The Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world and now celebrated not only in Germany but also all over the world. As we know, the original festival comes from the city of Munich in Bavaria.
Why and when the celebration of the Oktoberfest was started? The forerunner of the Oktoberfest was the huge horse race in honor of the wedding of Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and Ludwig of Bavaria. The royal couple married on October 12, 1810, and the first horse race took place five days later. This event developed into a festival where it was forbidden to serve alcohol at the time. Only since 1950 the festival has been opened with the traditional opening of the beer barrel and the words "O'zapft is!" and celebrated with lots of beer.
Every year thousands of people travel to Munich, especially for the spectacle to see how the chief burgomaster sets the first barrel abroach and thus opens the “Wiesn”. But you don't necessarily have to travel to Munich to experience the Oktoberfest. Below we tell you in which cities in Germany the right Oktoberfest atmosphere prevails. So get your dirndl and lederhosen out and celebrate with us!
|Tapping||September 19 (until October 4)|
|Opening hours||Mon to Fri: 10 a.m. to 11.30 p.m., Sa & Sun: 9 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.|
Oktoberfest in Munich 2019. Photo: Ketrin Rose
The Oktoberfest in the city of Munich is also called d’Wiesn (from “Theresienwiese”) in Bavarian. Every year the Munich Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors, including many international tourists, mainly from Italy, the USA, Japan, and Australia. This year the 187th Oktoberfest is celebrated here.
Below you will find the most important dates so that you can plan your visit to the Oktoberfest in the best possible way.
Oktoberfest in Munich 2019. Photos by Ketrin Rose
The 2020 Oktoberfest has been cancelled due to the corona pandemic.
Oktoberfest Munich 2020 program
|Sa||11 a.m.||Festive arrival of the innkeepers and breweries to the Wiesn.|
|Sa||midday||Official barrel opening by Munich's chief burgomaster in Schottenhamel.|
|Su||10 a.m.||Large costumes and riflemen's parade across the city.|
|Mo||midday||Traditional seniors hosting in the large festival tents.|
|Tu||midday||1. Family Day with great discounts for children and families.|
|Th||10 a.m.||Ecumenical Oktoberfest and Memorial Service.|
|Sa||all day||Flirt alarm at the traditional Italians weekend.|
|Su||11 a.m.||Joint concert by the Oktoberfest chapels|
|Tu||midday||2. Children Day with favorable offers for kids and families|
|We||midday||Traditional get-together of the old showmen in the festival tent.|
|Th||all day||It's really crowded on-site on today's holiday|
|Sa||all day||Last Saturday of the party - let's go to the final countdown!|
|Su||midday||Traditional gun salutes on the steps of Bavaria.|
|Su||11:30 p.m.||Out! The Wiesn 2019 is over. We are looking forward to 2020!|
Admission to the Oktoberfest tents and on Theresienwiese is free. You pay only for your orders.
It is recommended to book a table in advance because you will only get beer at the tables. During the week, there are discounts from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Oktoberfest. You can get discounts up to 30% in the festival tents, at carnival rides and booths. The participating establishments can be identified from the logo of “Mittagswiesn”.
Families with children
On Tuesday, September 22nd, and September 29th from 10 am to 7 pm, it is family day. Throughout the day, prices for attractions and rides are reduced.
*Familienplatzl (family place)– an area for kids.
You will find the Familienplatzl in the street 3/East (Straße 3/Ost). Here families can enjoy driving pleasure, Wiesn fun, and entertainment, focused on one street.
Photo by Marco Verch, https://www.flickr.com/photos/149561324@N03/37420736295
From the beginning of the Oktoberfest, the “Wiesn Hits for Kids” plan will be handed out free of charge at the festival area. You can find interesting information for the whole family inside. The map is also to be found at the Munich Tourist Office, at the tourist information desks at the central train station and Marienplatz.
