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You can find the event highlights 2023 as a PDF document (in German) here


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Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

Contemporary plays such as "Clockwork Orange" and "Love Letters" alternate with such classics as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or, in the music section, with "Aida" or the "Magic Flute". There are performances almost every day at the German National Theatre in Weimar.

March 12th, 19th, and 26th 2023

Weimar Talks

On three Sundays, renowned speakers from culture, politics, journalism or business will speak on given or self-chosen topics.

March 30th - April 1st, 2023

Opening weekend Bauhaus23

Political, controversial, drifting and indispensable, housing will be looked at from all sides. With Bauhaus Cubes, the Quartier der Moderne, interventions in the houses, exhibition openings and a panel discussion at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar, the kick-off will be celebrated throughout the city.

March 31st - April 23rd, 2023

Thuringia Bach Festival

In the anniversary year of the Thuringian Bach Festival, the festival is dedicated to the translation of the Luther Bible. The translation was a unique mediation achievement that can also be found in Bach's later settings. In the jubilee year, Bach's works will be danced, arranged and brought to…

April 1st and 2nd, 2023

Easter Market

Eine weihnachtlich geschmückte Stadt empfängt die Besucher in der Adventszeit. Die Altstadt verwandelt sich in einen vom Lichterglanz erleuchteten Weihnachtsmarkt, dessen Stände und Glühweinhütten sich vom Marktplatz bis zum Theaterplatz erstrecken.

April 15th - 18th, 2022

Weimar during Easter

Easter walk in the Ilmpark, Goethe's Faust on the big stage in the DNT or concerts of the Thuringian Bach Festival and in the town church. There are many ways to spend your cultural Easter in Weimar.

April 13-23, 2023


The Weimar Palace Chapel (called Himmelsburg), which burned down in 1774, has been resurrected in a VR version. The audio-visual experience in a specially converted overseas container enables a spatial and sound experience as in Bach's time.

April 27th - May 7th, 2023

Passion: SPIEL // Passion: PLAY

One of the highlights of the season and an opportunity for countless discoveries: Passion :SPIEL presents experimental, innovative and forward-looking music theatre over two long weekends at e-werk weimar.

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May 4th - June 18th, 2023

Köstritzer Spiegelzelt

The venue is the atmospheric mirror tent, reminiscent of the "Dans paleis" of the turn of the century in Belgium and the Netherlands. For almost seven weeks it will be the stage for famous artists and talented discoveries.

May 10th-12th, 2023

Cultural Symposium Weimar

The cultural symposium returns to Weimar under the title "A Question of Trust"! The Goethe-Institut is bringing together exciting personalities from all over the world to discuss the theme of trust in debates, lectures, workshops and artistic works.

May 13th, 2023

The Night of Museums

The temples of culture and history will be opened until late in the night. Inhabitants as well as tourists or culture vultures can join the stream of visitors to visit all museums in Weimar until midnight.

Music on Monday in Tiefurt

The traditional Monday concerts will start a new musical season in 2021. For the first time, classical music will be heard outdoors. The garden in front of St. Christopher's Church under the apple trees with birdsong and evening atmosphere provides the ideal backdrop. The schedule is deliberately…

May 19th-20th, 2023

International Thuringian Poetry Film Festival

Every year, the Literary Society of Thuringia and its partners award the Weimar Poetry Film Prize for short films that combine poetry and moving images in an innovative way.

May 24th-29th, 2023

Liszt Biennale Thuringia

In Weimar, the celebrated piano virtuoso became a composer whose influence continues into the modern age. The Liszt Biennale honours this legacy with concerts throughout Thuringia. This year, it appears before its audience under the meaningful motto "Immersion and Ecstasy".

May 2023

Flower Market

Flowering ornaments and exotic plants already inspired the princely court and many contemporaries in Goethe's time. At that time, it became fashionable to engage in a lively trade in the rarest cultivars. Today, the region's nurseries entice visitors with a splendid selection.

May 26th - 29th, 2022

Weimar spring days for contemporary music

A festival programme of music, tones, sounds and all sorts of other sonorous transformations make it possible to experience the great variety of styles of contemporary new music in Weimar.

