Events Frankfurt 2011

Monday 7, February 2011


Events Frankfurt 2011


Frankfurt am Main is a city of many highlights. There is of course the unique skyline, one of the city’s premier attractions.


There’s also plenty of business and finance, international trade shows and one of Europe’s busiest airports. What many outsiders do not know is that the Main metropolis also offers locals and visitors a wide range of spectacular special events.


Frankfurt loves to party, and there are plenty of occasions to do so throughout the year. The city’s calendar of events comprises over 100 street festivals, cultural celebrations, markets, folk fairs and other types of open-air events.


Culture enthusiasts will no doubt be happy to hear that 2011 will be full of cultural highlights of most every variety. Aside from its colourful theatre, playhouse and opera scene, which includes the renowned Oper Frankfurt and the time-honoured Alte Oper, Frankfurt also boasts a fantastic museum landscape. Several of its exhibition establishments are at present undergoing renovations. The Film Museum will be back to “business as usual” in early summer, offering visitors – amongst other things – a fully restructured permanent exhibition. Come autumn, Frankfurt will celebrate the reopening of the world-famous Städel Museum, then featuring the “New Städel”, the museum’s brand-new underground extension.


04.02. – 26.06.2011

Exhibition “Imperial Ivory”

Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung This exhibition at the Liebieghaus, organised in co-operation with the Viennese Art History Museum, presents an impressive array of ivory carvings. The works on display stem from the most famous carvers of the baroque age, including Adam Lenckhardt, Johann Caspar Schenck, Mathias Rauchmiller and Matthias Steinl.

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10.02. – 29.05.2011

Exhibition: “SURREAL THINGS. SCULPTURES AND OBJECTS FROM DALÍ TO MAN RAY” Schirn Kunsthalle Featuring some 150 masterpieces, this comprehensive exhibition concentrates solely on three-dimensional surrealist art. The artists on show, representing the surrealist epoch from 1925 to 1945, include many word-famous figures, such as Duchamp, Magritte, Dalí, Picasso and Miró.

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Apple Wine at the Römer

Römer City Hall The third international apple wine show, entitled “Apple Wine at the Römer”, offers an in-depth look at Frankfurt’s most popular beverage. Held at the beautiful “Roman Halls”, this event will give apple winemakers from across the globe a chance to present themselves and their creations.

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06. – 09.04.2011

Frankfurt Music Fair

Messe Frankfurt (Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Centre) The Frankfurt Music Fair is known to be the world’s leading fair on the subject of music. Here, visitors will find everything from instruments and tutelage to sheet music and live performances. Aside from a comprehensive product range, the fair also offers countless workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussions.

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15.04. – 08.05.2011

Spring Dippemess

Festplatz am Ratsweg (Ratsweg Fairground) Traditional folk fair featuring a large arts & crafts market, high-tech rides and fun for the entire family. 

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Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop

Downtown Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region This cycling race, which follows in the footsteps of its famous predecessor, “Around the Henninger Tower”, features 14 cycling competitions as well as a comprehensive fringe programme for cycling fans of all ages. 

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Museum Night

City Centre Some 50 participating museums and galleries keep their doors open late into the night, combining art and culture while offering visitors a truly unique experience.

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20. – 28.05.2011

Green Sauce Festival

Goethe’s favourite dish and Frankfurt’s most popular delicacy is honoured with a seven-day culinary celebration! Each day of the festival, visitors have the opportunity of picking a winner from the many cooking teams sent forth by Frankfurt’s hotel and restaurant trade. The “Green Sauce Champion 2011” will then be selected from the seven daily winners.

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11. – 14.06.2011


Frankfurt City Forest This traditional forest festival – Frankfurt’s “national” holiday – attracts visitors with high-tech rides, culinary delights and a colourful entertainment programme.

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10. – 13.06.2011

Rose and Light Festival at the Palmengarten

Palmengarten Frankfurt This festival held at Frankfurt’s beautiful botanical gardens features guided tours, lectures, live music and an entertaining children’s programme. The highlight of the weekend is the fantastic light festival, which runs from 15:00 h to midnight on Saturday. Thousands of tea lights illuminate the garden while a massive fireworks display serves as the festival’s furious conclusion.

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17. – 26.06.2011

Opera Square Festival

Opera Square This feast for the senses offers visitors colourful culinary delights and a wonderfully diverse stage programme featuring everything from jazz to world music.

