Calender of Events 2019

Darmstadt offers a variety of events, be it the big or small traditional festivals, cultural highlights or special exhibitions in the Darmstadt's museums.

Staatstheater Darmstadt: Opera „The Magic Flute“

26.10.18 - 01.06.19

Mozart’s famous work „The Magic Flute“ can be seen as World theatre: A young man is followed by a snake and faints. He then meets the birdsman Papageno, falls in love with a girl in a picture and promises her mother – appearing in thounder clouds – to save her daughter from the claws of a villain. A great opportunity of world experience for everyone by the means of theatre.

Kunsthalle Darmstadt: What Are We Made Of? – Works from Art Collection Telekom

26.01.19 - 28.04.19

The exhibition What Are We Made Of?: Works from the Art Collection Telekom features about 35 works by artists from the cultural space of Eastern Europe. The historic change that has been taking place since the fall of the Iron Curtain in the late 1980s provides the backdrop for narratives and references unfolding in the artworks. They give the opportunity to us to reflect on what supposedly characterizes people in “east” and “west“ and on the question: “What are we made of?"

Hessian State Museum Darmstadt: Video of the month

01.02.19 - 31.12.19

The Hessian State Museum Darmstadt presents ist new video, works by international artists. The new program will be presented in the Gallery of Art after 1945. It pursues an interdisciplinary approach that has shaped the history of the museum since its inception.

Staatstheater Darmstadt: Musical „Kiss me Kate“

02.02.19 - 01.06.19

Musical in two parts by Cole Porter

The star casted production of „The Taming of the Shrew“ could be a great success if there wasn’t the quarell between the two main actors – ex-husband and –wife – who nearly fight each other as much as the characters in Shakespeare’s famous comedy. When two gangsters and a new romance appear on top, the chaos seems at its peak.

Kunstforum TU Darmstadt: Susannah Martin - JUST NATURE

16.03.19 - 26.05.19

In der Ausstellung JUST NATURE geht es um Freiheitsentwürfe, die sich im Verhältnis von Mensch und Natur niederschlagen. Welche Bilder von Natur sind in der aktuellen Zeit vorherrschend und wie wird der menschliche Körper in der Landschaft dargestellt? Als Kontrast zum überwiegend digitalen Leben stellt die Ausstellung JUST NATURE im Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt den Menschen in ein enges Verhältnis zur Natur, fragt nach möglichen gesellschaftlichen Utopien jenseits von Internet und Virtualität.

»I am interested in exploring further the nature of our enslavement to our own cultural creations and our psychic battle for liberation from these addictions.«


Galerie Netuschil: Ausstellung Summa/Mannella

24.03.19 - 11.05.19

Die Galerie Netuschil lädt zur Doppel-Ausstellung mit Eisen-, Stahl- und Drahtarbeiten der Würzburger Bildhauerin Angelika Summa, den großformatigen Farbradierungen und malerisch abstrahierten Stadtansichten von Alfonso Mannella ein. Angelika Summa, deren Arbeiten das erste Mal in der Galerie Netuschil zu sehen sind, arbeitet in vielfältiger Weise mit Metall, mit Draht, Edelstahl und Eisen und lässt transparent-abstrakte Skulpturen im Raum entstehen. Alfonso Mannella bearbeitet mit der Flex großformatigen Farbradierungen, sprühend-abstrakte Linienbündel, denen er seine kraftvoll-gestischen, stark farbigen Malerei gegenüberstellt. Sein Thema ist immer die Großstadt.

Literary March

29.03.19 - 30.03.19

Lyric poetry competition for the Leonce-and-Lena-Award and the Wolfgang-Weyrauch- promotional award

Datterichs weekly market

06.04.19 - 05.10.19
8 am - 2 pm

Datterichs weekly market - From April to October every first Saturday of the month Darmstadt's weekly market on the market square offers a special programme with music, activities for children, seasonal food tastings and much more.

Hessian State Museum Darmstadt: bauhausPositions

11.04.19 - 14.07.19

On the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, the Graphic Collection of the Hessian State Museum Darmstadt is showing an exhibition of works from its own collection. The centerpiece of the approximately 60 exhibits is the »Masters of the Bauhaus 1923«.

Frau Professors digitale Runde

18:00 - 21:00

Wenn der Chatbot höflich nachfragt: Künstliche Intelligenz in Service und Co.


11. April 2019

18 bis 21 Uhr im HUB 31


Eintritt frei.

Mobility Fair Darmstadt - with Sunday shopping

13.04.19 - 14.04.19
11 am - 6 pm

"Mobility Fair Darmstadt" - with Sunday shopping

This weekend there is a varied programme for the whole family in the city centre. Companies and organisations around the topic of mobility inform and present their latest products. The shops of the city centre are open on Sunday from 1 to 6 pm.

Kunstarchiv Darmstadt: Bauhaus-Archiv Darmstadt. Frühe Rezeption eines internationalen Stils

14.04.19 - 19.07.19

Die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Bauhaus und seinen revolutionären Ideen setzt das Kunst Archiv Darmstadt e.V. nach seiner Doppel-Ausstellung zum Werk des Bauhaus-Künstlerpaares Gertrud und Alfred Arndt, mit einer Ausstellung zum Bauhaus-Archiv fort, das zehn Jahre in Darmstadt intensiv arbeitete und weltweit Beachtung erlangte!

