Calender of Events 2022/2023

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+++ Due to COVID-19, there may be restrictions or short-term changes to events and exhibitions. +++


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

»Cristof Yvoré STILL LIFE« at Kunstforum TU Darmstadt

24.02.22 - 26.03.23

The Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt will be showing the exhibition "Cristof Yvoré STILL LIFE" in autumn 2021. In his painting, Cristof Yvoré (1967 - 2013) takes as his starting point remembered images in which a recognisable everyday is reduced to its simplest form of expression. A spot of light on the wall of a room, the folds at the bottom of a drawn curtain, a table with a vase on it, empty or filled with flowers of all shapes and colours.

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Special exhibition with Nadira Husain at the Artists' Colony Museum Darmstadt

26.06.22 - 04.12.22

In her works, Nadira Husain interweaves figures, symbols and ornaments from different cultures into complex visual worlds that reflect her own multicultural experience. For the presentation at the Museum Künstlerkolonie, a new site-specific installation is being created that questions the phenomena of cultural and economic globalisation as well as their conventions of representation. 

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Helga Weihs Schlot. Werkschau 1993–2022

03.09.22 - 24.04.23

Helga Weihs is known to the Darmstadt public through her exhibition 'Rebuild Darmstadt' at Studio West. Her modular sculpture 'Rebuild', shown there in September 2021, not only reacted to the Kunsthalle, which was rebuilt after the war, but also had the effect of a small architecture itself, a room within a room.


The new exhibition at Studio Ost, the sales gallery of Kunsthalle Darmstadt, now presents a number of other works: glued sculptures with organic forms accentuated by color changes in the wood, and closed wall pieces held in place by a plug-in system.


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Karl Deppert. Between war and peace, between love and death!

22.01.23 - 31.03.23

Karl Deppert's (born 1897 in Bensheim - died 1988 in Bad König) life was marked by humanity. He understood his almost entire artistic work as a call against the war, which he had to experience painfully and directly. He dedicated his art to the immediate opposite, to all his fellow human beings. His often touching and stirring pictures are a message and a warning at the same time. The exhibition shows tempera sheets, drawings and prints, most of which have never been shown before. They come from the artist's estate, which the family donated to the Kunst Archiv in 2008.


Alfonso Mannella Genius Loci - The Spirit of a Place

12.02.23 - 01.04.23

Alfonso Mannella is no stranger to the audience of the Darmstadt gallery Netuschil! Several times in the past 15 years, the gallery has exhibited the large-format, powerful-spraying drypoint etchings. In the course of time, painting was increasingly added and sketch-like, condensed, small-format, colorful city impressions.


City and urban fabric as urban living space of man is the theme of the artist from the beginning! He thus explores the possibilities of how man, who has no place in his pictures, himself and he, the artist, the motif in the picture in relation to the world moves!


100 Years Academic Flying Group Darmstadt

21.03.23 - 16.06.23

The Akademische Fliegergruppe Darmstadt e.V. (short Akaflieg) is one of the oldest university groups at the Technical University of Darmstadt. In 2020, it celebrated its 100th anniversary. Since 1920, under the motto "research, build, fly", the members of the association have dedicated themselves to the planning, design, manufacture and testing of powered and glider aircraft, making a decisive contribution to the further development of aviation with innovative prototypes.



The exhibition covers the eventful history of the Akaflieg, starting with the pioneers of aviation in Darmstadt and the founding of the association, through the early flight tests on the Wasserkuppe, research into fiber-reinforced composites, to modern sport aviation. It is dedicated to the people who, through curiosity, passion and courage, but also persistence and, of course, the common dream of flying, have formed and shaped the Akaflieg Darmstadt and aviation.

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Big Bang of art at Hessischen Landesmuseum Darmstadt

24.03.23 - 25.06.23

Where does the origin of art lie? The German ethnologist Leo Frobenius pursued this question at the beginning of the 20th century. More than two dozen expeditions led him and his research teams to the cave paintings of Europe, Africa and Asia. His team also included artists who produced over 8,000 painted recreations of these sensational pictorial worlds. These works from the Frobenius Collection transport us to a world 20,000 years before our era. The exhibition "Big Bang of Art" is produced in cooperation with the Frobenius Institute of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.



