The Bonn events calendar is busy all through the year! No matter what month or season you spend in this German city, you can bet there will be some festival or fun event happening during your stay.
Perhaps the biggest and most anticipated Bonn event is the yearly festival of Karneval. The Karneval season begins officially on the eleventh day of November at 11:11. However, most of the festivities don’t take place until January.
If you’re in town for carnival, you’ll be treated to parades and a key ceremony, where the mayor bestows the keys to the city to one lucky couple. Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) is the highlight of the carnival season. It features more parades, drinking, dancing and some eye-popping costumes.
Rose Monday takes place the Monday prior to Ash Wednesday.
Shortly upon arrival, you are sure to learn that Bonn is the birthplace of one of Germany’s — and the world’s — most famous composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Each year in the late summer, the city honors the memory of its favorite son with the International Beethovenfest. During the festival, the Beethoven orchestra performs some of his most famous and beloved works.
The Pützchens Markt is a Bonn event that takes place in the first two weeks of September. It is a large folk festival that includes a marketplace and begins with an elaborate church ceremony.
If you’re visiting in the warmer months of April through October, you should try out the local flea market. This Bonn event takes place every third Sunday. Rheinaue Park is the venue for this outdoor market, which features a 4 km (2.5 mi) stretch of vendors and stalls.
Take advantage of Bonn’s prime riverfront location with the Fishmarket. This yearly Bonn event offers fresh catches from the Rhine river over a long weekend, usually in October.
Like most other major German cities, Bonn also hosts its own Christmas Market. Held in the Münsterplatz, be sure to sample all the holiday goodies for sale, like Lebkuchen (a traditional gingerbread-like German biscuit) and homemade schnapps.