In einem zweiten Ausstellungsteil werden 25 ausgewählte, herausragende druckgrafische Arbeiten der Meister des Bauhauses Josef Albers, Alfred Arndt, Herbert Bayer, Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Marcks, László Moholy-Nagy, Georg Muche, Oskar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt und Lothar Schreyer aus der privaten Sammlung des Kunst Archiv-Mitglieds Bernd Freese gezeigt.

Kammerkonzerte Darmstadt

01.05.19 - 30.11.19

The yearly series of chamber music concerts „Kammerkonzerte Darmstadt“ exists since 1971 and is an inherent part of the musical life in Darmstadt. The interested audience has the opportunity to listen to excellent soloists and ensembles from all over the world, with old and new repertoire.

Kunsthalle Darmstadt: Loris Gréaud. A Glorius Read

04.05.19 - 04.08.19

The Kunsthalle Darmstadt will undergo major landscaping renovations during 2019. The final transformation of the place will be preceded by an intervention of conceptual installation artist, filmmaker and architect Loris Gréaud. The main challenge of Loris Gréaud's project A Glorius Read derives from the possibility of inscribing the exhibition hall in its actualities (its program) while allowing it, however, to retain its autonomy.

Darmstadt Spring Fair

10.05.19 - 20.05.19

Darmstadt Spring Fair Traditional fair on the Messplatz.

From 1.30 pm to 10.30 pm, the spring 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.

Hessian State Museum: Exhibition: Jewellery from Art Nouveau to Art deco – The Collection Ratz Coradazzi

10.05.19 - 11.08.19

From simple to extravagant, but always original and creative - this is how the fashionable jewelry designed primarily for everyday use was designed in the first three decades of the 20th century. If you score in the evening with diamonds and precious gemstones, the day jewellery was usually "No diamonds before 6pm". All exhibits are from the private collection Ratz-Coradazzi, not yet shown. The collector already invested her pocket money for her first Art Nouveau jewellery piece at the age of seven.

"Darmstadt unter Strom" with Late-Night-Shopping


On 10. May, Darmstadt's city centre is once again "electrified": the late-night shopping "Darmstadt unter Strom" offers fascinating walk-acts, musicians and other energetic actions which turn night into day. An evening full of enterteinment, where you can shop until 10 pm and enjoy a pleasent and relaxed evening.

Welcome on the Mathildenhöhe

17:00 - 22:00

On Saturday, 18 May 2019, the "Welcome to the Mathildenhöhe" event will take place on the south side of the Museum Artists' Colony Darmstadt on Alexandraweg.

The event in the special ambience and flair of the unique area is accompanied by live music as well as small food and drink stalls.

International Museum Day


The International Museum Day is proclaimed annually by the International Council of Museums ICOM and will take place in 2019 for the 42nd time. The aim of the Day of Action is to draw attention to the thematic variety of the more than 6,500 museums in Germany and the museums worldwide. Each year, the Day of Action is under a changing motto, proclaimed by the International Council of Museums ICOM, highlighting the different focuses of museum work, picking up current topics and referring to the thematic diversity of our rich museum landscape. For 2019, it is called "Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition". In Germany, the museums celebrate the day of action under the motto Museums - The Future of Living Traditions.

Music festival around the castle

30.05.19 - 02.06.19

Schlossgrabenfest - 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.

Open Night of the Churches


With around 25,000 visitors last year, Darmstadt's "Open Night of the Churches" is the largest festival of faith in all of Hesse. The ecumenical project will take place for the 8th time. Protestant, Catholic, Free Church and Orthodox communities as well as ecumenical initiatives are involved.

State Theatre Darmstadt: BAUWHAT? Art festival and summer school

17.06.19 - 29.06.19

What color does the morning have? This is the question the art festival BAUWHAT? of the Staatstheater Darmstadt for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus is about. A colorful program of summer school, performances and lectures.

Church Pauluskirche: International Organ Summer

27.06.19 - 28.08.19

The great organ in the Pauluskirche Darmstadt is the biggest and most important one of the region. It was built by Karl Schuke / Berlin in 1969 and extended in 2013. On 4 manuals and pedal the organ has 56 stops containing 4514 pipes. Listeners and organ players from all continents are enthusiastic about its riches of different coloured sounds, its perfection and of the enourmous dynamics.

Künstlerhaus – Meisterhaus – Meisterbau. Die Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt und das Bauhaus

30.06.19 - 20.10.19

Im Rahmen des 100-jährigen Bauhaus-Jubiläums präsentiert das Institut Mathildenhöhe im Sommer 2019 eine Ausstellung im Museum Künstlerkolonie, in der die Bedeutung der Mathildenhöhe für die Entstehung des Bauhauses und der Nachkriegsarchitektur anschaulich gemacht wird. Gerade die Präsentation der Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt auf der Mathildenhöhe im Jahr 1901 bildete die weltweit erste internationale Bauausstellung auf Dauer und beeinflusste bis heute zahlreiche Ausstellungen und städtebauliche Projekte.

