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Regular English Language Events


Karlsruhe's very own English-Speaking Meetup Group (sponsored by is an informal platform to organize events, activities and adventures — a hike in the Black Forest, dancing in a club or hanging out with Mom's and kids are a few examples.

The most popular regular event is the monthly German-English Stammtisch where you can practice your English or German and meet nice people in a relaxed atmosphere. Start is 6:30 p.m. 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 (Sept. 5 & 19), Poetry, Please! (Sept. 26), MovieTalk (Sept. 13),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (Sept. 13 & 27) and Storytime for kids 6 and up (Sept. 29).  More info here. The American Library is closed from August 7th to September 4th for summer holidays.

The Karlsruhe Toastmasters meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. to practice public speaking in English.

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Ongoing Events

August through October — Attention Mushroom Gatherers! Many wild mushrooms can be gathered in the area, especially in the Black Forest. However, some are poisonous! If you love mushrooming but are uncertain if what you found is edible, take advantage of the free mushroom "help desk". Mondays from 5 pm to 7 pm in the back of the Natural History Museum (Naturkundenmuseum) at the side entrance of the Pavilion in the Nympengarten.

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.

September 20 - 24 — ATOLL Festival at Tollhaus. Contemporary circus performers from around Europe.

September 23 — Arts & Craft market at Stephanplatz - around 100 booths of handmade goods. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 29 — David Sedaris Reading in English at the dai in Heidelberg. Tickets available now.

September 30 — Festival in Prinz-Max-Palais. The Prinz-Max-Palais houses the city youth library, the literature museum, and the city history museum. Most information is in German, but in the history museum you can see models of how the city once looked and find out what is inside the large pyramid on the Marktplatz (now covered because of the construction site).

September 30 — Tour in English of the former slaughterhouse of Karlsruhe. The slaughterhouse closed down in 2007. Now this area houses cafes, clubs, restaurants and space for creative types. Many of the buildings have not yet been renovated and the full transformation will still take years to complete. Every visit brings new discoveries. Please note: Originally the tour was supposed to be in English, but now it's in German. There will be some in the group who can informally translate.

October 3 — Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is a national public holiday. All government offices are closed. Many museums and restaurants are open.

October 6 — A Glimpse of India at the American Library of Karlsruhe. Join us for an evening exploring and celebrating the amazingly diverse country of India with stories, insights, culture and images. During the break, enjoy an Indian snack with chai or lassi. Free. Donations are always welcome. Part of Discover English Literature from Around the World:  India Month.

October 7 & 8 — Karlsruhe City Festival in the inner part of Karlsruhe.  Food, fun, music and shopping with acrobats and other surprises. Sunday shopping from 1 to 6 p.m.

October 12 - 15 — ZeitGenuss. A music festival devoted to new contemporary music at the University of Music (Hochschule für Musik) and other venues in Karlsruhe.

October 14 — DIrty Old Town in the pubs of the old part of Karlsruhe (Karlsruher Altstadtkneipen). Live music and DJs in 10 different locations. Starting around 8 p.m.

October 19 — Opening of Open Codes exhibit at ZKM starting at 7 p.m. in the Foyer.

October 26 - 28 — jazz festival '17 at ZKM run by the jazz club of Karlsruhe.