Festivals, fairs, parties and more: Want to know what 2018 has in store for you? We've listed this year's upcoming events in Hamburg.
1 May — 31 Aug 2018: Every night, the lake in Planten un Blomen park lights up with magical colours, accompanied by classical music.
5 May — 26 Aug 2018: As soon as the spring sun shows its face, street festivals seem to pop up all over Hamburg. See what’s on and join the party.
25 May 2018, Alster LakeCelebrate Japanese culture and admire the beautiful blossoms of Hamburg's cherry trees.
Jun — Sep 2018, Various locations.The best of international photography is featured at museums and galleries all around Hamburg.
1 — 3 Jun 2018: Enjoy urban art, street theatre, hiphop, dance and more at this international street art festival in Hamburg.
1 — 17 Jun 2018: This Altona-based street festival combines theatre performances, arts, flea markets, live music and parties.
1 — 2 Jun 2018: Jazz, blues and soul along the Elbe: one of the biggest jazz festivals in Germany takes place in the Hamburg port area.
5 — 11 Jun 2018: In various Hamburg cinemas, visitors are treated to over 400 short films in international and national competitions.
10 Jun 2018: Let thy engines roar in prayer! Thousands of bikers flock to Hamburg to attend Europe's largest motorbike church service.
14 Jun — 15 Jul 2018: Hamburg will be in full party mode as it cheers on the German football team trying to defend its title in Russia.
22 — 24 Jun 2018: 50,000 bikers roll into the city for a weekend of rock music, contests and fun at the Harley Village.
22 — 24 Jun 2018: 70 km south of Hamburg, Hurricane Festival showcases the biggest bands and welcomes music lovers from all over Europe.
13 — 14 Jul 2018: Dust off your cheesiest 70s outfit and join half a million partygoers at the yearly Schlagermove Parade!
14 — 15 Jul 2018: With 10,000 athletes and 250,000 spectators, this triathlon is among the biggest and most prestigious of its kind.
21 — 29 Jul 2018: Join the international tennis community at Hamburg Rotherbaum with its century-old tournament tradition.
27 Jul — 26 Aug 2018: Cocktails, fireworks and lots of rides: Celebrate summer at this edition of the famous Hamburg DOM funfair.
2 — 4 Aug 2018: Join metal heads from all over at the world's largest metal festival, located only an hour north of Hamburg.
27 July — 5 August 2018: The annual CSD and the Pride Parade are the flamboyant highlight of Hamburg's vibrant LGBTQI scene.
14 — 19 Aug 2018: The world's best players compete for the titles at the beach volleyball event of the year, hosted in Hamburg.
17 — 19 Aug 2018: Music lovers flock to the river side to see international and local artists perform at this summer music festival.
18 — 19 Aug 2018: Tens of thousands of bicycle pros and amateurs race through the streets, port, and green surroundings of Hamburg.
Aug 2018: A lead-up to the European Championship, Hamburg's Wilhelmsburg quarter hosts the German basketball event of the year.
1 — 2 Sep 2018: Juggling, acrobatics, live music and a tourney are sure to entertain the thousands of visitors of Öjendorf park.
7 — 9 Sep 2018: Like many other cities, Hamburg celebrates the European Heritage Days by inviting the public to the city’s many monuments.
8 — 9 Sep 2018: In Hamburg's very own vintage vehicle races, 14 different classes go for the win in the City Nord area.
8 Sep 2018: Every year, 40 Hamburg venues open their doors all night long to showcase the performances of the upcoming theatre season.
15 Sept 2018: Under the slogan "Just Heavenly" more than 100 churches in and around Hamburg open their doors to the public.
19 — 22 Sep 2018: The annual Reeperbahn Festival is the perfect way to get an overview of St. Pauli's many live music venues.
Sep — Oct 2018: A celebration of beer, brass bands and lederhosen — Hamburg too has its version of this Bavarian event.
27 Sep — 6 Oct 2018: Watch 120 international films and mingle with actors and directors at the annual FilmFest Hamburg.
16 — 21 Oct 2018: Germany’s longest-running and largest queer film festival shows anything from feel-good films to documentaries.
19 — 21 Oct 2018: Admire classic cars and motorbikes at Hamburg's new expo for automobile culture & lifestyle.
9 Nov — 9 Dec 2018: Enjoy mulled wine, hearty meals, thrilling rides and fireworks at this year's final Hamburg DOM fun fair.
December 2018: Discover more than 30 Christmas markets and indulge in mulled wine and baked treats in an enchanting winter atmosphere.
31 Dec 2018: Fireworks, sparkling wine and Berliner pastries at 12 o'clock: “Silvester” in Hamburg is special in every way.
2 — 3 Feb 2018: The best of gin, whisky, rum and other distilled delights is presented at this yearly returning fair at Hamburg Messe.
8 — 14 Feb 2018: Though not typically associated with North Germany, you can still let your hair down at Carnival parties in Hamburg.
10 — 13 May 2018: Historic ships, maritime parades, fireworks and more: celebrate Hamburg's biggest festival on the banks of the Elbe.