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When does the Munich Oktoberfest Beer Festival take place

Oktoberfest always kicks off on the second last Saturday of September at precisely noon when Munich's mayor taps the first keg at the Schottenhamel Tent, yelling "O'zapft is" (It's open). Many visitors will arrive well before noon (they start arriving as early as 7am) so as to experience the build-up in atmosphere of the event and to secure good seats.

The Oktoberfest then runs for two weeks and concludes on the first Sunday of October. This is always the case unless there happens to fall a public Holiday (Reunification Day) on the Monday or Tuesday after the first Sunday of October, in which case the Oktoberfest may be extended for one or two days.

Munich Oktoberfest Hours of Operation

The beer tents are open for visitors to quench their thirst during the following hours.
Opening day 12.00 noon - 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 09.00 am - 10.30 pm
Exceptions: The Kafers Wiesnschanke operates until 12.30am and the 'Weinzelt' operates until 1.00 am

Dates for the Munich Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2019 Dates - Midday Saturday September 21st through until 10.30pm on Sunday October 6th.
Oktoberfest 2020 Dates - Midday Saturday 19th of September through until 10.30pm on Sunday 4th of October.
Oktoberfest 2021 Dates - Midday Saturday 18th of September through until 10.30pm on Sunday 3rd of October.
Oktoberfest 2022 Dates - Midday Saturday 17th of September through until 10.30pm on Monday 3rd of October.
Oktoberfest 2023 Dates - Midday Saturday 16th of September through until 10.30pm on Tuesday 3rd of October.
Oktoberfest 2024 Dates - Midday Saturday 21st of September through until 10.30pm on Sunday 6th of October.
Oktoberfest 2025 Dates - Midday Saturday 20th of September through until 10.30pm on Sunday 5th of October.

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