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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 — 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. 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 (June 19), Poetry, Please! (June 26), MovieTalk ( ),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (June  27) and Storytime for kids 6 and up (June 15 & 29).  More info here

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

Improve your German!

New time and place — 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:

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.

June 14 - July 15 — FIFA Soccer World Championships in Russia. Many bars and restaurants are showing the games live. Come out and cheer for your favorite team. If the German team does well, the city may (or may not) set up public viewing venues.

June 21 — Movie:  "The Internet's Own Boy" at ZKM in the OpenHUB (Atrium 8 & 9) at 7 p.m.. Free. In English.

June 21 — Midsummer@Südliche Waldstraße. Shops open until 10 p.m. with special events in many stores. Music. Celebrate the longest day of the year on one of the nicer shopping streets in Karlsruhe.

June 22 - 23 — Eckkulturdörfle. The Dörfle, the former working class neighborhood, is celebrating starting at 3 p.m. Music, art, artisans presenting in the streets, the courtyards and studios. Huge variety of events. Free.

June 22 - 24 — Hafen-Kultur-Fest (Harbor Festival) in Karlsruhe. The city is built around the castle, but the Rhine river isn't far away with an industrial port and boats. The three-day fest celebrates with food, music and boat rides, with a special "After-Work-Regatta" on Friday.

June 29 - July 2 – Lindenblütenfest at the Gutenbergplatz in Karlsruhe.

June 29 - July 2 — Peter and Paul Festival in nearby Bretten. Calling all medieval fans! Parades, music, performances, food etc. The whole town is part of this spectacular evetn. Parking is limited. Best to use public transportation

June 29 - August 5 — Zeltival is the summer festival at Tollhaus. Great bands and performances - some internationally known, some newcomers - make for a great mix in a relaxed atmosphere. Some events are already sold out.

June 30 — Karlsruhe klingt - music to go throughout the inner city of Karlsruhe. Big band, samba, opera... performed by teachers and students of the University of Music (Hochschule für Musik). Start at 2 p.m.

June 30 — Collegium Musicum perform their summer concert at KIT Campus Süd at 8 p.m.. Free, but donations are collected at the door after the concert. Come early to get good seats. The hall is air-conditioned.

June 30 — Mondo - ein Fest für Alle (used to be the Fest der Völkerverständigung). A festival to celebrate the diversity of the residents of Karlsruhe and to share cultures. Starting at 11 a.m. at Stephanplatz (behind the Post Gallerie). Music, dance, information and lots of food. Free.

June 30 — Turmbergrennen. Take the challenge and cycle the 1.8 km stretch (up to 13% incline!) up the Turmberg of Durlach. Various categories including relay. You must sign up to participate and you must wear a helmet!

June 30 — Flea Market with Kitsch and More from noon until 7 p.m. in the Nottingham Anlage in Karlsruhe.  Proceeds benefit the AIDS-Help-Group in Karlsruhe. If you would like to donate something for the Flea Market, please do so between June 18 & 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please, NO clothes, books or records.)

July 12 - 15 — Summer Exhibition/Open Studios at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe (Art Academy). Look behind the scenes and into the studios.

July 13 - 15 — Oldtimer Meeting in nearby Baden-Baden. In German "oldtimer" means old/vintage/classic car. Ford is highlighted this year so expect to see a Model-T. Expect up to 360 old cars to admire.

July 13 - 19 — Fest-Vorwoche. Das Fest is the biggest (almost) free music event in the area. As a warm-up, the week before (Fest-Vorwoche) highlights mostly local musicians playing for free in the Günther-Klotz-Anlage. Have something to eat or drink, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the summer evening.

July 13 & 14 — Altstadtfest in the pedestrian zone of Durlach (Karlsruhe). Steet festival with music, food and drink to support the local sport and culture clubs. Trams and buses are re-rerouted. If the weather is good, expect crowds and a great atmosphere.

July 14 & 15 — India Summer Days in the Günther-Klotz-Anlage. Last year was such a success that it is being repeated. Concerts, shows, workshops, food, dance and yoga.

July 19 - 21 — Rundgang durch die Lichthöfe der HfG. See what the students have created in teh last two semesters.

July 20 - 22 — Das Fest is Karlsruhe's big open air music event. The main stage requires tickets - already sold out! The other stages also have great music. Food and drink and lots of information stands. Fun for the whole family. If the weather is good, it gets very crowded. In the Günther-Klotz-Anlage.

July 20 - September 9 — Open Air Movies shown outside of Schloss Gottesaue hosted by the Schauburg movie theater. Mainstream to arthouse. If you like movies and your German is good enough, this is a delightful way to spend an evening in Karlsruhe. Admission charged. Parking limited. Food and drink available for purchase.

July 28 - September 9 — Schlosslichtspiele. This extremely popular event is now in it's 4th year. Innovative light show projected on the facade of the castle. Free and outdoors. If you would like to support this great event, purchase a button.

August 4 — KAMUNA (Karlsruhe Musuem Night). 20th year! 20 musuems and cultural institutions are open from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Most have special tours or musical events and food. Shuttle service between venues. Pick up a brochure to plan your visit. Buy a button for entry into institutions.