On a side note: In 2015 Munich will be 857 years old.
Hundreds of balls are organized during the Mardi Gras season in Munich – from classic black
and white balls, to colorful masked balls. “München Narrisch,” a celebration of Mardi Gras
antics with music, masks and dancing, takes place in the city’s pedestrian zone on the Sunday
before Carnival, on Shrove Monday and Fat
Tuesday (Mardi Gras).
One of the high watermarks of Mardi Gras in Munich is the dance of the Women of the Market at Viktualienmarkt on Fat Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Starts ca. last Friday in February for 16 days until the middle of March
The traditional serving of springtime strong beer in Munich always begins at the end of the
carnival season (Mardi Gras) during Lent. Depending on the location the strong beer season lasts about
four weeks. The official opening is attended by numerous notables, when the keg is tapped at
the inn “Paulaner Wirtshaus am Nockherberg” (exact date TBD). The strong beer festival
is also celebrated at Löwenbräukeller, with performances by groups
dressed in traditional attire and a stone-lifting contest (strong beer finals with contest), and at
The people of Munich owe this “spring diet” to the monks, who have brewed a particularly
nourishing beer since the olden days, in order to endure the rigors of fasting during Lent.
The people of Munich owe this "vernal cure" to the monks, who long ago already brewed an especially nourishing beer during the Lenten season in order to give strength to bodies weakened by fasting.
Löwenbräukeller (www.loewenbraeukeller.com), Paulaner am Nockherberg (www.nockherberg.com)
Ca. mid of April until early May
An amusement park with over 100 rides and other attractions, plus various beer tents with daily new live bands draw people to the Theresienwiese to party. Visitors can expect a lively program.
Organizers: Events Association of the Munich Carneys (www.muenchner-volksfeste.de)
Fans of flea markets, crockery collectors and those who delight in Bavarian specialties will find
all they need at this event, and so will the connoisseurs young and old of carousels.
25 Apr - 03 May 2015 Auer "Mai" Dult (SPRING-DULT)
25 Jul - 02 Aug 2015 Auer "Jakobi" Dult (SUMMER-DULT)
17 Oct - 25 Oct 2015 Auer "Kirchweih" Dult (FALL-DULT)
25-April until 3-May 2015
Location: Tennisstadion Iphitos, www.iphitos.de
10 May 2015
13/14 June 2015
Munich will be celebrating its 853rd birthday and will hold a two-day international party for citizens and visitors between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz.
Info: Munich Tourist Office (www.stadtgruendungsfest-muenchen.de)
25 June - 4 July 2015
The international film scene presents itself in Munich. Movie fans, international stars, upcoming talent, representatives of the film industry and journalists meet to discover new films together. The program includes numerous German and international premieres. The venues for the festival are the movie houses along the “Isar strip," from the Rio-Kino and the Gasteig, the movie houses at the Forum of the Deutsches Museum and the Maxx, all the way to Munich’s Film Museum.
Internationale Filmwochen GmbH, Web: www.filmfest-muenchen.de
24 June – 19 July 2015
The tent shows in Olympiapark include an exciting mix of international musicians, theater groups, performances and live music. Any visit to Tollwood is special owing to the art and culture as well as the popular market of ideas featuring arts and crafts and gastronomical specialties from around the world.
starts mid September and runs ca. 16 days. For details
Oktoberfest, Munich (Information, Date, and more)
Each year from end of November until December 31
In winter, the Tollwood festival invites visitors to an atmospheric Christmas market, theater and music located in various tents on Theresienwiese. The large tent is devoted to a special kind of musical theater with an exclusive menu.
Each year from end of November – December 24
Munich holds its traditional Christkindl market on Marienplatz. A huge Christmas tree all covered in lights towers over the many stands all aglow with pre-Christmas magic. Advent music is performed live every evening at 5.30 p.m. from the balcony of the Town Hall.
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