Duisburg events offer a fine selection of annual festivities, from the obligatory Christmas Market to wine festivals, open-air cinema and car shows.
Weinfest (Wine Festival)
This midsummer Duisburg event is a must for wine aficionados. Since 1986, the Wine Festival has been inviting local and not-so-local wineries from across Germany to come to town.
The wineries bring their best vintages to the city for your sampling. The best part is, if you choose to buy some bottles, the purchase is tax-free!
Along with the wine, you can also munch on pretzels, sausage and cheese.
Stadtwerke Summer Cinema
Another fun summertime Duisburg event is the open-air cinema. Each year visitors flock to the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord to take in the latest blockbuster film, or check out a buzz-worthy independent film
The festival usually lasts about one month and even the rain can’t spoil the summertime atmosphere — a retractable roof can cover the participants in case of any showers.
Traumzeit-Festival (Dreamtime Festival)
Music lovers are sure to enjoy the Dreamtime Festival. The focus is on international music and jazz. The venue is once again the interesting backdrop of the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord. Some past performers have included the flamenco legend Paco de Lucia and saxophone great Sonny Rollins.
Lack und Chrom (Varnish and Chrome)
This Duisburg event is for car lovers. Along Königstraße and the Düsseldorfer Straße, there is a display of the latest auto models by Renault, Volkswagen and Opel.
In addition to the showcase of the newest, coolest cars, there’s plenty of entertainment. You can see street performers, acrobats, music, comedy and a good assortment of snacks.
What would the holiday season be without a Christmas Market? Duisburg’s annual Christmas Market boasts over 130 stalls, each decorated with some holiday cheer. Light displays, carolers and carousels are also on offer.
And for a bird’s eye view of all the spectacle, be sure to take a ride in the 38 m (125 foot) high Ferris wheel!