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 2013/2014. So as a good friend of mine says: Get amongst it!

Augsburg Plärrer

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20 April - 5 May, 2014
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

Heavenly Nectar

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The Munich Strong Beer Festival 2014 will start on Friday, March 21 and end on Sunday, April 6.
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. It's one of the best Munich festivals.
Read: Munich Strong Beer Festival

Treasure hunters delight

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April 26 to May 4, 2014
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!

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April 24 to May 11, 2014 - The 50th anniversary!
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

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June 19 - 24, 2014
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


Streetlife

May 31 - June 1, 2014. Munich's main street transforms into one of Europe's biggest outdoor party during the city's Streetlife Festival.
Read: Munich Streetlife Festival

Jakobidult

June 26 to July 3, 2014 . Second annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Party like it's 999

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July 11 to July 27, 2014
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

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June/July, 2014, exact dates to be announced
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

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July 20, 2014
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

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July, 2014, exact dates to be announced
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 on 16 August, 2014.

Just dance

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August 2014
This event has worldwide dancers and choreographers rendezvousing in Munich for 10 days of workshops and performances. The workshops are open to professionals as well as enthusiastic amateurs.
Read: Dance Workshop Europe

Augsburg Plärrer

22 August - 7 September, 2014
Augsburg's second big annual Plärrer beer festival. Think of it as a warm-up to the Oktoberfest!
Read: Augsburg Plärrer

Second Streetlife

September 13-14, 2014. 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

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20 September to 5 October, 2014
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


Kirchweihdult

October 19 to 27, 2014
Third annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Run till you're red in the face

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October 13, 2013
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...

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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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