What’s on in Bonn This Summer?

We are having such a beautiful summer – the sunny days invite to outdoor activities of all kind. See what there is to do in Bonn and in the region and enjoy!

Coming up soon:

Thu, 19 July and Sun, 22 July
Summer Concert with Works from Nordic Composers
Staged by the Hofgartenorchester
Entrance free.
Times: Thu at 8 pm, Sun at 5 pm
Venues: Thu University of Bonn, Auditorium
Sun: Trinitatiskirche Bonn-Endenich, Brahmsstraße 14

20 July to 19 August
Exhibition: Summer Mix 2018
Times: Tue to Fri from 4pm to 8 pm, Sat and Sun from 11 am to 6 pm.
Entrance free.
Venue: Fabrik 45, Hochstadenring 45, Bonn

21 July, 28 July, 4 Aug
Poppelsdorfer Schlosskonzerte
Due to the refurbishment of Poppelsdorf Castle, the concert series has been moved to the arcade court of Bonn’s university – formerly the main castle of Elector Clemens August in Bonn. Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, conducted by Heribert Beissel, will stage a total of six concerts with works of famous composers. The concerts will take place on Saturday night and start at 8:30 pm. After sunset, the illumination of the courtyard will highlight the beautiful architecture of the university’s main building.
Tickets are available at www.bonnticket.de
Remaining tickets will be sold at the door as of 7 pm.
Time: 8:30
Venue: Arkadenhof (arcade court), University of Bonn, city center
More information: www.klassische-philharmonie-bonn.de

21 July, 18 Aug
Flea Market at Rheinaue Park
One of the largest flea markets Germany-wide
Takes place during the summer months on every third Sat a month between 8 am to 6 pm
Save the date for the last flea markets at Rheinaue this year on 15 Sep and 20 Oct.
Venue: Rheinaue Park

22 July
Organ Concert Series: Tune All Your Voices
Featuring organ music from England
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Pfarrkirche St. Sebastian, Kirschallee, Bonn
More information and tickets: www.lutherkirche-bonn.de

27 to 29 July

If you are looking for some new types of beer to taste, visit Bonn’s Rheinaue between 27 and 29 July. Bonn’s 23rd edition of the ‘beer fair’ will again feature over 700 different types of beer, along with food stands. Music will be performed by several bands during the event.
Times: Fri and Sat 3 pm to 12 midnight, Sun 12 noon to 9 pm
More information: www.bierboerse.com

3 Aug to 1 Sep
Free Outdoor Concert Series: Stadtgartenkonzerte
Our free summer concert series at Alter Zoll in the city center will again feature international as well as regional newcomer bands and a great variety of music styles. A special Day of Music on August 11 will take the series to other stages in the city center. The detailed program can be found here:

9 to 12 Aug
Hands-on Exhibition: MS Wissenschaft
Traveling exhibition on board the ship MS Wissenschaft stops in Bonn, introducing to us the working worlds of the future.
Recommended for ages 12 years and older.
Entrance free.
Venue: Stresemannufer Bonn
More information: www.ms-wissenschaft.de

16 to 26 August
International Silent Film Festival in Bonn
Come and watch international silent films in the University’s courtyard in the city center. Films do usually start at 9 pm and are accompanied by music.
Entrance free, donations welcome.
Location: city center, arcade court, University of Bonn
For the choice of films, dates, times, please see:

17 and 18 Aug
Green Juice Festival
The 11th edition of the rock festival in Bonn’s district of Vilich will again feature some great bands as well as promising newcomers from our region. Enjoy the music (punk, pop, rock, indie) and the special atmosphere at the festival grounds.
Tickets starting at €22.20 for the day, available at www.bonnticket.de
Location: Festival Grounds Neu-Vilich, Siegburger Straße 187, 53229 Bonn
(Or take Tram 66 to Vilich and follow the signs)
For more information, see www.green-juice.de

Sat, 18 Aug
Holi Color Festival
BaseCamp Bonn celebrates the fifth edition of the colorful festival.
Color bags along with colorful decorations, lots of music, street food and chill-out grounds
Admission for ages 16 years and above
Time: as of 12 noon
Venue: BaseCamp Bonn, In der Raste 1
Tickets: €20
More information:

Still on:

On until 31 Aug

SWB Summer Festival
Free and outdoors at Rheinaue Park: This year’s edition of the SWB Summer Festival in the beer garden at Parkrestaurant Rheinaue will again feature lots of music every night.
There will be tribute bands covering all kinds of music – from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones, from Eros Ramazzotti to Abba, from U2 to Joe Cocker.
Concerts are from 7:30 pm to 10 pm on week nights and from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday afternoons.
Entrance is free! Reservations can be made at www.bonnticket.de
Venue: Restaurant Rheinaue, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 20
For the full festival programme, visit: www.rheinaue.de

On until 21 Aug
KunstRasen Bonn
For the large events staged during this year’s Kunstrasen concert series, see:

