Dates and General FAQs

Essential and useful information about the Oktoberfest:

When will the Oktoberfest 2015 take place?
On Saturday, September 19th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it's quite common for visitors to come around 9 am to secure good seats. The festival will last until October 4th.

What are the opening hours?
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day 12.00 noon - 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 am - 10.30 pm
Daily closing hour 11.30 pm 'Käfers Wiesnschänke' and 'Weinzelt' open until 1.00 am

Opening hours of stalls
Opening day 10.00 noon - midnight
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 11.30 pm
Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 midnight
Saturday 9 am - midnight
Sunday 9 am - 11.30 pm

Fairground attractions & sideshows
Opening day 12.00 noon - midnight
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 11.30 pm
Friday, Saturday 10.00 am – midnight
Sunday 10 am - 11.30 pm

End of Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 11.30 pm

When is Oktoberfest scheduled for 2016?
2016: September 17th - October 3rd

Do I have to pay an entrance fee?
No, the entry to the area and all beer-tents is free.

How can I make a reservation for beer tents?
For making a reservation in a beer tent you have to contact the respective beer tent. You can find the contact dates of the tents on our tent-overview.

Can I enter the beer tents without a reservation?
Of course you can also enter the tents without any reservation. But please consider to come early, because the tents fill up very quickly! When the tents are overfilled, you can not enter anymore. On weekend the tents often close before 11 am. because of overfilling. During the week the tents are normally open until afternoon.



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