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Fun Events in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany plays host to many marvelous festivals, inviting both locals and travelers to join in the fun. For a population of over 600.000, the city’s festival calendar is bursting with some fascinating and international events suited for all ages, lifestyles, and interests. Of course, you’ll find the traditional Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in the winter, the fabulous Christopher Street Day (LGBTQ celebration) and Easter holiday reigning in with the Easter egg hunts, but you’ll be surprised what the North Rhine-Westphalia city has in store, and it's what makes Düsseldorf so special.

Carnival | February 8, 2018 to February 12, 2018

One of the biggest celebrations in Düsseldorf, there's no holding back the city from this massive Rhineland festivity. The streets are lined with partygoers ready to let loose and have a good time (and you know the Germans can party). Carnival season starts on November 11th with people partying and wearing colorful and vibrant clothing for several days after, but then festivities continue into the new year. Millions will join in for the joy and festivities, dressing up as jesters, filling the streets and collectively shouting the local carnival greeting: 'Helau!'

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ProWein goes City | March 2018

For wine enthusiasts, March 2018 is a great time to be in Düsseldorf. The reason being is that all the leading experts, exhibitors and visitors gather for a wine trade fair. How does that work in your favor? Well, the organizers partnered up with the city and several restaurants, hotels, and wine shops to share the occasion with the public. There will be events offering up tasting menus, tastings and 'Bottle Parties.' Plenty of joy and spirit to go around.

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Japan Day in Düsseldorf | May / June

Japan Day in Düsseldorf is a symbolic annual festival that celebrates the rich Japanese culture. If you're interested in learning how to master the art of Japanese calligraphy, observing the fabulous cosplay participants, and tasting some delicious Japanese delicacies, then this is something you should look forward to. Over 6.500 Japanese inhabitants live in the Rhine region, and the festival is a way of commemorating the close relationship between the Japanese community and the region. Bringing together the East in a Western setting, the city is full of exhibitions, booths and stages showcasing the Japanese cuisine, music, pop culture, fashion, history, and most importantly, the community. Make sure to snag a good view for the fireworks show at night!

Tour de France in Düsseldorf | July 1st, 2017

Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France will start in the North Rhine-Westphalia capital this year before continuing onward to Paris. The world-famous cycling tour brings millions of spectators and 18 cycling teams! To celebrate the grand event, a series of events carrying out the days prior and after:

  • June 29th- Presentation of riding teams
  • June 30th - Lichterfest (festival of lights) at Schloss Benrath & Official Reception of La Grand Depart
  • July 1st - Trial of Tour de France begins & KRAFTWERK 3-D Open Air Concert in the evening @ Ehrenhof

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France Festival | July 7th, 2017 to July 9th, 2017

What better way to celebrate Bastille Day in Germany than in the Old Town of Düsseldorf. The Alstadt turns into a Little Paris, where an array of French culinary specialties are served and dined out in style. Get your hands on some French pastries, macarons, crepes, baguette, and cheeses, and enjoy the joyous atmosphere with musical and drama acts for your entertainment.

Cartwheeling Tournament | July 9th, 2017

You might not know it, but cartwheeling is kind of Düsseldorf's thing. It isn't surprising then to learn that there is an annual Cartwheeling Tournament that began around the early 1900s. Some of the best cartwheelers from all over the word descend to the event to show off the speed, skills, and technique of their graceful moves, which has become a symbolic tradition in the city of Düsseldorf. Mind you, only boy and girls can enter Cartwheel Tournament (or Radschläger in German). The city has dedicated statues and landmarks after the fun movement, which is entrenched within its history.

Funfair in Düsseldorf | 14th - 23rd July 2017

Amusement rides, beer tents, fairground foods, fireworks and a historic parade are just some of the many highlights going on at the annual Funfair. Dance to the beat of the marching band or ride past the fairground on a scenic boat ride, as you celebrate the 700-year-old tradition with other visitors and locals. Held in celebration of the club's patron St. Apollinaris, the 2017 fair will be held at the Oberkassel Rheinwiesen. Make sure you get a good view for the firework show!

Check out more activities, hotspots, interactive maps, local insights and more in the travel guide Düsseldorf Like a Local, written by local writer Jenna Davis.

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