60 photoes of this well known artist.

Weserburg Museum of Modern Art

28.06.2018-
05.05.2019

BIKE IT: From two-wheeled vehicle to lifestyle

Universum

25.08.2018-
06.01.2019

Paula Becker and Otto Modersohn. Art and Life: 80 of the artist couple’s paintings, drawings and sketches enter into a direct dialogue, complemented by quotes from their recently published correspondence

Böttcherstrasse Museums

19.10.-04.11.2018

Freimarkt fair: the Bremen Freimarkt is one of Germany’s oldest fairs, with a history dating back more than 950 years. With merrymaking spilling out from the fairground proper and percolating through the whole of the city, Bremen’s inns are given over to music, dancing and high spirits – there is even dancing in the historical Ratskeller. No wonder the Freimarkt is called Bremen’s “carnival season”. The main event is the procession on the second Saturday. From noon onwards more than 100 floats, bands and associations proceed through the city. In recent times, a feature of the Bremen Freimarkt has been the historical market on Liebfrauenkirchhof where traders dressed in quaint costumes offer their wares and revive the crafts, trickery, music and culinary treats of yesteryear.

Bürgerweide
Sun-Thu 1pm-11pm
Fri-Sat until midnight

Market square
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-9pm

Großer Freimarktsumzug 27.10.2018, 10:00-14:30 Uhr

Halle 7: Freimarktsparty mit Livemusik für jung & alt ab 21 Uhr

20.10.2018-
24.02.2019

“Other Andersen – The fairytale writers and the art” With the enchanting and bizarre paper world of Hans Christian Andersen, the Kunsthalle Bremen is presenting the surprising “other side of Andersen”, an artistic discovery that also left a trail for pop art icon Andy Warhol to ollow. He captured Andersen and his cut illustrious contribution to the prolific Andersen reception in the 1980s that continues to the present day.

Kunsthalle art gallery

26.10.2018-
22.04.2019

Danish design. Simply excellent: Selected design objects from 1945 to the present day bring to life the history of design and provide a portrait of Denmark – from the dream of a welfare society to today’s globalised and socially responsible design.

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus

27.10.2018-
28.04.2019

Antarctica: Explore the South Pole in the footsteps of Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet at the Antarctica exhibition – a first in Germany.

Übersee-Museum

26.11.-23.12.2018

Christmas market: the market square with its historical buildings is the perfect setting for Bremen’s enchanting Christmas market. Visitors come from far and wide to browse around the craft stalls and Christmas exhibitions in the town hall (lower hall) and in Böttcherstrasse. Christmas concerts add to the festive mood.

Market place Bremen
Mon-Thu 10am-8.30pm
Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-8.30pm

26.11.-23.12.2018

Schlachte Magic: the Christmas market with a maritime twist extends along Bremen’s popular riverside promenade.

Schlachte embankment
Mon-Thu 10am-8.30pm
Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-8.30pm

31. Dezember

New Year’s Eve concert: Bremen Cathedral Choir, orchestra and soloists.

St. Petri Dom

31. Dezember

New Year’s Eve concert

Die Glocke concert hall

1. Januar

New Year’s concert

Die Glocke concert hall

bis 24.02.2019

Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbrecht Collection. 60 photoes of this well known artist.

Weserburg Museum of Modern Art

06.01.

Ice wager: On 6 January, the Three Wise Men will appear on the Weser dike in colourful garb, accompanied by a “tailor”. In a custom that has evolved from the original ice wager in 1829, they will then throw stones far out onto the ice to test whether the Weser is frozen solid. The final test comes when the tailor, who must weight no more than 99 pounds, is sent out across the river to see if he can reach the other side without getting his feet wet.

Weser bank/Osterdeich

10.01.-15.01.2019

6-day cycle race: watch the international professional cycling elite do what they do best in front of an audience that tops 120,000 over the full six day period. Then, party into the small hours with a varied entertainment programme.

ÖVB-Arena

19.01.-20.01.2019

Bremen Tattoo: Every year, first-class orchestras and soloists from a number of different countries make the Bremen Arena come alive with sound. The show is also a visual sensation, as dancers and athletes add their own colourful performances to the mix.

ÖVB-Arena

01.02.-03.02.2019

Bremen Classic Motorshow: exhibition of vintage cars with professional dealers, private vehicle mart, creative club presentations and spare parts market for classic cars, motorbikes, trucks and tractors.

ÖVB-Arena

22.02.-23.02.2019

Samba Carnival: Europe’s biggest samba carnival.

Marktplatz und Viertel

23.03.-01.09.2019

The Bremen Town Musicians: A major exhibition featuring art, kitsch and caricatures celebrating 200 years since the Brothers Grimm first published the fairytale

Kunsthalle Bremen

April 2019

Dancing Superstars Festival: The world’s top dancers and instructors teach various styles of dancing to beginners, advanced students and professionals.

Congress Centrum Bremen

12.04.-28.04.2019

Osterwiese: A baby brother of the Freimarkt fair on the Bürgerweide outdoor grounds.

