Munich festivals

A guide to noteworthy Munich festivals and events
throughout the year

Few folks need a flimsier excuse to celebrate than the Bavarians.

This page is your portal for learning about the festivals and events that take place in Munich and around Bavaria throughout the year.

Dates for Munich festivals given below are valid for 2016/2017. So as a good friend of mine says: Get amongst it!

Augsburg Plärrer


April 16 - May 1, 2017
The first of two annual big beer festivals in Munich's neighbouring city of Augsburg.  Two big beer tents, lots of rides, fish on a stick, well worth a day trip.
Read: Augsburg Plärrer
See also Augsburg Plärrer photos

Strong beer


Friday, March 10 to Sunday, March 26, 2017
Munich's Paulaner monks perfected the art of strong beer brewing over 350 years ago. It's only gotten better since then. Claim your own stein of tastiest libation around at the Munich Starkbierfest (Strong Beer Festival). It's one of the best Munich festivals.
Read: Munich Strong Beer Festival

Treasure hunters' delight


April 29 to May 7, 2017
Munich's oldest fair turns a usually quiet part of Munich into a bustling of trade, food and family fun. Pick up a bargain or just browse the stands at the Auer Dult.
Read: Munich Auer Dult

The joy of spring!


April 21 to May 7, 2017
Think Oktoberfest, then shrink it. The Munich Spring Festival counts as the quieter counterpart to the world’s most famous beerfest, and that suits many people just fine.
Read: Munchener Fruhlingsfest (Munich Spring Festival)

Short films hit the big screen


2017 dates yet to be confirmed
Short films from around the world feature at this edgy film fest. Non-German language films under 15min spanning documentary, fiction, animation and experimentation are shown.
Read: Munich International Short Film Festival


May 20 - 21, 2017 Munich's main street transforms into one of Europe's biggest outdoor party during the city's Streetlife Festival.
Read: Munich Streetlife Festival


July 29 to August 6, 2017 Second annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Party like it's 999


July 14 to July 30, 2017
There are knights, jesters, jugglers, damsels, freaks and fools. The Kaltenberg Knights' Festival brings the Middle-Ages to life.
Read: Kaltenberg Knights' Festival Tournament (Kaltenberger Ritterturnier)

The world is a village


June 21 to July 16, 2017
Munich's biggest summer festival proves that the world really can be a small place. Tollwood is 25 days of world cuisine, markets of ideas, music, outdoor theatre and environmental friendliness.
All in the wonderfully relaxed setting of the Olympic Park.
Read: Tollwood

Butlers and chambermaids get jiggy with it


July 16, 2017
The Kocherlball is a Munich tradition going back over a century. Servants of the aristocracy would meet at the crack of dawn to dance their way into day. It’s recreated in the Englisher Garten.
Read: Kocherball

Big gay and lesbian party


July 15-16, 2017
The city centre comes alive with drag queens, leather pants and feather boas for a long weekend of gay and lesbian revellry. There are concerts, a parade and a high-heels race.
Read: Munich Christopher Street Day
See also: Munich Gay Pride Parade pics
There is another gay street festival in mid-August

Augsburg Plärrer

August 25 - September 10, 2017
Augsburg's second big annual Plärrer beer festival. Think of it as a warm-up to the Oktoberfest!
Read: Augsburg Plärrer

Second Streetlife

September 2017 - Dates TBC. The city's second annual Streetlife Festival turns the city's main street into the ideal spot to stroll, eat, drink, party, people watch, whatever you like!.
Read: Munich Streetlife Festival

The biggest show on Earth - The Munich Oktoberfest


September 16 to October 3, 2017
The world's biggest festival needs no introduction. Oktoberfest draws millions visitors of visitors to Munich every year for 16 days of unbridled "Party machen".
Read: Oktoberfest Munich


October 14 to 22, 2017
Third annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Run till you're red in the face


October 8, 2017
Those brave enough to attempt Munich’s annual 42km (26mi.) marathon will puff through the Old Town and loop through the Englischer Garten before high-tailing it to the Olympic Stadium for the grand finale.
(Read: Munich Marathon)

Oh come, all ye faithful...


Late November to late December
For many people, December in Munich means just one thing: Christmas markets.
Drink a hot, spicy Glühwein while chewing back on a half-metre hot dog and searching stands for the perfect presents for the folks back home.
Read: Munich Christmas Markets
See also: • Christmas Markets Photos
German Christmas Traditions

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