Your friendly guide to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is upon us, bring on the pretzels, rounds of unusually large mugs of beer, roves of unstable drunken teenagers and lost tourists. I love this time of year… It’s great!!! We would like to provide you with a brief schedule of important events.

Leading up to and during Oktoberfest we will post tips and tricks to survive this event in spectacular fashion. If you are a veteran of this grand show please leave us your wisdom in the comments section. We will probably add those golden nuggets in following posts. If you are a newbie, take heed to the advice or just ignore us drunk oktoberfestcompletely. Either way we at Munichmom are here to have fun.


Grand entry of the Oktoberfest landlords and breweries
Date: Saturday, 19th September 2015, duration about 45 minutes.
Route: Sonnenstraße-Schwanthalerstraße to the Oktoberfest grounds.

This is the official prelude to the opening of the Oktoberfest and involves about 1,000 participants, including the landlords’ families in decorated carriages, the magnificent horse-drawn drays of the Munich breweries, waitresses on decorated floats and all the beer tent bands.

Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade
Date: Sunday, 20th September 2015, duration 2 – 2 1/2 hours, about 8000 performers, 7 km distance.DSC_2230
Max II. Denkmal, Maximilianstraße, Residenzstraße, Odeonsplatz, Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse, Pacellistrasse, Maximiliansplatz, Karlsplatz-Stachus, Sonnenstraße, Schwanthalerstraße, Paul-Heyse-Straße, Georg-Hirth-Platz, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz, Festwiese

Monday September 21
12pm:   Seniors entertainment in the 14 large tents (by invitation only). First day of lunchtime specials from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday September 22
12pm to 6pm:   First family day at Oktoberfest with special rates for families and children.

Saturday September 26
Tents are full as early as noon for International Visitor day. Each year, they try to beat the record for the largest crowd.

 Open-Air Oktoberfest Music
Date: Sunday, 27th September 2015
Venue: on the steps of the Bavaria statue. A bigband open-air concert of all Oktoberfest bands with some 400 musicians takes place on the second Sunday of the festival

Tuesday September 29
12pm to 6pm:   Second Family Day with discounted admission, entry, rides and snack prices.

Sunday October 4
12pm:   Bavarian State Shooting Sports Shooting Association do traditional gun-salute on steps of Bavarian statue accompanied by firecrackers.

Drinking hours

Opening day 12.00 noon – 10.30 p.m
Weekdays 10.00 a.m – 10.30 p.m
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 a.m – 10.30 p.m
Daily closing hour 11.30 p.m ‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 a.m, last drinks at 0.30 a.m

Opening hours of stalls
Opening day 10.00 noon – 12.00 midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m – 11.30 p.m
Friday 10.00 a.m – 12.00 midnight
Saturday 9 a.m – midnight
Sunday 9 a.m – 11.30 p.m

Fairground attractions & sideshows
Opening day 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m – 11.30 p.m
Friday, Saturday 10.00 a.m – 12.00 midnight
Sunday 10 a.m – 11.30 p.m

Thank to for the extra information!!!

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