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May 24th-29th, 2023

Thuringian Castle Days

What did a prince actually do after work? The motto of the Thuringian Castle Days 2023 is dedicated to courtly leisure. Special exhibitions, thematic guided tours and entertaining events await you.

June 3rd, 2023

29 Rainbow Tour

The 29th Rainbow Tour, the bicycle tour for a good cause, will take place in Weimar this year. Children with cancer and their families will be supported. The participants will be welcomed with a big family party. The reception is to be colourful, hearty and colourful.

June 3th-4th, 2023

UNESCO World Heritage Day

On this day, the German Commission for UNESCO, the German Association for UNESCO World Heritage Sites and all the World Heritage Sites in Germany invite you to explore questions of sustainability in lively formats, either on site or digitally.

June 16th until September 3rd, 2023

Summer in Weimar

Moving, vibrant and exceedingly alive: The splendour of the past flirts with fresh culture. The city offers a multitude of highlights that turn the "Weimar Summer" into a festival of the arts and muses: Open-air concerts, open-air theatre, dance and street festivals.

from June 16th, 2023

Summer theatre "Der Diener zweier Herren"

First performed in 1746 and later staged here in Weimar by Goethe, Carlo Goldoni's most famous play, with its tableau of characters, is considered a prime example and high point of the commedia dell'arte: brash servants and clever maids, miserly patriarchs and garrulous dottores.

June 21st, 2023

Fête de la Musique

A music festival on the summer solstice based on the French model. The cozy "quartier musical" stretches throughout Weimar's old town, where musicians of all stripes invite you to listen and linger: old music, jazz, ballads, French chansons, klezmer or classical music.

June 30th - July 9th, 2023

Bach Biennale Weimar

The Bach Biennale Weimar will celebrate the 10th edition of the festival in 2023 and, under the promising title "Inspired by Bach", will make Bach's music audible and tangible at the authentic and historic venues of Weimar, the city of Bach.

1 July - 1 August 2023

Concerts on the lake stage in the Weimarhallenpark

This year, top-class artists will give guest performances on the lake stage in the Weimarhallenpark. Listen to the sounds of the musicians on the terraces of the Weimarhalle or from the surrounding meadows.

December 31st, 2021

Ben Harper on the Lake Stage

The American musician and composer Ben Harper will be in Weimar in July 2023. Together with his band "The Innocent Criminals" he will give an open-air concert on the Seebühne. It is one of his few concerts in Europe this year.

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July 13th - 16th, 2023


The student scene at the Bauhaus University provides the Weimar milieu with ingenuity and fresh spirit. The summaery shows the work of the current academic year in a condensed and impressive way over four days in the summer.

July 15th 2023

An Open Air Concert Night of the Staatskapelle Weimar

The Staatkapelle Weimar brings its season to a close with a grand open-air concert night in the Weimarhallenpark. Experience an unforgettable evening with Frank Sinatra's greatest hits.

July 15th - 29th, 2023

63. Weimar Master Classes

Every summer musicians, professors, students and guests pilgrim to Weimar to produce and experience the lively classical scene on the streets and squares, and in the halls and salons.

July 14th to August 20th, 2022

Yiddish Summer Weimar

Yiddish Summer Weimar celebrates the rich Yiddish culture! This popular event includes workshops over several days that are an opportunity to learn more about yiddish songs, dances, the Yiddish language and instrumental Klezmer music.

July 21st to September 8th, 2023

Summer theatre in the Kirms-Krackow-Haus

As a reminiscence of Franz Kirms, the treasurer of the Weimar Court Theatre in Goethe's time, entertaining theatre performances take place in the historic courtyard of the Kirms-Krackow House during the summer months. Included are exotic flavours, absurdist humour, relationship dramas. This year,…

July 22nd, 2023

Anne Clark on the Lake Stage

Anne Clark is not only considered a great poet and icon of music history, but also a pioneer of spoken word art. Always eager to set new standards in her performances, Anne Clark always remained a rebel in a way - albeit in a modest way.

