Our event highlights
Town Anniversary 2017
In 2017, we’ll get the party started! Starting with the official opening of our anniversary celebrations on 22 March 2017, our town will be host to an exciting year full of events. One of the highlights will undoubtedly be the 50th Matjeswochen (Matjes season festitivities) in June. In addition, there will be a colourful and multifaceted programme including exhibitions, concerts, art installations, readings, sport events, etc.
KulturMärz (Culture in March)
A number of cultural events revolving around the founding day of Glückstadt. Starting with a number of cultural events, the KulturMärz has become a four-week-long row of extraordinary events. Every year in March, about two dozen top events not only attract the town’s citizens but also visitors from afar. The highlights include exhibitions, readings, theatre plays, short films and a number of music events.
Open for Business Sundays
Glückstädter Matjeswochen (Matjes season)
Each year on the second Thursday in June, the ceremonial ‘Matjes tasting’ initiates a four-day-long spectacular to celebrate the beginning of the new Matjes season. The opening event includes top live music, an open ship mile and flea market, a kids fun zone, the legendary flat shovel regatta and of course the full range of original “Glückstadt Matjes”.
Mid July to August
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
Since it first took place in 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival has become a major cultural event of international renown. Magnificent castles and manor houses, barns and stables as well as Schleswig-Holstein’s most beautiful churches (and also some quite unusual places) provide an atmospheric backdrop for unforgettable concerts. During the festival, Glückstadt’s town church will also be the venue for a top concert.
Night of Culture / Open Monument Day
On the second Sunday in September, numerous cultural monuments in Germany are open for visitors on occasion of the so-called ‘Open Monument Day’. Glückstadt takes part in this special day with its own programme. On the night before the official opening, Glückstadt’s Night of Culture will entertain you with an evening full of culture that goes on until long after midnight. Take advantage of the various events and explore Glückstadt’s cultural life down labyrinthine, torch-lit streets…
Gaffeltreffen (Gaff Schooner Rally) – Around Rhinplate Island
Every year in early October, the captains and crews of traditional sailing ships meet for a public presentation and rally of their vessels. The main event of this rally is the gaff schooner race Rund um die Rhinplate (Around Rhinplate Island). Originally initiated by sailing enthusiasts from Hamburg several decades ago, it is now Germany’s oldest race of traditional sailing ships. Around 30 gaff schooners meet in Glückstadt for this weekend event. A truly spectacular sight – both from the harbour and from a boat on the Elbe.
Glückstädter Sternenzauber (Magic of the Stars)
Here in Glückstadt, we love Christmas time, and for good reason. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, our very special Sternenzauber provides a wide range of joyful and peaceful events, especially for children: there is painting and crafting, reading, singing, baking and nibbling. And for our grown-up guests there are exhibitions, concerts and delicious dinners. The annual highlight of the event is the Christmas Market on the historic marketplace on the third weekend of Advent.