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What’s on in Bonn?

If you haven’t been on a boat trip on the Rhine this season, this weekend brings some special opportunities. Or enjoy one of the concerts and parties in the city featuring lots of jazz and a very atmospheric children’s event. Whatever you do – have a great weekend in Bonn!

Fri, 31 Aug
After Work Party
With music from the seventies and eighties along with a boat trip on the Rhine
Time: 5 pm
Venue: MS Moby Dick, Brassertufer Am Alten Zoll, Pier No. 4
Tickets: €15 per person
More information and registration:,

Fri, 31 Aug
Concert: Trio Marvin
Featuring some treasures of German and Austrian music literature
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Trinitatiskirche Bonn-endenich, Brahmsstraße 14
Entrance free, donations welcome.

Fri and Sat, 31 Aug and 1 Sep
Stadtgartenkonzerte – Final Weekend
Free outdoor concert series at Alter Zoll in the city center
Fri:  Clara Clasen (singer-songwriter, folk / pop) and Lenna (‘power pop’)
 Soeckers (pop)
Sat: Gentree (Brit folk pop) and Glactic Superlords (heavy metal)
 Electric Sandwich  (original Krautrock legends)
Venue: Stadtgarten am Alten Zoll, Adenauerallee, Bonn

Sat and Sun, 1 and 2 Sep
Beuel Citizens Festival
Local trade fair along with live music on six stages, culinary delights and open shops on Sunday afternoon
Time: starts Sat at 12 noon
Venue: Bonn Beuel city district

Sat, 1 Sep
Jazzport im Südbahnhof
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Südbahnhof, Ermekeilstraße 32, Bonn
Entrance free.

Sat, 1 Sep
Family Flashlight Concert / Charity Event
A very atmospheric evening concert for the entire family. Your kids will probably enjoy the event even if they don’t understand all of the German songs.
Children’s activities before the concert start around 6 pm. Concert starts at 8 pm.
Venue: Poppelsdorf Castle, Meckenheimer Allee 171, Bonn
Tickets: €6 (donations go to BunterKreis Rheinland, supporting families with seriously ill children)
For more information, online tickets, some first impressions, visit:

Sun, 2 Sep
Jazz Brunch on the Rhine
Time: 11 am
Venue: MS Moby Dick, Brassertufer am Alten Zoll, Pier No. 4
Tickets €49.9 per person
More information and registration:,

Still on: Jazz Tube Festival
There will be a total of 23 concerts on nine days with the participation of around 70 artists. On Fridays from 5 pm, three bands, spread over the stops at Haptbahnhof / Thomas-Mann-Straße, Universität / Markt and Heussallee / Museumsmeile, play three sets of about half an hour each. Visitors, fans and passengers can either view all sets at one stop or commute to the other venues by using the tram lines 16, 63 and 66 during the breaks.
Fans can rate their favorite artists via SMS. The three bands with the highest ratings will perform at Pantheon Theater on Friday, 12 Oct. From 12 to 14 Oct, nationally and internationally established artists will be performing at Pantheon.
For more details, visit:

Still on: The Playground Project - Outdoor
To complement The Playground Project (from 13 July), the Bundeskunsthalle is opening the roof garden and the museum square to Outdoor, an exhibition on the subject of ‘Play’, which provides contemporary artists Nevin Aladağ, Kristina Buch, Ólafur Elíasson, Jeppe Hein, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, Llobet & Pons, Michel Majerus, Andreas Schmitten, Thomas Schütte, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Alvaro Urbano and Ina Weber with an opportunity to design interactive installations and spaces, forms and utensil for play. Visitors are invited to experience art in a playful, participatory and performative manner. According to a philosophical definition of Homo ludens, play is a primary condition of the generation of culture, because it is through play that Homo ludens, unlike Homo faber, develops his skills. It is in play as a fundamental, formative and necessary human activity that he discovers his individual qualities, and this experience allows him to develop his dormant personality. In this definition, play is equated with freedom and autonomy of mind. For more information and opening hours at the Federal Art and Exhibition Hall, see:

Movies in Bonn
For a great weekly choice of foreign-language movies in Bonn, visit:
(look for movies marked OmU = original version)

Save the date:  
Beethoven Festival from 31 Aug to 23 Sep
Pützchens Markt from 7 to 11 Sep
(see separate news items)