Starting from the Market Square and built in 1920s, Bottcherstrasse is the 110-metre lane that houses shops and restaurants, museums, workshops and carillon.
St Petri Cathedral in Bremen stands next to Unesco Heritage Town Hall and Monument to Roland. Its history goes back to 787 AD. In 1987 the cathedral museum is opened offering a unique collection of artifacts - excavated finds from medieval bishops' graves and religious works. Museum entry is free of charge.
From September up to mid June enjoy a lunchtime classical music concert in the Philharmonic house of Berlin.
Bremen Freimarkt is one of Germany's oldest fairs, with a history dating back more than 950 years. The main event is the procession on the second Saturday (27 Oct 2012, 26 Oct 2013). From noon onwards more than 100 floats, bands and associations proceed through the city.
During Maritim Festival you can enjoy various music on the streets of Bremen. Held on August (check dates on their web), it also summons a grand parade of ships.
Vegesack Harbour Festival takes place on the first weekend in June. Three days full of live music, shanty choirs, maritime attractions and crowds of happy people. This is time when northern Europe's oldest man-made harbour becomes the meeting point for a vast array of ships, both large and small. Venue: Vegesack Harbour.
On Saturdays from May to September 10a.m. to 4.p.m. experience Quayside market: live music, improvised performances, market stalls, food and drink etc. (Schlachte Embankment)
Bremen carnival is the biggest samba carnival in Germany. In 2013 it wil be held from 8-9 February. City center.