Delicious by the Neckar

Enjoy life at the Esslingen Summer Festival

ESTiVAL - Enjoyment by the river
4th - 16th August 2023

Esslingen celebrates the summer full of enjoyment.  ESTiVAL Esslingen - this is the new festival jewel in the city's calendar of events. Seven festival hosts invite you to gastronomic delights - and all this in the heart of the Old Town. The market square with its beautiful half-timbered backdrop is the scene of 13 days of splendid celebrations. And every day there is a cultural programme to entertain you.

Farben - nicht löschen!!

This is where enjoyment is top priority

Meet friends - have a good time - enjoy life! That's how ESTiVAL works.

Lecker essen am Neckar
Feiern mit Pino und Accanto in der Laube auf dem Estival
Gemeinsam mit Freunden schlemmen - so geht Estival
Köstliche Forelle bei Kielmeyers genießen
Gute Stimmung mitten in Esslingen

Gute Stimmung mitten in Esslingen
Essen wie in Italien mitten in Esslingen – das gibt’s bei Pino e Accanto

Festival Hosts




Days & Nights

The fine art of celebrating a good party - ESTiVAL!
Das Trio "Sudamericana" begeistert mit exotischen Klängen

the historic old town is the perfect backdrop

Experience balmy summer nights

No, we are not talking about a summer festival. We are talking about a summer festival! Because that's exactly what ESTiVAL Esslingen is: A summer full of enjoyment.

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The 7 hosts

In twenty festival pavilions they spoil you: they are the real stars of the (F)estival. From classic Swabian to tradition rethought. From international to regional interpretations. From "Kässpätzle" fresh from the pot to vegetarian "Zwiebelzupfern": The cuisine here is preferably regional, because here the wine from the Esslingen vines flows directly into the glass.

Auf dem Liegestuhl die Seele baumeln lassen mit schönster Aussicht auf Bühne und Stadtkirche © Maximilian Schwarz

A summer full of highlights: daily changing cultural programme

In addition to Esslingen wine, sparkling wine and culinary delicacies, ESTiVAL delights with its daily entertainment and experience programme. Fascinating street artists, inspiring music and the children's and family day: ESTiVAL shows you the city as you have never experienced it before.

Successful premiere! ESTiVAL 2022 got off to a picture-book start. There was summer weather and good-humoured guests - for 12 days. Culinary delights & magical moments: We are looking forward to that next time too!
The Esslinger Market- & Event Company (EME)
Das Sommerfest der Stadt: ESTIVAL

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