Bielefeld has a jam-packed calendar of yearly events. No matter what time you visit, you are more than likely to find some fun or interesting occurrence.
From medieval faires to Oktoberfests, Christmas markets and car shows, there’s something to please everyone.
If you’ve always wanted to experience life in the Middle Ages, then be sure to schedule your trip to Bielefeld in July. Each year, the city celebrates Sparrenburgfest where an array of medieval characters, from minstrels and craftsmen to magicians and vagrants, fill the squares near Sparrenburg Castle to revisit this romanticized time for this three-day festival.
The fact that Bielefeld is not a wine-growing region doesn’t stop it from having its own Wine Festival. This Bielefeld event takes place in the Old Market Square where wine (brought in from other German wine-growing cities) flows freely and is even offered for tasting.
Carnival Of Cultures
This Bielefeld event is an international street parade, rejoicing in multiculturalism by stimulating your mind and senses. A colorful array of costumes and masks can be seen at this Carnival der Kulturen or Carnival of Cultures, to the sounds of beating drums and performances.
Linen Weaver Market Festival (Leineweber-Markt)
The Linen Weaver Market is Bielefeld’s oldest traditional street fair. It takes place very year at the end of May. The city becomes an open-air festival with multiple stages and performances, with a fairground for kids. You can catch cabaret, theater, rock, jazz and even folklore shows during this late spring time fest.
Bielefeld’s events calendar even has something for the automotive enthusiast. Each year, the Car Show comes to town with its vast array of old, classic automobiles. In addition to these classic cars, there’s plenty of food, drink and entertainment on hand as well.
Bielefeld has been celebrating its Oktoberfest for well over a decade now. Come for a little taste of South Germany in Westphalia and enjoy the beer tents, sausage and traditional culture at the Seidensticker Halle every fall.
This Bielefeld event brings hundreds of thousands of holiday revelers to town each December. There are over 100 stalls selling such holiday delicacies as mulled wine and gingerbread.
The Christmas Market also has live concert events, choirs and story-telling.