Celebrating festivals 2017

Pretzel Parade © Karl Hoffmann

Don’t miss all the fantastic events and activities taking place all year round in Speyer! From Pretzel Party to christmas market - discover our most popular festivals and markets.

 We're looking forward to seeing you!


New Year’s Market                                          January 1, 2017 – January 8, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer           

The Speyer New Year’s market takes place in a historic setting. At the city centre, market bustle awaits you in front of the Old Mint until Epiphany.

Laetare Parade                                                                                 March 26, 2017

hosted by: Verkehrsverein e.V.                            

Speyer celebrates the end of winter with a colourfull procession through Maximilianstraße.

Spring Fair                                                               March 31, 2017 - April 17, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer                           

In addition to a large number of attractive fairground rides, an abundance of food stands offering both hearty and sweet treats await visitors on the Festplatz. A very special attraction are the fireworks that you can enjoy on Easter Monday at 09:00pm.  

Wine FaiWine Fair: Wein am Dom © Pfalzwein e.V. r: Wein am Dom 
                April 1, 2017 – April 2, 2017 

hosted by: Pfalzwein e.V.          

Wine-growers present their products, both newly made and superior wines, as well as sparkling wines. 

The path of European Staging-Posts                      April 8, 2017 - April 11, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

Our regional and ecumenical partners invite you to this celebration featuring the history of the Reformation. Freedom of the individual to act in accordance with his moral scruples provide the focus of the Speyer-related activities.

A Marketplace and Historic Play                           April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017

hosted by: Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz

Designed to commemorate Speyers's historic "Reichstag" of 1529, it takes place in the "Paradies" garden of Trinity Church. Because of this event Speyer is regarded as a "birthplace" of the German Reformation.

The Guild‘s Pole of Speyer                                                                April 29, 2017

hosted by: Speyerer Handwerkstradition e.V.                     

Every year, on the last saturday in april, the pole is erected. A small festival accompanies the event.

Brazzel Day                                                                    May 13, 2017 - May 14, 2017

hosted by: Technik Museum Speyer

Burning tyres, howling engines and rumbling vintage cars. The spectacular Technik Museum Speyer action weekend, the "Brazzeltag" has all this and much more.

Odyssey Art Project                                                  May 19, 2017 - August 6, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

Robert Koenig's 45 larger-than-life figures installed in a public space remind us of the less fortunate among us and the migration, uprooting, homelessness and displacement that has plagued them.

Fun and Culture - Can they Mix?                                                          June 9, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

You bet they can! Join us in proving it with exciting activities, music, dance and theatre. For culture night owls only.

The Culture-in-a-Bag Festival                                  June 10, 2017 - June 25, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

Theatre, cabaret, music and crafts, all born of the passion to create. This smorgasbord of accessible culture is one of the finest and most-visited festivals of its kind in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region.

Music Festival                                                                 June 29, 2017 – July 2, 2017

hosted by: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz und Stadt Speyer

This year at the summer residence of this well-known German orchestra, the focus will be on the music of composer Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy and the Reformation.

Pretzel Party                                                                     July 6, 2017- July 11, 2017

hosted by: Verkehrsverein .V.                                             Pretzel Party © Klaus Landry

The biggest public festival on the upper Rhine is an absolute must for residents of Speyer and their guests.

For six days, there is turmoil on the fairgrounds beneath the cathedral. Every Sunday at the pretzel party – at 1:30pm – a colored lindworm procession waltzes through the streets of the cathedral city.   

The Emperor’s Table                                        August 11, 2017 – August 13, 2017

The Emperor's Table © Karl Hoffmannhosted by: Verein zur Förderung der Hotellerie und Gastronomie in Speyer und Umgebung e.V.

At the Emperor’s Table (Kaisertafel), Speyer’s restauranteurs and hotel owners offer everything that wine cellars and kitchens have to offer: culinary specialties, local and international, of incomparable variety, along with excellent in-between meals, featuring choice delicacies.

Oldtime Jazz Festival                                       August 17, 2017 - August 20, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

Lively and brash, vehement and elegant, traditional as well as contemporary -  you never know just what you'll get at Speyer's annual jazz festival.

Medieval Fantasy Spectaculum                   August 25, 2017 – August 27, 2017

In the Domgarten, the largest touring festival of mediaeval culture in the world takes place. Countless music concerts, a Renaissance fair and spectacular jousting await you.

Old Town Festival                                 September 8, 2017 - September 9, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer           

During the two-day festival visitors enjoy bands of several style as well as a rich variety of national and international culinary pleasures. A classic street festival for the senses, where happiness and vitality play a dominant role.

Farmer’s Market                                 September 16, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Farmer's Market © Klaus Bolzhosted by: Bauernmarkt e.V.   

Vendors from the anterior and southern Palatinate will present highly nutrious self-grown products from their agricultural and vinicultural operations, country arts and crafts, and invite you to taste regional specialties.

International Music Days of the Cathedral of Speyer                                                         September 16, 2017 – October 3, 2017

hosted by: Domkapitel und Stadt Speyer             

The "International Music Day Speyer Cathedral", the renowned music festival in the cathedral city, this summer once again presents major international companies in the world’s largest Romanesque church.

Fall Fair                                                         October 20, 2017 – October 31, 2017

hosted by: Stadt Speyer 

Many attractions and innovations in all areas guarantee at the minimun, a variety-filled stroll for the whole family. 

Festival Worship Service Commermorating the 500th Anniverswary of the Reformation                                                                                 October 31, 2017

hosted by: Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz

The primary worship service in the Rhineland-Palatinate commermorating the 500th anniversary of the German Reformation will be celebrated on this date in Speyer. Because of the events that took place here in 1529, Speyer is regarded as one of the "birthplaces" of the German Reformation.

  Christmas and New Year’s Market

                                                                       November 27, 2017 – January 7, 2018
                                                   (December 25, 2017 - December 26, 2017 closed)  

Christmas in Speyer © Klaus Venushosted by: Stadt Speyer                           

In the centre of the city, in front of the Old Mint, the magic of the Christmas Market awaits you with its numerous stands. An Arts and Crafts Market will be held on the weekends in Advent at the Courtyard of the Old Town Hall. Bengali fire rain will enchant the inner city during “The Old City Gate in Flames” on December 7th and 13th. 


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