Heinerfest - Traditional fair in the city centre

04.07.19 - 08.07.19

It's a fair for the whole family: The Heinerfest in Darmstadt, which is celebrated in the city centre all around the castle of Darmstadt. Everybody can have a good time at the Heinerfest - with its about 120 cultural events free of charge. Music-lovers can choose between eight open air-stages with a huge variety of music, dance performances, comedy or theatre. Courageous people may enjoy rides on the newest high-tech merry-go-rounds or roller-coasters. To someone who prefers a less exciting attraction a trip on the Ferris wheel offers a beautiful view of the whole city.

26th Just for Fun - Street Theatre Festival Darmstadt

31.07.19 - 03.08.19

Darmstadt squares become the stage! For the 26th time, the Just for Fun Street Theatre Festival 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.

19th Festival at the Residence

02.08.19 - 11.08.19

From 2. to 11. August 2019 places in Darmstadt which are significant in art history become atmospheric delightful performance venues. The events take place under the open sky. Artists from whole europe offer a colourful mixture of different art forms - music from pop to classic, theatre, dance and literature.

Days of Industrial Culture Rhine-Main: Focal point „Building Culture“

03.08.19 - 11.08.19

The building culture includes the constant change of the environment built and used by humans. In relation to the industrial age and the present, the Building Culture describes the architectural design of buildings and ensembles, the urban planning, the spatial planning, the design and quality of the built environment and the art of construction and public space. So it is both the preservation and the sustainable reuse of evidence of industrial culture as well as the everyday practical use of our built environment and the question of their development process, together with the social, economic and political contexts.

Kunsthalle Darmstadt: Duty to wear a helmet - Exhibition in the context of «Stretching the Bow»- 100 years Darmstadt Secession

15.08.19 - 16.09.19

Construction sites mark the end of one condition and the beginning of the other. In art, cooperative projects take the form of construction sites that are not only meant to be understood metaphorically, but are also intended to have a real impact on the surrounding city. Together with the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, the Darmstadt Secession is developing as part of the Festival "Stretching the bow" - Darmstädter Sezession 1919 to 2019 an experimental format that uses and addresses the special situation for one month during the reconstruction phase of the forecourt of the Kunsthalle.

Darmstadt Arts and Crafts Market

10 am - 7 pm

The Arts and Crafts Market takes place every year at the 3rd weekend in August. Browse at the Arts and Crafts Market in Darmstadt and discover over 90 artisans who make their unique pieces of leather, felt, glass, clay, wood, silver and gold show. The offer ranges from crockery and jewellery, art and accessories, large and small decoration objects to bags, toys and much more. Watch some of the craftsman during the manufacturing process with different techniques right at their stalls.

Christopher Street Day


Darmstadt has its own Christopher Street Day since 2011 and it's the largest event for and by LGBT people in Darmstadt. 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 colourful urban society, for equal rights in all areas of life and against intolerance, homophobia and transphobia. The CSD Darmstadt is organised by the club vielbunt e.V.

Wine Festival Darmstadt

29.08.19 - 01.09.19

Every first weekend in September the Wilhelminenstraße transforms into Darmstadt's wine festival. From Thursday (29.8.) to Sunday (1.9.) September 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.

Tag der Vereine „Aktiv in Darmstadt“


SAVE THE DATE – ,,6. Tag der Vereine" 2019 im darmstadtium

Wie auch in den letzten Jahren bietet der Tag der Vereine Unterhaltung für Groß und Klein. Gemeinsam wird ein vielfältiges Bühnenprogramm geboten, interessante Workshops gestaltet und die Vereinslandschaft Darmstadts präsentiert.

Anmeldungen sind ab sofort über das Anmeldeformular unter möglich! (Anmeldeschluss 31.05.2019)

Rembrandt: Masterpieces of Etching

26.09.19 - 12.01.20

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn embodies like no other the Golden Age of Baroque in Dutch art. On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of his death, the Hessian State Museum Darmstadt celebrates the artist with an exhibition of his etching technique. Like a century before Albrecht Dürer's woodcut and engraving, Rembrandt artistically placed the etching on the same level as his painting.

Kunsthalle Darmstadt: Bauhaus and Photography. On New Visions in Contemporary Art

29.09.19 - 05.01.20

The guest-curated exhibition is part of the centennial program 100 Years of Bauhaus and deals with the question how the Bauhaus’ innovations still contribute to the development of photography’s visual language today. Furthermore, parts of the Werkbund exhibition “Film and Photo,” which was on view in 1929/30, are being reconstructed physically and virtually.

„Fire & Ice“– Late-Night-Shopping

18:00 - 22:00

Late-Night-Shopping "Fire & Ice" in Darmstadt's city centre. Enjoy open shops until 10 pm and lots of walking acts and fire shows. The Christmas Market is open until 11 pm.

Highlights 2019

Find the highlight event calender as pdf-download here >>

Events in the Rhine-Main region

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