Zeltstadt KulturPur in Hilchenbach-Lützel, © KulturBüro! Siegen-Wittgenstein

Fest­iv­al sum­mer 2019

Hear, see, dance and be amazed

From a former smelt­ing works to the middle of a forest and an is­land: many fest­ivals in NRW take place against an un­usu­al back­drop.

The festival season has begun! In NRW, this means highlights for music fans, art and culture lovers and anyone who likes to laugh.


Rock, pop, reggae and electronic beats

Traumzeit Festival, Duisburg

Where steel was once smelted is now a location where bands work the crowds at the Traumzeit Festival. From 14 to 16 June 2019, in the Duisburg Nord landscape park, a former smelting works, the stage will host bands such as Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Metronomy or Kettcar. The programme includes sound, light and video projections.

Summerjam-Festival, Köln

The really special feature here is the event location. Here, music is played on an island, surrounded by an artificial lake. The reggae festival on the Fühlinger See lake brings a Caribbean feeling to Cologne from 5 to 7 July 2019. The stars include Buju Banton, Cypress Hill or Jimmy Cliff.

Ruhr Reggae Summer, Dortmund and Mülheim

Three days of love, peace and music - that’s the motto of the Ruhr Reggae Summer Festival in the Ruhr region. From 20 to 22 June 2019, great names from reggae such as Inner Circle or Chronixx will play in the Revierpark Wischlingen in Dortmund. From 19 to 21 July 2019, the party continues in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Here, the reggae festival is already legendary.

Vainstream Rockfest, Münster

On 29 June 2019, rock fans make the pilgrimage to Münster, in the Münsterland region, where they can party to artists such as Dropkick Murphys, Donots or Flogging Molly, as well as other metal, punk and hardcore bands.

Open Source Festival, Düsseldorf

In the middle of the forest, at the Düsseldorf racecourse, you can hear beats and bass instead of hoofbeats on 13 July 2019. At the Open Source Festival, performers include Sohn, Faber and Talib Kweli.

Parookaville, Weeze

The electronic music festival with a difference. The site has a direct airport connection, since it is just a few hundred meters away from the take-off and landing runway at Düsseldorf-Weeze airport. Here, entry tickets are called “Visas”, and visitors become citizens of Parookaville, which has been brought to life once a year since it was premièred in 2015. This year, the festival, which will start top DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Felix Jaehn and Robin Schulz, will be held from 19 to 21 July.

Bochum total

From 4 to 7 July 2019, Bochum city centre will again be turned into the ultimate festival site. For four days, a free open-air programme is offered, with more than 100 bands and artists - from regional newcomers to top acts.

Fantastival, Dinslaken

A theatre in a medieval castle with old trees gives this festival its particular charm. From 4 to 16 July 2019, the festival will host artists from the field of cabaret, comedy, theatre, classical music, jazz, musicals and rock and pop, including Tom Jones and Sasha.

Juicy Beats Festival, Dortmund

Well-known bands such as AnnenMayKantereit, Trettmann or Querbeat will be among the headliners at the Dortmunder Westfalenpark on 26 and 27 July 2019. Festivalgoers who want to stay overnight on the former federal horticultural show site are offered a special service. On the campsite, tents are provided for up to four people which have already been put up and equipped.

Haldern Pop Festival

Since 1984, the ground in the Lower Rhine region has shaken to the sounds of the “Haldern Pop” festival in Rees-Haldern. The special feature at this festival is that here, musicians perform who are (still) unknown, who often later become major stars. Former newcomers have included Muse, Mumford & Sons and Kings Of Leon, who at that time were still only part of the afternoon programme. This year, too, the festival line-up will include mainly less well-known bands and singer-songwriters, from 8 to 10 August 2019.

c/o pop Festival, Köln

From 1 to 5 May 2019, over 80 bands, artists and DJs will appear on 30 stages and in clubs in Cologne. Its tradition as a “discoverer festival” for upcoming new artists will be continued. On Saturday and Sunday, young artists will perform at the c/o ehrenfeld, with free entry shows on stages, in shops and in bars.

Zeltfestival Ruhr, Bochum

In the tent city on the Kemnader See lake, well-known musicians and word artists alternate on the programme from 16 August to 1 September 2019, including Samy Deluxe and Kai Magnus Sting. There are also theatre performances for children. In the outdoor venue of the white tent city, there is an international design and crafts market.

Ruhr in Love, Oberhausen

The organisers of the Ruhr in Love festival promise a perfect day out in a green environment. The Oberhausen OlgaPark certainly is green, and when famous DJs and young upcoming stars play everything from shuffle to rave, jumpstyle, House, techno and hardtrance on 6 July 2019, the park shakes to the dancing crowd.


