Events & festivals
All year round
There is always something happening in Heidelberg. Whatever time of year, the calendar of events is brimming over with exciting things to do and places to go.
Winter festivals in January/February
Heidelberger Bürgerfest: Every second year in Heidelberg starts with an event for all the citizens of the city. In different locations, a varied program is offered for thousands of visitors. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the last Bürgerfest took place on March 20, 2022 at the new SNP Dome.
Biennale of Dance: This festival of dance takes place every two years. The Biennale of Dance in 2021 had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, the Heidelberg Theater and Orchestra and the UnterwegsTheater organized a digital Mini-Festival.
Winter in Schwetzingen: The popular Baroque Festival in the Rococo Theater of Schwetzingen Castle will take place from November, 2022 to February, 2023.
Carambolage Festival: The cabaret festival in Heidelberg’s Karlstorbahnhof train station offers satirical cabaret, musical interludes and readings. The next Carambolage Festival will take place in January 2023.
The Heidelberg String Quartett Festival is a special highlight of the "Heidelberg Spring" International Music Festival. In addition to daily concerts, several workshops will be offered. In 2023 it will take place from January 19 to 22.
Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie: Curated by invited photographic experts, the biennial Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg Photo Festival focuses on current international trends.The Festival will take place from March 19 to May 22, 2022.
Heidelberger Frühling International Music Festival: Daily concerts enable you to immerse yourself in the world of classical music. The 25th Heidelberger Frühling will take place from March 26 to April 24, 2022.
Heidelberger Stückemarkt drama festival: The focus here is on modern theatrical works by young authors. Up-and-coming talents from the world of theater will be in Heidelberg to present their works to a broader public. The next festival will take place from April 29 to May 8, 2022.
Queer Festival Heidelberg: Germany's first international Queer-Festival is characterized by concerts, club nights, films, exhibitions, theaters and workshops with the subject of sexual or gender diversity and discrimination. The next festival will take place from May 4 to May 28, 2022.
SAS Half Marathon: This major sporting event is extremely popular – and not just amongst the runners themselves. The many spectators lining the varied and demanding-mile course on May 1, 2022 guarantee a festival atmosphere.
Heidelberger Literaturtage: In the UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg, visitors have an opportunity to attend readings by international writers, interviews with authors and round table discussions in a Spiegeltent on University Square. The 27th "Heidelberger Literaturtage" will take place from June 1 to 5, 2022.
Heidelberg Castle Festival (Schlossfestspiele): During the Heidelberg Castle Festival, the picturesque castle ruins provide the backdrop for a series of unforgettable theater, opera and concert productions. In 2022, the Heidelberg Castle Festival will take place from June, 19 to August, 7.
Heidelberg Castle Illumination and Fireworks: Several times every year, the Castle Ruin is bathed in red light in memory of the two fires of 1689 and 1693. The spectacle is combined with a spectacular firework display over the River Neckar. In 2022 the spectacles will take place on June 4, July 9 and September 3.
"Living Neckar" Day of Action: Once a year, the entire northern bank of the River Neckar is transformed into a sea of stages, stalls and support booths offering visitors a varied program of music, dance and sporting demonstrations. The "Living Neckar" Day of Action will take place on June 19, 2022.
HeidelbergMan (Triathlon): Every year, hundreds of athletes set off on an arduous sequence of swimming, cycling and running against a breath-taking urban backdrop. The next HeidelbergMan will take place on July 17, 2022.
METROPOLINK Festival: Modern artwork displayed throughout Heidelberg. Street art artists transform house facades into works of art. Workshops complement the program of the festival. Guided city tours are offered for visitors. The next METROPOLINK Festival will take place from July 28 to August 7, 2022.
Art Ort: The UnterwegsTheater offers a free, contemporary dance program within the metropolitan area. Exceptional festival formats, "TANZInternational" and other projects will provide diverse entertainment for an enthusiastic dance audience. The next festival is expected to take place from June 18 to July 17, 2022.
Heidelberg Wheelchair Marathon: This biennial international sporting event has taken place in Heidelberg for more than 25 years. Due to the pandemic, the Wheelchair Marathon in 2021 had to be canceled.
Literaturherbst Heidelberg: 'Experience reading' is this year's motto of the famous autumn literature event. For three days, actors from Heidelberg and the surrounding area will be showing how diverse the literary work in the UNESCO City of Literature truly is. The event is supported by the Office of Cultural Affairs.
Heidelberg Fall: Every year on the last weekend of September, the squares and public places in Heidelberg Old City fill with people eating, drinking and listening to live music performances. The annual Heidelberg Fall Festival draws visitors from all over the world. In 2022 the Heidelberg Fall will take place on September 24 and 25.
Children's Drama Festival:Drama groups from all over Germany perform up to a dozen plays at the large circus tent on the Neckarwiese. 2022 the festival will propably take place in September/October.
GELITA Trail Marathon: Participants have to cover 26 miles and climb a total of some 6,500 feet. This very special marathon took place in Heidelberg for the first time on October 4, 2013. The next event will take place on September 18, 2022.
Enjoy Jazz: Since its premiere in 1999, this international jazz festival organized by the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region has developed into one of the leading events of its kind in Germany. Jazz fans can look forward to concerts, workshops, films and much more. The next Enjoy Jazz Festival will probably take place on October 2 to November 12, 2022.
Heidelberg Wine Village ("Heidelberger Weindorf"): The first Heidelberg Wine Village took place in October 2021 on Karlsplatz and Heidelberg Castle. The best wines from Heidelberg and the region could be enjoyed here, complemented by a varied range of regional cuisine. The next event will take from September 30 to October 9, 2022.
French Week: Every year since 2006, the festival has enriched the cultural life of Heidelberg and Mannheim (since 2014). With almost 80 events celebrating French and German culture, the French Week is a vivid example of Franco-German friendship. The next festival is planned for October 13 to 23, 2022.
Geist Heidelberg: The International Science Festival is specifically directed towards the general public and every year brings the top national and international researchers of their respective fields to Heidelberg. It takes place in Autumn 2022 in the German American Institute (DAI) Heidelberg.
Winter festivals in November/December
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg: Exciting, promising, gifted - the Filmfestival offers talented filmmakers an inspiring environment and introduces still unknown directors to the big stage. Every year 30 to 40 films are shown. In 2022, it will take place from November 17 to 27.
Denke.schön: Cabaret artists take the audience on a satirical journey. The postponed evening with Christine Prayon will probably take place on December 15, 2022.
Heidelberg Drama Festival: The Freier Theaterverein Heidelberg along with the Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof e.V. and the theater in the "Romanischer Keller" invite you to the "Heidelberg Drama Festival" from March 4 to 26, 2022.
Winter in Schwetzingen: The popular Baroque Festival in the Rococo Theater of Schwetzingen Castle will take place in from November, 2022 to February, 2023.
Heidelberg Christmas Market: The year’s calendar of events in Heidelberg ends with the Christmas Market. Around 140 stalls and booths in the historic Old City act as a magnet for thousands of international visitors. The next Christmas Market will take place from Novermber 21 to December 22, 2022.
Open-Air Ice Rink: An additional attraction is the Open-Air Ice Rink. Against a romantic backdrop of the Castle, locals and visitors can glide around the ice to an accompaniment of suitably festive music. This winter, the Open-Air Ice Rink is opened from November 21, 2022 to January 8, 2023.