The Latest: List of Hamburg’s major festivals & events in 2020!

Publish Time:2020-02-20 09:08:29Source:Hamburg Tourismus GmbH

【Introduction】:In a blink of an eye, we are already in 2020! Although Hamburg is still in a long winter, the latest festival schedule has already been released!

In a blink of an eye, we are already in 2020! Although Hamburg is still in a long winter, the latest festival schedule has already been released! This year, we are about to celebrate the 831st birthday of the Hamburg Port, which is also the highlight of this year! Hamburg, which is world-renowned for its port, is also a well-known music capital. Music festivals, operas and concerts of all kinds will run through the year. Don’t miss it! Say no more, let’s take a look at the festivals and events introduced below!

April to May

Hamburg International Music Festival

The Hamburg International Music Festival has already entered its fifth year. The festival has already become a gold brand to Hamburg, the musical city. Over four weeks, the orchestras and concert organizers from Hamburg will work together to combine many seasonal highlights to provide wonderful performances for music fans and strive to bring cross-regional influences to people. This season’s motto is “Believe”, which will cover all major concerts during the festival. Many stars at home and abroad will perform at concerts of classical music, jazz, world music and pop music to present their works to people.

Time: April 24 to May 25, 2020

Hamburg Port Anniversary

May 7 of 1189 marked the birth of Hamburg Port. Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa issued a customs letter granting the Hamburgians the privilege of sailing free of Customs duties along the Elbe River as far as the North Sea, thus contributing to the economic boom of the Hamburg Port and the prosperity of Hamburg as the Free and Hanseatic city. Every May, more than 1 million people go to the festival promenade along the Elbe River, which locate between Newport and Oevelgönne, to celebrate the port’s “birthday”. This year marks the 831st anniversary of Hamburg Port! Let’s celebrate her birthday together.

Time: May 8 to 10, 2020

Hamburg Cherry Blossom Festival

In early 1960s, a Japanese community donated hundreds of cherry trees to the city of Hamburg. These trees are still growing along the Alster lakes. Since 1968, the Japanese community in the city has been hosting the annual “Kirschblütenfest” (lit: Cherry Blossom Festival) to express their gratitude for the hospitality of the city. Therefore, the Cherry Blossom Festival has been passed down in Hamburg. Every Friday night of the cherry blossom week, beautiful fireworks will light up the sky above the Alster lakes, which is a highlight of the festival. In addition, a cherry blossom princess will be elected twice a year!

Time: May 2020


Hamburg ELBJAZZ Festival

Since 2010, thousands and hundreds of audience have been looking forward to this largest jazz music festival in Europe. During the festival, Hamburg’s unique port view will be integrated with other spectacular event venues. Many high-level international artists, jazz bands and others will present at the two-day music festival, to provide a music feast to audience of the ELBJAZZ Festival.

Time: June 5 to 6, 2020


As the largest cultural and regional art festival in north Germany, the annual Altonale innovates and brings some changes to people. Over 200 events, including arts, culture, drama, film, music and dance will be held in Altona. More than 200 artists from Hamburg, north Germany and abroad will bring various visual and auditory feasts to audience.

Time: June 5 to 21, 2020

46th Hamburg Ballet Days

Since founding in 1975, the Hamburg Ballet Days will be held by the end of each performance season. Now it has become an important festival to Hamburg. The Hamburg Ballet Days often starts with the premiere of a new ballet, with different themes each year. The annual festival is hosted by John Neumeier, and it aims to commemorate ancient forms of ballet art.

Time: June to July 2020

151st German Derby

The German Derby is not an ordinary horse race, but a highlight of all the horse races in a year. It’s one of the oldest horse races except for the British one. Today, it is also one of the most significant races in the world of horse racing. The best-performing horses of the year are in fierce competition in order to win the championship. The attractive part of this game is that one can see, hear, and feel the power, beauty and speed of thoroughbred horses. Whether for the audience, the horse owner or the rider, there are bloody moments, money and prestige, surprise, cheer, and disappointment.

Time: June 26 to July 4, 2020

July to August

Porsche European Open

Porsche European Open is an outstanding international golf tournament and one of the most prestigious golf European tours, which has attracted many international golf stars to Hamburg. The diverse programmes of the game are attractive to everyone.

Time: July, 2020

Hamburg International Summer Music Festival

The regulars of the summer music festival know that the participating artists will present dramas in various forms, and they are not limited to one style. This year, there will be many wonderful, inspiring and unimaginable performances. The music and cultural shows held at Kampnagel will be the highlight of this year’s music festival. The International Summer Music Festival this year will be of large scale, offering you a diverse cultural feast.

Time: August 2020

September to December

Reeperbahn Festival

As Europe's largest club music festival, Reeperbahn Festival covers many types of music in Hamburg, the metropolis of music: from classical music to electronic music, from music history to lively music scenes, from musicals to open-air concerts…in this Hanseatic city, centuried and unique venues and a variety of music present a different musical experience. The Reeperbahn Festival each year includes hundreds of concerts and various multimedia as well as multicultural events. It is not only a progressive music event, but also a change in society.

Time: September 16 to 19, 2020

28th Hamburg Film Festival

Every year, it premieres in different places in the world, and excites film fans with national and international feature films and documentaries.

Time: September 24 to October 3, 2020

Hamburg Christmas markets 2020

As a highlight of Christmas in Germany, Christmas markets are as popular as ever, and they are also the favourite places for tourists. Wooden cabins are full of Christmas decorations. People either wear Christmas hats or dress up in medieval style, eat snacks with friends, drink Glühwein, chat, and buy various handmade souvenirs. Especially in Hamburg, the biggest fun at Advent is the Christmas market!

Overview of the Hamburg Christmas markets in previous years:

• White magic on Jungfernstieg

• City Hall Christmas Market

• Christmas Market of St. Petri Church

• Gänsemarkt Christmas Market

• Spitalerstraße Christmas Market

• Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz Christmas Market

• Fleetinsel Christmas Market

• Ottensen Christmas Market

• St. Pauli Christmas Market

Time: late November to December (before Christmas)

All-season events

Hamburger DOM 2020

DOM means "church" in German. It is the oldest and largest folk festival in Europe. Hamburger DOM is held three times a year in spring, summer, and winter respectively, and it is undoubtedly the most anticipated festival to kids! Each year, more than 10 million people participate in this amusement festival. DOM doesn’t offer tickets. It is a large-scale open playground, and visitors can pay for the entertainment projects on their own. Here, people can variety of rides, folk snacks, and performances here freely, as well as the firework show at 10.30 p.m. every Friday!


March 27 to April 26 in spring

July 24 to August 23 in summer

November 6 to December 6 in winter

Elbphilharmonie Plaza Music Festival

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron as the new landmark of Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie Plaza, as a new landmark of Hamburg, is located between the downtown and the port, blending the old dock warehouse with novel glass structures as well as curved roof. In addition to the three concert halls, the building also has luxury hotels and public viewing platforms. The open design of the platform highlights this new landmark as "a concert hall for everyone". We will also release the information about new concert season of the Elbphilharmonie Plaza in time. Please continue to pay attention to our WeChat official account. More exciting contents are waiting for you!

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