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Marathon Hanover

As runners pound the streets of Hanover for the annual marathon, numerous samba bands and musicians accompany the athletes and the city offers an entertainment programme on Trammplatz where a big stage will host games, fun and music and the winners’ prizes will also be presented here.

Date: 08 April 2018 - 08 April 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.

Free to spectate.

Swinging Hannover

More than 30,000 people gather to hear free jazz music played in front of the city's town hall.

Date: 01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


Masala World Beat Festival

Covering everything from jazz and tango to funk and salsa, Masala World Beat Festival is an eclectic music event with a lively multicultural injection.

Date: 25 May 2018 - 03 June 2018
Venue: Hannover Pavilion.

International Fireworks Competition

International teams compete to put on the best firework displays. Competition displays take place several times a year. Thousands of spectators come to see the displays, which are accompanied by music. The extravaganza is held in pretty baroque-themed gardens.

Date: 09 June 2018 - 15 September 2018
Venue: Herrenhäusen Gardens.

Schützenfest (Marksmen's Fair)

The world's largest Marksmen's Festival attracts over one million annual visitors. Established in the 16th century, it consists of several large beer tents and the "Marksmen's Parade", a 12km-long (7 miles) parade of marksmen from around the world, plus more than 100 bands, 60 wagons, carriages and big festival vehicles. The landmark of the funfair is a 60m tall (200 ft) tall Steiger Ferris wheel which can carry 420 people in its 42 passenger cabins.

Date: 29 June 2018 - 08 July 2018
Venue: Schützenplatz.

Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten (Little Festival in the Great Garden)

Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten (Little Festival in the Great Garden) will host 120 artists from around the world across more than 30 stages. Expect music, theatre, cabaret and fireworks as well as a fountain display.

Date: 10 July 2018 - 29 July 2018
Venue: Grosser Garden, Herrenhäusen.

Maschseefest (Masch Lake Festival)

Music, street theatre, clowns, aquatic activities and culinary delights mark this popular annual summertime event. Around two millions visitors flock to the city for the celebration, which started in 1986. The event opens and closes with spectacular fireworks too.

Date: 01 August 2018 - 19 August 2018
Venue: Maschsee.

Christmas Market

Hannover‘s three Christmas markets help to create a festive spirit. The most traditional Christmas market takes place in the old town illuminated with scores of candles and lights and featuring more than 150 stalls. It's a chance for visitors to sample a plethora of German food and delicacies and buy traditional handmade gifts including trinkets and wooden toys. The historical and Finnish Christmas village and the so-called Wishing Well Forest are also linked to this occasion.

Date: 01 November 2018 - 22 December 2018
Venue: Old Town.