Frankfurt is one of the largest city in Germany. Rich in history and culture, it has a rich past with Roman Empire and a unique distinction of being a sovereign city in Germany for nearly five centuries. With a healthy population of more than 3 million, Frankfurt is a hub for commerce, education, tourism, transportation, and culture.
Frankfurt is culturally and ethnically assorted. With this large population, it is normal to have people with multiple cultural and ethnic background; and when different communities co-exist in a free country, it results in fraternization of different cultures, fairs, and festivals. People celebrate together and take part in each other’s festivities, which results in the growth of biodiversity, harmony, and values.
Frankfurt is also a commerce hub of not only Germany but also Europe. It is the host of world’s largest trade fairs. Major trade fairs include Music Fairs, World’s largest Book Fair, Motor Shows, Traditional folk fairs, and other events.
Citizens of this city love to party and celebrate in the festivities and special occasions. Following are 20 major fairs and festivals that are held in Frankfurt all around the year. Do try to attend some of them when you are visiting Frankfurt am Main anytime in the future and have some fun.
List of Fairs, Events and Festivals in Frankfurt
Held in the late May or early June each year, it is attended by thousands of people from Frankfurt city, Rhine, and Main region along with thousands of tourists from all over the world.
It is held in Berger Strasse, and the streets are overloaded with food stalls, along with local shops and restaurants. These food outlets offer extravagant local cuisines, along with exotic drinks. You can also enjoy live music and other things for kids to do. It is the perfect time for any family in Frankfurt to enjoy and spend some quality time together.
Considered as the coolest street festival of Frankfurt am Main. It is celebrated on any Saturday of September. Dates for this year’s BruckenWallFest are yet to be announced.
Held in the most striking and assorted districts of Frankfurt – Brucken and Wall Strassen in Sachensenhausen. It is a perfect festival for young and old with the amazing and colorful environment. This festival multicultural food, drinks, and music. The shop, bars, cafes, and restaurant decorate their places creatively and offer sales on their services and products.
Although it is still one of the most controlled festivals held in Frankfurt, it is still visited by thousands each year.
3. Dippemess (autumn)
Dippemess Frankfurt is held each year in the season of autumn or fall from 7th to 16th September. This festival is the biggest of its kind, and for this reason, it takes place twice a year, for a few weeks
Held in a festival ground opposite ice hockey stadium Eissporthalle, it is an ideal location for multiple rides, galleries, action-packed roller coasters, haunted trains, food and drink booths, and different stalls. It is also a great place to enjoy live music.
This festival was first held in 14th century AD. Started as housewares and pottery fair, it grew with time. The venue was developed with different rides and entertainment for people, and with passing time it became a huge social event. If you are visiting Frankfurt in the fall, we advise you to visit this festival and enjoy.
4. Dippemess (spring)
As we mentioned earlier, Dippemess is held each year twice in autumn as well as spring season. If you missed this festival in the fall, you can re-attend it anytime in the spring season. The entertainment is almost same, with the addition of different beautiful flowers and greenery of the spring season.
5. Christmas Market
Christmas Market of Frankfurt dates back to the 14th century. It is one of the largest Christmas Markets in Europe and certainly the most visited in Germany. It is held for almost 4 weeks each year, which is quite a long time to visit it and enjoy.
You can find different rides, such as a merry-go-round, along with taking pictures of the tallest Christmas tree, which is placed in front of City Hall.
The market extends over multiple districts and you can avail a unique chance to shop brilliantly crafted and handmade gifts from over 200 stalls.
Celebrated in late August or early September, it was originally a get together of one of the neighborhoods in town. Although it is still a young festival, no older than 35 years, it is still widely celebrated throughout the city.
Rotlint Strassen festival today is an occasion when friends from old neighborhoods in Nordend meet up. People set up multiple stalls in the cities and children sell their Play Mobil castles and Lego blocks. If you are in the neighborhood at the time of this festival, we highly recommend you to visit it.
7. Schweizer Straßenfest
Held on 9th and 10th of June (2018), this festival is a stage for an attractive party, with unusual stores and restaurants. Other activities and attractions include dance, cuisines, music, and a wonderful atmosphere.
This was a single day festival, but due to its fame and success, it is now celebrated in 2 days.
Museumsuferfest is the biggest art and cultural festival of Europe. It is going to take place on Friday 24th August, to Sunday 26th August 2018. It is attended by over a 2 million people, from all over Europe.
Major attractions include arts and cultural museums. If you want to visit all the museums, you can acquire a button. What attracts millions of people is the unique exhibitions of art and multi-cultural presentations. It also offers fireworks at the closing stages, that shouldn’t be missed at any cost.
9. Main Festival
The main festival is going to take place from 3rd August to 6th August this year. After an opening ceremony which will be held in front of the Fountain of Justice, the whole place will be filled with fairgrounds, rides, carousels, shooting galleries, and much more. This is a traditional folk festival and it attracts people of all ages.
