Cologne’s Social Calendar for July 2019

Folk(ses), this is probably my last social calendar for Cologne. It feels bitter sweet, because I am really excited about this chapter of my life but also teeny tiny sad about leaving Cologne. I have met some fabulous people here, and they will be the hardest to move away from. But we gotta do what we oughta do, so let’s wipe that sad smile off and get gummy with this month’s social calendar.

Needless to say, Cologne gets active and happy during warmer months, as you will see in a bit. And even if there is nothing that catches your fancy, pack a picnic basket (aka book, sunscreen, outdoor mat, water/beer and berries) and lounge in your closest park. You know this sunshine won’t last for too long, so let’s make the most of it.

3rd July 2019: HumFestival

The HumFestival is an annual, public, non-profit, open-air event at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne. The festival is organised by a group of students, and has live music by newcomer bands, snacks and drinks. It starts from 12:00, and goes on until 22:00. Entry is free.


5th July 2019: ESL One Cologne 2019

ESL One Cologne is returning for its fifth year in a row to the iconic LANXESS arena on July 5 – 7, 2019 where 16 of the absolute world’s best teams will once again battle for a spot in the Cathedral of Counter-Strike and $300,000 in prize money in front of thousands of fans from over 60 countries.


5th July 2018: Shorts on Wheels #12 – Short films, on the bike

As part of the Cologne Cinema Nights, KFFK / Short Film Festival Cologne in cooperation with Faradgang e.V., Bagage Bikes Cargo Bike Rental have organised Shorts on Wheels, where cyclist ride together with a beamer and sound system throughout the city. They stop at interesting corners and landmarks to watch short films.


5-7th July 2019: Summer Jam

The Summerjam Festival is one of Europe’s largest reggae, dancehall and hip-hop festivals.  In 2019, there will be red and green stages, with a dance hall area, at Köln Fühlinger See. You can even camp on site for the weekend, so as to not miss any action. Tickets start from 65€, and available online.


5-7th July 2019: CSD street festival – Heumarkt and Alter Markt

This is where things go seriously crazy. Cologne Pride demonstration is on 7th, and street festival starts on the 5th. The festival site is about 20.000 square meters and features three stages, many information desks and about 60 hours of live program. The main stage is located at Heumarkt, and is the place for main acts and strong emotions. Political stage fuses performance with politics, while local and international DJs will be turning tables at the dance stage.


6-7th July 2019: The Cologne Art Book Fair 2019

For the fifth edition, The Cologne Art Book Fair will be held at the Kunstverein, and focus on artist books, zines, artists newspapers and magazines. 


12–14 July 2019: Tasting Cologne – Rheinauhafen

Tasting Cologne is one of the places in Cologne where you meet, eat, drink, try, get to know each other in the warm months and enjoy life outdoors. Together with numerous exhibitors, it transforms contemporary locations in Cologne with an original set-up to a modern, urban open-air market.


13th July 2019: Kölner Lichter

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. Every year a new musical score is composed for this major event. 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. In the afternoon, river cruises at the South of Cologne will be setting sail for the Old Town, passing nine fireworks and colourful Bengal fires.


20-21st July 2019: Kölner Rheinuferfest 2019

The location of  CologneRheinuferfest 2019 extends from the Hohenzollern bridge to the bastion, so you can see here both left and right bank of the Rhine. A diverse spread of international cuisine, drinks, and lifestyle wares (natural soaps, jewellery, begs, etc) awaits.


24th July 2019: Shut Up And Play The Piano At The B-Sites

Silent Concerts are not amplified, but can only be heard on headphones; b-sites presents such concerts in hidden locations in the middle of Cologne. This year, Chilly Gonzales will be at the helm. He is an award-winning composer, piano virtuoso and entertainer. When performing, he puts chamber music quite naturally next to rap and electronics. The venue remains a secret until 24 hours before the event.


27-28 July 2019 Flea Market mile on the Rhine -Altstadt 

One of the oldest flea markets in NRW. For over 40 years, exhibitors from all over Germany and neighbouring countries offer their antiques on the Rhine promenade of Cologne’s Old Town. More than 150 dealers and private individuals are setting up their stands in one of the most beautiful squares in Cologne.


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