16 festival tents and beverage prices
The new 2020 drink prices for beer, wheat beer, water, and limo will be announced in spring (late May or June). The prices from the previous year you can find in this table:
|Armbrustschützen festival tent||7,430 seats. A liter of beer costs 11,40 €.|
|Augustiner festival tent||8.500 seats. A liter of beer costs 10,70 €.|
|Tradition festival tent||8,054 seats, is located on the Oide Wiesn. A liter of beer costs 11,10 €.|
|Fischer-Vroni||3.395 seats. A liter of beer costs 11,35 €.|
|Hacker festival tent||9.300 seats. Aliter of beer costs 10,90 €.|
|Herzkasperl festival tent||2.884 seats, is located on the Oide Wiesn. A liter of beer costs 11,20 €.|
|Hofbräu festival tent||9.920 seats. A liter of beer costs 10,90 €.|
|Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke||2.900 seats. Beer price isn't announced.|
|Löwenbräu festival tent||8.500 seats. A liter of beer costs 10,80 €.|
|Marstall||4.500 seats. Beer price isn't announced.|
|Ochsenbraterei||7.400 seats. A liter of beer costs 11,20 €.|
|Pschorr-Bräurosl||8.400 seats. A liter of beer costs 11,40 €.|
|Schottenhammel||10.000 seats. A liter of beer costs 10,95 €.|
|Schützen festival tent||6.500 seats. A liter of beer costs 11,40 €.|
|Wine tent||2,500 seats. Chosen wines available.|
|Winzerer Fähndl||10.900 seats. Beer price isn't announced.|
Official Oktoberfest mug - 2020 mug
It is a beer stein (made of clay) with a capacity of 1.0 liters. Every year the stein is decorated with a new poster motif of the Wiesn (Wiesn poster). You can choose a stein with a high-quality embossed and engraved tin cover or without a cover.
The official "mug collection" of the city of Munich includes beer steins (in 0.5 liters, 0.3 liters, and 4cl) made of different materials and glass beer mugs.
|Opening||September 25 (until October 11)|
|Place||Cannstatter Wasen, Mercedesstraße 50|
|Opening times||Mon to Thu: 12 pm to 11 pm, Fri: 12 am to midnight, Sa: 11 am to midnight, Sun: 11 am to 11 pm.|
|Special opening times|
|Friday 25.09.||3 pm to midnight|
|Wednesday 30.09.||midday to midnight|
|Thursday 01.10.||11 am to 11 pm|
This year, the 175th Cannstatter Volksfest takes place in Stuttgart which attracts around four million visitors every year.
Schedule Cannstatter Wasen 2020 in Stuttgart
|Friday, September 25, 3 p.m.||Opening ceremony with barrel opening.|
|Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m.||Big historical folk festival parade.|
|Wednesday||from 12 p.m. family day.|
|October 10, 2020||Great balloon race in the afternoon.|
|Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 10 a.m.||Ecumenical Memorial Service.|
|Sunday, October 11, 2020, 9:30 p.m.||Musical fireworks.|
Guided tours - a look behind the scenes of the festival
· Monday, 28.09.2020 4 p.m.
· Tuesday, 29.09.2020 2 p.m.
· Wednesday, 30.09.2020, 4 p.m.
· Thursday, 01.10.2020, 4 p.m.
· Friday, 02.10.2020, 2 p.m.
· Monday, 05.10.2020 2 p.m.
· Tuesday 06.10.2020 4 p.m.
· Thursday, 10.10.2020, 4 p.m.
*Minimum number of participants 10 people. Group appointments (15 or more people). Duration approx. 2 hours.
* The booking is obligatory. You can do it by connecting Isolde Pfeffer: 0171/8695500 firstname.lastname@example.org
· Sonja Merz - The tent with a heart
· Dinkelacker tent Klauss & Klauss
· Brandl’s Fürstenberg tent
· Grandls Hofbräu tent
· Swabian world
· To the Wasenwirt
· Cannstatter Oberamt
The entrance to the tents is free. However, please note that the tents will be closed by the maximum number of visitors. Admission is, of course, guaranteed in case of a previous reservation at the desired host.
