This post provides a list of top things to do in Berlin in May, a variety of events and attractions that are either family-friendly, take place after dark, or are free to attend.
TOP 11 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN THIS MAY
This list gives you a great starting place for planning your trip to Berlin. We also recommend reading the following posts for information about visiting this city in May (or throughout the year):
- Free Berlin Walking Tours
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
- Berlin Boat Tours & Cruises
- Reichstag Dome Tickets & Tours
1) Go to a Concert
Now that the weather is getting nicer, you’ll start to see a lot more notable and popular musicians performing in Berlin.
Here are a few of the best concerts available during the month of May:
- Pet Shop Boys | May 1
- Explosions in the Sky | May 3
- Pietro Lombardi | May 8
- Craig David | May 13
- Capital Bra | May 15
- Dua Lipa | May 17
- Whitesnake | May 21
- Larkin Poe | May 26
- Keith Urban | May 26
- Lupe Fiasco | May 28
- Camila Cabello | May 30
For all the options available this month, check out this list of concerts in Berlin.
2) Attend a Sporting Event
Berlin is home to two of the biggest football teams in Europe, and both of them will have home games this month.
- CEV Champions League Finals | May 16
It’s also worth noting that you can take tours of the historic Olympic Stadium (home of Hertha BSC) pretty much any time you want!
3) Discover the Best Food in Berlin
If you want some help finding the best things to eat in Berlin, consider taking a food tour to learn more about the culinary history of the area as well as scouting out the best restaurants.
Secret Food Tours currently offers an excellent tour which includes a nice variety of dishes such as chicken shawarma, homemade schnitzel, German-style pizza, delicious Turkish treats.
While you're filling up on various delicious cuisines, there will also be beverage samples of beer and wine. You can even upgrade the experience for more options.
There are 6 stops on the tour, and you'll get plenty of quality interaction with your guide since groups are limited to 10 people.
4) See the Carnival of Cultures
Carnival of Cultures happens every year at Pentecost time, and brings with it one of the largest open-air festivals of the year. From May 29 - June 1, 2020, you can celebrate Berlin’s diversity with cultural performances, a parade, and delicious street food.
There’s almost no end to the fun, since the festival boasts over 4,000 actors, dancers, artists, and other performers to form the parade and some of the showcases.
While festivities start on Friday after 16:00 (4:00 pm), the main parade kicks off on Sunday at 12:30 in the afternoon.
5) See the Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group performs and has enchanted audiences all over the world. Their residency in Berlin means there are several performances you can catch this May.
The quirky entertainers communicate through body language, media, eye contact, and music, which makes it easy to understand for theatre attendees who speak any language. If there are German elements in the show, there is also usually an English translation available.
If you're looking for more theatrical performances, take a look at this list of events.
6) Save Money With a Tourist Pass
If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions or take more than one tour, chances are a Berlin Tourist Discount Attraction Pass will save you a lot of money off general admission prices.
Depending on which pass you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% – 50% or more.
In most cases, you’ll get the biggest discount by using these services for at least 4 - 5 activities or attractions per day.
Here are a few of the most popular tickets included with various Berlin Tourist Discount Passes:
- Checkpoint Charlie Museum |
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour |
- Olympic Stadium Tour |
- Aquadom & Sea Life |
- Berlin River Cruise |
- Madame Tussauds |
- Berlin Dungeon |
- Panoramapunkt |
- Berlin Bike Tour |
- LEGOLAND |
We suggest deciding what you want to do before deciding on a pass. Some passes are best for museums, while others are best for tours and exploring.
For more details, please read our post covering Berlin tourist attraction discount passes.
7) Go to the Boylesque Drag Festival
This festival is coming back to Berlin for the second year in a row, featuring the best drag queens and burlesque entertainers around.
For two days this May, there are two separate venues where you’ll find entertaining performances.
May 15, 2020, is the Friday Late-Night Extravaganza at Wintergarten Variete from 23:00 (11:00 pm) - 2:00 am.
May 16, 2020, is the Saturday Night Live Big Bang at Bar Jeder Vernunft from 23:30 (11:30 pm) - 2:00 am. You won’t want to miss the best acts of the weekend in this glittery ballroom atmosphere.
8) Admire the Classic Cars at Classic Days Berlin
Petrol-heads (or gear-heads, if you prefer) all over Europe will enjoy the classic vehicles from the 1900s through the 1980s displayed at Classic Days Berlin.
The car show runs from May 16 - 17, 2020 and covers 2km of space, which is all the better for displaying all the cars! You can expect presentations, a wide range of food options including champagne lounges, VIP options, and over 2,000 classic automobiles.
9) Punk and Disorderly
Punk music fans won’t want to miss this 3-day festival in Berlin. From May 8 - 10, 2020, the stage will feature the biggest punk bands, including Conflict, Angelic Upstarts, Klasse Kriminale, No Heads, and Bishops Green.
As the festival gets closer, there will be a release of the full lineup, from local bands to internationally-touring groups.
10) Drink the Best Beer in Berlin
No trip to Berlin is complete without at least one authentic German beer, but there are so many to choose from that it might be difficult to pick just one.
The Secret Beer Tour will take you to the most interesting local venues for 9 different samples of beer. As the name suggests, all the venues are secret unless you take the tour!
You’ll also get to visit a small local brewery to learn all about the brewing process directly from the brewers!
Although there will be a pretzel at one of the stops on this tour, it is recommended that you eat something before going out!
11) Take a Walking Tour
May brings with it more pleasant weather, which means it's the perfect time to see the city on foot.
Whether you want an overview of the city centre, to see some street art and local culture, or are interested in diving into specific historical topics, there is a tour for you!
Here are a few of the most interesting options you may want to consider:
Several tours in the list are pay-what-you-like, which means you can decide what the walk was worth after the tour is complete.
It’s worth keeping in mind that most Berlin tourist passes include multiple tours, so if you’re planning to use one of those services, you could easily save some money on this activity.
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