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Regular English Language Events


Karlsruhe's very own English-Speaking Meetup Group (sponsored by is an informal platform allowing for the organization of events, activities and adventures. The most popular regular event is the monthly German-English Stammtisch where you can practice your English and meet nice people in a relaxed atmosphere. Start is 6:30 p.m. until around 9:30 ish. It's a mix of young and old and all those in-between, who come and go throughout the evening.

The American Library has regular events in English for kids and adults: LitNite (February 5 & 19), Poetry, Please! (February 26), MovieTalk (February 13),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (February 27), Teen Time (February 8 & 22) and Storytime for kids 6 and up (February 8 & 22).

The Karlsruhe Toastmasters meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. to practice public speaking in English.

Improve your German!

Sprecht miteinander!

Practice your spoken German in a relaxed atmosphere. People of similar language ability form groups moderated by a native speaker volunteer. Free and no registration required. Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. at

Bürgerzentrum Mühlburg (BZM)
Hardtstr. 37 A/2
76185 Karlsruhe

Just stop by!

What's Up:

Fasching! Carneval!

This is a popular event in this region of Germany. For more information about the traditions and background, please look on our page Fasching.

The local transportation service, kvv, is selling a special "NarrenKarte" starting on February 25th. This is good for the entire kvv system and valid between February 28th and March 6th for up to 5 people. It is not valid between 6 and 9 a.m.

Important dates:

February 28 — Schmutziger Donnerstag (Dirty Thursday) or Altweiberfastnacht

March 2 - 9 — School holidays for the Karlsruhe School System

March 3 — Big Fastnacht parade in Durlach starting at 14:11. About 100,000 people line the streets of Durlach to watch the 70+ floats and bands march by. Trams are re-routed.

March 4 - Rosenmontagsumzug (carnival parade) in Ettlingen starting at 14:11. Over 60 groups with 2000 participants parade through the inner city ending at the Rathaus.

March 5 — Big Fastnacht (carnival) parade in Karlsruhe starting at 14:11 with 80+ floats and marching bands. Most stores and public institutions in the inner part of the city close either early or for the day. Trams are re-reouted. An estimated 15 tons of candy (Kamellen) are tossed to the crowd along the parade route.

March 5 — 50. Faschingsumzug in nearby Eggenstein starting at 13:61. €2 button for all those over 16 years of age to help cover costs.

March 5 — Children's carnival parade (Kinderumzug) at the Rathausplatz of the city neightborhood of Grötzingen starting at 11:11.

Calendar of Events

Events in and around Karlsruhe as well as announcements of general interest are listed below. Regular monthly events are listed to the right. If you or your group are hosting an event appropriate to this community, please let us know. More information in our Newsletter.

February 21 - 24 — ART Karlsruhe. Find art works from classic to modern to contemporary, podium discussions, parties etc. at the Karlsruhe trade centre. Most works of art are for sale – if you can afford it!

February 23 — The ZKM Day. Opening of the exhibit Open the History of the Future. Free.

February 25 — English Language Comedy Night at Scruffy's starting at 8 p.m.

March 11 — Basler Fasnacht is a big celebration in Basel starting at 4 a.m. on March 11th and running for 72 hours. The entire inner city is dark, the only light coming from those marching in the parade.

March 12 — English/German Stammtisch organized by the English-Speaking Meet-Up Group at  The Old Chapel Pub starting around 6:30 p.m. A great way to meet new people, chat with old friends and enjoy a night out.