Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018 | A Complete List of all 60 CSD Parades & LGBT Events
Our CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018 – A complete list of all Gay Pride Events in Germany. It’s time to get equipped with rainbow flags and stand up for equality! It is time to plan your Pride Week 2018 with our Gay Pride Calendar Germany! We checked the annual CSD agenda in the German cities and assembled as many CSDs we could find in one complete list sorted by states and cities. You will find all dates including some inspiring and colorful Videos full of rainbow flags and proud people of the LGBTQ+ community in this Gay Pride overview for 2018. Additional to the well-known Gay Pride Parades in Germany like the CSD in Berlin, the CSD in Hamburg and the CSD in Cologne, we also included the less popular LGBT demonstrations like in the CSD in Wendland, the Christopher Street Day festival in Greifswald or in Aurich in Lower Saxony.
CSD Calendar 2018 for Germany
Gay Travelers! Check your weekend holiday schedule and get ready for a Gay Pride Trip to join the gay, lesbian, transgender and queer people under the Rainbow and make Germany an even more gay-friendly country in Europe and the world. Did you know, that Germany just legalized Same-sex Marriage in autumn 2017? Well, for those of you, who’ve already seen all of them or simply want to know how the international LGBT community is celebrating their gay pride festivals, should have a look at our European neighbors. In 2018, Stockholm will be the hosting city of the EuroPride celebrations receiving the baton from the Euro Pride Amsterdam in 2016. After the WorldPride 2017 in Madrid, the next World Pride festival will take place in New York in 2019 or join the Europride 2019 Vienna. Happy Pride for everyone, local, or LGBT traveler from a proud couple of men.
Some of you might know it already, but in Germany, a Gay Pride is actually called a CSD or Christopher Street Day. This originated from the first big uprising of members of the LGBT community at the Bar Stonewall Inn in New York on the Christopher Street Day in 1969. Since then almost 50 years passed but gay, lesbian and queer people still suffer from Homophobia all over the world. To support equality, to stand up for respect and acceptance and to show pride and love, demonstrations and pride parades are annually organized in Germany, too. We assembled all Gay Pride Parades in our Gay Pride Calendar Germany in one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. We would like to wish Happy Pride 2018 to gay travelers, gay couples, and queer travelers with our Gay Pride Calendar Germany!
CSD on a Map – Gay Pride Calendar Germany
The South-West German state Baden-Württemberg is the third largest state in Germany with borders to France, Switzerland and several German states. Additional to the capital’s pride in Stuttgart, five more LGBTQ+ festivals will take place in 2018. Beginning with CSD in Karlsruhe in June, Freiburg im Breisgau will be the second city hosting a pride in Baden-Württemberg. CSD Stuttgart will follow in July before CSD Mannheim and CSD Ulm complete the CSD / Gay Pride season in Baden-Württemberg.
Karlsruhe – „Verliebt, verlobt, verfolgt.“:
CSD Parade: June 2nd, 2018
Freiburg (im Breisgau):
CSD Weekend: June 23rd – 24th, 2018 | Gay Pride Parade: June 23rd, 2018
Stuttgart – “Expedition Wir”:
CSD Week: July 13th to 29th, 2018 | Gay Pride Parade: July 28th, 2018
Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen/ Heidelberg – “Mehr Liebe wagen”:
CSD Rhein-Neckar: August 11th, 2018
Ulm & Neu Ulm – “Diversity Welcome”:
CSD Parade: August 11th, 2018
CSD in Mannheim | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
Although Bavaria is supposed to be one of the more conservative German states, a total amount of four CSD festivals are taking place from June to August as you can see in our Gay Pride Calendar Germany for 2018. Bavaria is the largest state in south-eastern Germany with borders to Czechia and Austria and several German states. The first Christopher Street Day of the Bavarian pride season is taking place in Aschaffenburg followed by Regensburg. The biggest gay pride event is taking place in the Bavarian capital Munich in July. Last but not least, the Pride in Nuremberg will be held in August.
