With several celebrations, trade fairs, sporting events and fantastic live shows, this year there are a number of highlights in Leipzig. Today our focus is on the 2020 events, which you should not miss!
Leipzig Event Highlights
The Leipzig Zoo starts the new year with the Magischen Tropenleuchten (Magic Tropical lights) in Gondwanaland. Here from 10 January and 9 February, luminous creatures, rhythmic sounds and colourful illuminations will enchant both young and old after dark. A truly magical experience!
Would you like to explore the production and exhibition spaces of contemporary art? You can do exactly that this weekend (11 January) by taking part in the Spinnerei winter gallery tour. Several new exhibitions open in the studios for the winter tour weekend. Already have plans? No problem, then keep an eye out for the two other Spinnerei tours scheduled this year!
Starting on 17 January, you can do laps on the 350 square metre ice skating rink again this year. There is a curling rink, a winter slide and the après-ice party house all of which makes the Leipzig Eistraum the perfect place to be. You can take advantage of these attractions on Augustusplatz until 1 March.
Are you into oversized art? Then you should visit the Panometer. Yadegar Asisi and his team have installed a 360-degree panorama that takes you into the world of the microcosm. In “CAROLAS GARDEN – A Return to Paradise” you are a tiny observer in a flower, looking at the gigantic surrounding scenery, featuring giant crawling creatures, pollen grains, blades of grass and more. An exciting experience!
An equally eagerly awaited event is once again on this year’s Whitsun weekend (29 May to 1 June). The Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) has been bringing thousands of fans of the gothic scene to our city every year since 1992. From parties and opera performances to exhibitions and medieval markets, you will again be offered some special treats. One particular highlight: The Victorian Picnic in Clara-Zetkin-Park.
Further musical highlights in June are the Bachfest Leipzig from 11 to 21 June and the Klassik airleben (Open-air classical music) on the last weekend of the month (26 and 27 June). The Bachfest attracts 70,000 national and international guests to the city. Then for the Klassik airleben weekend, the best thing to do is best to grab your picnic blanket, take your best friends with you and enjoy the impressive open-air concerts by the Gewandhausorchester under the open sky in the Rosental.
From 1 to 5 July, the Leipzig Wine Festival invites you to taste and linger at Leipzig’s market square. Delicacies from a wide variety of winegrowers, entertainment and culinary specialities will provide the perfect setting for you to enjoy.
In August you can’t miss the Leipziger Wasserfest (Water festival). During the hottest time of the year, many activities are held on and around Leipzig’s waterways from 20 to 23 August. Boat parades, duck races, water fireworks and summer cinema are just a few of the many highlights!
In October you can expect laughter, design highlights and operatic art:
The Lachmesse – European Festival for Humour and Satire (18-25 October) is a festival of humour and satire that offers plenty of entertainment, including a mix of political satire, cabaret, music and sophisticated comedy.
The Grassimesse and Designers’ Open (23-25 October) will also attract designers and design lovers to the city. While the Grassimesse is one of the most important international sales fairs for applied art and product design, the Designers’ Open celebrates works by the top and up-and-coming designers in the Congress Hall at the Leipzig Zoo and other locations in the city.
The 26th Leipzig Opera Ball is another special treat on that same October weekend. Guests will enjoy high-quality artistic and culinary events, which will be organised by the Gewandhausorchester, and the Opera House ensemble, among others.
As the year comes to an end and pre-christmas time excitement begins the annual visit to the Leipzig Christmas Market is a must. Approximately 300 food and beverage stands, concerts by the St. Thomas Choir, performances by brass bands, the Santa Claus visiting hours and the Christmas programme make the whole experience24 November and 23 December perfect.
Leipzig Trade Fair Highlights
Starting in January, the trade fair will feature an outstanding Expo that should appeal to all animal lovers. The PARTNER PFERD show-expo-sport will take place from 16 to 19 January under the motto “All About Horses”. The wide range of products on offer includes 250 exhibitors, sports and shows.
