Prepare to celebrate a festive summer in the city of Frankfurt in the coming days of June and in the months of July, and August. Frankfurt am Main, known for its trade fairs, sky-scrapping high rises, and the financial hustle and bustle is also home to some of the greatest summer festivals. To name a few-
The Opera Square Festival (Opernplatzfest)
The Opera Square Festival (Opernplatzfest) celebrated every year in the heart of Frankfurt, combines culinary and cultural delights in the most exquisite way. At this gastronomy fest, you can enjoy food from all over the globe as numerous vendors offer visitors a wide range of specialties- from Spanish tapas to Japanese sushi to authentic German cuisine as well. The atmosphere at the Opera Square is always charged as live musical performances from well renowned international artists are on-going throughout the day. But the evenings here are particularly enthralling as the festivities continue with the illuminated facade of the majestic Alte Oper serving as a glorious backdrop.
The Main Festival
The Main Festival, which takes place down at the Main Quay, by the “Fahrtor” and across the Römerberg old town centre, is one of Frankfurt’s oldest and most traditional folk fairs, having first been celebrated in the mid-1300s. Today, the Main Festival with its spacious summer gardens along the River Main and its many highlights for both young and old is a great way for locals and visitors to experience Frankfurt’s majestic waterway and the banks along which it runs.
One of the festival’s most popular attractions, the time-honoured “fisherman’s joust, will once again be taking place down on the River Main. Here, participants attempt to knock each other out of their boats using long wooden poles. The Main Festival traditionally kicks off with a ceremony where wine is tapped from the Römerberg’s Fountain of Justice. It concludes with a magnificent firework display best viewed from alongside the river.
The Apple Wine Festival
The Apple Wine Festival is an established tradition in Frankfurt. Apple wine, also known as “Ebbelwoi”, has been a popular drink for centuries. While some drink it pure, others will mix it with mineral water or lemonade. Enjoy a varied stage program with live music, a glass of apple wine in your hand in the relaxing atmosphere of Frankfurt during summertime.
Museum Embankment Festival
Art, culture, and music merge over three days into a large and spectacular festival. With extraordinary program offerings from Frankfurt’s museums and numerous stage productions the Museum Embankment Festival is one of Europe’s largest cultural festivals. Find your favorite museum amongst more than 30 exhibition venues, take in memorable concerts at the Alte Oper or stroll along the cosy Bergerstraße or through lively Sachsenhausen away from the city center. Over the course of these three days, Frankfurt presents itself in an entirely different light than what the public is aware of. This is when the art & cultural hub in the financial district of the country comes alive.