CSD-Parade in Aschaffenburg: June 9th, 2018
CSD in Regensburg: June 23rd, 2018
Munich (München) – “Bunt ist das neu Weiß-Blau”:
CSD-PrideWeek: July 7th – 15th, | CSD-Political Parade July 14th, 2018
CSD Parade: August 4th, 2018
CSD in München | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
Berlin & Brandenburg
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is located in the heart of the German state Brandenburg. You might have attended Berlin Pride in the past years already, but there are more CSD parades in this region. The capital of the state Brandenburg Potsdam is kicking off the pride season in the north-eastern part of Germany in May followed by the city LGBT parade in Cottbus in June. A really small demonstration which should be supported by everyone around will take place in Wendland. At the end of July, finally, Berlin Pride is celebrating summer in the city. After years of inner political disagreements with separated parades in different parts of the city, the CSD Berlin is reunited again showing off why Germany is ranked on the 3rd place in this year’s Spartacus Gay Travel Index.
CSD Week in Potsdam: April 28th to May 17th, 2018 | Gay Parade: May 5th, 2018 (TBC)
Cottbus – Akzeptanz an allen Ufern?:
CSD in Cottbus: June 18rd to 30th, 2018 | Gay Parade: June 30th, 2018 (TBC)
CSD Parade: July 21st, 2018
Berlin – “Mein Körper – meine Identität – mein Leben!”:
Christopher Street Day Pride Parade: July 28th, 2018
CSD in Berlin | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
Bremen & Hamburg
Our next stop: the two north German federal city-states Hamburg and Bremen. We love Hamburg and its history charged culture. The LGBT community of the city is planning a whole week of CSD celebrations in Hamburg ending up with the colorful pride parade at the beginning of August. Just a 1,5 hours car drive in a western direction and three weeks later, Bremen is celebrating its rainbow community at the end of August. The CSD in Germany is always trying to put political messages onto their demonstrations demanding changes in political for equality for everyone. So don’t be alarmed by posters and people shouting in unisons. The Freedom of Speech is one of the pillars of the Federal German Republic.
Hamburg – „Freie Bahn für Genderwahn!“:
CSD Week in Hamburg: July 27th to August 5th, 2018 | Gay Parade: August 4th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Bremen: August 25th, 2018
CSD in Hamburg | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
In the German state Hesse, the LGBT community is organizing five CSD from the beginning of June to mid-August every year, starting in June with the cities of Wiesbaden and Wetzlar. Undoubtedly the biggest LGBT Pride event of the region is taking place in the German “financial capital” Frankfurt am Main under this year’s motto “Overcoming borders – Building Bridges”. But there is more to come in Hesse. Just a few weeks later, CSD parades are held in Kassel and Darmstadt. The region is well known for its beautiful nature, dense forest, and the so-called Central German Uplands. Last year, we spent a wonderful time at the Slumber Wine Barrels at Nature Park Vogelsberg.
CSD Gay Parade: June 2nd, 2018
CSD Mittelhessen Wetzlar – “Facetten der Vielfalt — füreinander statt gegeneinander!”:
CSD Gay Parade in Wetzlar: June, 23rd, 2018
Frankfurt am Main – “Grenzen überwinden – Brücken schlagen”:
CSD Gay Parade in Frankfurt: July 20th to 22th, 2018 | Gay Parade: July 21st, 2018
Kassel – “Kampf vorbei? – Alles erreicht?”:
CSD Gay Parade in Kassel: August 11th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Darmstadt: August 18th, 2018
CSD in Frankfurt am Main | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
From the Baltic Sea in the North to Poland in the East and several German states in West and South expense the German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern hosting three CSD celebrations. At the beginning of June, the first Gay Pride in Greifswald will push the region into the annual pride season. The next CSD follows in Schwerin, the capital city of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this year under the Motto “I am who I am – We will stay colorful”. Last but not least, Rostock at the Baltic Sea, or how the Germans call it, Ostsee, is hosting city of the CSD end of July under this year’s motto “Acceptance begins in your head – There’s no going back”. Our tip is to combine a Gay Pride trip with a short holiday at the beaches of the Baltic Sea.
