Lollapalooza | Frank Hoensch/Redferns/Getty Images
Lollapalooza | Frank Hoensch/Redferns/Getty Images

Everything You Absolutely Must Do in Berlin This Summer

Germans are committed travellers. But you already know that from meeting one on every bus, in every hostel, and on remote beaches everywhere. See, that’s the thing about Berlin -- no one leaves during the summer without a serious case of FOMO. Casual afternoon beers in the park can turn into impromptu raves, open-air festival hijinks, and catching the sunrise in some techno club’s garden very quickly. Here are some of the events that absolutely cannot be beat this summer:

Fete Berlin
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Cheer on Germany at the Euro 2016 International Fanmeile

Catch a public viewing of Euro 2016 soccer at Brandenburg Gate, or pretty much any bar or beer garden around town. If Germany goes to the end as predicted, it’s totally going to go off.

Rave at the Progressive Fantasien Open Air

Party like it’s 1992 at this mysterious open-air rave with a surprise outdoor location, donation-based entry, and a DJ lineup going from 1pm Saturday until Sunday night.

Party it up at Fête de la Musique

Berlin’s yearly take on International Music Day is a big ol’ party in Mauerpark, as well as free gigs at clubs and venues around town.

Unleash your inner Latino at Festa Junina Berlin 2016

This free festival at Berlin’s resident beach club celebrates the month of June just like the Brazilians do, from hot, sexy rhythms to crazy costumes.

Dress up at the Game of Thrones Theme Party

Get your Westeros on with GOT-inspired costumes, DJ beats, and themed floors from House Lannister to Targaryen.

Dance barefoot at Fusion Festival 2016

Fusion Festival, Germany’s own Burning Man, takes place on an old military airfield outside Berlin. Aside from amazing DJs, expect campground ruckus, art, and a slew of vegetarian food trucks. Check the website for exact dates.
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Shop paper gems at Berlin Graphic Days

Berlin’s annual festival celebrating everything design goes down with live painting, music, and a night market of anime, prints, illustrations, and so on.

Escape in a camper van to Jazz an der Lohmühle

Don’t miss this series of free, open-air concerts at Wagenburg Lohmühle, a tiny community of people living in campers and vans next to the Landwehr Canal. July 2nd, 16th, and 30th only.

Wear a bib to BIG Bite Club BBQ

Berlin’s all-star food truck festival is leaving its usual digs for an extra-saucy BBQ edition at Funkhaus, an event space that was once a DDR radio station.

Live it up at the Spandau Citadel concert series

Spandau Citadel is the city’s most epic concert venue, a colossal open-air fortress. This year’s summertime series boasts acts like Beck with Band of Horses, Beirut, and the Pixies. Check the website for exact dates.

Get licky at the Gelato Festival

Eat your heart out at this festival showcasing 11 of Germany’s best ice cream makers, and even learn how to expertly make your own.

Rock out to Rammstein

All three shows of Germany’s homegrown heavy metal gods (with support from Peaches!!) are already sold out, but it’s worth trying to snag tickets right up ‘til the end.

Go with the float at Berlin, Beats & Boats

Hit the Spree River on one of a fleet of party boats from the city’s best clubs, record labels, and party promoters. That Lonely Island song ain’t got nothin’ on this.

Chill out at Full Moon Picknick

Get to one of Berlin’s most beautiful places, while it’s bestrewn with lawn chairs and cheese & meat smorgasbords.

Celebrate Tresor’s 25 Years Festival

Techno icon Tresor celebrates its anniversary with Detroit house heavyweights and new record releases mixed with throwback tracks.

Get buck at Porn by Pornceptual: 3rd Year Anniversary

Berlin’s beloved art-techno-porn-queer party is ringing in its third year with a massive factory party. Entry is €16, but get a slick discount wearing a costume (€11) or better yet, just your birthday suit (€6).

Boogie down at Zug der Liebe

Zug der Liebe (literally meaning “Train of Love”) is set to bring about its wild and wacky street party again this year. Last year over 50,000 people boogied away!
Berlin Atonement
Berlin Atonement | Camille Blake

Unearth your hippie at Artlake Festival

This woodsy lakeside festival is all about electronic beats, beach yoga, and art projects. Bring your flower crown.

Get groovy at Berlin Atonal 2016

Get ready for psychedelic, experimental episodes at Atonal, Berlin’s annual festival for sonic and visual art.

Wear sexy lingerie to "Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Strap on your fishnet and halters for Rocky Horror as you’ve never seen it before -- in a crowd of over 2,000 people before an outdoor stage under the stars.
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Hang out at Lollapalooza Berlin

Closing out the summer, look out for Berlin’s edition of the famous Chi-Town festival, boasting headliners like Radiohead and Kings of Leon.

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Barbara Woolsey is a Berlin-based writer who you’ll probably see at some of these this summer. Come say hi, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.