The Wasenhasi is the official mascot of Wasen. During the festive season, he is out on the square every day in the afternoon. He would be happy to take a photo with you!
The Krämermarkt with more than 50 marketeers has always been part of the Cannstatter Wasen. Textiles, spices, cosmetics, gifts, leather and household goods, jewelry, pieces of art, and tea are offered here.
Tips for families with children
Family days take place every Wednesday. This year the first family day is on Wednesday, September 30th, and the second on Wednesday, October 7th. On these days, you can enjoy reduced prices at many attractions by showmen, innkeepers, and market traders. Face painting, clowns, fairy tale carousels, and children's railway are also waiting for the little visitors.
A highlight for families is the Volksfest parade on the first Sunday of the festival. Here you and your children can be delighted by 3,500 participants, tractors, old craft guilds, and many animals.
Children's menus are offered in large tents and many companies.
At many children's rides, parents can accompany their children free of charge.
|Opening||September 18 (until October 11)|
|Place||Central fairground at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm Reinickendorf.|
|Opening times||Mon to Thu: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fri & Sat: 3 p.m. to midnight, Sun: midday to 11 p.m.|
The 70th Berlin Oktoberfest is the most significant capital Wiesn. Here you can feel the Munich Oktoberfest very close. Authentical Bavarian specialties and an original Paulaner tent await you here, the tent's host Arnold Bergmann is even a native-born in Bavaria.
In the program
● Oktoberfest band D 'Chieminger and DJ Hummel;
● Real highlights - on the festival day (October 3rd) De Randfichten and De Erbschleicher;
● Bavarian specialties such as Haxn, Hendl, Leberkäs, Brezn and Radi;
● Large original Paulaner tent 85 x 25 meters;
● Oktoberfest mood and rides;
● A wide range of festival offers from 50 showmen;
● Attractions: 15 meters high “Super Twister”, breakdancer and auto scooter;
● Numerous children's carousels, lotteries, grapple, darts, ball throwing, and shooting cart.
Program for Klar's Paulaner beer garden
|Friday, 18.09||Schlager Party with DJ Sven|
|Saturday, 19.09||Hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s with Simone & Holger|
|Friday, 25.09||Schlager Party with DJ Sven|
|Saturday, 26.09||Hamburg atmosphere with "Die Jungs"|
|Friday, 02.10.||Schlager Party with DJ Sven|
|Saturday, 03.10||Hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s with Simone & Holger|
|Friday, 09.10||Schlager Party with DJ Sven|
|Saturday, 10.10||Country music from Berlin with Roots & Boots|
|Each Sunday||The Rock&Roll Mona Lisa - Ginger Taylor|
*Free entry! Closed on Mondays. October 3. opened. Information + reservation: email@example.com
Wednesday is family day
Every Wednesday on the family day you get half prices on all carousels and trains as well as many other attractive special offers.
Admission is free on all days!
Exception: A visit to the festival tent (not for the Volksfest!) on the main days (every Friday and Saturday and on October 2) - € 5.00.
On October 3 - € 10.00. Children up to 14 years, accompanied by their parents - free.
|Opening||September 19 (until October 3)|
|Place||Südstadion Fortuna Köln|
|Opening times||vary depending on the event|
The Oktoberfest in Cologne is quite young. The idea only was formed in 2004 while visiting the Munich Oktoberfest. In 2020 Cologne's Oktoberfest is celebrated for 16th time.
● 3,000 sqm big festival tent;
● Crowd pleasers from the schlager scene such as Achim Petry, Olaf Henning and Peter Wackel;
● Cologne bands Kasalla, Klüngelköpp, Paveier and Rabaue;
● Mood guarantors Mickie Krause, the Big Maggas, the Kölschkracher, the Power Buam and Susal;
● Original Limbachtal musicians;
● Weisswurst and Kölsch (every Bavarian will certainly get goosebumps);
● Specially made mugs (for 0.3 and 0.5 litres).
