Events in August

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Leipziger Markt Musik

2 August to 11 August 2024

From 2 to 11 August the Leipziger Markt Musik returns and promises a special event.

Experience unforgettable open-air live concerts, accompanied by offers of summer food and pleasure for all the senses. The program includes performances from the Leipzig student Swing Orchestra, a night of Italian music and family orchestra on the final day.

More information is available here:


Water Festival Leipzig

Friday 16 August to Sunday 18 August 2024

Events at different locations around the city

The 24th Water Festival of Leipzig offers events and entertainment at different locations around the city between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 August. Events for families will take place in Lindenau Hafen, as well as in the Stadtteilpark Plagwitz. Activities include crafts and games for children, various music events and temporary boat rental.

More information is available here:

Events in July

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Leipziger Hörspielsommer (Radio play summer)

10-14 July 2024

Richard Wagner Hain, Leipzig

“From July 10 to 14, 2024, the 22nd edition of the Leipzig Radio Play Summer will take place in the Richard Wagner Grove. Visitors can expect a diverse festival program with numerous radio plays, features, live acts, competitions, workshops and more. The largest open-air radio play festival in the German-speaking world begins daily at 3 pm and at 12 noon on weekends with the family program. The evening program takes over from 6 pm on the meadow by the Elsterflutbecken. As usual, admission is free.”


Exhibition of diploma students at the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB)

12-14 July 2024, with summer festival on Friday, 12 July

Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig


From 12 to 14 July 2024 the Academy of Fine Arts invites you to the exhibition by diploma students for the end of the semester. There will be final projects by students in painting / graphics, photography, graphic design and media arts in the exhibition rooms. On the opening day on 12 July we also invite you to the traditional summer festival.


Events in June

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Open air summer in Grassi

Between June and September 2024

Grassi Museum, Leipzig

Once again, the three Grassi museums will work together to offer a diverse programme including open-air workshops, readings, the summer theatre by the HMT and concerts between June and September 2024. More information is available on the museum website:


Klassik Airleben (open air concert)

Saturday 22. June at 8:30 pm and Sunday 23 June 2024 at 6pm

Rosental Park, Leipzig

Free entry

For the 15th time the Gewandhaus Orchestra warmly invites you to celebrate the end of the concert season in the picturesque Rosental Park. Enjoy the power of music and an animated atmosphere together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra on two summer evenings.

In the afternoon before each concert, the music promotion team will be in the IMPULS family area, where families with younger visitors can try out instruments and other creative activities in the Rosental Park grounds.


Leipzig Stadtfest

Programme of events between Saturday 01.06. and Sunday 02.06.

Enjoy a programme of live events including concerts by various musical groups at central locations around the city: Augustusplatz, Market Square and Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz. Local and international groups will perform and entertain throughout both days. More information on the programme is available here:

Events in May

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Museum Night Halle and Leipzig

Saturday 4th May 2024 from 6pm to midnight

86 museums in Leipzig and Halle

Tickets can be bought on the website or at the information stands in both cities on 4th May.

“86 museums across Leipzig and Halle will open their doors and offer a programme of more than 400 events from guided tours and concerts to films and activities for children and young people. The entrance ticket provides access to all museums and collections specified in the program from 6 pm to midnight. Everyone is welcome to participate.”

More information is available here:


4 + 1 – young authors‘ meeting 2024

Thursday 9th May to Saturday 11th May 2024

Events are hybrid or at Schauspiel Leipzig:

“Every two years, Schauspiel Leipzig opens its gates for emerging dramatists and their work. During the three days of 4+1, the Leipzig stage is all about unheard texts, about their authors and their production methods. Six renowned German-language writing academies have been invited to send four students each to Leipzig with an original text. “

“The audience will be introduced to new voices of new drama in public readings, followed by talks with the participating artists. It is an exciting opportunity to spot different styles and developments! Once again, 4+1 will be accessible in the tried and tested hybrid format: Join us here in our auditorium and ask your questions in direct conversation with the authors and the company after the presentation. Or listen to the readings from the comfort of your own home via your screen and send us your messages via your smart phone.”


Spring Concert by Leipzig Teachers’ Orchestra

Saturday 25th May 2024 at 5pm

Leipzig Gewandhaus

Under their director Gerd-Eckehard Meißner and with Konstanze Pietschmann as soloist on cello, Leipzig Teachers’ Orchestra will give a spring concert with a programme including the “Karelia Ouverture op.10” by Jean Sibelius and the “Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester h-Moll op. 104” by Antonín Dvořák.

More information and tickets can be found at:


Events in April

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Outdoor concert: Serenade in the Park

Saturday 27.04., 3 pm

Musikpavillon, Clara-Zetkin-Park

Free Entry

This event is part of MOA (Mendelssohn Orchesterakademie): Young artists on stage. Members of the Mendelssohn Orchesterakademie will perform pieces including Hoe Down – from the Ballet “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland and “Aus Holbergs Zeit op. 40” by Edvard Grieg.


