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 2014/2015. So as a good friend of mine says: Get amongst it!

Augsburg Plärrer


March 27 - April 10, 2016
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


Friday, February 26 to Sunday, March 13, 2016
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


April 30 to May 8, 2016
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 15 to May 1, 2016
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


2016 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


June 11 and June 12, 2016 Munich's main street transforms into one of Europe's biggest outdoor party during the city's Streetlife Festival.
Read: Munich Streetlife Festival


June 30 to July 7. Second annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Beer Purity Law 500th anniversary festival


July 22 to July 24, 2016
This one-off festival will celebrate 500 years of the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot - Beer Purity Law. A street party full of tradition not to be missed.
Read: Beer Purity Law 500th anniversary festival

Party like it's 999


July 15 to July 31, 2016
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 29 to July 24, 2016
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 17, 2015
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 9-10, 2016
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 26 - September 11, 2016
Augsburg's second big annuaSl Plärrer beer festival. Think of it as a warm-up to the Oktoberfest!
Read: Augsburg Plärrer

Second Streetlife

September 10-11, 2016. 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 17 to October 3, 2016
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 15 to 23, 2016
Third annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Run till you're red in the face


October 11, 2015
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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