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July 26th-30th, 2023

ACHAVA Summer Cinema

For the first time, the ACHAVA Summer Cinema invites you to the stage in the middle of the water. The perspective of the audience changes. They sit on the lake stage and look across the water surface towards the Weimarhalle.

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August 4th, 2023

Gregory Porter on the Lake Stage

Gregory Porter is one of the indispensable greats of contemporary jazz. His stunning voice, equally at home in soul, blues and gospel, instantly turns any song, original or otherwise, into a Porter song.

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August 15th - 31st, 2023

Bauhaus Weeks

The first Bauhaus sample house, the Haus Am Horn, turns 100. An augmented reality tour opens there and a varied programme starts around the model house and the Bauhaus Museum Weimar. The weeks will end with the Bauhaus Parade.

August 24th to September 10th 2022

Weimar Art Festival - Kunstfest Weimar

The Art Festival Kunstfest Weimar is held every year in August and September. Large numbers of visitors enjoy four weeks of superb cultural events ranging from music, theatre and dance to fine arts and film.

August 25th - 27th, 2023

Wine Festival

Around Goethe's birthday on 28 August, the wine festival is celebrated on the Frauenplan opposite Goethe's house. In the convivial wine village, many a glass of wine is drunk to the poet's health.

August 25th 2023

Garden Party at the Nietzsche-Archive

Friedrich Nietzsche's 122nd death anniversary is once again the occasion for a cheerful and at the same time festive celebration: with a colourful programme ranging from light-hearted to thoughtful, from cake platters to "merry science". The garden of the Villa Silberblick will be a place for…

August 28th, 2023

Goethes Birthday

Even during Goethe's lifetime, Weimar celebrated the birthday of the poet prince as a great public festival. This beautiful tradition lives on to this day, and of course the 274nd birthday is also duly celebrated: Residents, guests and celebrities toast in honour of the poet.

September 2nd - 3th, 2023

Pottery Market

Not only potters from Thuringia offer their precious and fragile wares for sale on the market square and demonstrate their craft. The diverse assortment has become the trademark of the Weimar pottery market.

September 10th, 2023

Day of the Open Monuments

With the motto "Talent Monument", the Open Monument Day sets the stage for all monument talents. The spotlight is on the unique features that distinguish monuments. The focus is on the question: What exactly makes a monument a monument?

September 12th - October 27th, 2023

Autumn Reading Series "Europalette"

In September and October, the public library is organising a new edition of its autumn reading series "Europalette". The authors Eckhart Nickel, Reinhard Kaiser-Mühlecker, Jan Faktor, Helena Adler and Verena Roßbacher have already confirmed their participation.

September 16th, 2023

Days of open studios

The Cultural Directorate of the City of Weimar is organising the Open Studio Day on September 16th. Sculptors, painters, graphic artists, artisans, photographers, media artists and designers invite visitors to their studios and workshops and provide an insight into their current work.

September 23th 2023

Theatre festival

On September 23th, the DNT opens its doors with the annual theatre festival and celebrates the start of the 2023/24 season with you. The programme includes classics such as the opera gala and the one-minute show, as well as new formats.

October 5th-25th, 2023

Achava Festival

The concept of the ACHAVA Festival Thuringia sets - 50 years after the establishment of German-Israeli relations - a fundamentally new impulse: its core point is the interreligious and intercultural dialogue. In addition to great concerts by international artists, there are exhibitions, panel…

October 13th-15th, 2023

Onion Festival Zwiebelmarkt

For three days, Weimar is "on onions": on the cake, in the pan, in the braid and on the crown of the onion market queen. The traditional market hustle and bustle is dominated by the Heldrung onion farmers with their onion panicles, dried bouquets and onion decorations.

November 22nd, 2022 - January 5th, 2023

Weimar Christmas

A city decked out in Christmas finery welcomes visitors during the Advent season. The old town is transformed into a Christmas market illuminated by the glow of lights, with its stalls and mulled wine huts stretching from Marktplatz to Theaterplatz.