CSD Gay Parade in Greifswald: June 2nd, 2018
Schwerin – “Ich bin ich – wir bleiben bunt”:
CSD Gay Parade in Schwerin: June 30th, 2018
Rostock – “Akzeptanz beginnt im Kopf – Kein Schritt zurück”:
CSD Gay Parade In Rostock: July 21st, 2018
CSD in Rostock | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)
One of the neighbor states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is Lower Saxony, the second biggest German state by land area offering five CSD parades in the warm summer period. Starting with the CSD in the capital of Lower Saxony in May followed by the neighbor city of Bremen, Oldenburg in June under this year’s motto “What do you still want? Acceptance!”. But that’s not all. Just a week later the CSD in Cloppenburg in the so-called Oldenburg Münsterland. During silly season or the dog days, the city of Braunschweig celebrates its summer festival weekend at the end of July “Sommerloch” including the Gay Pride Parade. The end of August marks the time of the last CSD in Niedersachsen in Aurich.
CSD Gay Parade in Hannover: May 19th to 20th, 2018
Oldenburg/ Nordwest – “Was wollt ihr denn noch? Akzeptanz!”:
CSD Gay Parade in Oldenburg: June 16th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Cloppenburg: June 23th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Braunschweig: July 27th to 28th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Aurich: August 28th, 2018
CSD in Hannover | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
The German state Nordrhein-Westfalen is known for its high populated area the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr Area). Diverse culture highlights, events and festivals creating a multi-cultural summertime with 12 Gay Pride and CSD celebrations throughout the whole region. Beginning with the CSD in Paderborn at the end of May, the German LGBT community can plan to attend gay pride festivals almost weekly starting with the CSD in Düsseldorf, the CSD in Wuppertal and CSD in Bielefeld before one of the biggest Gay Pride celebrations will take place in Cologne. But don’t forget to put the CSD in Mönchengladbach, Aachen, Siegen, Duisburg in July as well the CSD in Bonn, the Ruhr CSD in Essen and the last CSD of the season in Münster in August on your pride season travel bucket list.
CSD Gay Parade in Paderborn: May 26th, 2018
Düsseldorf – “Die Welt gehört uns allen!”:
CSD Gay Parade in Düsseldorf: June 1st to 3rd, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Wuppertal: June 9th, 2018
Bielefeld – “Arsch hoch – Bielefeld gegen Homo- und Transphobie”:
CSD Gay Parade in Bielefeld: June 16th, 2018
CSD Pride Week in Cologne: June 23th to July 8th, 2018 | Gay Pride Parade: July 8th, 2018
Mönchengladbach – “Die Welt ist bunt”:
CSD Pride Week in Mönchengladbach: July 16th to 20th, 2018 | Gay Pride Parade: July 21th, 2018
Aachen – “Vielfalt feiern”:
CSD Gay Parade in Aachen: July 23th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Siegen: July 28th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Duisburg: July 28th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Bonn: August 4th, 2018
Ruhr CSD in Essen:
CSD Gay Parade in Essen: August 10th to 11th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Münster: August 25th, 2018
CSD in Cologne | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
The German state of Rhineland-Palatine is a relatively small country with its capital city, Mainz. Main is also the hosting city of the first gay pride festival of the pride season in Rheinland-Pfalz, called “Sommerschwüle”. Under the motto “Love! Diversity! Pride! Now!” the LGBT community and its allies stand up together to demonstrate for equality, respect and against homophobia. The second CSD in Rhineland-Palatinate will be held in Trier that is considered to be the oldest city in Germany. We put the CSD Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen/ Heidelberg – “Mehr Liebe wagen” in this list as well since Ludwigshafen is actually marking the border between the states of Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg celebrating the CSD together with Mannheim and Heidelberg located in Baden-Württemberg.
