Taste of Berlin
Treat yourself to a tasty weekend. From Balthazar to Vau, twenty of Berlin's most acclaimed restaurants showcase their best four dishes at Messe Berlin's summer garden, starting Thursday. Once you've had your fill of the city's culinary gems, watch cooking and cocktail-making demonstrations by a host of celebrated chefs and bartenders.
Price: €23 Day Pass
Location: The Summergarden at the Berlin Messe, Entrance on Masurenallee
Times: Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, August 2
Ticket Hotline: 030 25812383
More Information: www.tasteofberlin.de
Girl in a Hotrod
Pull those retro duds out of the closet! Girl in a Hot Rod is rolling into town with her rockabilly motorcade. This time around, platinum blond burlesque star Leolilly puckers up her ruby red lips as Nervous Breakdown tunes up their gee-tars. Rockabilly DJs will keep you dancing long after nightfall.
Location: Roadrunner's Rock and Motor Club, Saarbrückerstrasse 24
Hours: Saturday, August 1, 10pm
Phone: 030 440 56 006
More Information: www.girlinahotrod.de
President Barack Obama - On the Tracks of the Kennedys?
There he is embracing a gleeful Ethel Kennedy. And look at him there, so serious and contemplative. How limber he his, racing up the steps of the Capitol building. Barack Obama turns out to be just as photogenic as that other popular American president, John F. Kennedy. A special exhibition at the Berlin museum The Kennedys showcases a series of images of the 44th President of the United States, most taken by official White House photographer Pete Souza.
Location: The Kennedys, Pariser Platz 4a
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm; through November 9
Phone: 030 20 65 35 70
More Information: www.thekennedys.de
To the Milky Way by Bicycle
Erika and Rolf Hoffman have collected one of the most exceptional troves of contemporary art. See pieces dating from the 1960s through the present day at this special exhibition at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau. Expect to be startled by artists like Heinz Mack and Richard Phillips. The Hoffman's don't generally go for guys that play
by the rules.
Location: Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Georg-Treu-Platz 2
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; through September 20
Phone: 0351 49 14 2000
More Information: www.skd-dresden.de
Film Bar at Museum Ludwig
Kick off a season of open air cinema on the roof of the Museum Ludwig with a screening of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." This year's program features American B-movies made during the 1930s and 1950s.
Location: Museum Ludwig, Rooftop Terrace, Heinrich-Böll-Platz
Times: Thursday, July 30, 9pm
Phone: 0221 221 26165
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
It's beer time for Düsseldorf. The city's pedestrian zone will be bustling as all kinds of breweries set up their taps. Head over in the afternoon and wash down a perfectly roasted bratwurst with a nice cold summertime Pils.
Location: Dusseldorf Pedestrian Zone
Times: Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 10am-11pm; Sunday,
August 3, 11am-9pm
More Information: www.bierboerse.com
The Fountain of Justince in Frankfurt's Römerberg will be transformed into a wine fountain Friday as carousels spin and bands play during this annual family festival. Revel among the locals all weekend long, then be dazzled by the firework finale Monday night.
Location: Römerberg, Mainkai
Times: Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 12am-1pm; Sunday,
August 2 and Monday, August 3, 12am-12pm; Opening Ceremony: Friday,
July 31, 7pm; Fireworks: Monday, August 3, 10pm
Painting Classes For Beginners
Think you might be the next Van Gogh? Sign up for one of Frankfurter Malschule's painting courses and unleash your nascent creativity. Classes for beginners are offered every day of the week.
Price: Most sessions €125
Location: Frankfurter Malschule, Oeder Weg 80
Phone: 069 955 097 98
Balloon Fiesta Leipzig
The skies over Leipzig will be filled with colour this weekend as brilliantly hued hot air balloons float through the air. A series of events such as "The Legendary Glowing of the Balloons," "Light and Fire Show," and "The Ultimate Night Glow" make Balloon Fiesta Leipzig one of Europe's most enchanting events.
Times: Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, August 2
Phone: 0341 868 0515
Impark 09 Summer Festival
Join the "Historical Boatman's Tournament" and capsize your opponent. Float high over the city on an illuminated Ferris wheel. Dance to the rhythms of a Tyrolean folk trio. Dozens of bands take the stage while carnival games and rides swing into action for this annual summertime fest. Two weeks of fun begin Thursday.
Times: Thursday, July 30 - Thursday, August 16
More Information: www.impark.de
Munich Chili Cookoff
Cookies and chili take centre stage at Munich's Bernstein Bar Saturday as local chefs vie for the prize. Go for the food and stay for the country music band.
Location: Bernstein Bar, next to the Deutsches Museum, Museumsinsel 1
Times: Saturday, August 1, 2pm
More Information: www.chilicookoff.de