The Oktoberfest dates back to 1810. It has its origin in the wedding celebrations of Crown Prince Ludwig – who later became King Ludwig I of Bavaria – and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. In honor of the princess the fairgrounds
in midst of the city were later named “Theresienwiese” (“Therese‘s Meadow”), a
term which local people affectionately shortened to “Wiesn.”
Opening Festivities Oktoberfest 2020
In The Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries (first held in 1887),Saturday, September 19, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
This is the festive prelude to the inauguration of the Oktoberfest with beautifully adorned carriages bearing the landlords’ families, the splendid horse-drawn carts of the Munich breweries, waitresses on decorated floats, the music bands of the beer tents as well as the showmen‘s coaches. By tradition Munich‘s Lord Mayor takes part in this event. The procession is headed by the ”Münchner Kindl“, a young woman on horseback wearing a monk‘s habit. Route: Sonnenstrasse to Wiesn
In The Munich Costume and Riflemen‘s Parade (first held in 1835),
Sunday, September 20, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Various groups dressed in traditional costumes, music and marching bands as well as trumpeters, amateur and mountain riflemen present themselves during this twohour parade. The splendid carts of the Munich breweries, coaches and historical carriages, colorfully beribboned trees and flower garlands leave the spectators of this stunning event with an unforgettable impression. Route: Maximilianstrasse, Residenzstrasse, Ludwigstrasse (loop south of Galeriestrasse), Odeonsplatz, Briennerstrasse, Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse, Promenadeplatz, Lenbachplatz, Karlsplatz-Stachus, Sonnenstrasse, Paul-Heyse-Strasse, Georg-Hirth-Platz, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz, Schubertstrasse, Esperantoplatz (fairgrounds).
Please note: The processions will take place in any weather!