From international trade fairs to the popular street festivals - there is no shortage of exciting events in Frankfurt. No matter when you visit the metropolis by the river Main, you will find many exciting things to do. With this guide you won't miss any of them.
Activities in Frankfurt
Frankfurt Book Fair
Every year in October, Frankfurt is transformed into a book city for a week, as all the major publishers present their latest publications at the Book Fair. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to the exhibition halls. You will also find small side events spread throughout town.
Are you a real car fanatic? Then the International Automobile Fair which takes place in Frankfurt every other year should be to your taste. In September, car aficionados and the automotive industry come together to take a look at the latest trends. With almost one million visitors, the exhibition is one of the most important international automotive trade fairs in the world.
If you love German-style Christmas markets then Frankfurt is a great destination. In the run up to the festivities, the city is brimming with twinkling lights, market stands and the comforting smell of mulled wine. The Christmas market extends throughout the whole city centre and offers local food, beautiful stalls selling pretzels, schnitzels, roasted almonds and bratwursts. The creative decorations on the stands will give you that special Christmas feeling and your children's eyes will shine.
Museumsuferfest (Festival of the museum bank)
If you are more into high culture and arts then this festival is an absolute must for you. It is one of the most important art and culture festivals in Europe that takes place in August. On three festival days, you can enjoy a superb programme of cultural events. Discover the whole spectrum of art and cultural history that Frankfurt has to offer. There is also plenty of live music and stalls with beautiful objects from all over the world.
Of course, Frankfurters celebrate this best-loved Hessian drink with their own festival, which takes place every year in August. Try the different varieties of cider or enjoy the colourful stage programme!
Grüne Soße Festival
Every year in May, the Frankfurt Roßmarkt hosts a festival focusing on the city's iconic dish, the green sauce. Exactly 49 Hessian restaurateurs prepare seven different sauces for each of the seven days, which are then tasted by the visitors. There is are also great events in the evenings.
The Frankfurt Volksfest takes place twice a year in spring and autumn on the Festplatz am Ratsweg. You can expect delicious food and exciting fairground rides. At the end of the day, there will be colourful fireworks.
As a folk festival for the whole family, the event on the Römerberg and on the banks of the Main offers a variety of food and attractions. The festival is intended to honour the Main as an important lifeline of the city. There will also be fireworks at the end of the night.
The cultural festival pays homage to one of the most beautiful places in Frankfurt. International artists provide musical entertainment against the impressive backdrop of the opera house. An excellent culinary offer rounds off the summer festivities.
Bergerstraßenfest (Berger Street Festival)
Enjoy the multicultural program at the Berger Straße in June. International food and drinks are prepared and live music is performed on several stages.
In May, the traditional street festival on the Freßgass delights its visitors with local specialities and an atmospheric programme for young and old.
The wines of the Rheingau can be tasted at numerous winegrowers' stands on the Freßgass in late summer. It is one of the biggest culinary events in the city.
In June, Schweizer Straße in the heart of Sachsenhausen hosts Frankfurt's biggest street festival. There are various live music stages and local restaurants pamper visitors with traditional specialities.
The annual run has been taking place since 1981 and is thus the oldest city marathon in Germany. After the start at the Messeturm, the course leads through almost all districts and ends in the Festhalle, where a red carpet is rolled out for the runners.
Winterlicher Palmengarten (Winter palm garden)
On long winter evenings, in December and January, the palm garden is transformed into an imaginative winter landscape that is illuminated by countless lights. Visitors will also enjoy an inspiring Christmas exhibition.
There are many sports clubs in Frankfurt that regularly take part in exciting competitions in Germany's highest leagues. Eintracht Frankfurt's Bundesliga matches often attract more than 50,000 fans to the Stadtwald Stadium. You can also watch basketball game of the local Skyliners or an ice hockey game of the Frankfurt Lions as well as hockey, tennis and American football.