It’s almost Oktoberfest time! Well, not exactly, but we’re more than halfway there and that’s good news! Have you planned your trip? Have your dirndls been dry-cleaned, ladies? Gentlemen, have you stocked up on those funny half knee socks? Have you packed yet??? Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself but I really just can’t wait. And I know you’re right there with me (or at least will be come September)!
This year’s Oktoberfest is going to be EPIC so to get you in the mood I present to you the official 2016 schedule of (really awesome) events and other much needed information. Plan your trip like NOW or, better yet, let us do all the work for you. Here you go, guzzlers! Just, please, try to remain calm for the next few months. Which is more than I can say for myself.
2016 Schedule of (Really Awesome) Events
Saturday September 17th
11 am // It’s here, it’s here! Oktoberfest opening parade – Tent owners, landlords, and local breweries arrive to the Theresienwiese on decked-out horse carriages. Oooh let’s get this party started!
12 pm // O’zapft is! – In the Schottenhamel tent, the Lord Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter taps the first Oktoberfest keg of the year. Not until he taps the keg and shouts, “O’zapft is!” do the festivities officially begin. Danke Mayor Reiter, from the bottom of our very thirsty hearts.
Sunday September 18th
10 am // Traditional costume parade through Munich – Around 9,500 parade members make their way almost 7 kilometres through the city to the Theresienwiese. The parade is led by the famous Münchner Kindl and features traditional costumes and dance routines, marching bands, flag bearers and the lovable Munich brewery horse-drawn carriages. What have we learned so far? Ponies = party!
Monday September 19th
9 am // As guests of the municipality of Munich, 1,200 local children will tour the Oktoberfest grounds. Stay in school kids and, one day, this could be you. Isn’t the future all you ever dreamed it would be?
12 pm // Special lunch for the elderly held in the large tents. Oktoberfest: a party for children of all ages!
Tuesday September 20th
12 pm – 6 pm // The first of two Oktoberfest family days. All rides and performances are discounted for these six hours. And by all means, please ride them before your time in a beer tent. Roller coaster responsibly people.
Thursday September 22nd
10 am // Traditional religious Oktoberfest mass held in the Hippodrom Tent. That’s ‘mass’, not maß. Try not to get confused. I think they’ll notice.
Sunday September 25th
11 am // All of the brass bands from all of the Oktoberfest beer tents come together at the feet of the Bavaria statue for a massive outdoor concert typically conducted by the Mayor and other local celebrities.
Tuesday September 27th
12 pm – 6 pm // Last family day! All rides and performances are discounted. So… more money for beer!
Sunday October 2nd
12 pm // Known as a Boellerschiessen, the traditional gun salute marking the end of Oktoberfest takes place beneath the Bavaria statue by the winners of the Oktoberfest shooting competition.
Monday October 3rd
The saddest day of the year. But let’s not talk about it; it’s a very sore subject for me.
Other Important Things
Beer Serving Hours – Get in my belly!
Opening day 12 pm – 10:30 pm
Weekdays 10 am – 10:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays & holidays 9 am – 10:30 pm
Oktoberfest closes 11:30 pm (‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1 am) ⇠ I need to learn what this means!
Open Hours of Theresienwiese Stalls
Opening day 10 pm – midnight
Mondays – Thursdays 10 am – 11:30 pm
Fridays 10 am – midnight
Saturdays 9 am – midnight
Sundays 9 am – 11:30 pm
Fairground Attractions & Shows
Opening day 12 pm – midnight
Mondays – Thursdays 10 am – 11:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 10 am – midnight
Sundays 10 am – 11:30 pm
End of Oktoberfest The Sad Event We’re Pretending Isn’t Happening
Monday, October 3rd, 2016 11:30 pm
So now that you’ve got the lowdown on what’s to go down, you can prepare accordingly. Learn those songs. Lift those weights. Grow that moustache. The Chicken Dance isn’t going to practice itself!