Classical music, art and theatre

Theaterfestival Impulse, Düsseldorf, Köln, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr

This festival offers outstanding German-language open-air theatre from 13 to 23 June 2019 at the main Düsseldorf venue and in the partner cities of Cologne and Mülheim a.d. Ruhr. The works performed take a documentary, analytical, conceptually clear, poetical look at present-day events. The purpose of the festival is to  offer aesthetic alternatives and using theatre as a medium to test, expand and question them.

Schlosskonzerte (Palace concerts), Brühl

One of the most unusual concert halls in Germany, the Grand Staircase in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Augustusburg palace in Brühl, is the venue for the Brühl palace concerts every summer. From 11 May 2019 to 16 February 2020, the programme includes numerous events, such as the Haydn Festival from 16 to 24 August.


Music, dance, theatre, performance and art in the former industrial halls of the Ruhr region form the programme of the Ruhrtriennale from 21 August to 29 September 2019. The venues are former power stations, coking plants, blowing engine rooms, machine buildings and coal mixing plants, as well as rubble heaps and wasteland on former mining and steelworks sites.

Beethovenfest Bonn

The classical music Beethovenfest festival in Bonn has “Moonshine” as its theme this year, from 6 to 29 September 2019.


What else?


This is a night where industrial culture comes alive. On 29 June 2019, around 2,000 artists will use furnaces, gasometers and collieries at 46 venues in 21 towns and cities in the Ruhr region as stages for shows, performances, concerts and acts involving audience participation. The ExtraSchicht offers guided tours through the historical buildings, with several art exhibitions, as well as live music and a major laser show.

Altenberger Kultursommer, Odenthal

Architectural gems and the great Altenberger Dom cathedral, which looks out over the green landscape of the Bergisches Land region in Odenthal offer venues for the Altenberger Kultursommer. From 16 June to 28 September 2019, nine concerts and festivals will offer chamber music, jazz and church music. The opening and final concerts will be held in the Altenberger Dom cathedral.

Parklichter, Bad Oeynhausen

Lights out, spot on! From 2 to 4 August 2019, open-air concerts will be held with German newcomers, extravagant light shows and an impressive fireworks display in the spa park in Bad Oeynhausen. The well-known musical acts include Wincent Weiss, who will perform at a concert on Friday. On Saturday, other artists will perform at the Parklichter (or “park lights”) festival, while Sunday is family day, with jugglers, a range of different games and children’s make-up artists.

Lichtfestival, Schloss Dyck

The Parknächte Lichtfestival in Schloss Dyck palace in Jüchen, promises a dreamlike experience. From 12 to 15 September 2019 the water palace on the Lower Rhine invites visitors to enter its illuminated English landscape garden. A choreographed light display with speech and music is on offer, and from 8pm to 12 midnight, visitors can experience a composition of light, sounds and colours.

Comedy Arts Festival Moers

The Comedy Arts Festival is Germany’s oldest and internationally most highly-respected comedy arts festival. Like almost no other festival of its kind, it is a hit among the audience while also offering high artistic quality. From 12 to 15 September 2019, comedians, performance artists, musicians and cabaret artists aim to achieve one thing above all else: to make the audience laugh. In front of the hall, there is plenty going on along the “Boulevard of Attractions”.


Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Jahrhunderthalle bei der Extraschicht, © Extraschicht / Ruhr Tourismus GmbH / Nielinger
Zeltstadt KulturPur in Hilchenbach-Lützel, © KulturBüro! Siegen-Wittgenstein
Sonnenuntergang bei Rock am Ring, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Ansicht auf die Bühne bei den Juicy Beats, © H&H Photographics
Atmosphäre bei den Juicy Beats, © H&H Photographics

More events in NRW

Dom, Rhein und Hohenzollernbrücke im Schein der Kölner Lichter, © Dieter Jacobi / Köln Tourismus

Co­logne lights

Aufführung von japanischen Kindern, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Ja­pan Day in Düs­sel­dorf

Saburo Teshigawara Broken Lights, Gebläsehalle Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, © Wonge Bergmann


Budapest Festival Orchestra, © Marco Borggreve

Beeth­oven­fest in Bonn

Lichtaufnahmen von einen Karussell, © Stadtmarketing Herne GmbH

Crange Fair in Herne

Karusselfahrt im Dunkeln, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler

Pützchens Markt in Bonn

Haaner Kirmes am Abend, © guentherweber.gmxhome.de

Haan Fair

In­sider tips for...

Rheinradweg NRW, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Ralph Sondermann

Ex­cur­sions on the Rhine

Eifelblick Eugenienstein , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature Fans

Das Restaurant "Glück und Seligkeit" in Bielefeld ist in einer früheren Kirche untergebracht., © glückundseligkeit.de

Un­usu­al gast­ro­nomy in NRW