Events in Darmstadt 2017

©Fotolia/Sergey Nivens

March to December 2017

Kammerkonzerte Darmstadt

The yearly series of "Kammerskonzerte Darmstadt" has been in existence since 1971 and has become an integral part of the Darmstadt music scene since its inception. The music-interested audience from Darmstadt and the surrounding area has the opportunity to have excellent soloists and ensembles from Germany and abroad with familiar as well as with rarely heard works.

April to October 2017

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.


12. May to 8. October

Hessian State Museum Darmstadt: Rosetta - Europe's Comet Chaser

The European Space Agency and the Hessian State Museum Darmstadt present the unique adventure of the Rosetta space mission together with the small lander Philae.The exhibition in the Great Hall shows, among other things, models of the two probes, multimedial projections as well as impressive meteorite finds, all of which give an insight into the composition of our solar system.

© Hessische Hausstiftung

1. September to 26. November 2017
Fabergé - Gifts from the House of Romanov
The unique objects crafted by the famous jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé are masterpieces of European decorative art. The exhibition displays over one hundred selected pieces, ordered as presents for the familiy in Darmstadt, by Elisabeth and Alix, born Princesses of Hessen-Darmstadt, married to members of the House of Romanov.

©York Hotz

23. September to 3. October

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.

28. to 30. September 2017

Jazzinstitut Darmstadt: 15th Darmstadt Jazzforum –Jazz @ 100| No Heroic Story

The Darmstadt Jazzforum is an international conference taking place every other year since 1989 and focuses on different topics in each edition. It is unique mix featuring an international conference,
concerts, workshops or exhibitions.
The *15th Darmstadt Jazzforum* will take place 28 – 30 September 2017. Its working title is “Jazz @ 100 | An alternative to a story of heroes”. In the centenary of jazz – the recordings of the Original Dixieland Jass Band from 1917 are often cited as the first jazz recordings ever – the Darmstadt Jazzforum conference looks at the pitfalls of jazz historiography, which often relies on myths and legends that distort what is even more important: the multi-perspectivity of a music which is being created not only by great masters, but certainly by many individualists.
In all of this, the 15th Darmstadt Jazzforum does not plan to re-write jazz historiography. During the international conference, during  concerts and an exhibition, however, we hope for a lively discourse  about how our understanding of the music, its history and its aesthetic has been shaped. We see jazz as a music with a history of more than a hundred years, and we know that it's much more complex than history  books usually tell us. Our objective is to unravel some more of this complexity, even though we know that we will only be scratching at the surface.

6. to 16. Oktober 2017

XI Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition
New Features: Cello and improvisations!
Competition in 3 rounds for pianists of all nationalities up to 30 years of age.  Works exclusively by Fryderyk Chopin

-      Works for piano solo
-      Concertos for piano and orchestra
-    Works for piano and cello - New!!!
-      Improvisation on a given theme (optional) - New!!!

© Steffen Harms

2. November 2017 to 4. Februar 2018
Hessian State Museum Darmstadt:  Knowledge in Pictures – a selection of pictures from the last 450 years, taken from the State and University library Darmstadt

19. November 2017 to 18. March 2018

Darmstadt Artists‘ Colony Museum: Otto Bartning – Architect of a Social Modernism, 1883 – 1959
The architect Otto Bartning developed the fundamental ideas of the Bauhaus in Weimar. With his modern residential and church buildings he became an important initiator of the reconstruction of Germany after the Second World War. With detailed models, original drafts, and photographs of church buildings from the 1920s, the exhibition of the Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt illustrates vividly how the radical architect rejected the historicism of the time and created innovative, expressionistic architecture. By utilizing new forms and materials, as well as placing an emphasis on sightlines and the sequential arrangement of rooms in worship spaces, Bartning decisively shaped the architecture of the young Federal Republic of Germany.



© Rüdiger Dunker

20. November to 23. Dezember 2017

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. At the little arts and crafts market on the Friedensplatz, artists from Darmstadt and the surrounding area every weekend offer a different variety of products, like handmade soap, pottery and jewellery.

© Darmstadt Citymarketing e.V., Rüdiger Dunker

1. December 2017

Late-Night-Shopping "Fire & Ice" in Darmstadt's city centre. Enjoy open shops until 11 pm and lots of walking acts and fire shows.

Mainzer Tassel, Rheinland, Ende 10. Jahrhundert, Gold, Saphire, Amethyste, Perlen, Glas ©HLMD, Wolfgang Fuhrmannek

8. December 2017 bis 11. March 2018
Der Mainzer Goldschmuck – An Art Crime from the German Empire
Exhibition at the Hessischen Landesmuseum Darmstadt


The adventurous story of the probably most prominent medieval jewellery ensemble, the results of the examinations and today's interpretation are the themes of this unique exhibtion, which for the first time unites all parts of the treasure.

Highlights 2017

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Events in the Rhine-Main region

On the page of Frankfurt Ticket RheinMain you find tickets for events in the Rhine-Main region.