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Marienplatz is the center of Munich
Marienplatz is the center of Munich

Theatiner Kirche
Theatiner Kirche

Munich's Opera at Maximilianstrasse
Munich's Opera at Maximilianstrasse

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Events & Festivals in Munich, Germany

Event Highlights 2012 in brief...

On a side note: In 2012 Munich will be 854 years old.

Festivals & Special Events

Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday

February 21, 2012
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, February 15, 2010, and Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), February 16, 2009. One of the high watermarks of Mardi Gras in Munich is the dance of the Women of the Market at Viktualienmarkt on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 11 a.m.

Strong beer season

Feb 21 until the middle of March 2012 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 (March 18 to April 16), with performances by groups dressed in traditional attire and a stone-lifting contest (strong beer finals with contest), and at other locations. 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)

Spring festival on Theresienwiese

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)

Auer Dult - the fair that draws 300. 000 people

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.
28 Apr - 06 May 2012 Auer "Mai" Dult (SPRING-DULT)
28 Jul - 05 Aug 2012 Auer "Jakobi" Dult (SUMMER-DULT)
20 Oct - 28 Oct 2012 Auer "Kirchweih" Dult (FALL-DULT)
Web: www.auerdult.de

BMW Open Tennis Tournament

Apr. 28 - May 6, 2012
Location: Tennisstadion Iphitos, www.iphitos.de

MRRC City-Triathlon

Apr. 29, 2012
Location: Olympiapark

City Foundation Festival

16./17. June 2012
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)

Munich Film Festival

29 June - 7 July 2012
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

Tollwood summer festival

29 June – 24 July 2012 (closed on July 19, 2012)
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.
Olympiapark South
Web: www.tollwood.de

Okoberfest: 202th (179th in Munich)

September 22 – October 7, 2012
The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig with Princess Theresa von Sachsen-Hildburghausen
Web: www.oktoberfest.eu
Oktoberfest, Munich (Information)

Tollwood winter festival

Each year from end of November - December 31, 2012
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.
Venue: Theresienwiese
Information and ticket hotline: 0700-38 38 50 24 (0.12 €/min., from Germany only)
Web: www.tollwood.de

Christkindl markets

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.
More Munich Christmas Markets ...


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