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Regular English Language Events


Check out Karlsruhe's very own English-Speaking Meetup Group for events, activities and adventures! 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. Other group events include music, sports, culture - something for everyone. Sponsored by

The American Library has regular events in English for kids and adults: LitNite (June 6 & 20), Poetry, Please! (June 27), MovieTalk (June 14),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (June 14 & 28) and Storytime for kids 6 and up (June 9).  More info here. June is Canada Month at the American LIbrary - part of Discover English Literature from Around the World.

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!

The IBZ (Internationales Begegnungszentrum Karlsuhe - International Meeting Center Karlsruhe) offers a program Sprecht miteinander! (Talk to each other!). Practice your spoken German in a relaxed atmosphere. People of similar language ability form groups moderated by a volunteer. Free and no registration required. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

The IBZ offers a number of other projects to help with integration. A listing in English is available here.

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Ongoing Events

May 13 - September 10 — Gartenschau Bad Herrenalb. Horticulture show in nearby Bad Herrenalb.Three sections covering over 24 acres: Kurpark (spa park), Klosterviertel (area around the old monestary) and Schweizerwiese (area near the train station). Entry fee. Special evening programs and light show.

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 2 - 5 — Hoepfner Burgfest. Traditional festival on the grounds of the local Karlsruhe brewery. Music, food, tours of the brewery, If the weather is good, it can get very crowded!

June 2 — Hybrid Layers opening at ZKM starting at 7 p.m. The new show deals with the digital sphere and it's effect on society.

June 2 - 12 — Karlsruher Mess'. Big temporary amusement park with roller coasters and other rides set up a the Messplatz on Durlacher Allee. This is the 300th anniversary! Fun for the whole family. Open daily from 2 p.m. or from noon on Sundays and holiday.

June 4 - Whit Sunday (Pfingstsontag).

June 5 - Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag). Official public holiday in all of Germany.

June 6 - 17 — School holidays (Pfingstferien) for the Karlsruhe school system.

June 9 & 10 — Alb in Flammen in the inner city and along the Alb in nearby Ettlingen. Lights all along the Alb stream, fireworks, food, music.

June 13 — Stammtisch at Kaisergarten starting at 6:30 p.m. This one is organized by the Karlsruhe English Speaking Meet-Up Group. People come and go, eat, drink and socialize — in English. This is a good way to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere. If the weather is nice, the beer garden is open.

June 15 — Corpus Christi Day (Fronleichnam). Official public holiday in Baden-Württemberg and some (but not all) German states.

June 23 - 25 — Hafen-Kultur-Fest in Karlsruhe. The city is built around the castle (fan-shaped), but the Rhine river is not far away with an industrial port and boats. This three day festival celebrates this region with food, music, boat rides, and an "After-Work-Regatta" on Friday.

June 24 - 25 — Grötzinger Kulturmeile. Art, culture, music and food in the Grötzingen section of Karlsruhe, also known as the artists colony. Ateliers open for visitors.

June 29 — Canada Night, Eh!? at the American Library starting at 7 p.m. Canada, the land of ice hockey, beer and maple syrup. True or False? Join us for a relaxed and polite evening celebrating Canada including: "The Great Canadian Road Trip" slide show presented by Janine, a Canada Quiz, typical Canadian food and drink plus a few surprises! Part of Discover English Literature From Around the World:  Canada Month

June 30 & July 1 — Fest in Dörfle. The former working class neighborhood of Karlsruhe, the Dörfle or Altstadt, is celebrating. More than 100 artists and artisans will be presenting their works in the streets, in the courtyards and in their studios. Music, food and art. Free.