Friday, 2 August: Skate Night – Family Round
The Dresden Skate Nights are one of the city’s most impressive events, unparalleled in the rest of the country for the fact that it takes place on every single Friday during the summer months and allows participants to skate on the streets with police support closing off all traffic to ensure a safe environment. If you would also like to take part but it’s been a really long time since you last put on roller skates or if you’d like to participate and are afraid your children might not be able to keep up with the pace, then this Friday’s round is the ideal place to start! Beginning at 5 pm, children may rent out skates and safety equipment for free and will be taught by qualified skaters the basics of roller-skating such as the proper way to fall, how to break, go around a curve, etc. Once the basics have been covered, all kids are welcome to go on a short round around the Blüherpark. Later, at 9 pm, the family skating round begins. This is aimed at people who have little experience with roller skates, those who are returning to skates after a long time or children. If you do not have your own skates or safety equipment, these may be rented out before the event starts at the skate park Lignerallee but be fast as these are limited!
Beginning: 5 pm for children with no experience, around 7 pm is the children skating round, 9 pm is the family round; Admission: Free; How to get there: Skatepark Lignerallee, 01069 Dresden; Tram 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.
More information and map: https://www.facebook.com/events/2259155587540580/
Saturday, 3 August: Ben & Jerry’s Let’s Melt Barriers Tour
This weekend tip goes mainly for those who are proud to say that their German level is good enough to understand a movie but even for those who cannot understand much German, checking out Ben & Jerry’s Let’s Melt Barriers Tour might just be worth it for the free ice cream! Yes, you read that right, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! The brand is on a marketing tour through Europe and this weekend their trailer parks at Dresden’s Club Puschkin, where everyone is free to either relax on one of the many deck chairs available at the spot or on a picnic towel on the grass. To accompany the free ice cream there will also be a free movie, the German comedy “Ein Dorf sieht schwarz”. The event is meant to be welcoming to all, so don’t be shy to show up as people from all different cultures are welcome. Ben & Jerry’s also paired up with the NGO’s “Sea-Watch” and “Start with a Friend”, both of which work towards helping refugees either on their way to Europe or who have just begun a new life. To learn more about these wonderful organizations just come by Club Puschkin on Saturday and have yourself a wonderful ice cream filled afternoon!
Beginning: 6 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Club Puschkin, Leipziger Str. 12, 01097 Dresden; Tram 4, 9 ‘Alexander-Puschkin-Platz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/491237254960101/?notif_t=event_invite_reminder¬if_id=1564503394556903
Sunday, 4 August: Dresden’s 4th Street Food Festival
Dresden’s street food festival on the Altmarkt is back for the fourth year in a row still with the most delicious street food from around the world! Beginning already on Friday at 10 am, the festival will go on all the way through Sunday, with dozens of food trucks offering an array of the most delicious creations. Whether you are hungry for a good old greasy burger or if you’d rather indulge yourself in some sweet chocolate waffles, here you may find something to satisfy all of your taste pallets. Of course, food won’t be limited to simply fast food or sweets, some of the booths will certainly surprise you with their range of vegan and vegetarian dishes. For those who are a bit more adventurous, be sure to stop by the stand selling fried insects, zebra, or even crocodile meat! Watch out for the many food artists present, ready to serve you such creative creations you might find yourself confused as to whether what’s on your plate is meant to be eaten or just admired! The best part about the food festival on the Altmarkt? Free entry!
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday 10 am – 11 pm, Sunday 10 am – 9 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; Tram 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
Monday, 5 August: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
Some franchises seem to go on forever and Fast & Furious is definitely one of them. Some people might not understand why exactly but if a storyline has been developed to the point that (what would be) the ninth installation of the series has now come out, then there’s definitely a big enough fanbase to explain doing so. If you’re a die hard Fast & Furious fan then get ready to make it to the Rundkino to watch the newly released franchise spinoff! To be fair, the original franchise is in fact officially over but the stories of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, both introduced in the main series, goes on! This time, these unlikely allies are forced to team up against a greater threat who is threatening the world with a deadly virus. Actors Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham take the main roles as Hobbs and Shaw respectively. Although the film’s reviews may not be as favourable as those for the original franchise, the film has received generally favourable reviews and for those who are true fans, not even negative reviews should stop you from making it to the movie theatre!
Beginning: 7:45 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
Tuesday, 6 August: Queen Leer (Concert)
(Text taken from the band’s Facebook page) “The formation behind the indie rock project Queen Leer (Vienna/Graz/Völkermarkt) has now been active for several years under the name “Superior Street” with first steps in DIY recording and various live shows across Austria. After a longer stage pause no further tours followed. What followed was a period of intense, refined songwriting and recording. The harvest of this process can be found on the re-debut album “Dreams Pyre”, which was released in spring 2019. Old names like Pink Floyd and current acts like Fleet Foxes or Beirut come to mind when listening to the band’s new creation. Leading brass sections and lead vocal timbres influenced by classical singing are recurring themes on Dreams Pyre, which, combined with soft choirs and a subdued restrained guitar style, result in the characteristic sound of Queen Leer.” Curious to listen to this wonderful band live? Then don’t miss your chance next Tuesday as they will play a donation based concert at the Palais Sommer, a great band in one of Dresden’s most beautiful locations!
Beginning: 7:30 pm; Admission: Free, suggested donation: 15 EUR; How to get there: Garden behind the Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.
More information: https://palaissommer.de/programm/queenleer/
Wednesday, 7 August: Tango Wednesdays
When Tango was born in the Rio de la Plata region between Argentina and Uruguay, surely no one ever imagined it would explode into an international sensation. Tango has remained as one of the most important and famous partner dance styles in the world, to the point that in 2009, UNESCO recognized it as one of the intangible cultural heritages of the world. A quite complex and rather sensual dance, mastering tango is no easy task but it surely brings a lot of fun with it. If you would like to explore a bit of your dancing side or are already interested in dance but never came into contact with tango, now is the perfect chance to do so! Beginning this Wednesday, the Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. will begin its new event series: Tango Wednesdays! Everyone is welcome to participate and each class costs only 5 euros per person. If you are interested, do not forget to register by simply sending an e-mail to email@example.com .
Beginning: 7 pm; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V., Hechtstr. 17, 01097 Dresden; Tram 13 or S-Bahn S1 ‘Bischofsplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2294348734013996/
Thursday, 8 August: Dance Yoga
Yoga itself requires no introduction. It’s in everyone’s ears and everyone has heard at least once about the many benefits it brings with it. Now how about combining yoga with dance, to create a fun and flowing dance yoga? If it sounds too crazy to imagine then you might just have to check it out for yourself at the Palais Sommer this Thursday, as yoga instructor Marita Matzk guides all who are in the park through a fun and playful yoga session. The idea is to combine action along with mindfulness, to be aware of one’s own body and use movements to channel out any lingering stress and tension in the muscles. Although dancing might sound somewhat tiring, you might surprise yourself and end the session more relaxed than tired. Or maybe just tired, who knows? The only way to find out is by taking part in this innovative yoga concept!
Beginning: 8 am; Admission: Free, suggested donation: 5 EUR; How to get there: Garden behind the Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.