Pomp and discipline abound at Aachen’s annual equestrian championships. Top contenders venture from far and wide to take part in competitions, which feature a myriad of horseback events from carriage driving to jumping and dressage. Riders compete for awards such as the Sparkasse Prize, the Mercedez-Benz Prize Nations Cup and the Grand Prix Dressage of Aachen – for which riders participate in a freestyle finale.
Price: €6 – €35
Times: 9th – 18th July
Phone: (0241) 91 71 111
More Information: CHIO Aachen Website
Berlin couldn’t host Fashion Week without offering up its insubordinate alternative. The Underground Catwalk offers over-18s a sneak preview of this season’s hottest alternative fashion in the steel-and-concrete depths of Berlin’s U5 metro line. Models don an array of exciting costumes including plenty of exotic wear for the duration of the 45-minute show. Things heat up even further at the after-show party – this year at Sage Club.
Price: €17 (over 18 only, including afterparty)
Location:U-Bhf Alexanderplatz (U5), afterparty: Sage Club
Times: 18th July, warm-up 9pm, boarding 9:30pm, afterparty 10:30pm
Phone: (030) 29 36 926 0
More Information: Underground Catwalk
Some 26 embassies will open their doors to the general public this week for the All Nations Festival. After obtaining a “Festival Passport”, visitors can use the free shuttles to hop from one embassy to the next, collecting stamps and samples of national cuisine all the way. Also planned are movies and tours of sections of each building usually off-limits to the public. A “Festival Passport” is free from one of several location described on the festival website.
Price: Festival Pass, free
Location: 26 embassies around Berlin
Times: 10th July, 11am – 6pm
Phone: (0) 30 88 62 57 55
More Information: All Nations Festival Website
Though it’s been unofficially ousted from this weekend’s celebratory line-up by Berlin’s Fan Mile, organizers expect a defiant turnout nonetheless. Join partygoers near the flea market on Straße der 17. Juni for a make-shift B-Parade, which has traditionally flowed through the streets in a continuous wave of electronic music and non-stop dancing. If the thin remains of this event-quashed aren’t doing it for you, try the Warm-Up Party at Box on the Beach that evening (see website for details).
Location: Strasse des 17. Juni Flea Market
Times: 9th July, from 12 noon
Phone: (030) 46 066 844
More Information: B-Parade Website
Keith Jarrett Trio
Baden Baden hosts a night of highly-influential contemporary musicians including pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack Dejohnnette. Known for their riveting, original interpretations of traditional jazz pieces, the trio has scores of critically-acclaimed performances under their belts. Keith Jarrett, who played electronic keyboards with Miles Davis, began working with DeJohnette in the 60s. Peacock joined up with the trio in the 1970s.
Location: Festspielhaus, 2 Beim Alten Bahnhof 76530
Times: 9th July, 8pm
Phone: (0) 7221 3013 101
More Information: Keith Jarrett Website
Düsseldorf France Festival
In honour of Bastille Day every year, the Burgplatz square in Düsseldorf is transformed into a mock-French town. With live performances from street artists and a wide selection of food and wine, the festival isn’t just a great way to spend a summer afternoon; it’s a chance for Düsseldorf’s rather sizable French contingent to show off. Highlights include a French market and a showcase of some French Oldtimers.
Price: €4 Fri & Sat, €3 Sun
Times: 9th – 11th July
More Information: More Information: Düsseldorf France Festival Website
Dresden Summer Night of Museums
On this summer night in Dresden, more than 50 museums open their doors from late afternoon until the wee hours of the next morning. Though other cities in Germany have staged similar events, Dresden incorporates a few extra special activities including castle tours, museum parties, the opening of the zoo botanical gardens, rides on paddle steamers and more. Buses shuttle patrons between participating locations.
Price: €9 (€7 discounted)
Location: More than 50 museums throughout Dresden
Times: 10th July, 2pm – 1am
More Information: Dresden Summer Night of Museums Website
Freiburg Zelt Music Festival
The small university town of Freiburg gets serious about the arts for its massive Zelt Music Festival. Featuring endless entertainment of all shapes and sizes, from free to rather pricy events (€65 per ticket), Zelt offers something for everyone, including beach volleyball, comedy acts and readings as a supplement to the headlining musical line-up. Clubs don’t sit the occasion out, as late-night parties encourage patrons to keep going all night long.
Price: Free – €65
Times: 8th – 25th July
Phone: (0761) 50 40 30 (tickets)
More Information: Freiburg Zelt Festival Website
Considered a best kept secret among Munich folk festivals, Magdalenfest is a charming hybrid of a market and a funfair that dates back to 1728. Nestled up next to the world’s largest beer garden, Hirschgarten, this gathering is also the only inner-city festival that takes place entirely in a green space, adding to the summery atmosphere. July 14th is Family Day, with discounts in store for shoppers.
Times: 10th – 18th July, 10am-11pm
Phone: (089) 17 999 119
More Information: Hirschgarten Website
Munich Summer Theatre
Four weekends in July see Munich’s English Garden come alive as some 8000 spectators convene for Munich Summer Theatre. The Garden’s sizable amphitheatre hosts multiple performances of two plays, which are open to the public free of charge. It’s the perfect place to bring your Abendbrot, as well as something to sit on, and soak up the mid-summer Bavarian festivities.
Location: English Garten
Times: 8th – 31st July, Fri – Sun 9pm
Phone: (089) 98 93 88
More Information: Munich Summer Theatre Website
Bavarian Jazz Weekend
“It’s not a festival, it’s a celebration”, boasts the website, as Bavarian Jazz Weekend prepares to take over the streets of Regensburg. With an array of performances on offer at local clubs, open air theatres and various other venues, the event incorporates every jazz form patrons could seek, from Dixieland to modern styles. Participating artists hail mostly from Bavaria, but also from the rest of Germany and even greater Europe.
Location: Varies, see website for details
Times: 8th – 11th July, various times
More Information: Bavarian Jazz Weekend