Every year on the first weekend in July, Wilhelmshaven celebrates its big city-and-harbour festival with guests from near and far. It is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Northern Germany and invites visitors to experience a range of sailing adventures. The harbour festival delights young and old alike with numerous activities and events on water and on shore. For this weekend at the Jade River, the area around the main harbour is transformed into an extensive celebration zone. Culinary delights and musical entertainment with around 80 music groups on several open-air stages and in marquees round off the supporting programme.
On the first weekend in October, it’s time to “cast off” again for the major sailing regatta all around the Wilhelmshaven Sailing CUP. For the 17th time now, you can experience the exciting regatta on the Jade Bay and a colourful supporting programme ashore. The only traditional sailing regatta on the North Sea takes the tall ships past the JadeWeserPort. The finish parade of sailboats in the afternoon is an absolute highlight and also a popular photo subject. The supporting programme ranges from live music, harbour cruises and tours of moored boats to a colourful children’s programme. One thing is already certain: it will be colourful and absolutely maritime – on all days!
Street painters from all over the world visit Wilhelmshaven every first weekend in August to transform the streets of the city centre into a gigantic canvas. With a lot of heart, talent and chalk, colourful works of art are created that are sure to impress all viewers. Fantastic motifs, touching scenes and astonishingly real depictions engage in a competition for the favour of the audience. About 30 pictures are created in three areas, there is a children and youth painting competition, and every year an oversized 3D perspective picture is created as a crowd-puller and a special highlight of the event. Visitors can observe the creation of street art live and look over the artists’ shoulders as they work. The works are then ranked at the end by the audience. The festival also offers an extensive accompanying programme, rounded off by the open shopping Sunday.