The "Zeche Hannover", a former Colliery in Bochum, celebrates the ExtraSchicht., © RuhrTourismus / Kreklau

Events in North Rhine-West­phalia

Pop­u­lar clas­sics, ori­gin­al events, trendy new­comers

The most ex­cit­ing events

North Rhine-West­phalia’s event cal­en­dar is of­fer­ing heav­enly en­joy­ment year-round with great stars, up-and-com­ing star­lets, and spe­cial events that may only be known to in­siders, form­ing a bright spot in every­day lives.

The final fireworks are part of the Extraschicht. One takes place at the Henrichshütte, © Ruhr Tourismus, Kreklau

Events: The Great Stars

The Ruhr pi­ano fest­iv­al, lit.Co­logne, or the CHIO in Aachen are some of the world-renowned events in North Rhine-West­phalia that not only draw an audi­ence, but also bring in­ter­na­tion­al stars to town every year to present their out­stand­ing skills on the stage or in ath­let­ic com­pet­i­tions.

Paint on Walls-Festival Geldern 2021, Oldhaus, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

New­comer Events

NRW has some real sur­prises in store even for event ex­perts and trav­el­ling pros. The over­view presents some secret ad­vice. Some events are phant­ast­ic, some ath­let­ic, but all of them are ex­tremely cre­at­ive.

Ferris wheel in front of the St. Petri Church in Soest, © Roland Jung

Events: Our Star­lets

Unique Events, Unique Mo­ments Fans and true ex­perts ex­per­i­ence unique mo­ments in some very dif­fer­ent events in NRW. Moun­tain bikers, for ex­ample, show great per­form­ance at Europe’s largest freeride fest­iv­al in Win­ter­berg and the gi­gant­ic Ro­man fest­iv­al in Xanten of­fers his­tor­ic­ally in­form­at­ive en­ter­tain­ment.

Terrain in the evening light, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

High­lights 2024

Through­out the year, North Rhine-West­phalia al­ways of­fers new reas­ons to vis­it: moor­land ex­per­i­ences, mu­sic­al de­lights and ma­jor sport­ing events are all on the pro­gramme.

Today a theater hall for concerts in the Duisburg-Nord landscape park, © Johannes Höhn


Fest­iv­al in NRW are ever-present, in­ter­na­tion­al and up to date. Mu­sic, theat­er and lit­er­at­ure are cel­eb­rated in an un­con­ven­tion­al and straight­for­ward man­ner.

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Come with us on a dis­cov­ery tour through the cit­ies in NRW. Trendy dis­tricts, cafés, shop­ping op­por­tun­it­ies in his­tor­ic city centres and many more in­sider tips.

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