Celebrating the Summer: Open-Air-Events in Dortmund

Are you planning a trip to Dortmund? Great decision and even better timing: The summer months are going to be packed with awesome open-air events in the city. It is going to be hard to decide on what weekend you want to come because all of them promise to be fantastic! 😉 We created a list with open air-events in Dortmund – hoping that it helps you to pick the best travel time.

Enjoy your time in Dortmund and come visit us at the Tourist-Info (Kampstraße 80 near the main train station and the shopping street Westenhellweg).

(published: July 2018)


Summer at the Dortmunder „U“

32228665_1765191046872329_8677371574866673664_n.jpgThe sun is shining and you are tired of staying inside? Then the festival „summer at the „U“‚ is a top destination for you to go to. During the months of June and July it offers tons of free outside entertainment: poetry slams, concerts, do-it-yourself-workshops, and so on.

  • When? 06.01. – 07.30.
  • Where? in front of the Dortmunder „U“
  • Price? free
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Summersounds-DJ- Picknicks

photo: Summersounds/ Kulturservice Ruhr

Eight Saturdays, eight parks and infinite fun: The 10th anniversary of the DJ-picknicks promises to be a great outdoor music event. Depending on the day, you can listen to Electronic-Beats, Hip-Hop and Rap but also Reggae and Urban Beats. Different DJs will play the music for you during 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. – every Saturday changing the location to another park. In addition to the music, there will be sport attractions such as Diskgolf and soccerpool. Obviously, no one wants you to starve, therefore food trucks will sell food as well.

  • When and where?
  1. Sat. 07.21.  – Tremonia-Meadow
  2. Sat. 08.04. – Phoenix Lake
  3. Sat. 08.11. – Meadow next to the Westfalenhallen
  4. Sat. 08.18. – Phoenix West
  5. Sat., 08.25. – Summersounds’ Hoeschpark Open Air

PSD Bank Movie Theater

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photo: Anneke Dunkhase / Neovaude

You would like to watch a movie for a change, do something relaxing but you feel bad since the weather is just so good and you should be outside? No worries! The PSD Bank movie theater in the Westfalenpark combines both of your desires. During the summer months it opens outside: The screen is installed on an island across a lake in the park.

  • When?  07.18. – 08.26. // starts at 7.30 p.m.
  • Where? Seebühne Westfalenpark
  • Price? starting at 8 euros
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07.20. – 07.22.

Street Beach Festival

Sipping delicious cocktails while listening to good music and chilling in a lounge chair sounds good to you? This vacation dream comes true right in the middle of Dortmund at the Street Beach Festival which is taking place in the city center in July.

  • When?  07.19. – 07.22.
  • Where? Dortmunder Innenstadt, Kampstraße
  • Price? Free
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Geierabend Open Air

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Foto: StandOut.de

You missed the Geierabend comedy season? Don’t worry. You still have got a chance to experience this funny show about life in the Ruhr region. The Geierabend Open Air presents you the highlights of the season for three days straight.

  • When?  07.20. – 07.22.
  • Where? beer garden Tante Amanda
  • Price? starting at 21 Euros
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07.27. – 07.29.

Juicy Beats Festival

photo: Juicy Beats/ H&HPhotographics

Can you hear all these feet marching towards the Westfalenpark during this summer weekend? They do not only belong to the festival visitors but also to 100 DJs and 50 Liveacts who play at the Juicy Beats Festival. During this big music event you will get to know German music and artists such as Kraftklub, Kontra K and the 257ers. What are you waiting for?

  • When?  07.27. – 07.28.
  • Where? Westfalenpark
  • Price?  1 day -> 41,40 euros
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Once a year the event „Music. Culture.Picknick“ takes places at the Nordmarkt (North market) of Dortmund. Various bands perform there on sundays. While listening to their music you can have a picknick.

  • When?  July / August
  • Where? Nordmarkt (North market)
  • Price?  Free
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08.03. – 08.05.

Festival „GourmeDo“

photo: futec AG/ GourmeDo

Fast food is not for you? Instead eating is like an event which needs to be appreciated the right way? Then „GourmeDo“ is the right festival for you. In the city center you will be able to eat great food while at the same time enjoying beautiful music.

08.10. – 08.12.

„Bierkönig“ (beer king) Festival

Foto: Veranstalter / Andre Hainke

This August you can party in Dortmund like in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Bierkönig Festival is inviting lots of famous musicians from the party island to Dortmund. Peter Wachel, Tim Toupet and Willi Wedel are just some of the many performers who will guarantee you a good time.

  • When?  08.10. –08.11. // 1 pm – 10 pm
  • Where? Galopprennbahn, Rennweg 70
  • Price?  starting at 27,95 Euros
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08.24. – 08.26.

Day of the Refreshment Kiosk

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photo: RTG Stengel

Have you walked by one of these numerous little shops that sell candies, some food products and beer? Then you discovered a very important part of the culture of the Ruhr-area. The tiny shops, which are called Trinkhallen, have a long tradition here. For example: Kids use them to buy candies, students to buy beer and grandmas to buy eggs in order to bake cakes. Neighbors meet, friends meet, strangers meet – all exchanging news. This special culture is celebrated during the Day of the Refreshment Kiosk. In the Ruhr area many Trinkhallen participate between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. In addition to selling their regular products, many organize highlights.

  • When?  08.25.
  • Where? Everywhere in the „Ruhrgebiet“
  • Price?  Free
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Micro!Festival – Downtown on Stage

This festival is taking you on a journey around the world. International musicians and street performers from various countries will entertain you during this summer weekend – for free! You will be able to listen to foreign music, watch breathtaking stunts and laugh your heads off at comedy shows.

  • When?  08.24. – 08.26.
  • Where? city center, Friedensplatz
  • Price?  Free
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Concert „Dortmund Olé“

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photo: Veranstalter/ Jan Bonk

There are many music genres in the world: Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, Jazz and so on but do already now Schlager? This German music style is very popular with the partying folk. At this event famous artists such as Mia Julia, Mickie Krause and Oli P. come to Dortmund to make you smile.

  • When?  08.25. // 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where? Revierpark Wischlingen, Höfkerstraße 12
  • Price? starting at 11 euros
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The Westend-Summer is the little brother of the Westparkfestival which took place earlier this year. The event offers sports, music and entertainment – all for free 🙂



Holi Festival of Colours

photo: Festival of Colours

Wow – colourful: Every full hour participants of the Holi Festival of Colours throw dye in the air. After a while their white clothes will be colourful. This is not only a lot of fun but also a music festival at the same time.

  • When? 08.25. // 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where? Fredenbaumpark
  • Price? starting at 27, 99 euros
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8.31. – 09.02.

Cityring Concerts

photo: Neovaude / CRK 2016/2017

Big opera, a Groove symphony, a musical gala and a musical fairy tale are this years‘ Cityring concerts. They take place at the Friedensplatz and include more than 300 musicians.

  • When? 08.31. – 09.02.
  • Where? Friedensplatz
  • Price? starting at 7 euros
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Festival of Lights

Pyro-fire shows, illumination and hugh fireworks – the festival of lights in the Westfalenpark is one of the many highlights during the Open Air-Season. Listen to music while sipping cocktails and being fascinated by the many beautiful lights.



31793428_1756380724420028_153508303027044352_n.jpgThe Phoenix Lake in Dortmund Hörde is a popular sightseeing and recreation spot. But on the first weekend of september the area turns into a point of interest for sport lovers as well. During these three days dragon boat races take place on the lake. You can watch and cheer for free.