Celebrating festivals 2018

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, 2019 - January 6, 2019

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 31, 2019

hosted by: Verkehrsverein e.V.                            

Speyer celebrates the end of winter with a colorful parade through the promenade “Maximilianstraße”.

The Culture-in-a-Bag Festival                              March 15, 2019 - March 31, 2019

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

Theatre, cabaret, music and crafts – this cultural festival is one of the finest and most-visited festivals of its kind in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region.

Spring Fair                                                                       April 5, 2019 - April 22, 2019

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 is the firework that you can enjoy on Easter Monday at 09:00pm.  

Wine Fair: Wein am Dom                                           April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019

hosted by: Pfalzwein e.V.           Wine Fair: Wein am Dom © Pfalzwein e.V.

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

A Medieval Marketplace                                            April 26, 2019 - April 28, 2019

hosted by: IG Winelandgames

In the lower cathedral garden the Medieval Marketplace takes place.

The Guild‘s Pole of Speyer                                                                     April 27, 2019

hosted by: Speyerer Handwerkstradition e.V.                     

Every year, on the last Saturday in April, the guild pole is put up. A small festival accompanies the event.

Pottery and Craft Market                                                 May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019

hosted by: Pro Musis e.V. und Leistungsgemeinschaft "Das Herz Speyer"

More than 60 potters, craftsmen and artists show traditional craftsmanship and creative work.

Brazzel Day                                                                      May 11, 2019 - May 12, 2019

hosted by: Technik Museum Speyer

Burning tyers, howling engines, rumbling vintage cars, the resounding alarm horn of the sea rescue cruiser and much more can be experienced at the "Brazzeltag" of the technical museum.

The gryne ribbon                                               May 17, 2019 - September 29, 2019

hosted by: Stadt Speyer

The “Gryne Band” passes through the centre of Speyer in form of 120 colourfully planted flower boxes. All this will be complemented by a number of performances

Fun and Culture - Can they Mix?                                                          June 14, 2019

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.

Music Festival                                                                       July 4, 2019 - July 7, 2019

hosted by: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz und Stadt Speyer

This year’s motto of the summer residence of the Rhineland-Palatinate Orchestra is “Summery Lightness”

Pretzel Party                                                                     July 11, 2019 - July 16, 2019

hosted by: Verkehrsverein e.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 pageant procession waltzes through the streets of the cathedral city.      

The Emperor’s Table                                             August 9, 2019 - August 11, 2019

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 22, 2019 - August 25, 2019

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 24, 2019 - August 25, 2019

hosted by: Mittelalterliche Phantasie Veranstaltungen

The worldwide largest touring festival of medieval culture takes place in the cathedral garden. Countless music concerts, a medieval market and spectacular knight fights await you.

Old Town Festival                                      September 6, 2019 - September 7, 2019

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 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019

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 19, 2019 - November 02, 2019

hosted by: Domkapitel und Stadt Speyer             

The music festival in the cathedral city presents this summer once again internationally renowned ensembles in the world’s largest Romanesque church.

Fall Fair                                                         October 25, 2019 - November 03, 2019

hosted by: Stadt Speyer 

Various attractions such as amusement rides or wine booths ensure the entertainment of young and old. 

Christmas and New Year’s Market 
 November 25, 2019 - January 6, 2020
                                                     (December 25, 2019 - December 26, 2019 closed)
Christmas in Speyer © Klaus Venus
hosted 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”. 


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