Frankfurt is one of the most fabulous travel destinations in Germany. It is home to myriad attractions, fun and adventure activities and fantastic events. The city is a hub of business and finance not only in Germany but entire Europe. The city is a prime destination for business visitors, and also attracts those seeking leisure, fun and adventure in large numbers every year.
The city is a beehive of activities round the year. Frankfurt is never going to disappoint you whichever month you visit. Here are famous festivals and events held each month. Let us see what all these months have in store for you.
Frankfurters and tourists from different parts of the world wait patiently with bated breath to heartily welcome the New Year. The city’s concert hall Alte Oper hosts the annual New Year’s Concert to mark the coming of the New Year. The concert will primarily feature classical music. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie will regale the spectators with the seasonal favorites.
The Fastnachtszug Carnival: is held in the month of February signaling winter end. This 14th century old colorful and lively carnival offers customary parade featuring medieval characters such as witches, scarecrows and court jesters portraying man’s struggle and subsequent victory over the rough winter feels. The carnival brings the city center to life with unprecedented revelry, drinking, food, music and merrymaking.
The Spring Dippe Fair, held in March every year, is the very first outdoor fair to be held after the end of winter season. This important spring festival is celebrated for three long weeks. The fair attracts nearly 50,000 visitors who come here to enjoy some great drinks and food while simultaneously indulging in fabulous shopping as well. Old-fashion carnival rides are there to entertain the kids. The fair concludes with a huge display of fireworks.
Mainfest and The Fine Art Fair are the two important events held in the month of April every year. The Fine Art Fair is held at the huge Messe complex in the city. This premiere art show brings together some of the celebrated and emerging artists from different countries of the world. The art show plays host to over 50 galleries showcasing the creations of immature and adventuresome artists. The Mainfest is held along the River Main near the Mainkai and Römerberg areas. This festival brings almost all Frankfurters and tourists visiting the city on to the huge fairground where kids can also look to get entertained with carnival rides. Endless drinking, eating, merrymaking and live music are the major highlights of this fabulous festival, which finally concludes with a dazzling display of fireworks.
The summer month of May is known for hosting Frankfurt Museums Night and Frankfurt Forest Folk Festival. These are two main events held during the month. The annual Frankfurt Museums Night attracts millions of visitors to the city from around the world. This is one special night when all the museums in the city open their doors for the visitors and remain open until late. Special exhibits and many events take place in most of the museums promoting the city’s rich heritage and its art and culture. The 3-day-long Frankfurt Forest Folk Festival is yet another important event held during May in the city. The encompassing timberland of Niederrad is a major venue for this prominent yearly folk festival. The fairground, music concerts, market and conventional games for kids, are a major attraction for families. The festival provides a fabulous opportunity to the people to escape from the busy urban life and be in commune with city’s heritage and nature.
The month of June plays host to at least three important festivals – Rose and Light Festival, Parade of Cultures and Opernplatz Festival. The yearly festival is held for three days at the Palm Park. A mesmerizing magical ambiance is created in the whole of the park with brightly illuminated lanterns and candles. Special music and dance performances are also held with the festival concluding with a massive fireworks show. The Parade of Cultures is a special event in the city organized on June 21. This exceptional parade is held throughout the city for promoting racial and cultural harmony. People clad in amazing costumes form part of the procession. Special performances by people from across the world are held, raising ethnic awareness. The clubs become lively at nights with special musical events taking place. The Opernplatz Festival is an exclusive event held during the summer. The Alte Oper is the main venue of this festival, where people mingle with the locals, eat Frankfurter sausages and drink apple cider. Musicians and street performers are there to regale the people at the festival.
The ‘Sound of Frankfurt’ and ‘Frankfurt Cinema Week’ are the two major events taking place in the city during the month of July. The Sound of Frankfurt is simply a magical event with local and other visiting musicians performing outdoors all along the pedestrian Zeil. Music fills every inch between the shops. The rattling street setting is simply great to enjoy along with some fabulous shopping. The Frankfurt Cinema Week is held for one week in the city virtually transforming it to a huge outdoor movie theater. You will get opportunity to see films being screened across all genres in most unbelievable locations like river boats and parks. It’s simply fun to see the most recent international films in an innovative way.
The Museum Quay Festival is an important event held in the month of August. This renowned festival mostly centers around the concert halls, theaters and museums of Frankfurt. This 3-day long festival is organized every year. The major highlights of the festival include outdoor concerts, technology exhibits and cultural shows by the river as well as all the cultural venues across the city.
The month of September hosts the Autumn Dippe Fair and Rheingau Wine Fair. Frankfurters come out in strength to enjoy the popular Autumn Dippe Fair to celebrate the pleasures of fall and harvest to the city. This festival is a great attraction for the families with its old-fashioned entertainment theme. There are oodles of fun and entertainment for both the adults and children. The adults can treat themselves to regional cuisines and celebrated apple wine, while the kids can be entertained with roller coasters, carousels and other rides. A huge market at the huge fairground offers endless shopping options as well. The fair is finally concluded with an amazing display of fireworks. The Rheingau Wine Fair is the only wine festival held in Frankfurt. Rheingau region wineries put up their stalls every year in the city’s lovely Fressgasse district showcasing nearly 600 wines and inviting people to taste them.
There are three major events held in the city during the month of October. These include the Auftakt Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair and Frankfurt Jazz Festival. The special Auftakt Festival is devoted to contemporary music. This festival is held every year at the Alte Oper. The festival is known for its exclusivity because of the fact that one musician and one composer from across the globe are selected to become the centerpiece of this fabulous event. The Frankfurt Book Festival, which was founded in the 14th century, is an annual event and has attained popularity all over the world. It is held at the huge Messe fairground and attracts thousands of booksellers, publishers and authors from different countries in the world. The Frankfurt Jazz Festival is yet another significant festival in the city. The festival is organized in front of the Hessicher Rundfunk Broadcast Studio in a big circus tent. This world-acclaimed and longest European event attracts some famous German as well as other world renowned jazz musicians.
If you are passionate about photography or are into photo-journalism, then consider taking part in the Weitsicht Festival. This exclusive festival dedicated to photography is held at the Hessischer Rundfunk Broadcast Studio every year during the month of November. Famous photographers and upcoming photojournalists showcase their latest works. Series of productive workshops are also held during the festival.
The month of December is known for the famous Weihnachtsmarkt or Frankfurt Christmas Fair. It is held in the Old Town creating a vibrant atmosphere for many weeks. Around 200 stalls are put up in the medieval city center and attempts are made at recreating the traditionalistic Christmas carnies in yesteryears. The fair is held in various parts of the city. The area of Römerberg is however the best spot to visit for shopping at the bewitching stalls trading conventional goodies and toys, enjoying mulled wine and seeing the breathtaking prominent Swiss Xmas tree.