Festive programme of events

Programm auf dem Oktoberfest: Einzug der Wiesnwirte, Foto: Exithamster
Foto: Exithamster

The Tapping

Mit nur zwei Schlägen zapfte Münchens OB Dieter Reiter das erste Fass an., Foto: Michael Nagy 2018
Foto: Michael Nagy 2018

Date: Saturday, 19th September 2020

Venue: Schottenhamel-Festhalle

With this ceremony, the Oktoberfest is opened every year. In 2019, Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first barrel of beer in the Schottenhamel tent with two strokes. Immediately after tapping, saluting shots fire through the air at the Bavaria statue - the sign for all innkeepers that the Oktoberfest has begun. According to tradition, the first mass of beer goes to the Bavarian Prime Minister.

Grand entry of the Oktoberfest landlords and breweries

Date: Saturday, 19th September 2020, duration about 45 minutes

Route: Sonnenstraße-Schwanthalerstraße to the Oktoberfest grounds

This is the official prelude to the opening of the Oktoberfest and involves about 1,000 participants, including the landlords' families in decorated carriages, the magnificent horse-drawn drays of the Munich breweries, waitresses on decorated floats and all the beer tent bands.

Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen's Parade

Date: Sunday, 20th September 2020, duration 2 - 2 1/2 hours, about 9000 performers, 7 km distance

Route: Max II. Denkmal, Maximilianstraße, Residenzstraße, Odeonsplatz, Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse, Pacellistrasse, Maximiliansplatz, Karlsplatz-Stachus, Sonnenstraße, Schwanthalerstraße, Paul-Heyse-Straße, Georg-Hirth-Platz, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz, Festwiese

World-famous procession on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. The Costume und Riflemen's Procession gives an impressive insight into the fascinating diversity of customs rooted in the heart of Bavaria, in Franconia, Swabia, the states of Germany and in neighboring European countries. A varied succession of regional costume groups, "troops" in historical uniforms, marching bands, riflemen, thoroughbred horses, oxen, cows, goats, the decorated drays of the Munich breweries, floats displaying typical local traditions and historic carriages all pass by in a 7-kilometer-long procession through the streets of the city center. Ribboned trees, harvest garlands, craftsmen's tools from bygone days, harvest produce, dancers decorated with flowers, stars and crowns, trumpeters on horseback, flag-throwers and a host of other performers transform this traditional Munich procession into a brilliant highlight on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest.

Open-Air Oktoberfest Music

Date: Sunday, 27th September 2020

Venue: on the steps of the Bavaria statue

A bigband open-air concert of all Oktoberfest bands with some 400 musicians takes place on the second Sunday of the festival.