8 events not to miss throughout Germany in September 2019

As September approaches, the summer spirit (and weather) is still in full swing. Here's a line up of events from around Germany to make the most of the month.

8 events not to miss throughout Germany in September 2019
A 'Rhine in Flames' event earlier this year in Bonn. Photo: DPA

IFA Berlin, September 6-11th, Berlin

Calling all tech junkies: you won't want to miss the IFA, Europe's largest technology fair, which opens its doors on Friday for a wave of new product launches from over 1,500 exhibitors. Some are small and niche, like specialized music playing headphones for competitive swimmers or “smart blenders”, whereas others are trying to revolutionize the way we interact with artificial intelligence.

Visitors can experiment with most of the products themselves, and even buy some on the spot.

Holi Festival of Colours, September 9th, Hamburg

Grab your paint powder and an old T-shirt to join crowds of revellers surrounded by a cloud of rainbow-coloured mist in the Harbour City. 

Originating in northern India, Holi Festival was initially celebrated to herald the arrival of spring and to praise the victory of good over evil.

Holi in Hamburg in September 2015. Photo: DPA

Today it is widely celebrated in cities all over the world where thousands of people gather to bust out their best moves and throw paint at people.

Live music will be spinning from noon until 10pm. Tickets are almost sold at (at the time of publication the website informs us that only 10 percent of the original stock are left) but you can also get tickets to the Holi party the same day in Munich or the next in nearby Ingolstadt.

WERT/voll sustainable art exhibit, September 11th-October 10th, Leipzig

“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure,” the old adage goes. And that’s very true at the new exhibit WERT/voll at Leipzig’s GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst. In cooperation with Germany’s Federal Office for the Environment, the exhibition displays jewellery made out of plastic waste, electronic scrap, and recycled minerals or 3D printers. 

“By selecting unconventional materials and techniques, jewellery artists from home and abroad reflect the ecological and socio-economic consequences of our hunger for raw materials,” states the museum.

Medieval Festival, Selb, September 6th-9th

If you're a fan of camping in the woods whilst wearing Medieval garb, look no further than this sprawling forest-side festival along the Czech border a little north of Nuremberg. The long weekend also hosts a line-up of bands known for Medieval rock and world music.

Ninety minute long hands-on workshops will also teach participants about musical instruments from the harp to the wheel fiddle, handicrafts, and historic dances.

Rhine in Flames, September 14th and 24th

There are hardly more impressive ways to celebrate the last days of summer than in an idyllic boat ride along the Rhine, as the sky explodes into colourful fireworks. The summer-long event, held at various cities and towns along the Rhine river, will host its grand finale in Oberwesel on September 14th and St. Goar and St. Goarshausen on September 21st. A flotilla of boats will drift along the romantic river, illuminating the water as live music from a lineup of local bands plays.

Interboot, September 20-29th

For boaters, all-around water sport enthusiasts or just about anyone interested in making a splash, Interboot is a unique event in Germany you'll just need to see for yourself.

The nine-day-long event features exhibitors showcasing boats, innovative water sports concepts as well as interactive chances to get your feet wet.

An enthusiastic water athlete at Interboot 2018. Photo: DPA

Around 100 motor and sailboats directly at the Friedrichshafen harbour on Lake Constance will be available for a test ride.

Oktoberfest, Munich, September 21st-October 6th

Unless you've been living in a cave far away from Germany, it's hard to have not heard of this famous German festival, which – contrary to its name – is a September hallmark that stretches into October. Even former US president Barack Obama has announced he might join the fun in Munich this year

Despite a beer mug slated to run you back a good 11, the sprawling party is worth checking out at least once, whether or not you don a Dirndl or Lederhosen. If you'd prefer a more laid back, but equally festive and frolicky version of the event, Berlin also hosts an Oktoberfest during the same dates replete with Brez'n, pork knuckles and even a daily dirndl competition.

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Is Germany’s Oktoberfest heading to Dubai this year?

Last year Germany's famous Oktoberfest was cancelled. And this year? We're still not sure if it will happen yet in Munich due to Covid - but it looks like it could be heading to the desert...

Is Germany's Oktoberfest heading to Dubai this year?
Guests enjoying a scaled-back Oktoberfest celebration in 2020 in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Felix Hörhager

Oktoberfest is to take place in Dubai, the largest city in the UAE, according to German media reports on Thursday.

The plan is to move the world’s largest folk festival to an area of ​​around 420,000 square meters near the Dubai Marina, Berlin Christmas market boss Charles Blume, who is one of the organisers, told Spiegel.

Blume said Dubai officials had given the festival the green light.

German daily Bild reported that Dubai’s Oktoberfest would start on October 7th at 12noon in 32 tents – and then last for six months until March 31st 2022 – that’s far longer than the original Munich event which lasts around 16 days. 

READ ALSO: Oktoberfest ‘very unlikely’ to take place in Munich in 2021

Celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pamela Anderson and Lothar Matthäus are to be flown in as guests, Bild said, although this hasn’t been confirmed.

The estimated cost for the event is reportedly around €50 million. As well as Blume, the Munich ex-restaurateur Dirk Ippen and host Sepp Krätz played a key role in developing the plan, said Bild.

Even if the location is unusual compared to Munich’s Wiesn, the event would be strongly based on the original.

Beer tents, restaurants, as well as carousels and sales stands that resemble the traditional festival are all planned. Brewers and innkeepers would also be flown in from Bavaria.

The organiser, however, emphasises that the event in Dubai wouldn’t be “just another Oktoberfest double”, but bigger and more international than Munich’s.

READ ALSO: Germany’s Oktoberfest 2020 cancelled over coronavirus pandemic

The aim is to achieve this with numerous types of beer, the longest beer bar as well as 620 entertainers and businesses.

The alcohol ban in the UAE would not apply to the Oktoberfest or the event area. Spiegel reported that people who’ve been drinking would be transported to their hotels in shuttle buses to respect the culture and rules.

Organisers are reportedly putting together a detailed hygiene and safety plan to ensure the safety of guests and workers in the pandemic.

Will Oktoberfest be cancelled in Munich in 2021?

As The Local reported, it is still unclear if Oktoberfest will go ahead in Munich this year due to the pandemic. Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter said the cancellation is looking increasingly likely due to the current infection situation and restrictions.

However, if it does happen it is planned that it will kick off on September 18th and will last until October 3rd.

In 2020 a scaled back celebration took place in some bars and restaurants in Munich to mark Oktoberfest but it was nowhere near as huge as the original which is world-renowned and rakes in billions of euros.

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