Save the date: 20th to 23rd of June 2025

Thank you all for celebrating the Mainzer Johannisnacht 2024 with us. Together we are already looking forward to next year, when Johannisnacht will take place from 20th  to 23rd June.

Mainzer Johannisnacht

In 1968, the year of the 500th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg's death, Karl Delorme, then head of the social affairs department and himself a trained printer, launched the festival. Since then, the memory of the great inventor Johannes Gutenberg has been celebrated around St. John's Day on June 24th.

Artists’ market and printing workshop

An important part of the festivity is the artists’ market, which stretches from the Kurfürstenbrunnen to Fischtorplatz. Here visitors can browse along decorated booths and explore a wide range of handcrafted artisan products, including jewelry, clothing, decorative items and gifts. (Overview: Artists' market as pdf-download, in German)

On the Gutenberg Square visitors can take part in an exciting workshop offered by the Gutenberg Museum and Foundation. The workshop in front of the Gutenberg Museum allows visitors to experience Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press firsthand and print their very own little artwork. 

Street artists

Street artists perform all over the Johannisnacht. They appear unexpectedly and perform short and stunning shows throughout the festival area. This time, Moguntia Pipes will entertain you with Scottish-style bagpipes and drums, while Compagnie les Contes d’Asphaldt from Belgium capture bypassers with their larger-than-life portable puppet theatre. 

A first-time guest, Mademoiselle Prrr will be perform around the area of the artists’ market, dressed up as a cloud playing the tuba, while No Sound Experience provides extraordinary street dance. Jörn Kölling on his theatre bicycle talks about Gutenberg’s life.

Medieval Gutenberg games

Since the Johannisnacht is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and his ingenious invention of the printing press, the festivity pays homage to medieval folklore. 

One of the most popular events is the so-called “Gautschen”, a medieval custom where people are forcefully “baptised” in a large barrel of water. Back during Gutenberg’s days, this custom was performed to symbolically cleanse young printers of the sins of their apprentice years. Today, this splashy ritual takes place in front of an audience on the Gutenberg stage with people from printing-related jobs being baptized. Beware – the water is ice-cold! 

Another throwback in time is a game of dice called Preisquadräteln, which was popular with printers in the Middle Ages. In addition, you can visit the book market on the Schillerplatz and Ballplatz squares, where you can browse through a large selection of antique books. 

A perfect mix of theatre, live music and cabaret

Apart from street art and medieval folklore, you can enjoy theatre performances, cabaret and fools on the many squares of the city or listen to lots of live music on the many stages in the city centre. 

Sailing regatta and running event

Sports enthusiasts can watch the regatta on the Rhine or strap on their running shoes and take part in the Johannisnacht run, which crosses the river three times – hence its name “Drei-Brücken-Lauf” (fully booked).

Family fun along the Rhine

The riverside around the Kurfürstliches Schloss offers an amusement park featuring a merry-go-around for children, a Ferries wheel and fast and fun rollercoasters for all ages. A variety of booths provides food and drinks, including first-class local wines. At night, the whole area is illuminated. 

Showdown with fireworks 

After four days the Johannisnacht comes to an end on Monday night with a magnificent fireworks show over the river at the Kurfürstliches Schloss. The spectacle is best viewed from the riverside or the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke (bridge), which will be closed to traffic during the show. If you would like to enjoy the fireworks from the ship, you can book a tour on the website of the Köln-Düsseldorfer shipping company.

News

Mainzer Johannisnacht - a unique festival in honour of Johannes Gutenberg

The Johannisnacht blends medieval folklore, street art, rollercoaster rides and live music into a unique festival in honour of Mainz’ most famous citizen: Johannes Gutenberg. From June 21st to June 24th, the city centre is buzzing with activity and festivity. The festival will be formally inaugurated by mayor Nino Haase, festival director Marianne Grosse, Gutenberg-reenactor Jürgen Schunk and host Stefanie Zellmann. For further information, please consult mainz.de (in German). 

Fun rides

Enjoy four children's carousels the following rides at Johannisnacht:

  • High ride "Excalibur" with a height of 45 metres
  • "Juwel" Ferris wheel
  • Nostalgic "Wellenflug" chain carousel
  • Classic “Autoscooter”
  • "Viva Cuba" - ride with obstacle course and much more
  • Classic round ride “Break-Dancer”
  • Family rollercoaster "Ring Renner" 
  • "Time Faktory""

Event area

Schedule and opening hours

Which bands are performing during the Johannisnacht? Where are the stages situated? What are the highlights of the festival? Here you can find the answers to all your questions. The complete schedule for all four days is available as a PDF file for download or in the spreadsheet below (in German). 

