MAY

HOT DATES

Where Berlin - - CALENDAR -

1 Check out the wild May Day street par­ties that take over Kreuzberg every 1 May.

2 Take a mu­si­cal lunch break at the Phil­har­monie's free "lunch concert" at 1pm.

3 Al­ready a star at 18, singer Shawn Men­des takes Mercedes-Benz Arena by storm tonight.

4 Check out day 2 of the XJAZZ Fes­ti­val, a cel­e­bra­tion of di­verse, mod­ern jazz mu­sic.

5 It's one of the most pop­u­lar bal­lets for good rea­son: see Swan Lake at Deutsche Oper.

6 Hear it to be­lieve it: the Akko­rdeonale is a fes­ti­val of ac­cor­dion mu­sic at Pas­sion­skirche.

7 For an­tique fans, the Sun­day flea mar­ket on Tier­garten's Straße des 17. Juni is a must.

8 Chi­nese dance com­pany Shen Yun hits the stage at The­ater am Pots­damer Platz.

9 Take in an open-air film at Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, just re­opened for the sea­son.

10 Ad­mire the fields of col­or­ful spring tulips at the Tuli­pan fes­ti­val in Britzer Garten, Neukölln.

11 Van­cou­ver in­die rock­ers The New Pornog­ra­phers are in town to play at Lido.

12 See a rau­cous mod­ern ver­sion of Bizet's cel­e­brated opera Car­men at Komis­che Oper.

13 Fancy a big night out? En­joy deca­dent din­ner, drinks, and danc­ing at Bar Tausend.

14 Mark Mother's Day with a flower-ac­cented brunch at Anna Blume (Koll­witzstr. 83).

15 Al­most as good as the real thing: the Elvis In Concert show at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

16 Catch a film at CineS­tar Pots­damer Platz, which spe­cial­izes in movies in English.

17 Hit the dance floor at Clärchens Ball­haus, Mitte's charm­ing cen­te­nar­ian dance hall.

18 Feast on in­ter­na­tional del­i­ca­cies at the Street Food Thurs­day event at Mark­thalle Neun.

19 Toast to the week­end at Hopfen­re­ich, fea­tur­ing Berlin's big­gest craft beer range.

20 Mov­ing me­dieval po­ems come to life in Carl Orff 's Carmina Bu­rana at Tem­po­drom.

21 See Natalie Im­bruglia, singer of huge '90s hit Torn, in concert at Columbia The­ater.

22 Hear some cool mu­sic at the Ex­pe­r­i­mon­tag event at Kreuzberg's Madame Claude venue.

23 Head to Friedrich­stadt-Palast for The One, a show fea­tur­ing Gaultier cos­tumes.

24 Visit Chamäleon The­ater to see Scotch & Soda, a fun, lively mix of cir­cus and jazz.

25 Toast to the As­cen­sion hol­i­day week­end with de­li­cious craft beers at BRLO Brew­house.

26 Keen on cock­tails? Don't miss the cre­ative mixol­ogy at Mitte's Red­wood (Bergstr. 25).

27 Check out the lat­est in Komis­che Oper's Night­time Concert se­ries: "Sax in the City."

28 Sing along with one of Berlin's fave Sun­day pas­times: out­door karaoke in Mauer­park.

29 Ex­plore the work of famed pho­tog­ra­pher Juer­gen Teller at Martin- Gropius- Bau.

30 The one and only Aero­smith rocks the out­door stage at Wald­bühne tonight.

31 Ad­mire the fa­mous bust of Ne­fer­titi, queen of An­cient Egypt, at the Neues Mu­seum.

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