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 2018 or later.
So as a good friend of mine says: Get amongst it!

St Patrick's Day in Munich


Sunday, March 11, 2018
The tradition of toasting Ireland's patron saint has made it to Munich a while back - there's a colourful parade, live music and lots of beer.
Read: St Patrick's Day in Munich

Munich Strong Beer Festival


Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
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

Augsburg Plärrer


April 1 - April 15, 2018
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

Munich Auer Dult - a treasure hunter's dream


April 28 to May 6, 2018
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

Munchener Fruhlingsfest (Munich Spring Festival)


April 20 to May 6, 2018
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)

Munich International Short Film Festival


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 5-6, 2018, then September 8-9, 2018 Munich's main street transforms into one of Europe's biggest outdoor party during the city's Streetlife Festival.
Read: Munich Streetlife Festival


July 28 to August 5, 2017 Second annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Kaltenberg Knights' Festival - party like it's 999


July 13 to July 29, 2018
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)

Tollwood - the world is a village


June 27 to July 22, 2018
Munich's biggest summer festival proves that the world really can be a small place. The summer 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

Kocherlball - an early-morning old-style dance


July 15, 2018
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

Munich Christopher Street Day


July 14-15, 2018
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 24 - September 9, 2018
Augsburg's second big annual Plärrer beer festival. Think of it as a warm-up to the Oktoberfest!
Read: Augsburg Plärrer

Second Streetlife

September 2018 - 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

Munich Oktoberfest - the biggest show on Earth


September 22 to October 7, 2018
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 20 to 28, 2018
Third annual outdoor market. see Munich Auer Dult

Munich Marathon - run till you're red in the face


October 7, 2018
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)

Munich Christmas Markets - 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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