One of the highlights of this fest is the magnificent firework display before the final moments of closing. We recommend you to visit this amazing family festival if you plan to visit Germany in August.
10. Opera Square Festival
Opera Square is a culinary festival that is annually held in Frankfurt am Main on Opera Square. It is all about the true, beautiful, and good. Celebrated from late June to early July, it pays tribute to the beauty of this city. During this time, the city is filled with visitors who want to enjoy cooking glees, pop and jazz music, and magnificent city sights.
11. Jazz zum Dritten
Jazz Dum Dritten is purely a Jazz music festival, which offers thousands of visitor’s sensational Jazz music genre. Jazz is considered one of the dying genre of music, and this event helps a lot to raise concerns about its promotion. Celebrated in early October, you can enjoy the purest Jazz music and see different Jazz bands performing on a single platform.
12. Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival
This festival is playing an important role in defining the social and cultural aspects of this city for more than a hundred years. Every year around the second or third week in August, locals, and tourists come on a single platform in the Main metropolis to celebrate Apple Wine Festival. This festival also accompanies different stage programs and other poetry competitions. You can also visit singing and dancing performances.
This festival is a great excuse to know a perfect atmosphere and the culture that has been influencing the biggest city on Rhine River. There is certainly no better place on Earth for tasting the best Apple Wines other than this festival.
List of Fairs/Events in Frankfurt
13. Vapor Fair
This unique fair takes place in Frankfurt from 19th to 21st April. This year, Vapor Fair is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Designers and other professionals gather at a single platform to network about the Vapors and share their common interest with each other. If you are above the recommended age, this event may be of any interest to you.
14. Shisha Messe Fair
Right after the Vapor Fair, you can enjoy another delightful event of Shisha Messe Fair. It is an international trade and exhibition of tobacco products, shisha, hookah, and other electrical equipment used in smoking. Interested and of the age people are more than welcome to attend this event. It is going to take place from 28th April to 20th April 2018.
The first pair of summers 2018, it is going to take place from 5th may to 6th may 2018. After the success of the first German Comic-Con, this year’s Comic-Con was highly anticipated and people are already excited to take part in it. If you happen to be anywhere near Frankfurt, or Germany, you need to visit it. You will be able to meet internationally acclaimed and famed guest from all the genres.
Happening right after Comic-Con, on 15th May to 17th May 2018. It is one of the most important travel and trade exhibitions in Germany. It organizes a platform for meetings, resolutions, events, travel encouragement, and much more.
IMEX attracts different service providers and everyone else who is interested in offering for events such as event agencies, hotels, convention centers, conference, and meeting platforms. As a traveler, it is imperative to attend such exhibitions as most of the issues and agendas are discussed there.
Something exclusive for our lovely female readers, this event is a global trade fair for the cosmetics industry. As the cosmetics have established itself as an individual industry, it is important for any cosmetics company to take part in a fair as big and important as Cosmetic Frankfurt. It will take place on 23rd and 24th of June 2018. So if you are willing to see where this industry is heading to, this is your chance. European women are already booking their flights to Frankfurt to attend this mega cosmetic event.
18. Automechanika Frankfurt
Automechanika Frankfurt is the world’s biggest trade fair for the automotive service industry. This is where all the automobile companies present their concept cars, new models, hypercars, supercars, and custom made cars to the audience. Unlike other festivals and fairs, Automechanika doesn’t take place each year. Instead, it is held once in 2 years. If you plan to visit Germany in 2018, you can design your itinerary based on the dates of this world’s leading automotive exhibition and trade fair. It will take place later this year on 11th September.
19. Intergeo Frankfurt
Intergeo is one of the most important events in the world for smart village and city projects. Here, leaders of big-time energy and power companies sit on a single platform to decide what is best for the world and which direction to choose to develop. They also discuss the problems currently faced by cities and villages and try to work a solution.
This year’s Intergeo is going to be held in Frankfurt. There are more than 570 exhibitors this year to discuss the future of our cities and villages. So try to save their date, which is 16th October to 18th October 2018.
20. Marathon Mall
Marathon Mall is an annual event in Frankfurt, which will take place later this year in October. It is open to all runners, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone else who wants to take part in it. This platform will be used to discuss trends and novelties regarding the running sports.
Displayers include sports item manufacturers, sports shops, services and information providers. You can see a variety of sports clothing, shoes, nutrition, and any other matter that relates to the sports performance enhancement.
You can also enjoy different programs there such as massages, therapies, entertainment, diet plan, and other activities such as meeting new people and getting to know about their diet plans, their sports achievements, and much more.
This article is written by M Taha Khan. He is a professional blogger and content writer who writes for different blogs as a guest author. He is a passionate traveller, football lover and a digital marketing executive.