February is full of fantastic events and a diverse range of activities to relish in Germany. From paying homage to one of the world’s most beloved and iconic artists, indulging in Carnival festivities, to attending one of the globe’s largest film festivals – here’s our selection of the finest events taking place in Germany in February 2024.
Leipzig’s ice dream, all February
Think February is too chilly for outdoor festivals in Germany? Not if you enjoy ice skating amidst the enchanting charm of one of the country’s oldest towns. The Leipziger Eistraum, an annual event on Augustusplatz, draws families and avid skaters alike. Multiple ice rinks are arranged in the heart of the town’s main square, complemented by a calendar of events, including special activities for children.
Additionally, you can enjoy a Ferris wheel and a 36m ‘winter slide,’ along with an Après-IceParty house for drinks and snacks. Eistraum welcomes visitors daily from 10 am to 10 pm, and entry to the festival itself is free.
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Feel.Jazz Festival in Hamburg: February 2 – 3
If you’re a jazz enthusiast, make your way to the Hafenklang nightclub in Hamburg in early February, set against the iconic backdrop of the city’s harbor. The festival spans two vibrant evenings, featuring classical jazz performances during tea-time and an eclectic mix of jazz-infused techno music and dance. Described as an innovative event format striving to make jazz accessible to all senses, the feel.jazz festival promises a unique experience. Tickets can be purchased on the festival’s website.
Tina Turner Tribute Show, Munich, February 5-7
Tina Turner, a timeless icon in the world of singing and songwriting, continues to be celebrated even after her passing last year. Her legacy and music endure in a German Theater in Munich, set to showcase ‘One Night of Tina – A Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner.’ This successful musical, originating in London, pays homage to the legendary artist. Those intrigued by the performance can secure tickets to enjoy renditions of Turner’s greatest hits, including classics like ‘The Best’ and ‘Private Dancer.
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Berlin International Film Festival, February 15-26
The Berlin International Film Festival, one of the most renowned cinema showcases globally, brings together films from over 120 countries, featuring works by both emerging and established directors. This year, the festival pays tribute to the acclaimed American film director Martin Scorsese, honoring him with a Golden Bear for Life in Cinema. The opening night unveils the world premiere of the drama ‘Small Things Like This,’ starring Cillian Murphy, shedding light on the systemic abuse of women in Irish laundries operated by the Catholic Church. The festival’s full program, including films and public events, will be available on the Berlinale website starting February 6.
One Billion Rising Dance and Protest Event, February 14th
While many around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day with their partners, artist Eve Ensler is utilizing February 14 to shed light on a serious and escalating issue in Germany: domestic violence. Women are invited to gather at the symbolic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to partake in a dance, symbolizing the call for an end to violence against women and girls, as well as advocating for gender equality.
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Rosenmontag, throughout North Rhine-Westphalia on February 12
Known as Karneval in central and northern Germany and Fasching in the south, these annual celebrations bring bursts of vibrant color to the otherwise gray skies of February. The highlight of the season is the lively parades winding through the streets of the Rhine region. Locals adorned in costumes join the festivities throughout the day. The Düsseldorf procession stands out, renowned for its satirical and politically-themed moments, featuring figures such as Trump and Putin in recent years. While not an official public holiday, it’s common for employers in NRW to grant a day off to ensure no one misses the merriment.
Semper Opera Ball, Dresden, February 24
The annual Semper Opera Ball is the largest classical entertainment event in German-speaking Europe. More than 2,500 guests and 15,000 spectators outside, along with millions watching live on TV, attend the glittering event at Dresden’s famous Semper Opera House.
The event includes a five-hour opening gala with dancing by a group of debutantes and classical music, attended by artists, politicians, journalists and celebrities. Outside, throngs of people are braving the chilly temperatures with a huge dance party.