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26.06. – 17.07.2011

FIFA Women’s World Cup WM 2011

Commerzbank Arena and City Centre Germany is preparing to celebrate yet another festival of football and Frankfurt am Main will be right in the middle of it! The Main metropolis will be welcoming teams and fans with a spectacular ceremony on the evening before the opening match. A total of four games, including the final, will be held at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena. All games will be on show at Frankfurt’s “football gardens”, situated directly on the southern banks of the River Main in the heart of the city. Fans may expect a colourful programme consisting up of football, live music, stage shows and international cuisine, set scenically before the imposing Frankfurt skyline.

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05.07. – 21.08.2011

An Exhibition in Darkness: “Blind Passenger – A Journey to a Land Unknown” Dialog Museum Frankfurt Frankfurt’s most unique museum takes visitors on a trip to an unknown and faraway land. Try to find out where the road will lead, in absolute darkness. With a bit of luck, you may well win first prize – an overseas trip to the destination being looked for.

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European Ironman Championships

Frankfurt and Surrounds The longest day of the year for all participants! Many of the world’s leading triathletes meet here in Frankfurt, fighting to win Europe’s most coveted Ironman title.

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29. – 31.07.2011

Christopher Street Day Frankfurt

Downtown Frankfurt Frankfurt is not just about suits and ties! The metropolis on the Main is also colourful, loud, vivacious and simply different. Participants of one of Germany’s most popular gay parades turn the city centre into a rainbow of colours.

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05. – 08.08.2011

Main Festival

Römerberg and Main Embankment This time-honoured folk fair features a great culinary diversity as well as rides and games of skill for the entire family.

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12. – 21.08.2011

Apple Wine Festival

Roßmarkt This excellent festival focuses on one thing and one thing only: Frankfurt apple wine, the locals’ beverage of choice.

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26. – 28.08.2011

Museum Embankment Festival

Museum embankment (Schaumainkai, Untermainkai) Europe’s largest cultural festival features countless art and crafts stalls, live music, culinary highlights from around the world and Frankfurt’s fabulous museum row. A special festival button offers visitors low-price admission to participating museums.

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31.08. – 09.09.2011

Rheingau Wine Market

Fressgass’ (downtown Frankfurt’s culinary mile) Superb festival featuring fine food and wine at over 30 stalls representing vineyards from one of Germany’s most renowned winegrowing regions, the nearby Rheingau.

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09. – 19.09.2011

Autumn Dippemess

Festplatz am Ratsweg (Ratsweg Fairground) Traditional folk fair featuring a large arts & crafts market, high-tech rides and fun for the entire family

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15.09.11 – 25.09.11

International Automotive Fair (IAA)

Messe Frankfurt (Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Centre) The IAA is the world’s largest passenger car exhibition.

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“Jazz zum Dritten”

Römerberg The highlight of the year for jazz enthusiasts, featuring German and international jazz greats performing live in Frankfurt’s old town centre.

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12. – 16.10.2011

Frankfurt Book Fair

Messe Frankfurt (Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Centre) The leading international fair on the subject of books, literature and print products of every variety – from comics to lyrics. This year’s theme country is Iceland. Further information:



Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon

Downtown Frankfurt This first-class sporting event also features a superb street festival and an excellent children’s programme. The marathon is a true challenge for runners of every age and sporting background.

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End of October

42nd German Jazz Festival Frankfurt 2011

HR Broadcasting Hall Jazz legends and up-and-coming musicians meet at the Hessian Broadcasting Company’s renowned music hall.

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October 2011 – January 2012

Exhibition: “Beckmann & America”

Städel Museum Frankfurt This exhibition focuses on Max Beckmann and his stay in the United States (1947-1950), a time that greatly influenced his artistic style. Beckmann’s position differs significantly from those of other European artists in den USA. The impression that his work left on other painters is easy to discern when looking at the works of contemporary American artists. With this in mind, the exhibition endeavours to draw a comparison between Beckmann, his contemporaries and those aspiring to follow in his footsteps.

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23.11. – 22.12.2011

Christmas Market

Römerberg and St. Paul’s Square One of Germany’s most traditional and popular Christmas markets, featuring some 200 stalls and a wonderfully unique yuletide atmosphere. Come and let yourself be enchanted!

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The aforementioned events represent only a small selection of those planned for 2011. Please note that we do not guarantee for the completeness of the data provided. Furthermore, all details are subject to change. For information on other events being held in Frankfurt am Main, please take a look at the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board’s online events calendar at We are also happy to send you our hard-copy annual calendar of events, entitled “Frankfurt Rhein-Main Highlights”, which features detailed information on events taking place in Frankfurt and the surrounding Rhine-Main region. Contact us and we’ll send you a copy straight away.



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