Extra Tip for the weekend: Radebeul Autumn & Wine Festival
Viva la Fantasia! This is the theme for this year’s Autumn & Wine Festival in Dresden’s neighbouring city of Radebeul. The city is known for its beautiful wineries and small castles on the hilltops, boasting some of the best wines in Germany. This idyllic city on the banks of the river Elbe is definitely worth a visit at any time of the year but this weekend it hosts a magical festival which will most certainly amuse guests of all ages. From Friday until Sunday, the city’s festival grounds welcome visitors to enjoy a program that goes much beyond just a wine fair. Various bands will play all different kinds of musical genres on the different stages set up and the International Wandering Theatre Festival will also make its stop in Radebeul. Above all, the festival promises to remind visitors of its main theme: fantasy. As described in the event description, fantasy and imagination is the beginning of everything, where new thoughts and inventions are born. Come to Radebeul this weekend and enjoy a truly fantastical festival. Be sure not to miss the grand finale on Sunday at 8 p.m., when a huge wooden structure will be set on fire for a wonderful fire and theatre show, promising an unforgettable experience.
Admission: Free on Friday, 7/3,50 EUR for Saturday when purchased online, 9/5 EUR when purchased at the door, 5/2,50 EUR for Sunday when purchased online, 7/4 EUR when purchased at the door, 10/5 EUR weekend ticket only available online; How to get there: S-Bahn S1 ‘Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda’ stop or TRAM 4 ‘Gradsteg’ stop.
Friday, 28 September: Neustadt Art Festival
The Neustadt neighbourhood in Dresden is known by most for its bars and restaurants as well as the vibrant and young culture it brings along. A short stroll around this part of town and a look at all of its street art as well as many ateliers and places of discussion leave no doubt that this is the place where the bohemian life and avant-garde ideas flourish in Dresden. To celebrate its artistic life, various venues have put together the Neustadt Art Festival, where unknown and forgotten rooms for art, culture and discussion are brought back to life. Everything is organized, prepared and carried out by Neustadt residents, people who are truly passionate about both their art as well as the neighbourhood they live in. The event charges no entry fee so as to bring together all people with unique exhibitions and unforgettable moments. Exhibitions, presentations, discussions and workshops will take place already starting on Thursday but mainly from Friday to Sunday, be sure to check out the full schedule and participating venues in the link below.
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: All around the Neustadt neighbourhood; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://neustadt-art-festival.de/
Saturday, 29 September: Dresden Grand Prize
Imagine yourself as a citizen of ancient Rome. Alongside your regular day to day life performing your job and either going to church or taking part in rituals depending on what point in history you find yourself, one thing would remain unchanged, namely your leisure activity. Although most will automatically think of gladiator fighting, the sport of chariot racing was also extremely popular throughout the empire. As time went by, the chariots were left behind but horse racing retained its flair as one of the world’s most widespread sports. As one of the most ancient sports, horse racing survives to this day on horse tracks in nearly any major city, including the city of Dresden, which this weekend hosts its horse racing Grand Prize. The horse tracks in Dresden have a history tracing back to the year 1890 when it first opened, making it the oldest sporting facility in town. For this weekend’s event, a range of activities for children who may not be so interested in the races has also been prepared, including face painting, pony riding, a carousel and many others. For the grown-ups, a lot of fun awaits on the betting stall and stands, where everyone can cheer for their favourite horse and only hope it crosses the finish line first. Who knows, you might even win yourself a nice pay-out! Tickets may be purchased online until Friday at noon or on the day at the ticketing booths.
Beginning: 12 p.m., first race at 1 p.m.; Admission: 7,50 EUR Regular, 5,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Galopprennbahn Dresden-Seidnitz, Oskar-Röder-Straße 1, 01237 Dresden; BUS 65, 87 ‘Pferderennbahn’ stop or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘Dresden Reick’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://drv1890.de/events/grosser-preis-der-landeshauptstadt-dresden/
Sunday, 30 September: Street Food Festival Summer Edition
Europe’s largest on tour street food festival is finally back after a very successful stop at the city in March! Beginning already on Friday at 2 p.m., 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! Although the festival’s main focus is, obviously, food, there will also be an entertainment program with live music as well as a DJ. For this summer edition, another large attraction will be a small craft beer festival, offering a range of exclusive beers from breweries from near and far.