Card interior, € 29.50 per person (possibly a further € 2 fee). The card is valid for the whole evening. Beverage service at the table.
Order tickets: Kölnticket.de 0221-2801, 0221 36 86 686 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Logen ALL IN admission ticket: for €84 incl. VAT
At the all-in price, you get a one-course meal (3 to choose from), excellent service, unlimited Gaffel Kölsch, wines, prosecco, and non-alcoholic beverages. The maximum number of people in a lodge - 40 persons.
Contact: Ms. Möller 0221 36 86 686, email@example.com
|Opening||September 17 (until October 11)|
|Opening times||10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (morning pint) and 5.30 p.m. to midnight (evening event)|
The Frankfurt Oktoberfest is celebrated every year at the Commerzbank Arena and is one of the most popular festivals in Germany. Live shows with famous guests, own festival beer, tasty Oktoberfest specialties, and a diverse program await you from Tuesday to Sunday.
The program below is relevant for 2019. The 2020 Oktoberfest has been cancelled due to the corona pandemic.
Program Frankfurt Oktoberfest 2019
|Wednesday, 11.09.2019||It will be o’zapft! Official opening with Jimmie Wilson and the “Weather Girls”, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Thursday, 12.09.2019||90s Wiesn with Oli P., Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Friday, 13.09.2019||Almauftrieb (a kind of celebrity party), Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Saturday, 14.09.2019||Wiesn fun, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Sunday, 15.09.2019||Morning pint with “Trenkwalder”|
|Tuesday, 17.09.2019||Sweetie Wiesn with Mickie Krause, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Wednesday, 18.09.2019||Hammer Wiesn with Roy Hammer & “Pralineés”, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Thursday, 19.09.2019||80s Wiesn with Jimmie Wilson and “Weather Girls”, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Friday, 20.09.2019||Frankfurt Wiesn, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Saturday, 21.09.2019||Edelweiss Wiesn, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Sunday, 22.09.2019||Morning pint with the Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Tuesday, 24.09.2019||Dear Wiesn with Mickie Krause, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Wednesday, 25.09.2019||Celebration of the Oktoberfest half-time with Peter Wackel, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Thursday, 26.09.2019||NDW Tyrol Wiesn with Markus and “Trenkwalder”|
|Friday, 27.09.2019||Party Wiesn, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Saturday, 28.09.2019||Fash’n Wiesn, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Sunday, 29.09.2019||Morning pint with the Oktoberfest Band|
|Wednesday, 2.10.2019||Funny Wiesn, The Hangover|
|Thursday, 3.10.2019||Morning pint with “Kalbacher”|
|Thursday, 3.10.2019: Evening event||Malle-Wiesn with “Schlagermafia” and “Ingo ohne Flamingo” with his mega party hit „S…, morgens, mittags, abends!“, Frankfurt Oktoberfest Band|
|Friday, 4.10.2019||Final spurt Wiesn, band The Hangover|
|Saturday, 5.10.2019||Almabtrieb, band The Hangover|
|Sunday, 6.10.2019||Morning pint with “Die Trenkwalder”|
Place at the table, inner space - € 42.40, includes € 15.00 minimum coin consumption.
Place at an alpine pasture - € 48.30, includes € 20.00 minimum coin consumption.
Place in a box - € 54.20, includes € 25.00 minimum coin consumption.
Morning pint - € 11.70, coins are not included.
Tickets can be purchased from May 8, 2020, tel: 069-407662580
Admission is from 5:30 p.m. (morning pint at 10:30 a.m.).
You can redeem your ticket up to 1 hour before the end of the event. A seat at the booked table is guaranteed until 9:00 p.m.
You are not allowed to take your children with you to the evening events.
Children up to 15 years have free admission to the early morning pint. There are numerous play options on the forecourt.