Cologne's Carnival is one of Europe's most raucous. There are myriad events, parades and parties before everything comes to a halt on Ash Wednesday.
The culmination of the two-week-long Cologne Pride and one of the top LGBT pride events in Europe, Cologne's Christopher Street Day draws roughly a million people.
This hugely popular summer music festival rocks the city’s horse racing track with an international line-up of stars and newcomers in the indie and electro scenes. It's about 7km northwest of the Hauptbahnhof.
Eat your way around the world from dozens of trucks and stalls at this food frenzy held monthly on the grounds of an old electric light factory (Heliosgelände) in the northwestern suburb of Ehrenfeld.