“When does Oktoberfest start?” sounds like a stupid question. It’s kind of like “John, what’s your name?”
But guess what? The world’s biggest big beer festival starts in September!
Oktoberfest starts the first Saturday after the 15th of September. This is to take advantage of better weather, as October can get downright chilly in Munich. Even with this “early” start, locals will tell you that they have nevertheless seen light snowfall during the fest!
Today is the opening day of Oktoberfest 2010. It is a beautiful fall day, the autumn sun is shining and the sky is blue with wispy white clouds. It is a respectable 13° C (55°F) and the city is full of folk on their way to the volksfest, all decked out in dirndls and lederhosen!
Oktoberfest ends the first week of October and lasts between 15 and 18 days. The longer runs stretch to accommodate German re-unification day on October 3rd, which is a national holiday.
Here are the dates for Munich’s Oktoberfest until the year 2015:
|2010||18 September||4 October|
|2011||17 September||3 October|
|2012||22 September||7 October|
|2013||21 September||6 October|
|2014||20 September||5 October|
|2015||19 September||4 October|
If you’re here already, then Prost! If not, then see you next year!