Fun, world-class events and things to do in Cologne

Do not miss Cologne great Events around the year

Reserve a room at Hotel Alt Deutz City-Messe-Arena and its Guest House Deutzer Eck to enjoy a front row seat to the most memorable events in Cologne. From sporting events and holiday celebrations to concerts at the city’s top live music venues, annual business activities at the trade fair Koelnmesse and more, there’s always something for business people, kids and adults alike.  

If you’re wondering what to do during your stay in Cologne, you will find some of our most popular events below:

  • Summerjam Festival

    The Summerjam festival takes place at the Fühlinger See in Cologne. For the 33rd time there will be celebrated the hottest acts of Reggae, Dancehall, HipHop and Afrobeats. It combines the experiences…
    more info
  • CSD

    The most important event in the gay and lesbian calendar is the Christopher Street Day (CSD). Every year on the first weekend of July half a million participants and visitors celebrate and demonstrate…
    more info
  • Koelner Lichter

    In mid-July, the "Kölner Lichter" light up the sky in flames between the Hohenzollern and Zoo bridges. The impressive firework display is synchronised with music and transforms the view of the Rhine into…
    more info
  • Gamescom

    The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing…
    more info
  • c/o Pop Festival

    From August 29th until September 2nd the c/o pop Festival 2018 will bring you a carefuly curated program. Like in the years ago the 15th edition of c/o pop Festival will take place all over Cologne and…
    more info
  • Photokina

    photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging…
    more info
  • Intermot

    More than 1,100 companies from the two-wheeler industry are coming to Cologne from all over the world to introduce 220,000 visitors (including 59,000 trade visitors) to present their product range of…
    more info
  • Koeln Marathon

    There are marathons in numerous cities – but the Cologne Marathon is unique: a mixture of elite and John Doe runners, carnival, a folk and running festival! The entire city is vivid and the spectators…
    more info
16
Jul

Koelner Lichter

In mid-July, the "Kölner Lichter" light up the sky in flames between the Hohenzollern and Zoo bridges. The impressive firework display is synchronised with music and transforms the view of the Rhine into a colourful sea of banyan lights, waterfalls and hundreds of thousands of sparklers. Every year a new musical score is composed for this major event. A huge convoy of ships marks the crowning finale of a colourful celebration, which has taken its course during the day in the Old Town.
 
To learn more, please visit www.koelner-lichter.de.

17
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

18
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

19
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

20
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

21
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

20
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

21
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

22
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

23
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

24
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

25
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

15
Jul

Koelner Lichter

In mid-July, the "Kölner Lichter" light up the sky in flames between the Hohenzollern and Zoo bridges. The impressive firework display is synchronised with music and transforms the view of the Rhine into a colourful sea of banyan lights, waterfalls and hundreds of thousands of sparklers. Every year a new musical score is composed for this major event. A huge convoy of ships marks the crowning finale of a colourful celebration, which has taken its course during the day in the Old Town.
 
To learn more, please visit www.koelner-lichter.de.

22
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

23
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

24
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

25
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

26
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

06
Jul

Summerjam Festival

The Summerjam festival takes place at the Fühlinger See in Cologne. For the 33rd time there will be celebrated the hottest acts of Reggae, Dancehall, HipHop and Afrobeats.
It combines the experiences of three decades into three exceptional days:
Only at the SUMMERJAM Festival you get to see the well-selected artists from all over the world in a set-up like this.

07
Jul

Summerjam Festival

The Summerjam festival takes place at the Fühlinger See in Cologne. For the 33rd time there will be celebrated the hottest acts of Reggae, Dancehall, HipHop and Afrobeats.
It combines the experiences of three decades into three exceptional days:
Only at the SUMMERJAM Festival you get to see the well-selected artists from all over the world in a set-up like this.

08
Jul

Summerjam Festival

The Summerjam festival takes place at the Fühlinger See in Cologne. For the 33rd time there will be celebrated the hottest acts of Reggae, Dancehall, HipHop and Afrobeats.
It combines the experiences of three decades into three exceptional days:
Only at the SUMMERJAM Festival you get to see the well-selected artists from all over the world in a set-up like this.

08
Jul

CSD

The most important event in the gay and lesbian calendar is the Christopher Street Day (CSD). Every year on the first weekend of July half a million participants and visitors celebrate and demonstrate in the city centre. Aside from the partying and the fun, there is always a political focus that is illustrated through a new motto each year. For those who are lucky enough to visit Cologne for longer than a weekend, during the two weeks prior to the CSD there are all kinds of gay and lesbian events on offer, from cultural and sporting events to the "Veedelsfest" quarter party in the trendy "Bermuda Triangle" quarter, close to Rudolfplatz.

