The record-setting 2018 Oktoberfest was the Oktoberfest to end all Oktoberfests. But, lucky for us, it didn’t! Woop woop! Raise the roof your glass! Oktoberfest 2019 will go on as planned and it’s up to us to make this year even more epic than the last.
And how will we do that, you ask? By attending parades and concerts and contests (always shoot your crossbows responsibly, folks). By riding rides and watching guys with whips and trying new foods we can’t pronounce (just trust us on the dampfnudel). And by consuming more than 2018’s record 7.5 million litres of beer. It can be done! The time is now to plan your strategy—start here with the Oktoberfest 2019 schedule of (really awesome) events.
Oktoberfest 2019 Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 21st
9 a.m. | Oktoberfest begins! More or less! Beer won’t be served until noon so that gives you three hours to get your rear in gear. I hope you wore your running shoes and your… athlederhosen? Sure, that works.
11 a.m. | The Oktoberfest opening day parade works its way from the Marienplatz to the Theresienwiese. Tent owners, landlords, event hosts and their families (i.e. your new best friends), and the local breweries arrive to the Oktoberfest grounds on horse-drawn beer carriages. The lavish parade of about 1,000 participants is lead by the Münchner Kindl, Munich’s beautiful female monk mascot, because why not? To follow the parade, check out this map (red line).
Noon | O’zapft is! – That’s German for “Yay we can drink now!” In the Schottenhamel tent, the Lord Mayor of Munich has tapped the first Oktoberfest keg of 2019 – the most important item on the Oktoberfest 2019 schedule of events, no? It’s not until this happens that beer can be served everywhere else at Oktoberfest. Danke, Lord Mayor. Danke very much.
Sunday, September 22nd
10 a.m. | Another parade marches through Munich – this time, the traditional costume parade. Almost 10,000 participants make their way to the Theresienwiese from the centre of Munich, led again by Munich’s gorgeous “monk-like” specimen. This parade features traditional dancing and costumes, marching bands, people waving flags all about, and the beloved horse-drawn beer carriages, everyone’s favourites. To follow the parade, check out this map (blue line).
All day and night and probably a little of the next morning too | Gay Sunday! Get your Gaga on at the Pschorr-Bräurosl, the 8,400-seat tent known for its resident yodeller and, what is probably just a coincidence (right?), their whip-snappers. Wuh-tsssh! (That’s the sound of a whip cracking. Cut us some slack, we can only do so much without a podcast.)
Tuesday, September 24th
All day until 7 p.m. | The first of Oktoberfest’s two family days. All rides and performances are discounted for these two days until 7:00. Because what else are you going to do when you can’t get a babysitter for Oktoberfest?
Thursday, September 26th
10 a.m. | Traditional religious Oktoberfest mass (that’s mass, not maß) and memorial are held in the Marstall Tent. There’s also the opportunity to get baptized and first communion-ed because, duh, of course there is.
Second weekend of Oktoberfest
Sometime after siesta, probably | Italian weekend! If you’re a resident of Italy, chances are you’ll be at Oktoberfest this weekend learning that stein hoisting cannot exist where flagrant hand gestures do.
Sunday, September 29th
11 a.m. | Concert time! All of the Oktoberfest brass bands (the ones you’ve danced to so enthusiastically in the tents), plus drums and traditional alphorns, come together at the very big feet of the Bavaria statue for a massive outdoor concert. This is typically conducted by the Lord Mayor of Munich and other local celebrities who have absolutely no idea how to conduct a guy blowing into an alphorn. “And a-one, and a-two, and a…”
Tuesday, October 1st
All day until 7 p.m. | …or until someone starts getting cranky. The last of Oktoberfest’s family days. All rides and performances are discounted so you’ll have more money to spend on beer when the clock strikes 7:00.
Thursday, October 3rd
All day | German Unity Day. This national holiday marks the reunification of Germany in 1990 and, while not resulting in any special Oktoberfest events, may account for increased attendance (since no one is at work today). Because today is a holiday, beer serving hours begin at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than usual–consider that hour an event in itself!
Sunday, October 6th
Noon | The traditional gun salute known as a Boellerschiessen marks the end of Oktoberfest. This event takes place beneath the Bavaria statue and is led by the winners of the Oktoberfest shooting competition (yeah, that’s a thing) and looked upon by many sad faces.
11:30 p.m. | The unofficial (but like, pretty much official) Oktoberfest closing ceremony takes place inside the Hacker-Pschorr tent. The lights are lowered, the sparklers are lit, and 10,000 people belt their hearts out to Sierra Madre. The fact that 10k day-long drinkers are now casually waving about flaming sticks concerns no one. The only thing on their minds: only 350-something more days until Oktoberfest 2020!
Other Important Oktoberfest 2019 Schedule Things to Know
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day: noon – 10:30 p.m.
Weekdays: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays, & holidays: 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Oktoberfest closes 12:30 a.m. (‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ stay open until 1 a.m.)
Open Hours of Theresienwiese Stalls
Opening day: 10 a.m. – midnight
Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. – midnight
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – midnight
Sundays: 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Fairground Attractions & Shows
Opening day: noon – midnight
Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays: 10 a.m. – midnight
Sundays: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
It’s the end of the world ‘fest as we know it, and I feel fine like crying…
Sunday, October 6th, 2019 11:30 p.m.
So there you have it – the Oktoberfest 2019 Schedule of (Really Awesome) Events. Sixteen days in which to break the 2018 record. So grab your thirsty buddies (well, don’t grab them, but like, throw their passports at them forcefully) and join us in Munich!