Sommerschwüle – Mainz “Liebe! Vielfalt! Stolz! Jetzt!”:
CSD Gay Parade in Mainz: June 30th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Trier: July 21st, 2018
Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen/ Heidelberg – “Mehr Liebe wagen”:
CSD Rhein-Neckar in Mannheim (Baden-Wurttemberg): August 11th, 2018
CSD in Mainz | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
Small, but oh my…! The smallest German state, besides the federal city-states, Saarland, is located on the western border of Germany and France. Looking back on a unique place in German modern history. Nevertheless, the capital city of the Saar Region, Saarbrücken, is hosting an annual CSD with a Gay Pride Parade in June. Just another reason to visit this cultural region and to support the local LGBT community.
CSD Gay Parade in Saarbrücken: June 8th to 19th, 2018
CSD in Saarbrücken | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
The east German state Saxony is home to our Karl and well-known for its cultural heritage collected and built under the king of Saxony, Friedrich August I. of Saxony, commonly known as “Saxonian King August the Strong”. Today, four CSD Parades are taking place in Saxony starting with the CSD in Dresden, the capital city and home of Karl’s family. Under this year’s motto “25 years. We have the courage…!” the colorful pride parade will walk a route through the old town part of the city. Next in line will be the CSD in Pirna, a wonderful town by the river Elbe. CSD parades in Chemnitz and Leipzig will follow in July to complete the Saxonian CSD season 2018. Btw., did you find the young version of Karl in the video below? Tip: he is shaved!
Dresden – “25 Jahre. Wir trauen uns…!”:
CSD Gay Parade in Dresden: May 25th to 27th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Pirna: July 7th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Chemnitz: July 14th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Leipzig: July 13th to 21st, 2018 | Gay Pride Parade July 21st, 2018
Can you Spot Karl, or at least his young 23 years old version?
In the western part of the former German Democratic Republic, gay travelers will find the German state of Saxony-Anhalt surrounded by few more German states. The capital city Magdeburg is one of the two CSD hosting cities in Sachsen-Anhalt. The CSD parade will take place in late August followed by the Gay Pride in Halle (Saale) at the beginning of September. Halle is located just around the corner from Leipzig. Together these two cities are creating Central German Metropolitan Region.
CSD Gay Parade in Magdeburg: August 25th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Halle: September 8th, 2018
CSD in Magdeburg | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
The northernmost German state is called Schleswig-Holstein bordering Danmark, the Northern and the Baltic Sea as well as further German states. The three notable and CSD hosting cities are Flensburg at the border to Denmark, Lübeck and the capital city Kiel. Already in May, the first gay pride is taking place in Flensburg under the motto “At the very top, Truly colorful, quite a lot”. The CSD in Kiel is next on the gay pride agenda with its LGBT demonstration and festivities in July. The city of Lübeck is following with its CSD in mid-August.
Flensburg – “Ganz Oben – Ganz Bunt – Ganz Viele”:
CSD Gay Parade in Flensburg: May 17th, 2018
CSD Gay Parade in Kiel: July 7th, 2018
Lübeck – “Wir machen uns stark!”:
CSD Gay Parade in Lübeck: August 18th, 2018
CSD in Lübeck | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
The German state of Thuringia is located right in the center of Germany, also called “the green heart of Germany”. It is known for its natural heritage, its huge dense forest and the mountain range Thuringian Forest in the southern part of the German state. But the LGBT community is present and organizing its annual CSD events in the cities of Weimar, known for being the home of Goethe and Schiller, two of the greatest writers and philosophers of human history. The second Gay Pride Parade is taking place in Erfurt during CSD week in the Thuringian capital city.
CSD Gay Parade in Weimar: August 11th, 2018
CSD Week in Erfurt: August 19th to 26th, 2018 | Gay Pride Parade August 25th, 2018
CSD in Weimar | CSD Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018
Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018 – All 60 CSD & LGBT Events
And now it is time for you to pack your bag and explore the German cities with our Gay Pride Calendar Germany 2018! If you use the #gaypride2018 and #coupleofmen in your social media postings on Instagram and Facebook, we might select your photo to repost it on our platforms as well! Happy Pride for everyone straight and LGBTQ+ from all over the world!
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Karl & Daan.