Beginning: Fr. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: OstraPark, Messering 8E, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 10 stop ‘Messe Dresden’.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/355127811656089/
Monday, 1 October: The Incredibles 2
Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. Following its original theatrical release on June 15 in the United States, the movie finally arrived in Germany on September 27 and may be seen in its original English version in Dresden’s Rundkino. The movie is a long awaited release for the fans of the successful first instalment of the series, released back in 2004. It has received mostly positive reviews since its release and broke the record on its opening weekend in the US as the best debut for an animated film, making $128.7 million. Worldwide, it grossed over $1.1 billion, making it the second highest-grossing animated film of all time.
Beginning: 5:30 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Regular, 6,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstr.’ Stop.
Tuesday, 2 October: ESN Pub Crawl
Whether you have just arrived in Dresden for the new semester or if you’ve already been here for a few years, its always a great idea to get to know a bit more of what the city has to offer and make new friends while doing so. In order to give all incoming exchange students a warm welcome, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has put together their traditional semester start welcome week, filled with a number of different social events including the traditional pub crawl. After meeting at Albertplatz, the group will wander its way through the Neustadt district, stopping by on four bars. At each bar, a cold beer will be awaiting the group as well as a shot on the way out to warm everybody up for the walk until the next bar. By the end of the evening, everyone will surely be relaxed enough to break the ice and talk openly, paving the way for new and lasting friendships throughout this new academic year. Although the official starting time is at 7:15 p.m., those who arrive before 7 p.m. have the added benefit of earning another free beer. Don’t worry if you are not an exchange student, as the event is open to all.
Beginning: 7:15 p.m.; Admission: 14 EUR, 12 EUR with an ESN Card; How to get there: Albertplatz, in front of the Vodafone shop; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/287533671842422/
Wednesday, 3 October: La Luz (Concert)
Los Angeles has often been described as a “dream factory”–both a mecca where dreamers converge to pursue long-held aspirations, and a topography of hallucinogenic contradictions: enchanting tangerine sunsets diffused by smog, crystal-clutching spiritualists mingling with deep-pocketed narcissists, rows of scenic palms competing with garish billboards for commuters’ attention. It was against this backdrop that the four members of La Luz–singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon–conceived of Floating Features, the band’s third studio album. For this, their most ambitious release yet, La Luz consulted landscapes both physical and psychological. In this new release, Li Pino’s drums have never sounded more thunderously muscular, Simon’s basslines more robust-yet-agile, Sandahl’s organ melodies more complementary, Cleveland’s layers of guitar more versatile, or the group’s trademark harmonies more bewitching and rapturous. For every one of Floating Features’ seismic crescendos, there are just as many small, evocative details colouring its somnambulist soundscape. (Text adapted from the event description)
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: No information found, please check the link below for updates; How to get there: Beatpol, Altbriesnitz 2A, 01157 Dresden; BUS 91, 92, 93, 94 ‘Schunckstr.’ stop or TRAM 1, 12 ‘Cossebauder Str.’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/238135360121155/
Thursday, 4 October: Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival held annually in Munich, Germany. Back in 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria decided to invite the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities in the event of his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. When the city decided to repeat the celebrations in 1811, it began an annual tradition which lasts up to this day. Although Munich is a 5 hour drive away, Dresden also has a number of events which imitate the original festival. The main festival, held on the Ostragehege fairgrounds is Feldschlößchen’s Pichmännel-Oktoberfest, named after the company’s mascot, the Pichmännel. Similar to the Munich event, it features tents, fun rides, live shows, and of course, a lot of beer! Be sure to buy a ticket in advance though, as places are limited and the evnt is already sold out for certain days. The Pichmännel-Oktoberfest runs even longer than the Munich event, ending on October 13. The other two main breweries in the city, Waldschlößchen and Watzke also offer their own versions of the event, though in a smaller scale and limited to their restaurants. The Waldschlößchen brewery and restaurant is located next to the Waldcshlößchen Bridge, easily accessible with tram line 11’s eponymous stop. Watzke’s restaurants may be found on three locations in Dresden, the original brewery and ball house may be found in Altpieschen, one restaurant is next to the Golden Rider statue, and the other is located on Dr. Küllz-Ring, on the Prager Straße tram stop. In all restaurants, special traditional food will be served until the festival ends in Munich, on October 7. Entrance to the restaurants is, naturally, free. All events feature their own special Festbier, beer which is brewed specifically for the Oktoberfest festivities.
Pichmännel-Oktoberfest tickets: https://bit.ly/2OSI1K5