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Regular English Language Events

Karlsruhe's very own English-Speaking Meetup Group (sponsored by expat-karlsruhe.com) is a way for anyone to organize events and activities or plan adventures. The most popular regular event is the monthly Stammtisch where you can meet nice people who speak English in a relaxed atmosphere. Start is 6:30 p.m. until around 11:30 p.m. It's a mix of young and old and all those in-between, who come and go throughout the evening. The next one is August 13th.

The American Library has regular events in English for kids and adults: LitNite (July 2 & 16), Poetry, Please! (July 23), MovieTalk (July 10),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (July 10 & 24), Teen Time (July 5 & 19) and Storytime for kids 6 and up (July 5 & 19). The American Library is closed from August 4th through September 2nd.

The Karlsruhe Toastmasters meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. to practice public speaking in English with friendly, relaxed support from speakers from around the world..

The Technologie Region Karlsruhe has a new event - International Come Together. Meet other professionals, profit from experiences and get connected. Thursdays at Im Schlachthof from 6 to 8 p.m. — the next one is July 25th.


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

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Calendar of Events

Events in and around Karlsruhe as well as announcements of general interest for English-speakers (or language-neutral) 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 28 - August 7 — Zeltival 2019 at Tollhaus. Now in its 25th year! Great bands and performances - some internationally known, some newcomers - make for a great mix in a relaxed atmosphere.

July 1 - August 30 — Frühsport im Park Exercising in the Schlossgarten (behind the castle) Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. Yoga, Pilates and Qi Gong among others. Free. No registration necessary. Please bring a mat. If it’s raining, sleep in.

July 6 - August 10 — Spiel mich! 16 pianos are set up throughout the inner city. Anyone who wants to play may do so. Never played a piano? Try it! Looking to practice? Why not? A virtuoso? Watch as crowds gather and applaud your efforts.

July 10 - 14 — Summer Exhibition/Open Studios at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe (Art Academy). Look behind the scenes and into the studios.

July 12 - 18 — Vor-Fest. Das Fest is the biggest (almost) free music event in the area. As a warm-up, the week before (Vor-Fest) features mostly local musicians playing in the Günther-Klotz-Anlage. Have something to eat or drink, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the summer evening.

July 13 & 14 — Museumfest in the Badisches Landesmuseum (Castle). The castle has been a museum for 100 years. Time to celebrate with gladiators, archeologists, music and fire shows. Things to watch, participate in and listen to. In and in front of the musuem.  Admission charged. Kids under 18 free.

July 13 & 14 — India Summer Days in the Günther-Klotz-Anlage. Now in it's third year. Concerts, shows, workshops, food, dance and yoga.

July 17 — Lecture in English:  "Quantum Art and Uncertainty" at ZKM starting at 7 p.m. Free.

July 18 - 21 — Rundgang durch die Lichthöfe der HfG. See what the students of the HfG (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) have created in the last two semesters. Free.

July 19 — "Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer's Day…” words and music for the whole family with Tony Maude at the American Library starting at 6:30 p.m. Tony Maude is a composer, poet and singer who combines great literature with sensitive guitar work. E.g. Kipling, Leary the Lamplighter or Shakespeare turned into music. Admission free – but please call to reserve a seat starting July 2nd (0721 72752).

July 19 — Opening of the exhibit "Part II:  Writing the History of the Future" at ZKM starting at 6 p.m.

July 19 - 21 — Das Fest is Karlsruhe's biggest open air music event. The main stage requires tickets - already sold out for Friday and Saturday! The other (free) stages also have great music and performances. 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. Please don't bring large backpacks or food. Your belongings will be searched before entering the grounds.

July 20 - September 9 — Open Air Movies at Schloss Gottesaue organized by the Schauburg movie folks. If your German is good enough, it's a pleasant way to spend a balmy evening. Food and drink available for purchase.

August 8 - September 15 — Schlosslichtspiele This extremely popular event (art direction by ZKM) brings crowds to the front of the castle to watch innovative light shows projected onto the facade. The motto this summer is: “Summer of Love and Life. Hate Comes Late — Love Comes First.” Free and outdoors. Find a spot in front of the castle and enjoy.

August 11 — Tribute to Carl Benz. Carl Benz, born in the Mühlburg part of Karlsruhe, is considered to have invented the first practical automobile. Starting at 11 a.m. in front of the Karlsruhe castle, you can have a look at almost 400 old cars (nothing after 1973), watch the car parade, and ask questions.

August 13 — Stammtisch organized by the Karlsruhe English-Speaking Meet-Up group at The Old Chapel Pub starting around 6:30 p.m. and going until around 10:30 p.m.