This wine festival lasts for a week and is centred around Neumarkt, featuring presentations and tastings hosted by winemakers from both Germany and abroad.
This pride event is one of Germany’s largest thanks to Cologne’s reputation as a gay and lesbian hub. Every year hundreds of thousands gather to celebrate equality and diversity by enjoying the concerts, processions and parties on offer.
Cologne’s charming Fühlinger See lake is the setting for Europe’s biggest reggae, dancehall and world music festival, which sees hundreds of bands perform over a weekend in July.
Kunstsalon – Musik in den Hausen
The Cologne winter is brightened up no end by this fascinating festival that sees concerts held in private houses and flats in addition to public venues. Jazz and classical music are the most prevalent genres, but there is plenty more on offer to tickle the fancy of music lovers.
The carnival season is long and epic in Cologne, kicking off each year at 11 minutes past 11 on 11 November, and running all the way through to Ash Wednesday. Rose Monday sees the main parade take place, and if you’re planning on going get the words “Kölle Alaaf!” meaning “Cologne above all” locked into your mind in order to greet the locals!