(Updated 19.04.2018) April is the start of festivals celebrating all that is Frankfurt. Cider week celebrates apple-wine and the Bornheim Weinfest begins on the 27th. As for the month of May... plenty of opportunities to taste the excellent local Rieslings :-)  Click here for a print friendly PDF copy of the notes below.

April events in Frankfurt

Until 15 Apr - Spring Dippemess, Festplatz am Ratsweg. A twice yearly funfair for all the family to enjoy. Opening times, especially over the Easter period are given in the link.

7 - 13 Apr - Cider Week, various sites around Frankfurt. The link has details of the events being hosted by applewine taverns, bars and restaurants throughout the week. NB: events will be hosted in German.

15 Apr - Cider World 2018, Palmengarten. Public entry from 1pm - 6pm and a chance to sample ciders from all over the world. Entrance fee applies, see link.

21 Apr - Organ matinee, Kaiserdom, Frankfurt. At 12:30, free entrance, donations welcomed.

21 - 22 Apr - International Wine Messe. Two days of wine tasting, hosted in the Casinogebäude, West End University campus. Advance purchase entrance fee 15€ per day.

27 Apr - 1 May - The Bornheimer Weinfest, Funffingerplätzchen, Bornheim. At last, the first of many wine festivals for 2018. Busy, with lots of food vendors too.

Throughout April - Special exhibits at Hessen Park, including early 19th century photographs of life in Hessen, twin-lens reflex camera exhibit and Jacob Nussbaum landscape art exhibit. Entrance fees apply - see the link for more details.

Until 29th April - Hand to God at the English Theatre, Frankfurt.

May events in Frankfurt

1 - 13 May - Mai und Weinfest, Liebfrauenberg, Frankfurt. In the heart of Frankfurt city centre, one of the earlier wine festivals to set the theme of summer. Lots of local wine to try!

1 May - Eschborn - Frankfurt Bike Race. Finish line at Opernplatz, by the Old Opera House, offering a small festival and entertainment for the whole family. 

1 May - Kobelt Zoo, Schwanheim. Official summer opening weekend. To celebrate there will be a BBQ and entertainment for the children. Throughout the summer the zoo will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.

5 May - 4th Riesling Day from 2pm - 8pm. Hosted at the Gesellschaftshaus, Palmengarten, Frankfurt. Tickets cost 12€ with the opportunity to taste 200 Rieslings! 

5 May - Night of the Museums, Frankfurt & Offenbach. Museums are open from 7pm until 2am and shuttle buses are provided to transport you around the city. Tickets can be purchased from museums around two weeks before the event.

10 May - Frühschoppen, Römerberg, Frankfurt. What better way to celebrate Ascension Day than with a beer at 10am!

09 - 13 May - The 9th Frankfurt Rowing Festival Hosted along the south bank of the River Main, by Holbeinsteg, a fun event with beer, wine, food and bands playing. The university teams race at the end of the week!

11 - 13 May - Wine Festival , Bad Homburg. Hosted along the main pedestrian high street and shops will be open on Sunday 13th too.

12 - 13 May - Knight's Tournament, Königstein. At Königstein castle, a weekend of medieval fun for all the family. A medieval market on Saturday and tournaments on Sunday. No doubt they'll be some sausages too! Entrance fees apply.

12 - 19 May - Green Sauce Festival, Roßmarkt, Frankfurt. One of the first festivals of summer with lots of stalls on Roßmarkt selling green sauce dishes and drinks. It time to sit outside and enjoy the warm evenings!

18 - 27 May - Bad Soden Weintage, Alte Kurpark. If the weather is good, it's worth a trip to Bad Soden which can be reach by the S3 S-bahn. Weinfest daily from 5pm (at the weekends 3.30pm) and closes at midnight. Last train back into Frankfurt 22:20!

19 - 22 May - Wäldchestag, Frankfurt Stadtwald. Funfair in the woods. Take the tram (21) or bus (61) to Am Oberforsthaus. Entertainment: fair rides, bands, beer and food, starts at midday until the early hours.

25 May - Kaiserdom (Frankfurt Cathedral) Organ Concert. Night of British organ music, entrance 18€.

23 May - 01 June - Fressgass Fest. Local proprietors offer food and drink along the Fressgass, creating a lively atmosphere into the evening. 

Farmer's Markets in Frankfurt

Frankfurt has some excellent weekly markets, many held in the city centre as well as the surrounding suburbs. For full details of market days, opening times and location use this link.

The following is a list for city centre markets:

Mon to Sat  - Kleinmarkthalle -  8am - 6pm (closes at 4pm on Saturdays). Located on Hasengasse. Closed on Sundays and public holidays!
Thursday  -  Konstablerwache farmer's market . On Konstablerwache, at the eastern end of the Zeil.
Friday  -  Schillermarkt farmer's market 9am - 6.30pm.  Along Schillerstraße, very close to the Old Stock Exchange.
Friday -  Flower market 9am - 6pm on Liebfrauenberg, in the city centre.
Saturday  -  Konstablerwache farmers market 8am - 5.00pm. On Konstablerwache, at the eastern end of the Zeil.

Frankfurt Weekly Flea Market

The weekly flea market is hosted every Saturday at alternate sites: at Lindleystrasse (Osthafen) and along the south side of the River Main (between the Eisenersteg and Holbeinsteg). For full details and dates use this link.

Organ recitals in Frankfurt

Organ recitals at Frankfurt Kaiserdom (with entrance fee)
Once a month on Friday evenings the Cathedral hosts an organ recital, this link offers full details. Future dates: 21st April, 25th May, 20th, 17th July, 20th August,

Organ recitals at St. Katharine's Church, Hauptwache, Frankfurt. Every Monday and Thursday, at 4.30pm, the church hosts a 30 minute recital by organist Martin Lücker. Free entrance. Other musical recitals and events are listed in this link.  

Museum exhibitions in Frankfurt

28th April & 26th March - SaTOURday is the last Saturday in the month when many of the city museums offer free entrance. This article has more information about SaTOURday and other museum offers. 

All the Frankfurt museum exhibits, and special events, can be found using this link to the Kulturportal and the information is in English, too!

Note: 16 museums now offer free entrance to those 18 or under. A list of the museums can be found here!