Events & Functions

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The Vest Recklinghausen is versatile

Events in the Ruhr Area

Our beautiful city of Recklinghausen offers a diverse programme of events and activities. From the annual Palmkirmes to the Spring Festival and the Marktplatzspringen to our festive Christmas market spread throughout the city centre and many more events, there is something for everyone.

Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen

The “Ruhrfestspiele” is one of the oldest, largest and most renowned theatre festivals in Europe. During the annual festival season from 1 May to mid-June, Recklinghausen is transformed into an international cultural and theatrical metropolis. International drama and dance theatre, co-productions with major German-language theatres, literature, as well as outstanding New Circus productions and selected children’s and youth theatre productions form the core of the contemporary programme. Multidisciplinary performance productions, visual arts, concerts and new discourse formats also seek to address relevant political issues of the present and future.
Olaf Kröck has been artistic director of the Ruhrfestspiele since the 2019 festival season. Together with his team, he sees the Ruhrfestspiele as an open place of encounter where visitors and artists can enter into an exchange about pressing questions of the future.

© Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
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The FC Schalke 04 stadium in Gelsenkirchen

Veltins Arena

Today the largest open-air stage, tomorrow the home ground of FC Schalke 04.

The stadium of the Bundesliga football club FC Schalke 04 regularly attracts more than 60,000 spectators.

The Veltinsarena is considered one of the most modern in the world. In addition to cheering football fans, large music events also take place regularly.

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Events in Recklinghausen

Numerous events and festivals take place in Recklinghausen throughout the year. From sporting events to funfairs and cultural events, everything is on offer.

Recklinghausen in the Ruhr Area

Whether half-timbered, Wilhelminian or Art Nouveau – it is not only the picturesque facades of the old town that will surprise you.

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Parkhotel Engelsburg Open Day
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Wine tasting in the "Burggarten"
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Festival tent in the Stadtgarten (Photo: Maria Koltschin)
Halde Hohewart
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City harbour Recklinghausen