Der Fall Woyzeck (The Woyzeck Case)

Saturday 27.04., 7:30 pm

Schauspiel Leipzig

“In 1821, Johann Christian Woyzeck stabbed the widow Woost, who was his lover, to death in Leipzig’s Vorstadt. He had previously been an apprentice in Leipzig and returned to the city after years as a soldier in various armies during the hither and thither of the Napoleonic liberation wars.
Like many others in Germany, Georg Büchner learned about this case in Leipzig, since its trial took three years and garnered a great deal of attention. As if beneath a burning lens, this case focused on several topics that had only recently become issues of general debate: Questions of criminal responsibility and insanity as well as social concerns about living circumstances and opportunities.”

“Schauspiel Leipzig’s artistic director Enrico Lübbe will take a new look at the material in Leipzig, following the 2011 Chemnitz drama production and the staging of Alban Berg’s opera version in 2017 in Erfurt, conducted by Joanna Mallwitz. Etienne Pluss, who received the Theatre Prize DER FAUST for his design of “Violetter Schnee” at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2019, will create the set. His work has most recently taken him to the Salzburg Festival (“Il Trittico”, directed by Christoph Loy) and, together with director Claus Guth, to the festival in Aix-en-Provence and to Teatro San Carlo in Naples.”


Flea Market in Scheibenholz

Saturday, 06.04.2024 from 10 am to 5 pm

Galopprennbahn Scheibenholz

Free entry

On four weekends between April and October you can stroll around the flea market at the Galopprennbahn. The market offers second-hand furniture, clothes and more. There will also be stands with drinks, sweets and savoury snacks at the market.

Events in March

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Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus / International Weeks against racism

11 – 24 March 2024

The 21. “Weeks against Racism” presents a diverse programme of events from film screenings and workshops, public readings to presentations by different people and organizations.


Historische Leipziger Ostermesse / Leipzig historic Easter market

27.03.2024-01.04.2024, closed on Friday 29.03.2024 (public holiday), 10 am to 8pm

Leipziger Marktplatz / Market Square

The Leipzig historic Easter market is set up in the Market Square with a variety of stands, including taverns serving drinks, stands serving different foods to try, and musicians and jugglers who offer entertainment. The Leipzig historic Easter market has something to offer for everyone and invites you to join and enjoy the activities.


Hell and Paradise. Amsterdam, Querido and German Exile Literature.

Showcase Exhibition, German Museum of Books and Writing

Starts 20 March 2024 (ongoing until January 2025)

“The exhibition “Hell and Paradise” tells the story of the German publishing company Querido Verlag and the people who left their mark on it. The two publishers and their most important authors, among them Klaus Mann, Anna Seghers, Irmgard Keun, Vicki Baum, Lion Feuchtwanger and Joseph Roth, are profiled together with their texts and the stories of their exile in the Netherlands. For all of them, Querido and Amsterdam were a paradise in which the exiled writers were – at least temporarily – safe from persecution and their books were in good hands. Yet they were also a hell, since a feeling of hopelessness dominated the writers’ lives. This ambivalence is explored throughout the exhibition. “

“The exhibition is curated by author and journalist Bettina Baltschev. It will open as part of the 2024 Leipzig Book Fair, where Flanders and the Netherlands will be the guests of honour.”

Events in February

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Exhibition 300 Years Bach in Leipzig (Act 3 Bach’s Music becomes a model)

Ongoing exhibition until 24 March 2024. Exhibition is in German and English.

Bach Museum Leipzig

This is the third part of an exhibition to celebrate 300 years since Bach became cantor in Leipzig.

“Bach’s oeuvre has influenced artists of very different styles and led them down new paths of composition. But how did Bach’s music become a model? The final act of the anniversary exhibition »Clear the stage for J. S. Bach« is dedicated to this question. Starting with characteristic features of his compositional art – the strong full voices or the secrets of his harmonies – the show explores the timeless and boundless impact of Bach’s music: from Beethoven’s Great Fugue to Berg’s Violin Concerto and Hindemith’s Ludus tonalis to the jazz arrangements of Jacques Loussier. Interactive stations and games bring to life how Bach’s compositions became global hits and inspired stars such as the Beatles, Sting and Lady Gaga.”



by George Orwell


Performance in English language

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 5pm and 8pm

Schauspiel Leipzig

“Paul Stebbings directs a thriller and a love story, a mind game and an end game. Illuminated by a modern rock score from Christian Auer this production aims to tell what may be the greatest story of our time as we stumble towards an “Orwellian” future where Big Brother is watching YOU.”


