Here are the dates for the next five Oktoberfests so that you can plan your trips to Munich.
Oktoberfest 2016 : September 17 – October 3
Oktoberfest 2017 : September 23 – October 8
Oktoberfest 2018 : September 22 – October 7
Oktoberfest 2019 : September 21 – October 6
Oktoberfest 2020 : September 19 – October 4
Want to know a bit more about how the Oktoberfest dates are selected? Well, read on!
The original Oktoberfest in 1810 was celebrated five days after the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th. In 1835, on the 25th anniversary, Oktoberfest was extended to include a week of festivities. Originally held on October 17th, the celebrants decided at the end of the 19th century to move Oktoberfest a bit earlier in order to take advantage of more favorable weather in September. It now starts the third weekend in September (or 16 days prior to the first Sunday in October) and concludes on the first Sunday of October, unless the first Sunday is October 1st or 2nd, in which case the festival is extended until October 3rd.
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