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Many events pop up and disappear with little or no accessible advertising. Some activities are small or unique. Such happenings are posted in this calendar. A source of surprise and discovery.

Something special takes place throughout the year in the Ruhr Metropolis. Besides established events and exhibitions, smaller occasions can vary from a concert, theatre performance, vernissage, celebration, opening, anniversary, a spontaneous market or a small one-off activity. 

Choose from expat meet ups and other happenings, some of which take place with surprisingly little noticeable publicity, yet well-informed local nationals attend. Members of the expat communities of the Ruhr and surroundings can enjoy these gatherings too.

The calendar below offers expats a quick, easy and simple way to discover current activities all on one page. Please confirm to take note of any cancellations or changes.

By Vincent Green, Jun 24 2022

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10 11 12 13 14 15InterNationsInterNationsTime: 19:00
InterNations Essen, Bochum & Dortmund
Mocca, Bochum
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24 25 26 27 28 29InterNationsInterNationsTime: 17:30
InterNations Essen, Bochum & Dortmund
Hotel Esplanade, Dortmund
Light display in park


Events and activities large and small happen in the Ruhr Metropolis throughout the year, some becoming nationally and internationally popular. They range from a variety of funfairs to an intense collection of diverse cultural immersion.


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Socialising in the Ruhr

Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in the Ruhr Metropolis can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents. 

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