Programm Mainzer Johannisnacht (pdf)

Opening hours are related to the festival at large. Separate booths may open or close differently. 

Fair:

Rhine bank, between Theodor-Heuss-Brücke and Kaisertor.

Friday, 21.06.2024: 12.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m.
Saturday, 22.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m.
Sunday, 23.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to midnight
Monday, 24.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to midnight

Artists' market:

Rhine bank, Fischtor

Friday, 21.06.2024: 14.00 to 11.00 p.m.
Saturday, 22.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Sunday, 23.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Monday, 24.06.2024: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Book market:

Ballplatz, Schillerplatz

Saturday, 22.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Sunday, 23.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Monday, 24.06.2024: 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Directions and diversion of traffic

For the Mainz Johannisnacht from June 21 to 24, 2024, Mainzer Mobilität is increasing its transport services and offering a special low-cost ticket (from Friday to Monday).

  • Please note that Ludwigsstraße will be closed from Tuesday, June 18, 4 a.m. to Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 4 a.m. for the construction and dismantling of the event. Bus routes will be diverted. 

Detailed information can be found at www.mainzer-mobilitaet.de/johannisnacht or at the RMV mobility advice center (Bahnhofplatz 6A, 55116 Mainz).

When travelling with regional trains and busses emanating from Rheinhessen please consult the schedules on the RNN-Website: www.rnn.info

Parking facilities
If you arrive by car, please use the nearby parking lots and parking garages located at:

  • Rheinufer
  • Rheingoldhalle/Rathaus
  • Brand
  • Löhrstraße

Attention: These four parking garages are not accessible on Monday, June 24 from 9:30 pm until 01:00 am on Tuesday, June 25 (neither entry nor exit). Exception: From the Brand parking garage, it will be possible to exit via Quintinsstraße (left).

Other parking garages in the city center: 

  • Kronberger Hof
  • Theater
  • Römerpassage
  • Schillerplatz
  • Kaufhof
  • Weißliliengasse

Near the city center: 

  • Römisches Theater
  • Fort Malakoff Park
  • CineStar

Near the train station: 

  • CityPort
  • Taubertsberg
  • Bonifatius Türme

Parking ticket as train ticket (only in PMG parking garages)

Park your car safely and travel on by bus and streetcar! In the parking garages of Parken in Mainz GmbH (PMG), the parking ticket is valid as a ticket for up to four accompanying persons for 24 hours from the time of purchase!


The Mainz Johannisnacht takes place in the entire city center of Mainz, especially in the areas of Schillerplatz, Ballplatz, Gutenbergplatz, Marktplatz, Liebfrauenplatz, Leichhof, Ludwigsstraße, the banks of the Rhine from Kaisertor via Fischtorplatz to Weintor.
The event area is closed to all motor vehicles on the following days

  • Friday 21.06.2024, 11.00 am to Tuesday 25.06.2024, 06.00 am

From direction of Große Langgasse, the Ludwigsstraße/Weißliliengasse area is closed at the following times

  • Friday, 21.06.2024, from 11.00 am to Saturday, 06.00 am
  • Saturday, 22.06.2024, from 11.00 am to Monday, 06.00 am
  • Monday, 24.06.2024, from 11.00 am to Tuesday, 06.00 am

On Monday, June 24th, the Johannisnacht will end with the traditional fireworks display at the Rhine.

Please note the following information to ensure that everything runs smoothly:

  •  Access for festival visitors via Jockel-Fuchs-Platz is possible from 8 p.m. in one direction only - from the city center towards the banks of the Rhine. 

Jockel-Fuchs-Platz will have limited capacity from this time onwards.

  • Access to the city center after the fireworks from approx. 11 p.m. is again possible in one direction only - from the stairs at the riverside via Jockel-Fuchs-Square towards the city center.

This regulation only applies to Jockel-Fuchs-Square and the steps on the banks of the Rhine. All other access routes to the banks of the Rhine are still open in both directions. 

Enjoy your visit!

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