Illustrious figures 15 - with guest country Spain

25.03.23 - 26.03.23

In the fifteenth edition of the successful illustration festival "Illustre Gestalten" the illustrators Darmstadt e.V. show their latest works and display in a new, diverse and impressive way how they define their applied art.

In the special exhibition "Spain", the Darmstadt illustrators intensively deal with the guest country of the Frankfurt Book Fair. In addition, a selection of the best Spanish artists will be on display.

"Cheat Day" Street Food Festival

01.04.23 - 02.04.23

The "Cheat day" Street Food Festival comes to Darmstadt for the third time already! On 01 & 02.04.2023 at Karolinenplatz Darmstadt. In a relaxed atmosphere with live music you can try street food specialties from around the world, everything from churros to burritos. And there are plenty of things to do for the little visitors, too.


Mobility Fair Darmstadt - with Sunday shopping

01.04.23 - 02.04.23

Car sharing, public transport expansion, e-bikes or vehicles with alternative drive technologies: When it comes to innovative transport approaches, Darmstadt is already ahead of the game. "Darmstadt mobil - the mobility exhibition" will again illustrate this development in 2023. Numerous exhibitors and an attractive program will attract visitors to the city center this weekend. On Sunday, visitors can also stroll and shop leisurely through the pedestrian zone from 1 to 6 p.m. as part of the open Sunday.


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Barbara Muhr at Galerie Netuschil

16.04.23 - 28.05.23

The new exhibition of the Netuschil Gallery brings together two young artistic positions that deal unconventionally and freshly with figure, between mythology and reality.


Contemporary painting and sculpture is the major, continuous theme of the Netuschil Gallery and so the paintings of the Regensburg artist Barbara Muhr are directly in dialogue with the wood, bronze and ceramic sculptures of Carlo Leopold Broschewitz, who lives and works in Kambs in Mecklenburg. Both artists share a spontaneous approach to their subjects. Paintings and sculptures emerge from the exuberant complexity of the political, social and social everyday reality of the absolute present time. Both take a position with their works on our time, the current world events between closeness and distance, basic human situations such as love, relationship, Ver-Rücktheit, gender shift, tenderness and eroticism, birth and death, man and animal, dream and reality, but also subliminally to such global issues as war and peace, climate world destruction and the serenities and life beauties of the earth.


"Wait, when the moon rises" at Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt

27.04.23 - 29.10.23

As part of the 12th Darmstadt Days of Photography, the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt is making a thematic contribution with the international exhibition "Wait, when the moon rises ..." and is also playing with new locations in the public urban space.


The six international artists of the thematic exhibition use the opportunity to reassemble the world, leaving an apparent reality outside. In this way, details can be perceived in a new way and suddenly take on a new meaning. The importance of reconnecting, appreciating nature and putting down new roots also seems to be a leitmotif of the artists.


Darmstadt spring fair

28.04.23 - 07.05.23

The Darmstädter Frühjahrsmess` takes place from 28. April to 7. May 2023 in Darmstadt's city centre. With rides, food stalls and the Dippe and sales market, the fair invites you to stroll, enjoy, meet friends and have fun.


On Karolinenplatz, Friedensplatz and Ernst-Ludwigs-Platz, visitors can look forward to bumper cars, children's carousels and a Ferris wheel. The offerings range from household goods to leather goods and from Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) to Bratwurst with chips. Tuesday, 2. May 2023, is, as always, family day with reduced ticket prices. Until 7. May, the stalls are open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and Sundays from 12 pm to 10 pm.

12. Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie: "Tilt/Shift - Experiment as Normal".

