Have you ever wondered why Munich’s beloved festival happens in September, when the name ‘Oktoberfest’ says otherwise?
It was changed to start in September for a number of reasons, the unpleasant October weather being one of them. In 1828, the Munich city council had already debated moving the start date to one week earlier.
Initially, the council denied the proposed date change, since the fields around Theresienwiese (the site for Oktoberfest) would still be used for farming and the councillors didn’t want to affect the farmers’ harvest. Saint Petrus allegedly opposed the council’s refusal to change the date, as there were heavy downpours every year during Oktoberfest.
Almost 50 years passed before the Munich city council brought them to transform Theresienwiese and the surrounding fields into building sites and immediately move Oktoberfest to conclude on the first Sunday in October.