First quarter of 2019 is over, and April has arrived (stating the obvious, sorry). This month, I am so impressed with Cologne for picking up on the social side and being one heck of a happening city. From Barack Obama to Rupaul, new restaurants and fashion collaborations, workshops for business development and herbal medicine, FIBO 2019 as well as Art Cologne… let’s just get down to it already! Presenting a roundup of all that is happening in Cologne in April 2019.

2nd April 2019: Nanda x Kauf Dich Glücklich Launch Event

Nanda’s capsule collection is being launched at Kauf Dich Glücklich’s Cologne store. The event will be attended by influencers, and there will be a DJ behind the spinning wheel. First 100 guests receive a goody bag, and there will be cotton candy for all.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/394273771356826/

3rd April 2019: Startup Co-Founder Matching

If you have a tech idea, and want to team up with other entrepreneurs, then check out this workshop by Startup Co-Founder. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, and speed-pitch startup ideas to one another.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2240274449579072/

4th April 2019: Coa opens in Cologne

A new wok and bowl venue opens doors in Friesenplatz, with celebrations spread over the entire weekend – DJ, welcome drinks on the house, and a menu featuring creative wok dishes with fresh ingredients and herbs, as well as coloruful bowls that reflect almost every colour of the rainbow.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1049170035289710/

4th April 2019: World Leadership Summit with Barack Obama

On 4 April 2019, change mongers will gather at the World Leadership Summit in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne to deliberate on a progressive and peaceful future. And as a highlight of the event, a moderated conversation will take place with none other than President Barack Obama!

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1554190308048012/

4-7th April 2019: FIBO 2019

FIBO is the largest trade fair for fitness, wellness and health worldwide. More than 1,000 exhibitors and over 140,000 visitors from all over the world attend this annual event, including major brands, exciting newcomers, key decision makers, infamous coaches, wellness and health experts, bodybuilding stars, influencers and enthusiastic private visitors.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/219665722222735/

6-7th April 2019: Street Food Festival Cologne

For two days, the open spaces in front of the railway arches in Ehrenfeld will be brimming with authentic and real street food – from shakshuka, Israeli puff pastries, Brazilian cheese balls, heavenly cheesecakes to handcrafted sandwiches.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266536396999613/

6th April 2019: Night Flea Market Cologne

From 17:00 at Pattenhalle, food trucks, live music and over 300m of retail trucks will line up to make up one of the first night markets of the season. Admission is ticketed at 3€.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139080999585745/

6th April 2019: 10th Mülheimer Night

Mülheimer Night turns the Veedel into a party district (sans ruckus). All participating establishments, including August Bebel Haus, Kulturbunker, Raum 13, Cafe Vreiheit, Iris von Sperrmüller and Haus Regent, will keep their doors open for as long as 3AM. What a novelty!

Deets: http://www.muelheimernacht.de/

6-7th April 2019: Artisan market in the Engelshof

More than 130 creatives, including design, jewellery, fashion, art, upcycling, hats, candles, soaps, objects and more, come together at Engelshof. Even if you are not in a mood to shop, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the weather. Day pass is for 5€.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2167026103550848/

7th April 2019: The Green Market Cologne

Fourth edition of the ecological lifestyle market will be at Bumann & SOHN, with suppliers from the fields of cosmetics, fashion, textiles, food, accessories, entertainment, organic food and everything else that the green metropolis heart desires.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059543640884202/

10th April 2019: Business Development Seminar

The two-day intensive seminar on ‘Business Development’ provides impulses, ideas, structures, tools and insight on the professional life of a Business Development Manager.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/601153886974540/

11-14th April 2019: Art Cologne

Around 200 leading international galleries from more than 20 countries will come together and present a broad offering of modern and contemporary works in all price segments and movements by more than 2,000 artists.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/artcolognefair/

12th April 2019: Oatly Week at Kaffeesaurus

From 12th to the 14th April, you have the opportunity to taste all oat drinks at Kaffeesaurus, for free!

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/312870366039264/

13th April 2019: Le Tour Belgique

The stores open their doors to Le Tour Belgique until 22:00 and offer visitors a special program to combine shopping with art and music. From live acts, readings, performances and indoor concerts, everything is accompanied with drinks and merriment.

Deets: http://www.le-tour-belgique.de/

13th April 2019: Workshop for DIY Cleaning Supplies

Olga and Nadine teach attendees about zero waste and production of cleaning agents at home, like all-purpose cleaner, detergent, descalers, and dishwashing powder. The fee is 15€ per person.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2225346851016595/

21st April 2019: Easter Brunch

Deutzer Brauhaus is hosting a brunch buffet for Easter. It will take place on Easter Sunday (21.04.2019) and Easter Monday (22.04.2019) from 11.00 to 15.00 and costs 24.90€ per person.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2154382144779502/

23rd April 2019: Poetry Slam Battle: Rhine Vs. Ruhr

Team Rhine takes on Team Ruhr for a poetry slam-battle at Gloria Theatre. Entry fee is 19€, and there is wurst and beer to make it even more fun of a night.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/234889797453800/

28th April 2019: Herbal Remedies Workshop

The 4-hour workshop will discuss how wild and medicinal plants are discovered and collected, and then attendees will be guided to put together a healing oil and stir two different salves of fresh and dry herbs and spices. You will gain advanced knowledge and experience to later create your own ointments.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/363777337507713/

29th April 2019: Seminar Key Account Management

This seminar will help develop your concepts regarding account management and teach their implementation as well.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1023104861226963/

30th April 2019: Story Party Cologne | True Dating Stories

At Story Party, you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better because it could be worse. Story Party has toured over 50 countries because the dating struggle is real, worldwide. You’ll hear stories about ghosting, unwanted pictures, splitting the bill, catfishing, heartbreak, and “I can’t believe these are true stories” from our professional storytellers.

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/285625842284176/

30th April 2019: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World – Cologne

The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2019! Mission leader Michelle Visage takes voyagers on a journey to save the universe with her team of intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, Asia O’Hara, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Monét X Change and Violet Chachki!

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/367976710636642/

30th April 2019: 15 years of Yogaloft

Yogaloft celebrates 15 years with three, 60-minute yoga sessions, followed by dancing and drinks. All fitness levels are welcome, and special guest Faith Hunter will also be present at the celebrations (along with 24 in-house yoga instructors).

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/548314512345749/

Parties around town:

6th April 2019: Lichtblick & Kulturdeck x Umsonst und Draußen – https://www.facebook.com/events/2328926497395931/

12th April 2019: International Student Festival I Cologne – https://www.facebook.com/events/2320288484924994/

14th April 2019: Poller Wiesen Opening –  https://www.facebook.com/events/2348157075472865/

21st April 2019: Always The Sun – Odonien Openair Opening – https://www.facebook.com/events/270961933572472/

30th April 2019: Bambule – Dance in the May – https://www.facebook.com/events/386486058852585/