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Beer tent opening times at the Oktoberfest

How late does the music play tents and when is the last beer served?

The “O’zapft is!” on the first day of the Wiesn at 12 midday exactly is world-famous – but when do the beer tents actually open? What time does the music play till, how long can you order beer for and why are the tents sometimes already closed at lunchtime? Where can you smoke? All information.

The tents and their opening times on the first day of the Wiesn.

On the first Saturday of the Wiesn the beer tents open at 9 am. From 10 am there are non-alcoholic drinks and small bites to eat. At 12 midday the tapping of the barrel takes place in the Schottenhamel beer tent: the Oberbürgermeister taps the first barrel of Wiesn beer and then the beer flows across Oktoberfest and in all the tents into beer mugs.

Large tent opening times

During the week the large tents at Oktoberfest (apart from the Oide Wiesn) are open from 10 am to 11.30 pm.

The bar always closes at 10.30 pm and the music plays till then. At the weekends and on the public holiday (on October 3rd) the tents open their doors at 9 am.

Exceptions are the Käfer Wiesn-Schänke (open daily 11.30 am to 1 am, bar closes at 12.30 am) and Kuffler’s Weinzelt (wine tent) (open daily 11 am till 12.30 am).

The small tents and when they’re open

In addition to the large beer tents there are also lots of small and medium-sized tents, meat grills and café tents – they mostly open at 10 am or 10.30 am and close at 11 pm – that’s when the last beer or the last glass of wine is served along with the last song.

Closures due to overcrowding: what you need to know

At the weekends and on the public holiday (October 3rd) some tents can shut their doors at lunchtime: “Wegen Überfüllung vorübergehend geschlossen” (“Closed temporarily due to overcrowding”) is displayed on signs at the entrances. Whether or when you may not be able to enter a tent is difficult to predict; the weather plays a role too: When it’s warm and sunny the tents’ beer gardens are a cozy alternative; when it rains or is windy the tents are often much fuller.

Keep the tent levels in view

The good news: It is very rare that every tent is closed and they will reopen at some point. With the official Oktoberfest App you can check how full each tent is during Oktoberfest. With a reservation bracelet you can always get into the tent. The entrances for visitors with reservations are at the sides or at the rear of the respective tent.

Always take personal items with you

Please note: When you’re in the tent and briefly want to go outside to meet friends or have a go on the swing ride, take your valuables with you and be aware how full it is in the tent: If the beer tent is closed on your return due to overcrowding, you won’t get in, even if your friends and your half chicken are waiting for you inside.

The Oide Wiesn and its beer tents

At the Oide Wiesn, the “nostalgia Oktoberfest” on the south side of the venue, there are three tents: The Tradition festival tent, the Herzkasperl festival tent and the folk singer tentZur Schönheitskönigin“ (“To the Beauty Queen”). They are open from 10 am to 10 pm; beer is served till 9.30 pm.

Smoking ban in the beer tents

Since August 1st 2010 a public health protection law has been in place that, among other things, bans smoking in the beer tents at Oktoberfest – including e-cigarettes. If you still want to smoke, you can go outside but be careful that you can get back in on your return.