Oktoberfest Munich: How To Do It Right

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Since I’m always talking about how much I love Oktoberfest and the fact that I’ve been there a few times, I get e-mails every once in a while asking me questions about it. 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 to Oktoberfest Munich for the very first time or had so many beers in previous visits that you don’t remember anything, this one’s for you.

When is Oktoberfest every year? There are no set dates for Oktoberfest. Like Mardi Gras and Easter, it changes every year. In 2015, it’s from September 19th to October 4th. Most years, it spans 16 days from the third Saturday in September through the first Sunday in October. There are some rare occasions it is extended by a day or two to tie in with German Reunification Day, but let’s not worry about that right now. 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 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 Unity Day (October 3rd) falls on a weekday, avoid that like stale beer too.

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