28.04.23 - 07.05.23

The international festival is meanwhile named as one of most important German photography events. It places relevant themes and cultivates an interdisciplinary discourse in photography. For a whole weekend, numerous activities throw a light on the focus topic from different perspectives: with photo exhibitions, a symposium, discussions and the Merck-Prize awards ceremony.

The Princely Garden Festival - Hofgut Kranichstein

05.05.23 - 07.05.23

The Princely Garden Festival has a new venue: the Hofgut Kranichstein in Darmstadt. The renowned event will take place there for the second time in 2023. From 5 to 7 May, selected exhibitors will present themselves around the themes of garden, nature and country living. The event will be complemented by an equestrian supporting programme and a wide range of activities for children.


Look forward to a rustic version of the Princely Garden Festival around the Hessian State Equestrian Centre.

Criminale 2023- Industry meeting of German-language crime fiction from May 8 to 13, 2023

08.05.23 - 13.05.23

May is the month of crime - CRIMINALE, the largest industry event for German-language crime fiction, is organized by SYNDIKAT, the association for the promotion of German-language crime literature. In cooperation with the Kulturfreunde Centralstation, more than 200 authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be guests at 25 venues throughout Darmstadt for professional exchanges and 40 public events.

Kranichstein Railway Days

18.05.23 - 21.05.23

On Ascension Day (18.05.2023) and the following weekend (20. and 21.05.2023), the Railway Museum will be open with a large additional programme of demonstrations, exhibitions and attractions for young and old on all aspects of the railway.


Shuttle services every hour with historic trains hauled by historic steam, diesel and electric locos as well as additional historic tramway shuttle from Darmstadt main station to the railway museum. Exhibition and extensive programm of railway history and technology in the museum, also attractive for children.

Schlossgrabenfest - Music festival around the castle

25.05.23 - 28.05.23

Darmstadt's city centre turns into an unique festival scenery for Hessen's biggest music festival. On four stages around the residential palace, 60 live acts from almost all musical genres of rock&pop, alternative, hip hop, cover and singer&songwriter to slam-poetry perform on four stages. Big and international bands have their performances as well as local artists and new discoveries.

World Heritage Festival Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

03.06.23 - 04.06.23

On the weekend of the German World Heritage Day (3. and 4. June 2023), the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt celebrates its first World Heritage Festival.


The highlight on Saturday (3.6.) is the Illumination Festival, which illuminates the grounds and buildings as in the days of the Artists' Colony more than 100 years ago. In addition to the Artists' Colony Museum and the Wedding Tower, House Olbrich and Large Glückert House are open. Music, arts and crafts and a gastronomic offer complete the programme.


On Sunday (4.6.) there will be various guided tours of the grounds and through the artists' houses. Visitors will gain insight into the origins of the Artists' Colony and their way of life. From the Wedding Tower you can enjoy the view over the Mathildenhöhe. Music, a family programme, artisans and gastronomic offerings complete the programme on Sunday as well.

GameDays 2023

14.06.23 - 15.06.23

Serious games are presented and explored at the GameDays. Serious games are games that, in addition to being fun to play, also pursue a serious interest: e.g. education or health. The focus will be on technologies, concepts and methods.


As in all years, there will be a Science meets Business Workshop and a Serious Games Rally for the public. Thematic focal points are 2023:


- RAL Serious Games Quality Mark

- Serious Games for vocational training

- Geo & Games, Digital Twin: Creation and use of 3D environments for Serious Games


Details of the programme will be announced in spring 2023.


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.

73. Heinerfest - Traditional fair in the city centre

29.06.23 - 03.07.23

"Come one, come all!" Every year, several hundred thousand visitors from near and far follow this call to indulge in the merry goings-on in Darmstadt's city centre around the Darmstadt Residential Palace. Everyone is welcome at the 150 free cultural events. An attractive Heinerfest ticket takes people quickly and cheaply to the huge festival site, where culture, carousels and culinary delights from all over the world beckon.

