Culture Calendar – March 2020
Text: Marilena Stracke
Spring is in the air and March has a great range of events on offer to enjoy the season in full. This month promises to be a lot of fun and there’s the right option for everyone: from jazz festivals, biking events, travel shows and whisky tastings to film festivals and classical concerts, March will be anything but boring.
Wiener Restaurantwoche, Vienna (2 – 8 March)
Gourmet food as far as the eye can see. Each year, selected restaurants participate in Vienna’s delicious restaurant week. This gourmet marathon is the place to be for food lovers, restaurateurs and celebrities. Only top chefs are showing off their cooking skills and presenting irresistible dishes here. As this is one of Vienna’s most popular events, make sure you book your table in advance.
ITB, International Travel and Trade Show, Berlin (4 – 8 March)
Get ready for the world’s largest travel trade-fair. The ITB Berlin is a great opportunity to learn about different countries without having to travel far. Stroll around the stalls presented by around 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries. If you love travelling the world, this is the place to get inspired.
19th Snow Jazz Gastein, Salzburger Land (12 – 15 March)
This year’s Snow Jazz Gastein promises to shake the whole valley of Gastein, turning it into one giant jazz festival. Listening to some soulful tunes from ski huts and with beautiful views of glistening snowy mountain caps is as good as it gets. Let the jazz take over.
International Jazz Festival, Bern (17 March – 23 May)
There is more jazz coming your way with more than 200 jazz, blues and soul concerts held at Marian’s jazz room in Bern. The intimate atmosphere and fantastic line-up attracts over 30,000 visitors each year. You can look forward to a great range of international jazz icons playing incredible tunes at this well-established jazz happening.
Garden & Ambiente Bodensee, Friedrichshafen (18 – 22 March)
Looking for inspiration to get your own garden into shape for spring? Then visit the garden trade show in Friedrichshafen. It offers anything a gardener could wish for: from a fabulous selection of plants to garden decorations, but also lawn mowers, pond equipment and swimming pools. If you want to design your dream garden, get inspired right here.
Liszt Festival, Raiding (19 March – 29 March)
Taking Beethoven’s 250th birthday as a reason to highlight the special relationship between Franz Liszt and Beethoven, this festival celebrates the legendary virtuosity of both. Some of the best interpreters in the world come to Liszt’s birthplace and perform the brilliant compositions of this great artist, as well as Beethoven’s masterpieces.
Night of the Museum, Bern (20 March)
Night of the Museum is packed with cultural events starting from 6pm to 2am. Each year, so many great institutions participate and become the top location for Switzerland’s night owls. With a very diverse programme, it’s a great cultural outing for everyone, young and old.
Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (24 – 29 March)
The Diagonale Festival is dedicated to Austrian film productions and opens its gates to roughly 30,000 visitors each year. It’s a great event for professionals and newcomers alike. Come and check out the newest developments the Austrian film scene has to offer.
Frühlingsdom 2020, Hamburg (27 March – 26 April)
Hamburg’s spring fun fair is an established, popular event amongst locals and tourists alike. Over four exciting weeks, you can look forward to a great range of fun rides, food stalls and so much more. What’s not to like?
Seventh Wine fair ‘Wein im Schloss’ 2019, Mondsee (27 – 28 March)
The trade fair ‘Wine at the castle’ is an absolute must for wine connoisseurs, restaurateurs and wine merchants. Think wine tastings and gourmet food presented by over 60 exhibitors in the royal setting of castle Schloss Mondsee. A great adventure for the palate – and the soul.
Urban Bike Festival, Zurich (27 – 29 March)
At the Urban Bike Festival in Zurich it’s all about the two wheels. Here, you will not only see the newest trends, but visitors are also able to try them out right on site. Various competitions and races bring international biking stars to the city and are spectacular to watch. Plenty of food stalls and live music acts complement the programme.
Spring fun fair at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, Berlin (27 March – 19 April)
It’s the 50th time that rollercoasters and German food stalls will set up camp in the capital and let visitors enjoy their speedy rides. Each Wednesday is family day, and everything is half priced on the day.
Earth Hour 2020 in Berlin (28 March)
Earth Hour, an idea created by WWF, happens in various locations across the globe and sends a powerful message regarding the protection of our climate. This symbolic action is also celebrated in Berlin with a central event taking place at the Brandenburg Gate.
Whisky Festival, Dresden-Radebeul (28 – 29 March)
Enjoy expert-guided tastings of international whisky, many other spirits and various exclusive wines – as well as selected chocolates, too. Live music, culinary surprises and professional seminars complement the tastings and ensure it’s a great experience throughout.
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