On until 6 Sep
Exhibition: Water Stories
By Anja Kleemann-Jacks
The expressive works capture the stories that water tells (photography / painting).
Opening hours: Mon thru Fri, 8 am to 7 pm
Entrance free.
Venue: Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, Ahrstraße 45, Bonn
More information: www.wissenschaftszentrum-bonn.de

On until 28 Oct
The Playground Project
Between 1950 and 1980, the playground was a creative laboratory. In the cities of the industrialized world, a plethora of innovative, crazy, interesting and exciting projects were developed. Landscape architects, artists, activists and citizens sought to provide children with the best possible environment to play in and, at the same time, to rethink communal and urban life. The Playground Project captures this wealth of ideas in images, models, plans, books and numerous films as well as in play sculptures that invite visitors to slide, play hide and seek, laugh and run. Children, parents, playground designers, educators and architects are welcome to rediscover the playground of yesteryear and to imagine that of tomorrow.
Taking its starting point in the work of the pioneers of new playground concepts in the first half of the twentieth century, the exhibition shows how their ideas were received, adapted and developed in different countries. The playground is more than just an element of urban life; it also says much about the society that devised it. Last, but by no means least, the exhibition presents playgrounds as sites with a non-standard aesthetic of their own, where citizens of all ages identify with their city.
The Playground Project was developed as a travelling exhibition by Gabriela Burkhalter and adapted for its presentation at Bundeskunsthalle in cooperation with Kunsthalle Zürich.
Venue: Federal Art and Exhibition Hall, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, Bonn
More information: www.bundeskunsthalle.de

There’s more to do in Bonn:

Foreign-language movies will be shown in most of our movie theaters every week. For details, please visit:

Please note that the opening hours of our outdoor pools may vary, depending on the weather. However, even on a cloudy day, all pools will usually be open between 12 noon and 7 pm.

The Mobile Maze at Rheinaue Park will remain open until 9 September. Opening hours are 9 am to 10 pm daily. For more information, visit: www.verlaufen.com

Some suggestions for summer activities in our beautiful surroundings:

Cologne: Kölner Lichter on 21 July
The beautiful fireworks will truly paint the sky this year. For directions and impressions or boat tickets, visit: www.koelner-lichter.de

Rheinbach: Rheinbach Classics from 20 to 22 July
Will take you back to the fifties and sixties - with lots of music, cars and petticoats!
Learn more: www.rheinbach-classics.de

Brühl: spend a day at Phantasialand
There are several large amusement parks that may be reached in a couple of hour’s drive from Bonn. The largest one in the region is located in the city of Brühl, just north of Bonn (about 20 minutes by car).
For more details, such as directions, opening hours and ticket prices, visit www.phantasialand.de
Have a fun day!

Visit the beautiful castles at Brühl and listen to the Brühl Castle Concerts on several occasions in August.
Program and tickets: www.schlosskonzerte.de

Ahr Valley: spend a Day in the Ahr Valley near Bad Neuenahr – Ahrweiler
The nearest wine-growing region is located at about half an hour’s drive south of Bonn – hike through the vineyards, taste the wonderful red wine, take a stroll through the medieval city of Ahrweiler, or take your children to the small toboggan run at Altenahr.
For more information, visit www.bonn-region.de

Save the date for these upcoming events in Bonn:

31 Aug to 23 Sep
Beethoven Festival 2018
This year’s edition of this world-famous festival in our city will again feature a great number of concerts at different venues in the city. The main program will be accompanied by many other events in Bonn that relate to the festival in one way or another (e.g. lectures, smaller concerts, public screening, exhibitions). Roughly 2,000 musicians / performing artists contribute to this festival every year. Most of the concerts are not sold out yet. Still enough time to get your ticket for your favorite event!
The 2018 motto of the Beethoven Festival is ‘Fate’: Fate is a key concept from the Beethovenian cosmos – a cosmos full of sorrow and suffering. Beethoven was still a young man when deafness began its work of destruction upon him. Fittingly, Beethoven’s Fifth will be heard several times, forming the overriding theme of the entire programme.
For more information, concerts and venues, please visit: www.beethovenfest.de

1 Sep
Concert and Party: ‘Jeck im Sunnesching 2018’
Featuring a giant party with lots of local music and a street food festival at Rheinaue Park. Visitors will probably be reminded of our annual Carnival in the streets in early spring.
Venue: Bonn Rheinaue Park
More information and tickets: www.jeckimsunnesching.de

7 to 11 September
651 Years of Pützchens Markt
Every year on the second weekend of September, "Pützchens Markt” (vernacular for "Fair of the Well”) offers attractions of all kinds: from action and adventure to food, drink and sweets, and a host of other things in between. It is one of Germany´s biggest fairs in terms of turnover. The roots of this traditional event in Bonn go back to the 14th century.
Visitors will once again find the successful mixture of traditional merry-go-rounds, modern fun-fair high-tech and nostalgic stalls. Approximately 500 businesses will again present whatever goods and services they have to offer on the 80,000 square meters fair ground. Usually the spectacle attracts around one million visitors every year.

We will be back with more news and events towards the end of summer!
Have a great time – and stay tuned!