Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München

Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese from 17.9. to 3.10.2022

Oktoberfest 2022 will take place - with new opening hours

The 187th Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese will take place from September 17 to October 3, 2022 - without conditions and restrictions because of Corona. Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter announced the decision at a press conference on April 29, 2022 in the New City Hall.
Visualization of the new Bräurosl Visualization of the new Bräurosl • Photo: Wildsfeuer Architekturbüro

New: Longer opening hours, Schützenlisl at the Oide Wiesn and new Bräurosl tent

The first novelties have already been introduced for the Wiesn 2022 - in mid-May, the city council decided on new opening hours for the Wiesn: During the week, stalls and showmen may open as early as 9 a.m., one hour earlier than before. In addition, the tents at the Oidn Wiesn are open half an hour longer, until 10:30 p.m., the guests have one hour more to drink their last beer. Lorenz Stiftl takes over the Volkssängerzelt at the Oidn Wiesn with a new concept under the name "Schützenlisl". Before that, the "Zur Schönheitskönigin" was represented here since 2017.

The landlord of the Bräurosl Peter Reichert puts a brand new tent on the Theresienwiese: With a ridge height of 15 meters, the new Bräurosl is the highest of all festival tents. Green is the dominant color of the newly designed interior, based on historical models of the tent. A total of 8,250 people can be seated here, and up to 560 guests can sit in the covered outdoor loggia.

OB Dieter Reiter bei der Pressekonferenz • Photo: Gunnar Jans

Corona: Currently no restrictions planned at the Oktoberfest

Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter has given the green light for the staging of the Wiesn 2022 - after careful consideration of the political situation and the Corona situation. He has instructed the administration to "initiate the staging of Oktoberfest 2022 without conditions and without restrictions," Reiter said at a press conference in the New City Hall.

He did not make his decision lightly, Reiter explained in his statement. Both the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the infectious disease situation had played a role in his considerations, the city leader assured. "Seen from the political situation, a cancellation of Oktoberfest 2022 is not possible," he explained. "Ultimately, it's up to everyone to decide for themselves anyway whether and how much they want to celebrate at the Volksfest."

At the moment, there are no plans to impose restrictions on access to the tents due to Corona or to impose conditions such as a mask requirement. Lord Mayor Reiter stressed that there is currently no legal authority for this: "Both the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria have not created any legal regulation that would enable me as Lord Mayor to issue any access restrictions (...)".

"I'm looking forward to a Oktoberfest 2022 that I hope everyone who wants to go will enjoy," said the Lord Mayor.

Oktoberfest head Clemens Baumgärtner on the decision

Munich's Economic Officer and Head of Oktoberfest Clemens Baumgärtner said: "All Wiesn fans are happy today. I personally am also very happy. The decision gives perspective. For the people and for the economy. I believe that we will experience a mega Wiesn 2022. Because we are already experiencing at the Spring Festival how great people's desire to celebrate is."

Largest folk festival in the world at Theresienwiese last time 2019

The traditional tapping of the first beer barrel in the Schottenhamel tent by the Lord Mayor will mark the start of the 187th Oktoberfest on September 17, 2022 at 12 noon. This year, the so-called "Oide Wiesn" with historic rides will be back. Due to the Corona pandemic, the world's largest folk festival had to be canceled twice in a row in 2020 and 2021.