Events in Darmstadt 2018
April to October 2018
Datterich's weekly market - every first Saturday of the month Darmstadt's weekly market on the market square offers a special programme like music, activities for children, seasonal food tastings and much more.
26. May to 19. August 2018
EXTREME. SELF - RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain 2018: In the exhibition EXTREME. SELF, three artists deal with aspects of the perception of the self that are as personal as they are imaginative. Aneta Grzeszykowska creates a portrait of herself from many individual parts and mixes physicality, sensuality and autoerotism with black humor. Precisely shaped body parts are combined, arranged and photographed as in natural science collections. By using pigskin, they look deceptively real on closer inspection. This is disturbing and attractive at the same time
31. May to 3. June 2018
Schlossgrabenfest - Music festival around the castle- Darmstadt's city centre turns into an unique festival scenery for Hesse's biggest music festival. On four stages around the residential palace, you can enjoy more than 100 live acts from almost all musical genres of rock&pop, alternative, hip hop, cover and singer&songwriter to slam-poetry. Big and international bands have their performances as well as local artists and new discoveries.
3. to 10. June 2018
2018 is the record jubilee year. Darmstadt celebrates its twinning with Troyes and Alkmaar - 60 years, with Graz and Trondheim - 50 years, Plock - 30 years and with Liepaja - 25 years. Therefore in June, the city celebrates a whole week, each weekday themed with one of these European twin cities. Rediscover Darmstadt and its twin cities with concerts, readings, guided tours, exhibitions to swing dancing and a special event at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
9. June 2018
At the GameDays, at the stations in Darmstadt's city centre "Serious Games" can be tried and everyone interested can prove their skill, fitness and intelligence. In a rally, players can compete among themselves - the winners will be chosen in the afternoon.
"Serious Games" are digital games for computers, smartphones, tablets or consoles that are used in a serious context, for example, in learning, further education and training, but also for playful citizens' participation or topics related to health and movement. With Serious Games, even demanding tasks are fun, no matter what age.
10. June 2018
Science Day "awake" - On 10th June the TU Darmstadt will open for the second time from 11am to 5pm under the motto "awake!" On the two campuses Stadtmitte and Lichtwiese, the university shows imposing machines, marvel at experimental lectures, touch and grasp research, participate in guided tours to closed places, debate with scientists.
10. June to 16. September 2018
Ulla von Brandenburg - Der Regung Regel: The object and media artist combines various genres such as sculpture, installation, film, performance, paper cutting and wall drawings into symbolic overall productions. The exhibition often becomes a stage for her expressions of the theater. In doing so, she draws on historical set pieces of various origins and meaning, which refer to the time of the late 19th century and the early modern era
28. June to 2. July 2018
Darmstadt's Heinerfest - traditional fair in the city centre- on the first weekend of July the 68th Heinerfest invites you all to come to the city centre, offering lots of attractions and entertainment around Darmstadt's castle.
29. June to 26. August 2018
Hessian State Museum: Homage to Carl Philipp Fohr
The painter Carl Philipp Fohr was one of the most gifted artists in Rome. His sudden and unbelievable death on June 29, 1818 moved the entire artist community. Fohr's artistic career is closely linked with Darmstadt, as the Darmstadt painter Issel discovered his artistic talent and took him to Darmstadt.
On the 200th anniversary of the artist's death a small tribute to Carl Philipp Fohr will be arranged in the Karl Freund Gallery.
22. July 2018
A Courtly Garden Festival - Journey Back To Rococo
In the 18th century Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hesse-Darmstadt used his little garden and palace not far from the residential palace for private festivals with music and dance to relax from the court ceremony.
Following this tradition, the Prinz-Georg-Garden and the Grand Duchal Hessian Porcelain Collection invite you to journey through time - back to the 18th century. Enjoy performers in authentic costumes, dancers, music and historic magic.
27. July to 5. August 2018
Historical significant places in Darmstadt and the surrounding area become atmospherically attractive venues for the usually open air concerts. Artists from across Europe offer a colorful mix of art styles, including in 2018 Bill Ramsey &The European Swing Allstars and the Italian Opera Night.
28. July to 5. August 2018
16. days of industrial culture rhein-main: The Industrialization has shaped the development of the economic and working world of the European centuries in the last two centuries. Europe is the cradle of global industrialization. The days of industrial culture invite you to discover what connects us to Europe and what European influences can be found in the Rhine-Main region. The focus topic was inspired by the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018.
1. to 4. August 2018
Darmstadt squares become the stage! For the 25th time, the Just for Fun Straßentheaterfestival Darmstadt will present high-profile street theater from all over the world. The range of performances ranges from breathtaking artistry to subtle clownery. Exceptional characters and unrivaled playfulness of the artists are guaranteed. Thousands of fans make the festival an unforgettable highlight in Darmstadt's cultural life.
From 3. August 2018
The Merck-Sommerperlen pearls bring an extra sparkle in the programme of the Centralstation in July. Thanks to the support of Darmstadt's science and technology company Merck, which already makes the Sommerperlen available for the eighth time, high-caliber players from the genre Alternative Country, Pop, Indie Rock, Jazz and HipHop are on the stage.
18. August 2018
In Darmstadt, there has been a dedicated Christopher Street Day since 2011 and it is the largest event of and for LGBTs. The CSD displays what everyone already knows: sexual and gender diversity are part of a city society and must be protected and supported.
Anyone who is visiting, demonstrating, discussing and celebrating the CSD not only experiences a great day, but at the same time sends out a signal for a diverse and colorful urban society, for equal rights in all areas of life and against intolerance, homophobia and transphobia.
19. August 2018
Arts and Crafts Market - About 100 craftsmen and artists present their work on the market square and present a diversity of jewellery, pottery, wood work, art, textile design and much more. Numerous artists also demonstrate their craft.
30. August to 2. September 2018
Every first weekend in September the Wilhelminenstraße transforms into Darmstadt's wine festival. From Thursday (30.8.) to Sunday (2.9.) winemakers and food stalls from Darmstadt and the surrounding area and invite you to taste, enjoy and relax. On Sunday, additionally the shops of Darmstadt's city are open from 1 to 6 pm.
21. September to 3. October 2018
Darmstadt Autumn Fair Traditional fair on the Messplatz.
From 1.30 pm to 10.30 pm, the autumn fair invites you daily to take a stroll along the fairground rides, the sales and food stalls. Enjoy meeting friends, taking rollercoaster rides and having fun.
From 20th october 2018
100 years MUSEUM Jagdschloss Kranichstein – time for a new exhibition!
The new exhibition narrates the stories and history of the hunting landgraves and their hunting seat in four chapters, based on the precious collections.
15. November to 17. January 2019
Leo Grewenig. Tinten - Tiere: In the 1950s and early 1960s, the artist unfolded a wealth of structures using black ink and water on absorbent paper. Thick blots or the finest ramifications set the imagination and inspiration in motion. Above all, animals sprang from the interplay of the drawing aids: snails, spiders or squid, but also plants, dazzling stones and dancing creatures populate the large-format paper sheets
26. November to 23. Dezember 2018
Darmstadt Christmas Market
The smell of ginger bread and mulled wine, handicraft and an festive atmosphere put you in the mood for Christmas when strolling around Darmstadt's Christmas Market. Special about Darmstadt's Christmas Market are the stalls of Darmstadt's many twin cities. Handicraft e.g from Liepaja (Latvia) or culinary specialities like Hungarian Lángos or wine and cheese from Swiss Saanen are awaited eagerly by Darmstädter and visitors every year.