It will be just as fast-paced at the end of January. From 24 to 26 February, the three-day gaming festival DreamHack Leipzig presents professional eSports tournaments, Germany’s largest LAN party, creative cosplay and thus some stars of the eSports community.
You also don’t want to miss the popular HAUS-GARTEN-FREIZEIT trade fair (15-23 February) this year either! With more than 1,100 exhibitors from 20 countries with building, living, gardening, fashion and pet products, the fair is one of the biggest and most successful of its kind.
The famous Leipzig Book Fair and the Literature festival Leipzig liest will be held from 12- 15 March. As the largest European reading festival, “Leipzig liest” is the spring event of the book and media industry. Fans of Manga and more can also visit the Manga-Comic-Con held at the same time.
After the summer break, things really get going again! At the Touristik & Caravaning fair from 18 to 22 November, there is a comprehensive range of holiday offers (including short trips, world trips, boat trips, wellness offers and more) to browse and enjoy.
Attention music fans: From 6 to 8 November, the musicpark music experience fair will be held for the second time. After the 2019 trade fair was held for the first time, real lovers of acoustic, mechanical and electronic musical instrument brands can look forward to this year’s event in November, as many manufacturers and a wide range of accessories will be on site. Would you like to hear some music? No problem. Then enjoy the scheduled concerts or try out the various instruments yourself!
Jubilee 2020 – Year of Industrial Culture
In light of Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday, celebrated as CLARA 19, 2019 was a very musical year. 2020 will be a year centred around Industrial Culture in Saxony, which one can enjoy in Leipzig itself. Industrialisation in the 19th century was formative for the city and to this day we can marvel at the impact of this era. Especially in the Plagwitz district in the western part of Leipzig, the legacy of this era is particularly tangible, just look at the street sign bearing the name of an industrial pioneer Karl Heine.
TheThe impressive brick buildings, where once machines rumbled and smoked, are nowadays rid of these loud machines and are increasingly filled with creativity and innovation. Hotspots such as the Spinnerei or Westwerk are home to countless studios for Leipzig artists and enliven the old buildings with a new zeitgeist.
It is precisely this culture that will be celebrated this year with many events, exhibitions and guided tours. You should mark your calendar with the 8th Industrial Culture Days Festival from 3-6 September, as well as the other cultural events, are organised by cultural institutions such as the Kunstkraftwerk and the Museum of Fine Arts. These will certainly make the coming celebration year even more exciting.
Festival Season 2020
This year, all live music lovers can look forward to several events simultaneously: The season starts on 4 April with Honky Tonk Leipzig. Lots of different bands from different genres will play in the hottest venues in Leipzig’s city centre. A gigantic festival that you definitely should not miss!
From 9 to 17 May, the Off Europa Festival for contemporary performing arts will feature numerous German premiers. The festival will be accompanied by an extensive film, discussion and music programme. By the way, in 2020 the festival is dedicated to Poland.
The popular indie rock festival Highfield Festival will delight every dance and music enthusiast from 14 to 16 August at Lake Störmthal. Around 35,000 fans of pop, punk, rock and rap are expected at the 23rd edition of the legendary music festival.
At the beginning of the Leipzig’s Autumn Festival, the popular festival of artistic documentary and animated films returns to Leipzig’s cinemas and the big screens. The 63rd edition of DOK Leipzig (26 October to 1 November) attracts thousands of visitors, filmmakers, producers and festival organisers as well as those who want to become one, to the city.
Two weeks before this, the Leipzig Jazz Days will be held. These will transform the city into a huge stage for jazz music from 15 to 24 October. As always, you will receive more detailed information about artists, concerts and dates from us as soon as possible!
The culmination of the festival year is the euro-scene festival from 3 to 8 November. For six days, experimental contemporary theatre and innovative dance will be celebrated again this year. The festival is widely regarded both nationally and internationally within the industry and is the only one of its kind in Germany’s eastern states.
There will definitely be NOTHING boring in Leipzig in 2020 either! If you want to stay up to date in the coming weeks and months and are interested in events that are not listed in our highlights, we can strongly recommend that you take a regular look at our calendar of events. Cheers to a great 2020!
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