Open for you.
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid.
Open for you.
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid.
Open for you.
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid.

For Visitors

Open for you.
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid.

Enjoy the best entertainment in the open air - that's what Wattenscheid's green living room, the Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid, is all about. Whether at large concerts or in a small setting in the cosy beer garden; whether a concert or theater, whether rock, pop or folk, the Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid stands for exceptional artists in an extraordinary atmosphere.

Ticket service

We won't just leave you put to dry. With us you’ll always have a good seat. Simply select the desired event directly from our calendar of events and click on the booking link.

Spur-of-the-moment decision? For many events you can also buy the tickets directly on the day of the event at the box office.

Next Events

04.07.2020
20:00 Uhr 

Lilou

FreilichtSession

Lilous Gesang ist klar. Ihre Stimme legt sich angenehm warm über filigrane Klangteppiche aus verhallten Gitarrenlicks, angezerrten ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
10.07.2020
20:00 Uhr 

BINYO

FreilichtSession

BINYO: Fröhlicher, akustischer, deutschsprachiger Indie-Pop mit Wortwitz und Tiefgang, gespickt mit Einflüssen aus Reggae und Hip-Hop Musikalische ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
11.07.2020
18:00 Uhr 

Sunday Jam

Veranstaltet vom Musikbüro Bochum

Der "Sunday Jam" steht unter dem Motto „Ein Sonntag. Drei Bands.“ Es handelt sich dabei um eine Konzertreihe des ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
18.07.2020
20:00 Uhr 

Macant

FreilichtSession

Macant ist ein Akustik-Trio aus dem Ruhrgebiet. Die Band setzt sich zusammen aus Matthias Cantek (Lead-Gesang / Gitarre), Philipp Hemmelmann ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
25.07.2020
20:00 Uhr 

Rawsome Delights

FreilichtSession

Finest Acoustic Secondhand Diamonds – Handverlesene Vintage-Schätze aus Folk, Rock`n ́ Roll, Jazz & Swing. Akustisch und ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
01.08.2020
20:00 Uhr 

Luise Weidehaas

FreilichtSession

Man kann es spärlich nennen, eine Frau, eine akustische Gitarre, selbstgeschriebene deutsche Texte, spärlich und längst bekannt, ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
07.08.2020
20:00 Uhr 

Tom Klose

FreilichtSession

Gefühl über Kalkül Tom Klose ist ein Mann der Gegensätze: Stets von seiner treuen Gitarre begleitet, singt er mal mit zarter zerbrechlicher ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
08.08.2020
18:00 Uhr 

Sunday Jam

Veranstaltet vom Musikbüro Bochum

Der "Sunday Jam" steht unter dem Motto „Ein Sonntag. Drei Bands.“ Es handelt sich dabei um eine Konzertreihe des ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
14.08.2020
20:00 Uhr 

Jaimi Faulkner

FreilichtSession

Der Australier Jaimi Faulkner ist ein Riesentalent: ob als versierter Gitarrist, der gleichermaßen mit der elektrischen und akustischen ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
21.08.2020
20:00 Uhr 

The Silverettes

FreilichtSession

Ein kreativer Quantensprung! Das nächste Album ist immer das schwerste. Besonders das verflixte zweite kann jede Menge Verdruss ...

Concert
Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid
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History

Built from 15 May 1934 to 30 June 1936, the open-air theater was inaugurated in July 1936 and served as a venue for political rallies until 1945.

In June 1945, the Bochum Municipal Orchestra moved into the arena, bringing with it dance and music. Since the other municipal theaters were damaged or destroyed after the war, the open-air theater was soon officially declared a theater venue.

After Heinrich Bergmann, Director of the Cultural Affairs Department, had contractually agreed that the venue was to be headed by Artistic Director Erich Paul, the first season officially opened on 1 June 1946 with the operetta "Der Vetter aus Dingsda" by Eduard Künneke. Henceforth comedies, shows, and other forms of light entertainment comedy made the open-air theater a magnet for open-air theater fans.

But sports fans also regularly got their money's worth when the arena served as a venue for local clubs’ boxing matches.

In the 1970s, the open-air theater was to be elevated to "regional importance" based on the plans of the Office for Transport and Economic Development.

The ambitious plan to stage at least one performance every day for six weeks made Wattenscheid the leading open-air venue in NRW just behind the Sauerland town of Elspe. As a result, initial discussions about a roof construction commenced. However, as the cost of this roof was estimated at 3.5 million euros, the project was finally rejected by the city council in 1980. The popularity of the open-air theater however was not affected by this.

Quite the contrary: Visitors from all over the Ruhr area come in droves to see pop and singer-songwriter festivals, theater and comedy, choirs and dance groups.

In 1993, the stage in Wattenscheid Stadtpark had to be closed for safety reasons and the events had to be moved to the adjacent lawns. For two years, subsidized by the state of NRW, it was renovated and rebuilt and was able to shine in new splendour in 1995. The grand reopening on May 1st of that year was celebrated by the whole city of Bochum together with Lord Mayor Ernst-Otto Stüber and prominent well-wishers like Thomas Gottschalk.

Whether jazz or classical music, children's or musical theater, sports facilities or jokers - the arena's range of offerings will continue to be unparalleled, with no limits. The open-air theater remains true to itself in its "new robes" with a tent roof.

Today, small concerts from the "Matinée im Biergarten" series bring exciting artists and acts to the beer garden of the Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid and great music shows such as "Rock Classic Allstars" fill the ranks of the large stage.

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