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Leipzig 2016 Festivals and Events

Spring is around the corner. And that means looking forward to Leipzig’s impressive list of festivals, gatherings and entertainment events for the rest of 2016. Check out the infographic.


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If you’re planning a holiday to Leipzig this Summer you may want to coincide it with my top picks; Bachfest, the Westbesuch’s or one of the race days at Scheibenholz.


Bach Festival / Bachfest – June 10 – 19

The Leipzig Bach Festival generates a great buzz in the city. Hear the works of Bach performed by internationally acclaimed musicians. Even if Bach is not your thing try catching a performance of the St. Thomas’ boys’ choir. There are many free public events. Bars and restaurants stay open late. Only downside is accommodation can become scarce.

Bachfest opening event 2015
Bachfest opening event 2015


Westbesuch – May 14 and August 27

Hip street party and fair in Plagwitz on two separate dates in the summer. Music, street food and art with a chilled out vibe. Look out for the Trödler (flea market) and the Westwerk exhibitions. Take a bike or tram and explore the rest of Plagwitz such as the Karl-Heine Canal or Spinnerei.

Arts & crafts at the Westbesuch
Arts & crafts at the Westbesuch


Scheibenholz Racecourse – May 1 and 28, August 28, October 15

Leipzig Scheibenholz is located at the southern end of the gorgeous Clara Zetkin park. Four race days in 2016. Hugely enjoyable day out. Bet all day, eat stodgy Saxony food, drink beer and wander around the race grounds. You can get a VIP booth or mix it up with the hoi polloi.



I’ve compiled only a partial list of goings on in Leipzig (basically personal favourites). There’s actually a heck of a lot more happening. I recommend the useful Leipzig City Festivals website for more ideas.

And for even more events, as well as booking information, check out these two resources.

Arena Tickets
Kreuzer Online