Lower Rhine Events

Numerous events and festivals in the region of the Lower Rhine attract visitors to the region. Among these events are city festivals, marksmen’s festivals and funfairs, music concerts, theater performances, trade fairs and more.

Events Festivals Lower Rhine

A wide variety of music concerts, trade fairs and Christmas markets are also very popular. For example, million of guests visit the funfair (Rheinkirmes) in Düsseldorf. Rifle festivals are also very traditional in numerous communities on the Lower Rhine. For larger events, it is often advisable to use public transport, because parking spaces will become rare.


The annual event highlights in the region of the Lower Rhine include:

Events in the region of the Lower Rhine

Water sports fair “boot Düsseldorf” (Wassersportmesse „boot Düsseldorf“) , one of the largest water sports fairs in the world. From fishing hooks to surfboards and shorts to luxury yachts you can see many new releases from water sports

Tourism & Leisure Fair Niederrhein (Tourismus- & Freizeitmesse Niederrhein), in Kalkar more than 200 exhibitors present a lot about vacation and travel in the region of the Lower Rhine.

Carnival on the Rhine (Karneval am Rhein), The carnival session in the region of the Lower Rhine begins every year on November 11th. at 11.11 a.m. The highlight are the Shrove Monday Processions in the cities and communities.

Funfair Düsseldorf (Rheinkirmes Düsseldorf), the largest fun fair on the Rhine takes place on the Rhine meadows in Düsseldorf Oberkassel.

Japan Day with fireworks (Japan Tag mit Feuerwerk), every year the Japan Day takes place with a varied program in Düsseldorf. The highlight of the festival is the Japanese fireworks.

Lower Rhine cycling day (Niederrheinischer Radwandertag), on the first Sunday in July the big cycling festival takes place on the Lower Rhine and offers cyclists more than 50 well-marked circular routes

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Flax market Krefeld (Flachsmarkt Krefeld), on the historical craft market, craftsmen present their products and show how they produce their works during the 3 days.

St. Martin’s parade in Kempen (St. Martin Umzug Kempen), the great St. Martin’s parade, is one of the largest on the Rhine, the parade takes place on November 10th.

Street painting festival Geldern (Straßenmaler Festival Geldern), every year street painters from all over the world meet in Geldern to bring their works of art onto the asphalt.

Hot-Air-Ballon-Festival (Freiballon Festival Moers), is a festival for the whole family, with a varied program for young and old, with the focus on the hot air balloons.

Shakespeare Festival Neuss, the Shakespeare Festival takes place every year in the Shakespeare’s Globetheater, where numerous productions and performances are shown.


Events in the region of the Lower Rhine

PPP City Festival (PPP Stadtfest Wesel), takes place every year on the first weekend in August. The program of the festival includes the fun fair, the flea market and the fireworks.

Siegfried spectacle Xanten (Siegfriedspektakel Xanten), medieval festival at the historic mill on the old city wall in Xanten

Highland Games Kempen are a combination of sports competitions and folk music with a medieval market

Oktoberfest Xanten, one of the largest October festivals on the Lower Rhine takes place in the marquee on the Xanten South Pacific.

Christmas market Düsseldorf (Weihnachtsmarkt Düsseldorf), the Christmas market with its numerous sales huts, which are all made of wood and decorated for Christmas, extends from the old town to Schadowstrasse.

Christmas market Duisburg (Weihnachtsmarkt Duisburg), one of the most beautiful and largest Christmas markets on the Rhine, takes place in downtown Duisburg.

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