Oktoberfest Munich Advice: How To Do It Right

oktoberfest munich advice

Since I’m always talking about how much I love Oktoberfest (and casually mentioning that I’ve been there four times), I often get e-mails from readers asking me for Oktoberfest advice.

I figured it would be cool to respond to the most common questions that I get here in one post.

So, if you are getting ready to go for the very first time or had so many beers in previous visits that you don’t remember anything, these Oktoberfest tips are for you.

When is Oktoberfest? There are no set Oktoberfest dates. Like Mardi Gras and Easter, the dates for Oktoberfest change every year. In 2017, it’s from September 16th to October 3rd. Most years, it spans 16 days from the third Saturday in September through the first Sunday in October.

The main thing to remember is that Oktoberfest is mostly in September not October and it includes three weekends. Speaking of those weekends …

What are the best days to go to Oktoberfest? Not the weekends.

Going on a weekday is probably my number one bit of Oktoberfest advice. Seriously, avoid the weekends at all costs. Why? well, it is undeniable that if you go to Oktoberfest, you are going to have a fantastic time with thousands of your closest friends, but there’s no need to make it millions.

The weekends at Oktoberfest are a mega-mess of masses and I recommend just staying away.

Plus, it feels good to be drinking beer at noon on a Monday or Tuesday when all your friends back home are at work. Oh yeah, If German Reunification Day (October 3rd) falls on a weekday, avoid that one too.

[Read more…]