Events not to be missed in Frankfurt!

You probably know Frankfurt as the city of finance and important international airports, but this city has so much more to offer! This article will inform you about numerous cultural activities and festivals that you should not miss when living in or visiting Frankfurt.


It may already be over for this year, but the carnival in Frankfurt is definitely a visitor's highlight. One of the most famous events of this carnival is the 'Rosenmontag' parade, which can be witnessed in the streets of the city center.


The Festival of Young Talents took place at the Frankfurter Kunstverein from the 3rd until the 6th of May 2018. This relatively young festival is organized by the Verein für Kunstförderung Rhein-Main e.V. and forms a cooperation between the leading regional art academies and universities from the Rhine-Main area. The subject of this year's displayed pictures was "utopia / dystopia". Another highlight that occurs in May is the Night of the open Museums in Frankfurt, which took place on May 5th. Around 40 cultural institutions are opening their doors at night so that the public can get a glimpse of the rich cultural program in the city of Frankfurt and its neighboring city, Offenbach.

Foodies listen up! The Green Sauce Festival takes place in Frankfurt from the 11th to the 19th of May. What is green sauce you ask? If you have ever been to Frankfurt, especially in the district Sachsenhausen, then you have probably heard of the traditional Frankfurt dish before. You may even have tried it. To make green sauce you need seven herbs: chives, borage, pimpinelle, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. The people of Frankfurt are so crazy about their green sauce that they not only made a festival about it, but there is even a green sauce memorial. During the festival, which takes places at Rossmarkt, several stalls offer delicacies based around the traditional "Grie Soss".

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Frankfurt celebrates the Tuesday after Whitsun, named Wäldchestag, like no other city in Germany. Some even refer to it as the "highest Pentecost holiday". For years, the day is traditionally celebrated in the Frankfurt city forest. Many companies and even schools stop their work and lessons so that they can all go to the city's forest together. Food stalls, stages, small rides, carousels, target shooting and scores await you here. This year, the festivities will be taking place on the following dates: May 19 to May 22, 2018.
From May 23, 2018 to June 1, 2018, the Fressgassfest will take place at the Alte Oper. Several stalls offer a variety of food and drinks. The street party is ideal for an post-work drink after a long day of work or a language course. Various cover bands provide additional mood on the small fixed stage. The Fressgassfest initiates spring and is just one of many street festivals.


The Rose and Light Festival will take place at the Palmengarten from the 8th to the 10th of June 2018. This festival has been celebrated in the botanical garden since 1931. The festival is all about the Rose: In addition to music, guided tours, lectures and information about the flower, there will also be rose water, rose mustard and other specialties to buy. The highlight of the rose exhibition is the festival of lights on Saturday. Here, visitors are invited to create images from thousands of tea lights and to wait for the spectacular closing fireworks in the dark together.
The Höchster Schlossfest takes place at the End of June towards the beginning of July. Frankfurt would be the last city you would expect to see a castle in, since it is filled with sky scrapers and buildings made mostly of glass. The district of Höchst will present you with just these kinds of unexpected sights though! The officials of the Mainzer Erbistum originally lived within the castle of Höchst. It consists of the old castle, which was build between the 14th and the 16th century, and the new castle that was constructed towards the end of the 16th century. The Höchster Schlossfest takes place around the castle of Höchst every year since 1957. This year it will take place from the 30th of June to the 1st of July 2018.


The Christopher Street Day has also gained more importance in Frankfurt. This year, the CSD takes place on the weekend of 20-22 July 2018. The parade through Frankfurt is in the center of the event on Saturday 21.07.2018 from 12 clock from Römerberg. "The Bazaar of Diversity" is also a highlight in the Great Friedberger Straße on Friday from 15 to 22 o'clock. There will also be a 16 o'clock speech at the Römerberg on Saturdays. The theater festival Stoffel will also start on 19 July 2018. The open air event is organized by the Stalburg Theater in the district of Nordend. The Stoffel offers readings, theater and cabaret as well as live music and food for four weeks. The Sommerwerft is a comparatively young festival traditionally held at Weseler Werft, in the east of Frankfurt, directly on the River Main. It started as a simple "Theater Festival on the River", but it is much more than that today: everything revolves around theater, dance, music, performance, film and poetry. The festival takes place annually in the summer between July and August. The dates for 2018 are fixed: 20.07. - 05.08.2018.


The station district (Bahnhofsviertel) had a bad reputation for a long time. Today, the district has changed, but remains a main meeting place. The Press and Information Office of the City of Frankfurt invites you to the station quarter night (Bahnhofsviertelnacht) once a year, during which visitors can stroll through the district and look behind the scenes. This exciting tour will show you the culinary highlights of the district or enable you to explore more of its corners. This year's station quarter night will take place on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 19 to 24 clock.

The Museumsuferfest is a cultural event held on the last weekend of August in Frankfurt am Main every year since 1988. It gets its name from the Museumsufer, the name given to the river side in 1980s, due to the fact that more than 20 museums are located on both sides of the Main river. Every year, more than three million people visit this festival, which is the largest one in the Rhine-Main area.


Naturally it’s not the same as in Munich, but Frankfurt has a little Oktoberfest as well, which starts in mid September and ends in October. If you can’t make it to Munich but would like to experience the Oktoberfest, why not start with the one in Frankfurt this year?


At the beginning of October, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest trade fair for books and book printing, takes place in Germany. It was founded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels in 1949. Visiting the Book fair presents a great chance to get to know the newest books and meet your favourite authors or publishing houses. If you are an author yourself you might even get the chance to introduce yourself to a publishing house. Every year, a host country is announced, which will be in the focus of the book fair and will have its own pavilion. In 2018, the host country is Georgia and the motto of this year's book fair is "Made by Characters". This year's book fair will take place on the following dates: 10th - 14th October 2018.


If you visit Frankfurt in December, you're in luck because you can visit the legendary Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of Germany's biggest Christmas markets. There are rows of stalls selling mulled wine and hot cider, as well as food, decoration and all kinds of trifles from the Hauptwache all the way to the Römer. You don't yet have a Christmas present for your loved ones? Don't worry, because you're bound to find something special at the Christmas market. In fact there are numerous other Christmas markets in Frankfurt in addition to the one in the city center, such as the Sachsenhäuser Christmas Market or the Swedish Christmas Market in Preungesheim.

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