Cancellation: Dult season 2020 without Maidult
The Maidult at Mariahilfplatz (April 25th - May 3rd) would have been the kick-off for Munich's 2020 Dult season. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, the traditional Maidult for this year has been cancelled. In consolation, preparations for the Jacobidult and Kirchweihdult are still ongoing.
Jakobidult and Kirchweihdult still planned for the time being
With about 300 market traders, showmen and probably over 90,000 visitors, Maidult (a market event organized by the Department of Labor and Economics) would have been the kick-off for the Munich Dult season. Dult is very popular in Munich.
Unfortunately, the Auer Dult in May at Mariahilfplatz had to be canceled. For organizational reasons, it could not be postponed. According to the RAW, the cancellation takes effect immediately, as they had waited for developments on the corona crisis to enable them make a clear decision.
The good news: Preparations for the Jakobidult from 25th July - 2nd August 2020, as well as the Kirchweihdult in October will go on as usual. You can read below for more on what to normally expect at the events.
Jumble sale and entertainment
It is one of the major seasonal events in the city in recent times. Holding the largest jumble sale, it is a unique place to search for rarities and artefacts from ancient times. About 300 stands offer rare books and old prints, haberdashery goods, natural hair and skin care, or Europe's largest selection of china and cooking equipment. Many authentic traditional garment (be it lederhose or dirndl) can be found here; and if you are lucky, you might find an actual treasure.
Children also enjoy horseback riding, the puppet show and merry-go-rounds, one of which features a historic organ; teenagers will probably be more interested in a ride on the bumper cars or in testing their skills at shooting galleries. Acrobats and clowns entertain all generations just like in the old days.
After all the searching and entertainment, there is nothing like a good, tasty lunch. There are plenty of stalls selling fresh food and drinks like beer, fruit juices and fresh coffee. You can have that with traditional Bavarian snacks such as fish-on-a-stick, barbecued sausages and chicken. You'll also find caramelized almonds and plenty of candy.
Dates and opening hours
Dates for the Auer Dulten in 2020:
Maidult (May Dult): Cancelled due corona pandemic
25 April - 3 May 2020
Jakobidult (St James Dult)
25 July - 2 August 2020
Church Anniversary Dult
17 October - 25 October 2020
Sales: 10 am - 8 pm (Kirchweihdult: 7 pm)
Entertainment: 10.30 am - 8 pm (Kirchweihdult: 7 pm)
Children's day: Discount prices for children's entertainment on Tuesdays
History of the fair
It was orginially a fair connected with an ecclesiastical celebration, attracting junk dealers, quacks and performers. The meaning of the word, however, changed over the centuries, and today it simply means "fair". "Auer" refers to its location in Munich's borough - "Au".
These types of fairs have a long tradition in Munich. They were mentioned for the first time in 1310. In 1796, the Electoral Prince Karl Theodor granted the Au suburb the right to hold a fair twice a year, and the "Dulten" has been held regularly. Since 1905, there have been three of such annual fairs at Mariahilfplatz.
City of Munich
Department of Labor and Economic Development
Tel. +49 89 233 82814
Contact for press, filming and photography permits
Dr. Gabriele Papke
Tel. +49 89 233 82811
Tram line 18, Buses 52 and 62 or Subway U1/2 (Stations Fraunhoferstraße or Kolumbusplatz)
Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH (MVV):
Tel. +49 (0) 89 41424344
Park and ride for car and bus travelers:
Garching-Hochbrück, Fröttmaning, Kieferngarten, Studentenstadt, Klinikum Großhadern, Neuperlach Süd, Michaelibad, Innsbrucker Ring, Fürstenried West, Candid- and Mangfallplatz