Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

The festival at Sommergarten on the grounds of Messe Berlin

From 18 to 25 June 2023, Special Olympics Festival activities also await you in the midst of the largest sports venue of the Games. Athletes, delegations and ticket holders will have the chance to experience a varied program alongside exciting sports competitions.

Admission with ticket or accreditation only.

What to expect:

Activity booths & entertainment
A variety of hands-on activities, booths and walking acts add that special festival character and invite visitors to try out new things.
Award ceremonies
After successful sports competitions, the beaming winners are honored on the stage in Sommergarten.
Sports will not only take place in the halls around Sommergarten, you can also get active: various stations invite you to try out the non-competitive sports offer.

When: 18 - 25 June 2023

Opening hours (subject to change): Daily from 11:00 to 19:00

Exception: On 25 June, the festival closes already at 14:00.

Where: Sommergarten of Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin-Charlottenburg (centrally located in the middle of the Berlin exhibition grounds)


The photo shows the Sommergarten, which is located within the fair grounds of Messe Berlin. In the foreground are deck chairs and in the background stretch wide meadows and paths.
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The photo shows the Info Point for the World Games as part of the Special Olympics Festival of the National Games. Colorful banners and stands draw attention to the giant event.
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The photo shows former German football player Philipp Lahm handing out medals to athletes at the Berlin 2022 National Games. He has a smile on his face.
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The photo shows a bigger group of people who are having fun while running underneath a big colorful cloth which is held by other people. This station of part of the Non-Competitive Sports Offer.
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The photo shows the action stand of "Inklusion '23", an inclusion project of the city of Berlin. Here are four young people at a foosball table.
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The photo shows the Sommergarten as part of Messe Berlin from above and on a beautiful sunny day.
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The photo shows the merchandise booth at the Special Olympics Festival during the National Games Berlin 2022. An employee shows some products and smiles towards the camera.
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The photo shows a group of people at a station of the Non-Competitive Sports Offer. A woman balances over a rope.
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The photo shows happy faces of several athletes during an awards ceremony at the National Games.
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The photo shows a festival scene. Many colorful pennant strings are stretched over the people between two rows of trees.
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Be part of it!

Organizations, clubs or associations that work for inclusion and participation have the chance to be part of the Special Olympics Festival. Social enterprises or groups that want to provide a participatory offer can present themselves in the center of the largest sports venue of the World Games.

The deadline for applications was on 31 January 2023.

Initial information on the festival program will follow in spring.


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