The Münchener Frühlingsfest (Munich Spring Festival) is like a baby Oktoberfest
Party time: The action inside the Augustiner beer tent.
The band plays on: A Bavarian band keeps visitors entertained
in the beer garden at the Munchener Fruhlingsfest.
The festival kicks off with a big parade and Böllerschützen, where aging artillery enthusiasts shoot mini hand-cannons into the air.
The first keg is tapped inside the Hippodrom-Festzelt at 4pm on the opening day to get the beer flowing.
On the first Saturday of the festival you'll find one of Munich's greatest flea-markets:
More than 1,000 stands peddling everything from boomerangs to Beethoven.
Vendors open at 6am so you'll need an early start to snap up the best bargains.
On the second Friday there's usually a big fireworks display after sunset.
Other special events that pop up sporadically at the fest included a vintage car exhibition and a couple of days where visitors can pay with (now extinct) Deutschmarks.
Frühlingsfest München (German only)
Check it out: Buddies of mine on our arrival at the festival.
All rise: Dancing on the benches inside the Festhalle Bayernland beer tent.
Spin 'n' surp: The slowly spinning carousel with a built-in bar
at the Munchener Fruhlingsfest.
Al fresco: Outdoor festivities in the beer garden.
Let's get funky: The band heats things up inside the Augustiner beer tent.
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