Merck Sommerperlen

12.07.23 - 28.07.23

Summer, sun, festival season: thanks to the support of the Darmstadt-based science and technology company Merck, the Merck Summer Pearls will take place for the 12th time at the Centralstation in July. The bookers of the venue have signed up eight renowned artists and bands for the indoor concert series with festival character. As usual, visitors can get in the mood for the jazz, pop, singer-songwriter and blues genres on the festival courtyard in front of the Centralstation in deckchairs with DJ sounds (and a drink). The concert for the whole family is also back.

JUST FOR FUN Street Theatre Festival

02.08.23 - 05.08.23

Since 1994, the Just for Fun Street Theatre Festival Darmstadt has taken place in Darmstadt's streets and squares during the summer months. In recent years, a total of 250 artists from over 25 countries have presented outstanding productions from the international street theatre scene. Every year, up to 6,000 spectators attend the festival, which lasts several days.

Christopher Street Day - CSD Darmstadt

12:00 - 22:00

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.


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Darmstadt Arts and Crafts Market

19.08.23 - 20.08.23

Roundabout 90 craftsmen and artists present their work on the arts and crafts market and present a diversity of jewellery, pottery, wood work, art, textile design and much more. Numerous artists also demonstrate their craft.

Wine Festival Darmstadt

30.08.23 - 03.09.23

From August 30 to September 3, 2023, more than 30 wine and gastronomy stands invite visitors to take a culinary stroll, taste, enjoy and linger in Wilhelminenstrasse.


Numerous wineries from Hessian wine-growing regions such as the Bergstrasse and the Rheingau, from Rheinhessen and the Palatinate as well as from the Nahe and the Moselle will present their fine wines at the stands. Among them are many family businesses as well as vintners who have specialized in organic viticulture or grow special grape varieties.


Golden Leaves Festival

02.09.23 - 03.09.23

The Golden Leaves Festival is a gem and utopia in late summer. It stands out from other festivals. The focus is on the love of music - everything else in the second row. The festival lives through the people organising it with attention to detail. And by the audience, who enthusiastically accept what is being offered to them on and in front of the stage - eagerly listening or frenetically cheering. The audience and the makers of many Bedroomdisco-living room concerts in Darmstadt off-locations have known each other for years.


Greens- Images of plants from seven centuries

15.11.23 - 11.02.24

The Prints and Drawings Department presents a colorful bouquet of around 60 plant images on paper from the 15th century to the present.


The plant symbolism of the late Middle Ages is represented in the exhibition, as are leaf ornaments of the Renaissance or Maria Sibylla Merian and the watercolors of flowers by Nuremberg painters, especially Barbara Regina Dietzsch. The lush Dutch floral still life of the 18th century is also a theme. Alexander von Humboldt's publication on plant geography (Paris 1805) represents the scientific discipline of botany and a new kind of interdisciplinary understanding of nature and culture. The drawing of the Romantic period discovers the beauty of small inconspicuous natural things in order to make them speak. The arc continues through Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Pop Art with Jim Dine's "Vegetables", early election posters of the Greens to selected positions present.

„Fire & Ice“– Late-Night-Shopping

16:00 - 21:00

Late-Night-Shopping "Fire & Ice" in Darmstadt's city centre. Enjoy open shops until 9 pm and lots of walking acts and fire shows.

Darmstadt Christmas Market

27.11.23 - 23.12.23

Culinary and handicraft specialities invite you to pre-Christmas hustle and bustle at Darmstadt's Christmas market. The adventually decorated city centre and the Christmas trees on Marktplatz, Luisenplatz and Ludwigsplatz create a Christmas atmosphere. 


The special highlight every year are the stalls from Darmstadt's twin towns. Whether handicrafts in Liepaja (Latvia) or culinary specialities such as Hungarian lángos or wine and cheese from Saanen (Switzerland) - the twin towns are eagerly awaited by Darmstadt residents and visitors alike every year.

Events in the Rhine-Main region

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

Darmstadt Card

The Darmstadt Card is available as a one-and two-day ticket, it includes the use of all public transport in the city area (fare zone 40) and discounts to numerous cultural facilities.