Oktoberfest 2019 is going to be the best yet and you know how we know that? Because Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is the kind of thing that gets better with age – like whiskey, fine wine, or the leather of your lederhosen.
Each year between six and seven million people are finding this out for themselves and don’t you want to be one of them? They consume 7 million litres of beer at Oktoberfest every year and you’d think there might not be any beer left after all is said and done.
When is Oktoberfest 2019?
July. It’s in July. No, it’s not in July! Oktoberfest 2019 will take place exactly when you think it will – September. ⇠ That part’s actually not a joke. Being the seasoned veteran that you are, you already know that Oktoberfest starts in September every year and ends in October. Oktoberfest 2019 will be no different and will take place over these 16 days:
Saturday 21st September ⇢ Sunday 6th October, 2019
Planning for Oktoberfest 2019
No, it’s absolutely never too early to start planning for Oktoberfest. As a matter of fact, you’re probably already a little behind. Put on the coffee and let’s get planning!
When to attend Oktoberfest 2019
Well, not in July for starters. There are a few choices you have to make when it comes to when you want to attend Oktoberfest 2019:
AT THE BEGINNING VS. AT THE END – Two specific times to consider attending Oktoberfest are the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. Both are spectacular in their own ways and equally tough to get into (but both worth their weight in schnitzel). The opening ceremony in the Schottenhamel tent marks the official start of Oktoberfest with the Lord Mayor of Munich tapping the first keg and shouting, “O’Zapft Is!” – the Oktoberfest equivalent of a green flag being waved on a racetrack. The festivities have begun – get prost-ing or get the hell out of the way!
The Oktoberfest closing ceremony in the Hacker-Pschorr tent is another spectacle to behold. It’s 10,000 of your new best friends in one huge sing-along. The lights go down; the sparklers are lit; it’s like New Year’s Eve, your 21st birthday, and graduation all rolled into one. Look how many beers you’ve consumed this year – you’re all grown up now! *tear*
WEEKDAYS VS. WEEKENDS – Not counting opening and closing day at Oktoberfest, Fridays and weekends are the toughest time to find space for your tush in a beer tent. But if this is in your plan for Oktoberfest 2019, arrive to the Theresienwiese with the rising sun and keep your butt planted on a bench all the livelong day. During the week (and during the day) is going to be your best bet to easily find a seat and keep it. You can even sleep in if you want – but just a little bit.
SPECIAL EVENTS – Oktoberfest 2019 will have all the signature Oktoberfest special events like the costume parade, family day, traditional Bavarian concerts, and more. For an idea of the special events you can expect at Oktoberfest 2019, see this schedule of (really awesome) events.
What to budget for Oktoberfest 2019
Obviously this depends on how much you can consume. Lucky for everyone though, getting into the festival and into the beer tents is 100% free. Buuut that’s only fun to a point and no one, I repeat, no one attends Oktoberfest to sit in a beer tent empty-handed. NO. ONE.
And here’s where the dollars start flying, rap-video style. Just straight up raining down euros from your wallet into the servers’ pockets. A litre of beer at Oktoberfest will run you around 11 euros (without tip) but that’s not even the saddest part. Litres of water and other non-alcoholic drinks cost almost as much – the sad part being that there are people at Oktoberfest drinking non-alcoholic beverages. There isn’t a recommended amount of money to bring because however big your beer appetite, make sure you bring cash, cash, and more cash (as opposed to plastic, plastic, and more plastic).
For Oktoberfest 2019 you’ll also need to budget for:
Oktoberfest Food – Menu options and prices at each tent vary but expect to spend between 7€ – 22€ on a meal with a ½ chicken being around 11€.
Entertainment – If you’re the kind of person who can stomach carnival rides in the middle of a beer festival, this applies to you. Also, bravo! The rides will cost you a few euros per ride and possibly a little bit of dignity as well.
What to wear for Oktoberfest 2019
Traditional Bavarian clothing is where it’s at for Oktoberfest (as it should be every damn day, in our opinion). For the ladies that means a traditional Bavarian dirndl—white blouse, knee-length (or longer) dress, apron, and comfortable shoes you’re not afraid to spill beer on. For the gents that means lederhosen, the tighter the better (also just our opinion), white or plaid button-up shirt, those weird knee socks that are just the calf part, some comfortable loafers, and, if you really want to go all out Bavaria, an Alpine hat. Ooh-la-la, prost indeed!
There’s a bit more that goes into dressing for Oktoberfest (the unwritten rules, accessories, hair, cleavage, and what do you mean it matters how I tie my apron bow?) so click that link to get the full lowdown on all things push up.
How to get to Oktoberfest in Munich
For starters, driving is out of the question. Don’t even attempt it. There is literally no parking (remember this guy?) or how you’d even get home after [insert # of litres] litres of beer. The Oktoberfest grounds (the Theresienwiese) are a short walk (10 minutes, you can handle that) from the Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s central train station, and an even shorter walk from the Theresienwiese stop on the U-bahn, just one stop away from the Hauptbahnhof. If even that looks like gibberish to you, calling a taxi is always an option.
What will the weather be like for Oktoberfest 2019?
You can never really tell. Some years it’s chilly, some it’s rainy, and some years the sky is blue and the sun is shining and we’re not just talking about the ceiling inside the Hacker-Pschorr tent. However, this page gives you a good idea of annual temperature and precipitation averages for Munich, Germany for the months of September and October.
FAOQs – Frequently Asked Oktoberfest Questions
Do I need a reservation in the beer tents? You don’t need a reservation but obviously it never hurts (luckily, we can help you with beer tent reservations). If you attend Oktoberfest 2019 during the week, finding a table in a tent won’t be a problem. Evenings and weekends are much harder but it can still be done – have no fear, beer is near!
Where are the restrooms? The large beer tents have their own restrooms with plenty of stalls. Outside the beer tents you can follow giant Cupid’s arrow to the nearest restroom.
What are the dancing rules? Rule #1 – Benches are fine to dance on, tables are not. Rule #2 – Shake what yo momma gave ya! Rule #3 – You can’t get mad if you become a viral internet sensation.
Can I smoke in the beer tents? No you cannot. There is a strict no smoking policy inside the beer tents but each tent typically has a designated smoking area outside the tent.
Will I get fined and/or arrested and/or publicly ridiculed if I try to steal a glass mug from a beer tent? Abso-freaking-lutely.
Oktoberfest 2019 is upon us and there’s no better time to start planning for it than yesterday NOW! Munich’s Oktoberfest is the beer festival all other beer festivals wish they could be so be sure to check out our Oktoberfest 2019 tours and packages for the time of your life.
Written by Ashley Smith