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What's up in Cologne?

News & Events

What’s going on in Cologne this year? Which are the most exiting events to visit? From world-class trade fairs, football and sport events, concerts and festivals, art galleries and musicals to true Cologne originals like Carnival or our amazing Christmas markets – we´ll give you an overview about what to discover in the next two years and which are the most interesting events during that time. With the detailed dates  you are able to plan your perfect time and check out when are the best events to visit Cologne. You´ll already know what to do while you’re here.

But what´s exactly “Karneval” and when does it starts?

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), the Thursday before Rosenmontag (Carnival Monday). 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.

Because of this event, the city is very different to others, and with our saying “Cologne is the Latino City of Germany”.

Besides the world-famous”Kölner Karneval”, there are many events for everyone, spectacularly magical moments to discover.

Biggest Events in Cologne 2020

Find out what’s going on in Cologne this year. From world-class trade fairs, sports events, concerts to true Cologne originals like carnival or our amazing Christmas markets – here you’ll find the all important events of 2020 in one place. Check out when is the best time to visit Cologne or what to do while you’re here.



01    –      New Year’s Day

18 – 24 – IMMThe international furniture and interiors fair



2 – 5    –   ISMThe world’s largest trade fair for sweets and snacks

8 – 10 –    Spoga Horse Spring

14      –     Valentine’s Day

20 – 26 – Karneval



6 –  8   –   Beauty DüsseldorfThe international trade fair for cosmetics, nail and foot care, wellness and spa and the leading fair of the industry in Germany



2  –  5  –   FIBOThe Leading International Trade Show for Fitness, Wellness & Health

23 – 26 – ART CologneAn art fair for international art galleries presenting art of the 20th and 21st centuries in Cologne, Germany

10    –      Good Friday

12     –     Easter Sunday

13     –     Easter Monday



01     –     Labor Day

12 – 14 – ANGA COMWhere Broadband meets Content

27 -30 – PhotokinaImaging Unlimited

30    –    Ascension Day





25    –     Christopher Street Day

18    –      Kölner LichterGermany’s biggest fireworks spectacle



25 – 29 – Gamescom The world’s largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games and entertainment



6 – 8  –    Spoga Horse autumn International Trade Fair for Equestrian Sports

17 -20 –  kind+jugendThe Trade Show for Kids’ First Years

23 -24 –  DMEXCOThe meeting place and a community for key players in digital business, marketing, and innovation



03       –   German Unity Day

7 – 11   –   IntermotInternational Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair

27 – 31 –   Orgatec New Visions of Work

31      –   Halloween



01      –   All Saints Day

16 – 19 – Compamed Düsseldorf The leading international market place for the medical supplier



24       –   Christmas Eve

25       –   Christmas Day

26       –   Boxing Day

31        –   Silvester/New year’s eve


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