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When to Cologne? - LGBT Highlights and Events

Cologne becomes Germany's LGBT stronghold several times a year and attracts visitors and guests from all over the world. Here are our tips for the Gay Pride and for the popular queer mega events in Cologne.

Around the Pride - CSD in Cologne

Legendary Cologne Pride is the city´s biggest gay event and one of the best Pride Events in the world. At the end of June, there are many funny events and happenings that are visited by hundreds of thousands each year. The highlight, of course, is the spectacular Pride Parade across the city center. All of Cologne is transformed into one big street party on this day.

The Mega Gay Party at the Pride

Party Non Stop: The Pride Festival Cologne takes place just in time for the CSD. On 4 days you can dance and celebrate at up to 7 events. More than 30 DJs heat up the guests at the parties with best House, Pop and Electro. Grandiose show acts, laser shows and live performances provide additional atmosphere. Happy Pride

In 2020 the mega event with the World of Sexy becomes even bigger and moves to Lanxess Arena. More than 6000 visitors are expected and then celebrate a party of superlatives on three huge floors.

Gay Street Festival

For three days in July, Cologne is also in a very gay spirit. The Cologne Street Festival is a great open air event that’s takes place just a few days before Pride. In the city center, various stages invite you to dance and get together with friends and new people every evening. Many of the city squares are then full of Cologne residents and international guests, who drink, celebrate and have fun together.

Pride Events Cologne 2020

Prideweek: June 20 - July 5, 2020

CSD Demo on July 05, 2020

CSD road festival July 3 to 5, 2020

Pride Festival Cologne ( by SEXY, Greenkomm, Naughtycontrol) July 03 to 07, 2020

Naughtycontrol XXL Closing Party Pride July 5, 2020

SEXY Pride World @ Lanxess Arena July 4, 2020

Typical Cologne - Queer Carnival

At the beginning of March the carnival season is at its peak and of course, the LGBT Community in Cologne is celebrating a lot. As part of the queer Carnival Festival, gay and lesbian carnival friends from all over the world are drawn to the city. For three days there are various queer parties and happenings. With the Sexy Carnival Edition, the spectacle finds its deserved highlight.

Gay Events for the Cologne Carnival 2020

Sexy Carnival Festival February 21 to 24, 2020

Naughtycontrol Carnival Festival XXL Closing Party February 23, 2020

GREEN KOMM Carnival Festival Afterhour February 23, 2020

Cologne in winter - gay Christmas market

Even in winter time Cologne convinces as a LGBT Hot Spot. Just in time for the Christmas season, the Heavenue Cologne in the city center, not far from Rudolfplatz, is a great gay Christmas market. Here you can drink excellent mulled wine, watch great live performances and of course, flirt around.

The gay party highlight at the end of November


At the end of November / beginning of December it's every year in Cologne, four parties on three days and over 50 hours of hot beats from the best DJs. The Gay Partywochenden provides hot variety in the cold season.

St. Nicholas Festival in Cologne

SEXY HustlaBall - St. Nicholas Festival Main Party November 30, 2019

Green Komm St. Nicholas Festival December 1, 2019

Naughtycontrol XXL Closing Party December 1, 2019

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Barcelona LGBT Festivals and Gay Events

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LGBT Events 2020 - The best dates for your Gay City Trips

Of course, Berlin is always worth a trip. However, the German capital offers some very special queer highlights every year. Up to the event, thousands of gay visitors and members of the LGBT community come to Berlin to enjoy and celebrate together.