Bürgerweide

25.04.-28.04.2019

jazzahead: The international conference > music > markets > management. Infectious jazz rhythms. A sensational line-up of top acts. Partner country: Norwegen.

Congress Centrum Bremen

May to September
(Sat 11-18 hrs)

Quayside market: live music, improvised performances, market stalls, food and drink etc. A bric-à-brac market runs parallel to the event on the Weser embankment.

Weserpromenade Schlachte

ay to September
(Sun 12 hrs)

Fairytale of the Bremen Town Musicians: the Bremen Town Musicians as told by the Brothers Grimm.

Domshof

05.05.-01.09.2019

Female sculptors. From Kollwitz to Genzken: A total of 100 sculptures shine a light on the little-known work of Germany’s female sculptors of the 19th to the 21st century.

A joint project of the
Böttcherstrasse Museums and the Gerhard Marcks House

Middle to end of Mai

Flowering season in Rhododendron Park: 1,600 varieties of rhododendron and azaleas create a colourful sea of flowers in the largest park of its kind on the continent.

Rhododendronpark

Ende Mai 2019

Poetry on the road: Names from world famous literature alongside newly discovered writers.

Various venues

Anfang Juni

Maritime Harbour Festival: Northern europes oldest artificial harbour will be the anual meeting point of many small and big vessels.

Vegesack-district

13.06.-16.06.2019

La Strada: Germany’s biggest street circus spectacular, plus revue in the gala tent.

City centre

28.06.-30.06.2019

Summer in Lesmona: An exclusive concert weekend featuring the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bremen in Knoops Park on the banks of the River Lesum.

Knoops Park, Bremen-Lesum

03.07.-07.07.2019

Breminale: Live music in circus tents, outdoor art on the banks of the Weser river, jugglers and entertainers, imaginative children’s games, open-air cinema, theatre, dance, readings by authors etc.

Weser bank/Osterdeich

02.08.-04.08.2019

International Maritime Festival: A maritime atmosphere at Vegesack harbour, with international guests performing sea-songs and shanties.

Vegesack-district

August/September 2019

WeinSommer: Wine festival and culinary program with fifteen wine-producers from Germany.

Hillmannplatz

24.08.-14.09.2019

Bremen Music Festival: “Eine große Nachtmusik”, which opens the festival, features several concerts around the illuminated market square and sets the tone for other pleasures to come: the crème de la crème of world artists, programmes that criss-cross repertoires and musical genres (classical, jazz, crossover etc.). Venues range from the traditional to the unexpected.

Various venues: "Die Glocke" concert hall, town hall (upper hall), churches, factory halls and outlying areas of Bremen

14.09.-22.09.2019

Maritime Festival Week: Highlights this year will once again be the dragon boat race and the grand ship parade. More attractions are a  maritime market and tours of some of the ships.

Schlachte Embankement

06.10.2019

swb-Marathon: As always there will also be a half marathon, a 10km race and a children’s race.

City centre of Bremen

08.10.-13.10.2019

German Open: World-class Table-Tennis

ÖVB-Arena

18.10.-03.11.2019

Freimarkt fair: the Bremen Freimarkt is one of Germany’s oldest fairs, with a history dating back more than 950 years. With merrymaking spilling out from the fairground proper and percolating through the whole of the city, Bremen’s inns are given over to music, dancing and high spirits – there is even dancing in the historical Ratskeller. No wonder the Freimarkt is called Bremen’s “carnival season”. The main event is the procession on the second Saturday. From noon onwards more than 100 floats, bands and associations proceed through the city. In recent times, a feature of the Bremen Freimarkt has been the historical market on Liebfrauenkirchhof where traders dressed in quaint costumes offer their wares and revive the crafts, trickery, music and culinary treats of yesteryear.

Bürgerweide
Sun-Thu 1pm-11pm
Fri-Sat until midnight

Market square
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-9pm

Großer Freimarktsumzug 26.10.2019, 10:00-14:30 Uhr

Halle 7: Freimarktsparty mit Livemusik für jung & alt ab 21 Uhr

19.10.2019-
01.03.2020

Icons: This spectacular exhibition shows one outstanding masterpiece in each room of the Kunsthalle art gallery, from a Byzantine icon to works by Caspar David Friedrich, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Bill Viola.

Kunsthalle Bremen

25.11.-23.12.2019

Christmas market: the market square with its historical buildings is the perfect setting for Bremen’s enchanting Christmas market. Visitors come from far and wide to browse around the craft stalls and Christmas exhibitions in the town hall (lower hall) and in Böttcherstrasse. Christmas concerts add to the festive mood.

Market place Bremen
Mon-Thu 10am-8.30pm
Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-8.30pm

25.11.-23.12.2019

Schlachte Magic: the Christmas market with a maritime twist extends along Bremen’s popular riverside promenade.

Schlachte embankment
Mon-Thu 10am-8.30pm
Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-8.30pm