Calendar of Cultural 2023 / 2024 for the City of Cologne
Carnival of Cologne - From 11 november 11 p.m 11!
The Cologne carnival is a carnival that takes place every year in Cologne, Germany. Traditionally, the "fifth season" (carnival season) is declared open at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of November. The Carnival spirit is then temporarily suspended during the Advent and Christmas period, and picks up again in earnest in the New Year. The time of merrymaking in the streets is officially declared open at downtown square Alter Markt on the Thursday before the beginning of Lent. Street carnival, a week-long street festival, also called "the crazy days", takes place between the Thursday (Women’s Carnival Day - 08.02.2024) before Rose Monday and ends on Ash Wednesday. All through these days, "kölsch" folks go out masqueraded. The highlight of the carnival is Rosenmontag (12.02.2024), which takes place on the Monday. The typical greeting during the festival is "Kölle Alaaf!", a Kölsch phrase which can be translated as "Cologne alive!"
Every year there are 3 people (the Dreigestirn) who are granted the titles of Jungfrau, Prinz, and Bauer (virgin, prince and farmer), who pay a large sum of money for their privileges. The carnival prince is deemed to be the highest representative of the festivities, leading the main parades throughout the week. Traditionally, the Jungfrau "Virgin" is always portrayed by a man dressed as a Female.
The official carnival with its parades and stage shows (Sitzungen) is run by the Festkomitee Kölner Karneval (Cologne Carnival Celebration Committee), which was founded in 1823. Alongside there are many autonomous carnival events throughout the city's bars, clubs and local communities, including "Stunksitzung", a leftist comedy show caricaturing official carnival Sitzungen in style and poking fun at both traditional, conservative carnival as well as politics. Photo: © Festkomitee Kölner Karneval
• Date: 11 November at 11:11 am
• Site du Carnaval - www.koelnerkarneval.de
• Museum of Carnival - www.koelnerkarneval.de
• Guided tour on the Carnival - Tour-Agentur partner of LatLon
Opening of the Cologne Carnival• Date: November 11 (11:11am)
The Rosenmontag Parade 2024• Date: February 12, 2024 (10h00)
Art Cologne• Date: From 7 to 10 November 2024
Wine Week at the Heumarkt• Date: From 15 to 26 May 2024
Long Night of Techniques• Date: June 21, 2024
Festival Summerjam• Date: From 5 to 7 July 2024
Summer Festival at the Philharmonic• Date: From 28 June to 23 July 2023
ColognePride (CSD)• Date: July 21, 2024
Festival of Lights Kölner Lichter• Date: July 12, 2025
Cologne Triathlon• Date: September 8, 2024
Cologne Marathon• Date: October 6, 2024
Cologne Christmas Market• Date: November 23 to December 23, 2023