Carnival of Cultures
Egyptian pharaohs, Hawaiian maidens, Brazilian queens, and African Bushmen will fill the streets of Kreuzberg this weekend for Berlin's annual Carnival of Cultures street festival. Plunge into the tantalising stew of Turkish rock, Latin funk, and Balkan pop music and be lured by the aromas of native foods from all over the world.
Location: Kreuzberg, between Hallesches Tor and Mehringdamm
Times: Friday, May 29, 4pm-12am; Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31, 11-12am; Monday, June 1, 11am-7pm; Parade sets off from Hermannplatz Sunday at 12:30pm
More Information: www.karneval-berlin.de
Harold & Maude
Freiluftkino Kreuzberg screens the beloved cult classic Monday night. Go and snuggle up under a starry sky with the one you love. If that special someone's sixty years your senior (or junior), even better.
Location: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, Künstlerhauses Bethanien, Mariannenplatz
Times: Monday, June 1, 9:30pm
More Information: www.freiluftkino-kreuzberg.de
Lost Film Fest
Media activist, VJ Scott Beibin brings his three-hour video mash-up of rare underground news clips and documentaries to Kreuzberg's Betahaus on Wednesday. Stick around for the Shameless Limitless post-screening DJ set.
Location: Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20
Times: Wednesday, June 3, 9pm-1am
More Information: www.lostfilmfest.com
Patrick Watson & The Wooden Arms
On the heels of their eponymous new CD, the Canadian boys bring their dreamy pop rock to the Luxor stage. Drift away to Watson's quiet vocals and gentle finger-picking Sunday night.
Location: Luxor, Luxemburger Strasse 40
Times: Sunday, May 31, 8pm
Phone: 0221 924460
More Information: www.luxor-koeln.de
Düsseldorf Jazz Rally
Paul Kuhn, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, and Klaus Doldinger are just a few of the highlights of this year's Jazz Rally. The three-night event features over seventy concerts on nearly three dozen stages around the city.
Times: Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
Tickets: 0180 5644 332 (0.14/minute)
More Information: www.duesseldorfer-jazzrally.de
German Gymnastics Festival
If the handstands, back tucks, layouts, and aerials don't do it for you, check out Saturday night's opening ceremony water and light spectacular on the River Main. And then there's the afternoon procession, which which will feature a gaggle of glittering gymnasts.
Times: Saturday, May 30 - Friday, June 5
More Info: www.turnfest.de
Frankfurt Forest Day Festival
Leave the city behind this weekend and head to the woodlands, where spinning swings, old fashioned carousels, and stages for live music will create an atmosphere of late-spring fun. A centuries-old tradition, Frankfurter Wäldchestag has come to be the city's national holiday.
Location: Frankfurt City Forest, Am Oberforsthaus
Times: Saturday, May 30 - Tuesday, June 2, 12pm-1am
Reservations: 069 21 23 89 90
More Info: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Dan Graham Presents New Jersey
In the 1960s, Dan Graham, a music journalist, artist, and gallery owner, took his Kodak Instamatic and shot a series of homes near his parents' house in suburban New Jersey. Four decades later, he took some similar photographs. See how the two sets compare in this new exhibition at Portikus, and catch the artist talk Sunday.
Location: Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 Maininsel
Opening: Friday, May 29, 8pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm through July 12
Phone: 069 962 44 540
More Info: www.portikus.de
Hagenbeck's Jungle Nights
Things tend to get a little wild after dark, but when you throw in Latin American rhythms and Bollywood dancing, there's no telling what might go down. Hamburg's Hagenbeck Zoo stays open late Saturday night. Let loose among the elephants and giraffes, and be sure to dress the part.
Price: Adults €17.50; Children €12.50
Location: Tierpark Hagenbeck, Lokstedter Grenzstrasse 2
Times: Saturday, May 30, 6pm-12am
Tickets: 040 53 00 330
More Info: www.dschungelnaechte.de
Mo & Friese Children's Short Film Festival
The iceberg home of a pair of penguins is melting. A little caterpillar dreams of flying. Energy Boy comes to the rescue. The themes of the fifty films from twenty-two countries being shown at this annual children's film festival are simple, and yet so profound. Play games and eat birthday cake after Monday night's screening.
Times: Monday, June 1 - Sunday, June 7
Tickets: 0403 91063 2926
More Info: moundfriese.shortfilm.com
MOC (Live Music and More) Part 2
From the office to the beach. Go find yourself a spot in the sand at Munich's Kulturstrand this Friday. MOC provide a mix of electronica, downbeat, dub and ambient tracks.
Location: Corneliusbrücke Kultur-Strand, Corneliusbrücke
Times: Friday, May 29, 6pm
Phone: 089 518 187 40
More Info: www.kulturstrand.org