May Day in Berlin

May Day in Berlin

Walpurgisnacht im Mauerpark
Street festivals, parties and concerts: May Day in Berlin is an exciting day. Traditionally, the center of celebrations around the German Labor Day is the Myfest in Kreuzberg, which unfortunately had to be canceled for 2022. However, May Day is celebrated all over the city with events for the whole family. In 2022, May Day falls on a Sunday.

The night from April 30 to May 1 is called Walpurgis Night. According to old pagan traditions, the night marked the beginning of spring. Later, Christians believed that evil beings from the spirit world would meet for the Witches' Sabbath on Mount Brocken on the night of April 30. Locals would therefore come together and burn bonfires, make loud noises, sing and dance to ward off evil spirits. This old tradition is still honored today in Berlin with dancing events and celebrations on Walpurgis Night.

Traditional Labor Day Festivities

Tips: Walpurgis Night and May Day

Walpurgisnacht im Mauerpark 2018
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Walpurgis Night in Mauerpark

April 30, 2022

Music, bonfires, dance, and the best Berlin atmosphere: The pagan tradition of Walpurgis Night is celebrated in in Mauerpark for the 16th time this year. more

Neuköllner Maientage
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Neukölln May Days

Date not announced yet

The 55th Neukölln May Days (Neuköllner Maientage) offer a mixture of tradition and modernity with lots of fun attractions for younger and older visitors. more

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Dance into May in Hellersdorf

April 29 - May 01, 2022

A lively start into the warmer months: a colorful folk festival takes place on Alice-Salomon-Platz in Hellersdorf to celebrate the first of May. more

Gallery Weekend 2022: Meret Oppenheim
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Gallery Weekend Berlin

Date not yet known

The Gallery Weekend Berlin is one of the leading events for contemporary art in Germany Gallery and invites visitors to take a tour of Berlin's creative scene. more

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Spring Festival at Domäne Dahlem

April 30 - May 01, 2022

At the end of April, the traditional opening of the market season takes place on the Domäne Dahlem estate. more

Enjoy the Outdoors

Zwei Frauen beim Picknick im Park
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Mitte, Regierungsviertel
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