July is packed with fabulous food festivals, comedy and plenty of open-air concerts and performances to be enjoyed on a warm summer night. Whatever it is you fancy, this month promises to be great fun throughout.

Caliente! Festival, Zurich (1 – 2 / 8 – 9 July)

Latin-America is at the heart of the Caliente! Festival in Zurich, and this year marks its 25th anniversary. This is one of Europe’s largest Latin-themed festivals and offers plenty of amazing food, great music and cultural events.


Culture Calendar: July 2022

Long Night of Science, Technical Universtity of Berlin. Photo: Dominic Simon

Long Night of Science, Berlin (2 July)

Also lovingly called ‘the smartest night of the year’, Berlin’s Long Night of Science gives access to laboratories, scientific institutions and libraries, which are usually closed to the public. Over 70 participating institutions across Potsdam and Berlin show their fascinating work from late afternoon until midnight. Science buffs and night owls, get ready.


Culture Calendar: July 2022

Long Night of Science: Magical science, Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Photo: Karsten Flögel

Classic Open-Air at Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin (7 – 11 July)

The historic Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most iconic squares in Germany and the perfect stage for the Classic Open-Air Festival. It offers a fabulous journey across musical genres from opera to classical and pop. Get your bubbly ready and head to the square for a grand experience.


Gurtenfestival, Bern (13 – 16 July)

This fun-packed musical extravaganza is one of Switzerland’s most beloved festivals, with an impressive international line-up including Black Eyed Peas, Megan Thee Stallion and Seeed. As always, its remote location is only reachable via cable car or – if you fancy – a proper hike. The unique mountain vibe makes the festival an unforgettable event.


Botanical Night at Botanical Garden, Berlin (15 – 16 July)

During this weekend in July, the popular Botanical Garden invites guests to embark on a truly magical night and explore its stunning grounds. You can look forward to beautifully illuminated flower beds, spectacular light shows, mystical creatures and a range of live performances. Two enchanted nights await.


Salzburg Festival (18 July – 31 August)

The famous Salzburg Festival never ceases to raise ever-relevant questions about human existence. This year’s edition is no exception and offers a carefully curated selection of opera, drama and concert performances. A firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.


Culture Calendar: July 2022

Salzburg Festival 2022, Managing Director Lukas Crepaz, Director Drama Bettina Hering, Concert Director Florian Wiegand, Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler, Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser. Photo: SF/Leo Neumayr

Wiener Cabaret Festival, Vienna (25 – 30 July)

Ready for a good laugh? Well, you have come to the right place. The Vienna Cabaret Festival is an incredibly popular event that is known for sophisticated comedy in a grand location. What’s not to like?


Summertime, Norderney (27 – 31 July)

The Summertime Festival presents five days of open-air concerts on the beautiful German island of Norderney. The maritime background adds to the special atmosphere, where the typical northern beach feeling meets top acts such as Johannes Oerding.


Culture Calendar: July 2022

Botanical Garden, Berlin. Photo: Pixabay

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