Things to Do in Frankfurt: April 2019

Here are our April 2019 highlights to get you started: best events, exhibitions and things to do in Frankfurt

1. Spring Dippmess Festival .

Frankfurt’s Spring Dippemess at the Ratsweg Fairground is the largest & one of the oldest traditional folk festival in the Rhine-Main region. Over 2.5 million visitors attend the fair each year and happens to be the first open-air festival after the end of winter. The entertainment program includes party pavilions,  food stalls with local & international dishes, live music as well as exciting fairground attractions, including high-tech rides such as roller coasters and the more traditional carousels.

The tradition of the Dippemess goes way back to the 14th century.  At that time, the “Maamess”, as it was then called, was a mediaeval market proffering domestic articles, especially ceramic bowls and pots. These were known in the Frankfurt dialect as “Dippe”, from which the event soon took its name.

In the 1950s, the Dippemess was relocated to Frankfurt’s main fairground (Festplatz) on the Ratsweg, as the showmen’s larger rides and attractions could no longer be accommodated in the city centre. In the generous space available here, the Dippemess rapidly expanded and became Frankfurt’s most popular Easter event. Nowadays, only a few single stands remind of the market’s history, offering traditional Frankfurt pottery and other household supplies.

When: 12 April  – 5 May 2019 Please note that the Festival will be closed on 19 April 2019

Where: Fairground “Festplatz am Ratsweg”, 60385 Frankfurt am Main .

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2. Picasso. Printmaking as Experiment – exhibition at Städel Museum

The temporarily exhibition titled “Picasso. Printmaking as Experiment” to showcase the artist’s graphic oeuvre. Featuring more than sixty etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts, the exhibition presents a selection from the holdings of the Städel Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, enhanced by a small number of loans from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and a private collection.

The selection vividly illustrates the full range and development of Picasso’s graphic oeuvre from the early years in Paris to his late work.

When: 3 April  – 30 June 2019

Where: Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

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3. Titian and the Renaissance in Venice – exhibition at Städel Museum

The major special exhibition entitled “Titian and the Renaissance in Venice” unites more than a hundred masterpieces from one of the most momentous chapters in the history of European art – Venetian painting of the Renaissance.

The exhibiton  assembles more than twenty examples by Titian alone – and thus the most extensive selection of his works ever before on display in Germany. It will also present paintings and drawings by Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Sebastiano del Piombo, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano, Paolo Veronese and others.

Apart from the Venetian holdings in the Städel collection – including, Titian’s “Portrait of a Young Man” (ca. 1510) – the show brings together superb loans from more than sixty museums in Germany and abroad.

This exhibition will offer comprehensive insights into the artistic and thematic breadth of the Renaissance in Venice and elucidate why artists of later centuries looked back to the art of this time and place again and again for orientation.

When: 13 February  – 26 May 2019

Where: Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

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4. Spargelsaison – asparagus season in Germany

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The asparagus season is almost here!  ‘Spargelsaison’ is one of the most important dates on the German culinary calendar and its officially begins in mid April and lasts until June 24th, on Saint John’s Eve.

White asparagus is the preferred variety in the country and can be made alone or in soups, quiches, as toppings for meat, desserts and even ice cream. This gem of a vegetable can be found at almost every farmer’s market, store and restaurant in season.

Asparagus is known as the “royal vegetable” and ‘white gold’, a nickname gained because it was only available to the nobility. Documentarily it is indicated that the roots of German asparagus were found somewhere around Stuttgart, where it has been raised since the 1500s exclusively for the royal and ducal Baden-Wurttemberg courts.

Nowadays the asparagus is  popular with all levels of society and the ‘Spargelzeit’ is now a huge event throughout country.

Typical dishes with white asparagus that can be find in almost every restaurant in Frankfurt are white asparagus with hollandaise sauce and white asparagus cream soup

When: mid of April   – 24 June 2019

Where: restaurants & cafes in Frankfurt am Main

5. Walking tour around Frankfurt

Spring has officially landed in Frankfurt and Easter  is just around the corner. With warm, sunny weather on the way – an alternative walking tour is a great opportunity if you want to know more about Frankfurt and the best stories this city has to offer. Discover city’s hidden places, people’s lifestyle and history in an informal and smooth way, and enjoy the perspective of a local.

The walking tour is free.

When: every day at 10 am or 2 pm and no bookings required

Where: Kaiserstr. 69, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

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6. Party on the Main

Dance the night away with friends aboard a boat party cruise by Primus Linie on the Main!  Take in the spectacular sights of the Frankfurt skyline at night as you dance to the latest hits from the professional DJ and sip a cocktail or soft drink from the bar.

Celebrate, dance and enjoy the first boat party 2019 in Frankfurt!

When: 30 April 2019

Where: Frankfurt Ironbridge , Mainkai – departure

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7. Wine on the Main Cruise


Wine tasting & dance directly on the Main? Yes, it’s possible with the spring edition of the famous Wein auf dem Main (Wine on the Main) event.

During the cruise the guests  will enjoy a special wine lounge with exclusive selection from the local vineyards, wide range of the finger food, live music entertainment, dance floor and breathtaking view of the Frankfurt skyline from the open air area.

When: 30 April 2019

Where: Holbeinsteg, 60329 Frankfurt – departure

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8. Wine & dine: gourmet experience in Frankfurt

For all food & wine lovers in Frankfurt – the famous WeinSchlemmer Wochen 2019 (Gourmet Wine Week) is back to the city from 26 April to 12 May.

Enjoy a gourmet experience with fixed price four-course menu in one of the 19 top-rated restaurants participating in the event.

When: 26 April – 12 May 2019

Where: selected restaurants in Frankfurt

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9. Frankfurt Wine Fair


Frankfurt’s most expected wine event is just around the corner as the 14th edition of the Wein am Main (Wein on the Main) returns to the Casino building Campus Westend at the Goethe University.

During the two days event (27-28 April 2019) the visitors will have the opportunity to sample and buy the finest white, red, sparkling & dessert wines from the local and international winemakers, attend the industry related seminars and simply enjoy the special atmosphere.

When: 26-27 April 2019

Where: Campus Westend, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

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