21
Jul

Koelner Lichter

In mid-July, the "Kölner Lichter" light up the sky in flames between the Hohenzollern and Zoo bridges. The impressive firework display is synchronised with music and transforms the view of the Rhine into a colourful sea of banyan lights, waterfalls and hundreds of thousands of sparklers. Every year a new musical score is composed for this major event. A huge convoy of ships marks the crowning finale of a colourful celebration, which has taken its course during the day in the Old Town.
 
To learn more, please visit www.koelner-lichter.de.

21
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

22
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

23
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

24
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

25
Aug

Gamescom

The figures are impressive confirmation: gamescom is the global number one business and communication platform for the exhibitors - and the place-to-be for all gaming fans when it comes down to experiencing the coming highlights live and meeting up with the entire gaming scene at one location.
And one thing applies for both the exhibitors and visitors alike: Digital entertainment is brought to life here more than at any other place in the world - this is where the heart of gaming beats!

To learn more, please visit www.gamescom-cologne.com.

29
Aug

c/o Pop Festival

From August 29th until September 2nd the c/o pop Festival 2018 will bring you a carefuly curated program. Like in the years ago the 15th edition of c/o pop Festival will take place all over Cologne and around our Festival-HQ Stadtgarten. Bringing you small and bigger showcases, open-Airs and clubnights. Always looking for up-coming acts and shooting-stars from Cologne and the NRW-region; simultaneously having an ear and an eye for artists from Europe and the rest of the world.

30
Aug

c/o Pop Festival

From August 29th until September 2nd the c/o pop Festival 2018 will bring you a carefuly curated program. Like in the years ago the 15th edition of c/o pop Festival will take place all over Cologne and around our Festival-HQ Stadtgarten. Bringing you small and bigger showcases, open-Airs and clubnights. Always looking for up-coming acts and shooting-stars from Cologne and the NRW-region; simultaneously having an ear and an eye for artists from Europe and the rest of the world.

31
Aug

c/o Pop Festival

From August 29th until September 2nd the c/o pop Festival 2018 will bring you a carefuly curated program. Like in the years ago the 15th edition of c/o pop Festival will take place all over Cologne and around our Festival-HQ Stadtgarten. Bringing you small and bigger showcases, open-Airs and clubnights. Always looking for up-coming acts and shooting-stars from Cologne and the NRW-region; simultaneously having an ear and an eye for artists from Europe and the rest of the world.

01
Sep

Summerjam Festival

The Summerjam festival takes place at the Fühlinger See in Cologne. For the 33rd time there will be celebrated the hottest acts of Reggae, Dancehall, HipHop and Afrobeats.
It combines the experiences of three decades into three exceptional days:
Only at the SUMMERJAM Festival you get to see the well-selected artists from all over the world in a set-up like this.

26
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

27
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

28
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

29
Sep

Photokina

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

03
Oct

Intermot

More than 1,100 companies from the two-wheeler industry are coming to Cologne from all over the world to introduce 220,000 visitors (including 59,000 trade visitors) to present their product range of motorcycles, scooters and e-bikes.

04
Oct

Intermot

More than 1,100 companies from the two-wheeler industry are coming to Cologne from all over the world to introduce 220,000 visitors (including 59,000 trade visitors) to present their product range of motorcycles, scooters and e-bikes.

05
Oct

Intermot

More than 1,100 companies from the two-wheeler industry are coming to Cologne from all over the world to introduce 220,000 visitors (including 59,000 trade visitors) to present their product range of motorcycles, scooters and e-bikes.

06
Oct

Intermot

More than 1,100 companies from the two-wheeler industry are coming to Cologne from all over the world to introduce 220,000 visitors (including 59,000 trade visitors) to present their product range of motorcycles, scooters and e-bikes.

07
Oct

Intermot

More than 1,100 companies from the two-wheeler industry are coming to Cologne from all over the world to introduce 220,000 visitors (including 59,000 trade visitors) to present their product range of motorcycles, scooters and e-bikes.

07
Oct

Koeln Marathon

There are marathons in numerous cities – but the Cologne Marathon is unique: a mixture of elite and John Doe runners, carnival, a folk and running festival! The entire city is vivid and the spectators cheer passionately for the runners on the course!