Things That Were Are Things Again

Ongoing exhibition

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

Things That Were Are Things Again is an attempt to realise a climate-neutral collection exhibition. Together with artists and designers, we are testing sustainable strategies to reduce the GfZK’s energy consumption and enable recycling processes. The works on display – which include installations, photography, painting, sculpture, video works and interventions in the GfZK garden – bear witness to a careful use of resources and focus on social interaction and a regard for diverse living beings. Expanding the contents of the collection, we have invited local and international artists including Kent Chan, Katarína Dubovská, Inga Kerber and Sean Snyder, whose works highlight the technological, political, economic and cultural dimensions of climate change.”

Events in January

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Sandra Mujinga. Fleeting Home.

Ongoing exhibition

Museum of fine arts

The Congolese-Norwegian artist Sandra Mujinga “deals with themes such as identity, queer-feminist issues and historical-futuristic fictions” in her works. The current exhibition was conceived by her “especially for the large terrace of the MdbK. The space, framed by huge glass surfaces, will be populated by monumental structures made of metal and woven fabric that look like a group of primordial organisms in motion. These messengers from another world fleetingly brush against us on their journey, it seems, only to leave us with existential questions about our own species and its future”

Sachsen hebt seine Schätze [Saxony unearths its treasures]

Ongoing Exhibition

Naturkundemuseum Leipzig

The travelling exhibition of the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology will be on display at the Naturkundemuseum. “The history of the Free State is closely linked to its geology, with silver ore and porcelain in particular having made Saxony famous worldwide.”

Das Wunderland von Alice [The Wonderland of Alice]

Light show / exhibition

October until 21 January 2024


“The all-time classic as a digital work of art. A modern wonderland, based on the fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll from 1865. The immersive 3D shows take up the story of Alice and take visitors on an enchanting journey into a fantastic daydream.”

Events in December

Colorful Christmas Joy and Friends


Leipzig Museum of City History

“Visitors to the Old Town Hall can enjoy the colourful and gold-decorated dream architectures of the Szopki krakowskie, a very special nativity scene tradition. They magnificently highlight the traditions of Leipzig’s twin city. The Kraków nativity scenes are part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. In Kraków, the tradition of building nativity scenes dates back to the 19th century – and it is still very much alive, as can be seen in Kraków’s main square every year.”


Alice in Wonderland


December 7, 8, 16, 17, 26, 29

Opera Leipzig

The ballet by Mirko Mahr shows the famous story of Alice and her way through wonderland. “The Cheshire Cat. The Mad Hatter. Lewis Carroll’s tale of adventure is full of whimsical, fantastical creatures. And it all begins with the White Rabbit: Alice follows him down a rabbit hole, and arrives in a curious land ­teeming with peculiar beings and the most absurd places. In no time at all, she joins a bizarre tea party and plays ­croquet with the Queen of Hearts. But most puzzling of all is Alice herself. As she bravely takes on Wonderland’s ­challenges, she is forced to answer the question: “Who in the world am I?””


Play and connect: Café for families, kids, everybody


Every Thursday, 2-5 pm

Theater der jungen Welt

You are interested in theater? In discovering and networking? The Theater der jungen Welt invites “refugees and their families as well as everyone interested in exchange to our theater.” You can bring your children! They “can play, do handicrafts, dress up, dance and much more. Adults can exchange ideas and talk with the theater team about how we can support. Various counseling services are on site regularly. Interpreters are present at every event. Coffee, cold drinks and snacks are available free of charge.”



Picture credits:

Photographs (from left to right): »Kraków nativity scenes (szopki krakowskie)«  © Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa
1 Szopka krakowska made by Jakub Zawadziński
2 Szopka krakowska made by Marzena Dłużniewska
3 Szopka krakowska made by Józef Madej
4 Detailansicht der Krippe made by Marzena Dłużniewska


Events in November

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Saturday Market

Every Saturday, 9am-2pm

Plagwitzer Markthalle, Markranstädter Straße 8

The market offers regional and organic food, from sweet to salty. Enjoy the colorful atmosphere and have a coffee or soft drink!


Creative Market

November 4, 5

Agra Leipzig

The market is “an alternative to online platforms for handmade products […]. With our event, we offer a platform for all the small manufactories and designers who still produce and sell their products themselves with heart and soul. This is the place to network and sell.”


The magic flute – Mozart


November 4, 11, 12, 19, 24, 19

Opera Leipzig

“Welcome to the mysterious fairy-tale world of the »Magic Flute«! Even the names of the characters sound magical and remind us of our first visits to the opera: Tamino, Pamina, Papageno, Sarastro … Hardly any other work of opera literature includes so many contradictory elements, so harmoniously combined into a coherent entity by Mozart’s music. […]“


Alphaville & Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg


November 7

Gewandhaus Leipzig

“Alphaville, the largest German synth-pop export and creator of the legendary 80s hymns “Big in Japan”, “Sounds like a Melody” and »Forever Young», take the step into the symphonic. […] In this sense, to completely rearrange the biggest hits of Alphaville from 40 years of band history and re-record with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg is a logical step and at the same time a masterpiece.”