When is Oktoberfest 2020 happening?
The traditional Oktoberfest tapping will take place on Saturday, 19 September 2020 at 12 noon. Before, splendidly decorated horse-drawn carriages of the breweries will roll through Munich's city centre, accompanied by traditional music bands. At the so-called "O'zapfn", as the Bavarian calls it, the Lord Mayor of Munich traditionally tapped the first barrel of Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel tent. Only after his exclamation "O'zapft is!", usually supplemented by "Auf eine friedliche Wiesn!" (“to a peaceful Wiesn!”) the tasty Bavarian beer is allowed to flow into the beer mugs throughout the whole Oktoberfest.
The fun times on the Theresienwiese, which attract over 6 million visitors every year, lasts until October 4, 2020 - at 10:30 p.m. there's the last beer call, and at 11:30 p.m. they shout: "Aus is und gar is und schad ist, dass' wahr is!" (“it’s over and completely done and it’s a shame that it’s true!”). On the last evening thousands of sparklers light up the tents and some visitors even have tears in their eyes.