By Nicole Hoey
Festival season is alive and well in Munich, a city filled with rich tradition and celebrations galore. Check out the various festivals happening across the city in the upcoming months!
Jakobidult is the second festival to occur in Munich in the overarching celebration called Auer Dult, running from July 27 to August 4. A staple in Munich city life, the first Auer Dult festival was held over 700 years ago. Now, the summertime Jakobidult festival takes place in the bustling Mariahilfplatz square since 1905, featuring an extensive outdoor marketplace, delicious treats and fairground games. The very best part of Jakobidult? You know you’ll have the chance to enjoy yourself all over again when a similar festival comes in a few months’ time.
Learn more about Jakobidult.
Impark Summer Festival
Celebrate 25 days of summer fun at Impark Summer Festival, an event that runs from July 25 to August 18. Impark is located in the heart of the Olympia Park, a beautiful green space that is the perfect home for the various activities the festival has. Check out the children and adult flea markets to discover new decor, or take advantage of the free admission to the Theatron Musical theatre and enjoy a wide variety of talented performances. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of water activities to enjoy in Olympia Park’s lake, like wakeboarding and an inflatable volleyball court. Learn more about Impark Summer Festival.
You may have to wake up a tad early for this event, but the celebration involved is worth the early hours. Kocherlball stems from a 19th-century tradition in which townspeople gathered on Sunday mornings to dance around the Chinese Tower, Chinesischer Turm, in the Englischer Garten. Now, visitors dress up in traditional lederhosen and prance around the tower, performing the waltz, polka, and more unique dance styles. About 15,000 people head to this event each year, so it’s a dance party that shouldn’t be missed! Kocherlball takes place on July 21 from 6 to 10 a.m.
The most famous beer festival of all. The 186th annual Oktoberfest takes place from September 21 to October 6. From beer tasting to German cuisine to fairground games, you are sure to find your niche. Oktoberfest actually began as a huge royal wedding in the 1800s and has since blossomed into an event that attracts more than 6 million people each year. It is the combination of legacy and fun that makes Oktoberfest so successful and keeps people coming back, year after year. Also, make sure to plan your transportation to the festival in advance, as you can get to the site by car, tram or coach bus. Learn more about Oktoberfest.
The third and final event in the spectacular Auer Dult festival series, Kirchweihdult will run from October 19-27 this year. The phrase Auer Dult stems from the word Au, used to describe the district of Munich that the festival is located in. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find some German rarities hidden in the vendor stalls that line the Mariahilfplatz square. Or, you’ll be able to treat yourself to some of roasted sausages and chicken that the festival, and Munich, is known for. Learn more about Kirchweihdult.
From November 27 to Christmas Eve, this market helps you count down to Christmas even better than an advent calendar. Christkindlmarkt has been a staple in Munich since the 14th century. Recently, the event has occurred in front of the city’s town hall, making it a prime spot for locals and travellers alike. One of the most traditional markets, Christkindlmarket offers a wide variety of Christmas-themed items, such as nativity scene pieces, decorative crosses and, of course, some of the best ornaments around for your tree. Food options such as mulled wine and roasted chestnuts will sure to keep you warm as you search for your Christmas decor. Learn more about Christkindlmarkt.
Tollwood Winter Festival
From November 26 to December 31, Tollwood Winter Festival encompasses a winter wonderland. Tollwood takes Theresienwiese, the grounds that Oktoberfest takes places on, and transforms them entirely into the winter spirit. The event attracts over 800 vendors to come sell their unique gifts and crafts, while international theatre performances have a blast amusing their audiences. In 2007, Tollwood set up a new exhibit titled the “Weltsalon,” a multimedia presentation revolving around social justice issues. The festival is also introducing “Paris De Nuit” this year, a show dedicated to the Parisian nightlife scene of the 30s. Learn more about the Tollwood Winter Festival.