The 183rd Oktoberfest is only six months away. On Saturday, September 17, Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter is to announce “Ozapft is!” – “the barrel is tapped!” after traditionally broaching the first cask of beer at noon at the Schottenhamel festival tent. Until Sunday, October 2, Munich is going to live with and for the festival. In fact, in 2016 the festival may (official decision still pending) one day longer, since on Monday, October 3, Germany celebrates German Unification Day (or German Unity Day).
Over 6 million visitors are expected to visit this year’s instalment of the traditional Bavarian beer festival which takes place annually in Munich at the Theresienwiese. If you plan ahead, the time is right now to reserve seats at one of the traditional tents to enjoy the unique atmosphere at the “Wiesn”, as Bavarians call the Festival. To pick the right tent for you, you can visit our post “Overview of the Main Tents at the Oktoberfest” and there is a map showing the locations of the tents below.
Events at the Oktoberfest 2016.
Saturday, Sept 17, 10.45am Entry of the Oktoberfest landlords, waiters and breweries.
Saturday, Sept 17, noon Official tapping from the Munich Lord Mayor.
Sunday, Sept 18, 10am Traditional parade of traditional costume-associations and shooting clubs
Tuesday, Sept 20, noon First Family Day with lowered prices.
Saturday, Sept 24, The Italian Weekend begins
Sunday, Sept 25, Half-time at the Oktoberfest
Sunday, Sept 25, 11am Outdoor concert of all music-chapels in front of the Bavaria.
Monday, Sept 26, 3pm Gay Party at the Fischer-Vroni festival tent
Tuesday, Sept 27, noon Second Family day
Sunday, Oct 02, noon Traditional gun salutes in front of the Bavaria