Berlin, Europe, Expat Living, Germany

Berlin Myfest 2015 Street Party in Photos

May 2, 2015
Myfest Berlin 2015 Balloon Beauty

A highlight of living as an expat in Berlin, is being able to enjoy local events that are different from anything that I’d ever experience in Toronto. Like the Occupy Berlin protest I attended a few years ago, the Berlin Myfest is one such happening!

Berlin MyFest 2015

Myfest is a big street fair that takes place every year in Berlin’s Kreuzberg on May 1, Labour Day.

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Party

Myfest was started in 2003 by a group of locals to provide a peaceful and alternative option to the usual protests and riots that filled Berlin on this day.

You’ll find the streets filled with drunken party revellers, food and drink stands, demonstrators, balloons, confetti, an abundance of trash, beer bottle collectors pushing grocery store carts filled with bottles, and a strangely high number of people sporting mohawks.

Music blares from different stages setup around the neighbourhood, and you’ll hear everything from hardcore heavy metal, to reggae, techno, and even Christian music (which seems oddly out of place.)

The police presence is heavy as they prepare to settle any potential rioting, and vehicle after vehicle is filled with officers on the ready.

Photos from the Party

Meeting up with my friend Adam (see his photos from Myfest) in the early afternoon, we wandered the streets taking photos, listening to music and, of course, eating and drinking.

Crowds at Myfest Berlin 2015

Taking Photos from a Ladder at Myfest 2015

Balloons at Myfest Berlin

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Prost

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Balloon Beauty

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Street Art and People

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Refugees Welcome

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Food Stalls

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Spiderman

 Berlin Myfest 2015 People Watching

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Love Each Other

 Berlin Myfest 2015 BBQ Smoke

 Berlin Myfest 2015 Drinking Party

Other fun highlights of the day included stopping at my friend’s new wine bar in Kreuzberg for a BBQ (complete with DJs) and meeting up with several other friends like Dan and Audrey from Uncornered Market.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Celebrating May Day in Berlin May 3, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    […] For more photos of this year’s MyFest, view my friend Cheryl’s photo essay. […]

  • Reply Adam May 4, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Love your photos Cheryl! Glad we could spend the day together (again!) and explore the festival.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 4, 2015 at 6:34 AM

      Thanks Adam! It WAS a really fun day with you. Need to hang out again soon.

  • Reply Cynthia May 4, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Ahhh, this is right in my old ‘hood! (Adalbertstr/Oranienstr), although I’ve still never spent a May Day in Berlin. So cool, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 4, 2015 at 7:59 AM

      Hey Cynthia – awesome! You’ll just need to go to Myfest next year then. 🙂

  • Reply Yvonne June 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Great article! I love Berlin, particularly Kreuzberg. I can’t wait to get back there!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard June 7, 2015 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks! Berlin is definitely best experienced in summer. 🙂

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