Beer, Jazz, French food & LGBT rights: 4 festivals to check out in Berlin!

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Looking for a little pick-me-up this summer? Check out some of these great outdoor festivals and concerts throughout Berlin.

International Berlin Beer Festival

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Feeling thirsty? Want to sample some brews along the “World’s Longest Beer Garden”?

Save the date! The 20th International Berlin Beer Festival is nearly here. From August 5th to 7th, more than 700,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to line up along Karl-Marx-Allee between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor.

This 2.2 km stretch of beery-delight attracts some of the most diverse beer varieties in the world. 340 breweries from more than 87 countries come to offer thirsty guests over 2,400 unique beer specialties. And while beer may have been considered a food group in Germany hundreds of years ago, that’s not quite the case today. For that reason, more than 22 beer regions will also present their culinary specialties.

Concert Summer at the Teehaus

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Looking for a little classier atmosphere? Luckily, the concert season at the English Garden is fully underway. Each Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm between early July and September you can enjoy a series of concerts in a variety of genres. International well known artists come to showcase their talents in Soul, Swing, Blues, Hip-hop, Jazz—you name it. For the full schedule, click here.

The concert is free from the beergarden and restaurant area. Or get a little more intimate by standing right in front of the stage! In accordance with British tradition, you can also find British tea specialties at the Teehaus restaurant next door.

German-French Fair

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A trip to Paris without leaving Berlin? Sign me up! This traditional folk festival (the largest folk festival in Berlin) transcends visitors to an eclectic mix of French culture. A quant little French village, a 14 meter high windmill of the Moulin Rouge, delicious French food and drink—you can find it all here. Truly one of Berlin’s most unique festivals!

Listen to the sounds of Francophile sounds, chansons and the famous accordion. For those looking for a bit more action, there are also more than 150 performers, roller coasters and a number of rides and carnival games.

But quick—it ends July 24th!

CSD Berlin: Christopher Street Day

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The story began in New York City, 1969. Gay people resisted police oppression for the first time at the Stonewall Bar on Christopher Street, NYC. In the following years, this day was to be remembered with a procession in New York. Today, Christopher Street Days and Gay Pride Parades now take place throughout the world.

In Berlin, CSD is a time for all the members and supporters of the LGBT community both celebrate the rights that have been won in previous decades and continue to demonstrate for equal rights and against all forms of discrimination in society. The day consists of two parts: the actual march (CSD Demo) and a big final rally (CSD Finale). Both take part on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

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The Demo starts at 12 pm and the final rally begins in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Beginning at 2pm and running through midnights there is a huge variety of entertainment. Bands, acts, DJs, speeches, and a ceremony are all to be expected at one of Berlin’s most exciting festivals!

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