Despite the fact that locals speak a special dialect, It's quite easy to understand them. As for local cuisine, onion pie and potato salad must be tried. Apple wine is very popular here, and if you taste its local varieties, you'll understand why. It also should be noted that wine is the most popular drink, unlike in other regions of Germany traditionally dominated by beer. However, both beer and local wine should be tasted first.
Festivals held in Darmstadt can hardly be called boring. Locals know how to have fun like nobody else. One of the most colorful events in the city is Schlossgrabenfest taking place in late May. This is a music festival, one of the largest in the region, where everyone can find music to their liking since the festival is multi-genre. It is held in Innenstadt, and there are four scenes so that you can have plenty of fun. The festival regularly gathers a lot of visitors from all over Germany and neighboring countries who want to listen to high-quality music.
At the beginning of July, together with seven hundred thousand other visitors, you can witness another significant event - namely, Heinerfest. The program is quite rich - music, theater, performances, sports, and tours, and some events can be visited for free (for example, near Darmstädter Schloss and Riesenrad on Marktplatz). There are a lot of other stages - if you follow the billboards, the program will not seem boring even to the most avid skeptic.