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  • Enjoy the world-famous traditional Cologne Carnival and several top events throughout the year.

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Cologne's biggest Events 2017

The world-famous "Kölner Karneval" street carnival and the spectacular "Kölner Lichter" fireworks, invite visitors to join in the celebrations, the crème de la crème of pop and rock will be playing in Cologne in 2017 and some of the leading trade fairs take place in Cologne.

In the begin of the year, the Cologne people invites the world to celebrate Carnival. The "fifth season of the year" as Carnival is called, begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. But the real "crazy days" do not start before the so-called Weiberfastnacht (Shrove Thursday, 2017 on February 23), the Thursday before Rosenmontag (Carnival Monday, 2017 on 27 February ). The "crazy days" of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs.  Closing times for pubs and bars are suspended for the duration of the festival.

On July 9, another parade takes place in Cologne: the parade of the Christopher Street Day. Every year on the first weekend of July half a million participants and visitors celebrate and demonstrate in the city centre. Only one week later (July 15) the Cologne Lights (Kölner Lichter) light up the sky in flames. The impressive firework display is synchronised with music and transforms the view of the Rhine into a colourful sea of banyan lights, waterfalls and hundreds of thousands of sparklers. A huge convoy of ships marks the crowning finale of a colourful celebration, which has taken its course during the day in the Old Town.

Concerts + trade fairs

The crème de la crème of pop and rock will be playing in Cologne in 2017: so enjoy a multi-layered programme of gothic-, medieval- and electronic sounds at the Amphi Festival from July 22 to July 23 and one of the most successful artists an bands will be paying a visit in Cologne:

Depeche Mode on 5 June
Deep Purple on 6 June
Phil Collins from 11 to 16 June
Aerosmith on 20 June
Elton John on 27 June

From 22 to 26 August, Cologne will be transformed into a Mecca for gamers. At gamescom, the trade show for interactive games and entertainment, exhibitors will be showcasing all novelties in the gaming sector. The latest computer and console games will be on display in the large ‘entertainment area’. Visitors can test out the games even before their release.

Magic moments

At the end of the year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere at the famous Christmas markets in Cologne (November 27 to December 23 - estimated).

And finally: New Year in Cologne! Each year hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors from all across the planet enjoy the midnight fireworks against the magical backdrop of Cologne’s cityscape.

The 10 Highlights 2017 - in chronlogical order:

The biggest trade fairs 2017 in Cologne

  • Janurary 16 to January 21, 2017: imm Cologne
  • January 29 to February 1, 2017: ISM
  • April 6 to 9, 2017: FIBO
  • April 26 to April  29, 2017: ArtCologne
  • May 27 to 28, 2017: Role Play Convention
  • August 22 to August 26, 2017:  gamescom
  • August 16 to August 20, 2017: c/o pop
  • September 3 to September 5, 2017: spoga + gafa
  • September 13 to September 14, 2017: dmexco
  • October 7 to 11, 2017: Anuga
  • November 23 to November 26, 2017: Cologne Fine Arts

Concerts 2016 - the highlights

  • March 2nd, 2017: The Weeknd
  • April 10, 2017: Bruno Mars
  • June 5, 2017: Depeche Mode
  • June 6, 2017: Deep Purple
  • June 11 to 16, 2017: Phil Collins
  • June 20, 2017: Aerosmith
  • June 27, 2017: Elton John

Events + sports 2017 - the Highlights

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