The Linen Weaver Market

The Linen Weaver Market (Leinewebermarkt) is Bielefeld’s oldest traditional street fair and takes place every year at the end of May.

This year, for the second time, the market will run over five days, from May 24–28.

The city will be transformed into an open-air festival with multiple stages and performances, food and knick-knack stalls, along with a fairground for children.

Popular for more than 40 years, East Westphalia’s largest street fair draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city’s old town for wild celebrations: live music, cabaret, poetry slam, theatre, acrobatics, fairground bustle and all sorts of delicacies for everyone.

The 43nd Leinewebermarkt features stages dotted throughout the town centre area where some top acts will perform.

Among the 200 artists appearing this year is German shooting star Wincent Weiss whose debut album shot to the top of the charts last month. He will be performing at Jahnplatz on Wednesday at 9.30pm.

The singer-songwriter duo Berge will also be on stage on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

On Thursday singer Lea will be at the Jahnplatz stage (7pm), before musician Seven takes to the stage at 8.30pm.

Other highlights include a Street Food Market on the Klosterplatz and the Leineweber Lounge on Alte Markt where artistes from the GOP variety theatre in Bad Oeynhausen will stun crowds with their performance excerpts from their show entitled Diabolo. A Science Slam will also feature on the programme for the Alte Markt.

The new concept by the Nikolaikirche in the old town last year was one of the main visitor magnets. Around the Leineweber monument, DJs will provide music and the Bielefeld cult choir Shantallica will provide a special Shanty experience in the beer garden.

Visitors can also enjoy a few moments of tranquility in the historic church, or climb the tower.

Radio Bielefeld has a line-up of rock, pop and party music at the Süsterplatz.

Bielefeld tanzt! (Bielefeld dances) is the motto on Rathausplatz. Throughout the festival the fun-packed programme is aimed at the younger party crowd with DJ music and Balkan sounds. There will also be a barbecue festival.

The fairground on the Niederwall offers the most spectacular ride on the Leinewebermarkt this year: the 85m high freefall tower called Hangover.

Bunnemannplatz is the venue for the cultural and sports themes of the market. On Wednesday and Thursday, there will be international street theatre, comedy and multi-faceted world music, including the Džambo Aguševi Orchestra and the Royal Street Orchestra.

From Friday to Sunday, Sportbund Bielefeld will present sports shows and dance.

For a taste of traditional wares served with particular flair, go along to the St Jodokus church you can wonder at the antics of the showmen of Baröckchen. When the Marquis de Tisserand mixes with the common people, entertainment is guaranteed.

And last, but not least, children’s attractions can be found near the Kunsthalle and sculpture park.

There’s something for everyone of all ages at this year’s Leinewebermarkt – don’t miss it.

The Leinewebermarkt is open at the following times:

  • Wednesday, 1pm – midnight
  • Thursday, 1pm – 10pm
  • Friday, 1pm – midnight
  • Saturday, 11am – midnight
  • Sunday, 11am – midnight
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