Jul 25, 2013

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When and where does the Oktoberfest take place? Oktoberfest dates

When and where does the Oktoberfest take place? Oktoberfest dates

A short-but-sweet post today, and one that might be slightly boring if you’ve already been to the Oktoberfest.

But if you haven’t, this could be the solution to that big conundrum, the answer to the question you’ve been afraid to ask for fear of looking silly: where does the Oktoberfest happen – and when?

Where?

The Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, the capital of Bavaria in Southern Germany. To be more specific, it is held on the Theresienwiese there – literally “Theresa’s meadow” – which is just over a mile away from the city centre (defined as Marienplatz). The Theresienwiese is a dedicated plot of land, about half a mile long and a third of a mile wide, which is kept empty for the Oktoberfest; it also gives the festival it’s local slang name, “Wiesn” (pronounced: veezn).

When?

Okay, so here’s the fun bit: although it’s called the “October fest”, the Oktoberfest actually takes place predominantly in September. Here is how the dates are defined:

  1. The Oktoberfest always starts on the first Saturday after 15th September: i.e. if 15th September is a Saturday, it will start on 22nd.
  2. As a general rule, the Oktoberfest ends on evening of the first Sunday in October – i.e. the tents are open on three Sundays in a row.
  3. Since 2000, if the first Sunday in October falls on either 1st or 2nd October, the festivities are prolonged until the evening of 3rd October, which is a bank holiday and the Day of German Unification.
  4. It runs for a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 18 days.

That give us the following dates for the upcoming years:

2013 – 21st September to 6th October

2014 – 20th September to 5th October

2015 – 19th September to 4th October

So if you want to do some forward planning, there’s all you need to know about the Oktoberfest dates.

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