Kiel Week 2023: sailing, summer festival, ships and lots of concerts in the state capital Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein in the last full week of June 2023.
The Kiel Week is an annual sailing regatta that has been held in Kiel on the Kiel Fjord since the end of the 19th century. It is considered one of the largest sailing events in the world. In recent decades, a folk festival has also developed on the quay walls of the tall ships, although the core of the Kiel Week has always remained the sailing competitions.
In addition to the sporting aspects, the Kiel Week includes an extensive program with over 2,000 individual events, including performances by international and regional bands and artists who offer live music in around 300 concerts on over 15 stages.
There are also performances by numerous local groups on smaller stages. More than 3 million guests visit the Kiel Week every year, including numerous naval units from over 10 nations.
The maritime highlight is the windjammer parade (annual since 1998) on the last Saturday of the festival week, in which more than 100 tall and traditional sailing ships, historic steamships and hundreds of sailing yachts, motor boats and sailing ships take part.