The Munich Summer Tollwood Festival in the Olympiapark photographed from above with a drone at nightfall.

Open-air festivals 2024 in Munich and the surrounding region

Celebrating in the fields, forests and meadows

All you need is a spot in the countryside, a farm, or one of the large and small concert stages – in Munich and the outback, people will party and dance to techno, world music or even Bavarian sounds at a variety of festivals all summer long. From the mega hip-hopper event Rolling Loud to small, fine jam sessions in Westpark. Overview.

Open-air concerts in the city centre

Open-Air-Festivals out in nature

 

Open-air concerts in the city centre

 

Open-air concerts at Bahnwärter Thiel

Bahnwärter Thiel in Munich's Schlachthofviertel (district) also has its open-air season. A bit of spontaneity is called for here, because as soon as the weather cooperates, the programme for the respective evening will be announced on Instagram.

Dates: on Instagram
Venue: Bahnwärter Thiel
How to get there: Take the U3 or U6 subway, Poccistrasse station, from there it's a 10-minute walk to Bahnwärter Thiel.

www.bahnwaerterthiel.de

 

StuStaCulum – StudentenStadt-SpectaCulum

The colourful festival in the Englischer Garten (park) is taking place for the 34th time this year. Everything from pop, punk and metal to rock, hip-hop and rap to reggae, jazz and electronic music can be heard on four stages. The festival programme also includes art, improv theatre and sports tournaments. An open stage is available to artists of all kinds and from all over the world for their performances. The relaxed, cheerful atmosphere together with the many food stalls create the perfect festival feeling. Admission for the entire festival weekend is 12 EUR.

Date: May 29 to June 1, 2024
Location: Studentenstadt
Directions: Underground line U6, get off at the Studentenstadt stop or bus 150, get off at the Studentenstadt stop

www.stustaculum.de

 

actionella – the first Munich women's festival

This year, 21 female music acts will be performing in three different indoor locations in the Domagkviertel. The festival aims to give women in the cultural sector a stage, but at the same time it is an event for everyone! The musical focus will be framed by workshops, a panel on the topic of “not enough presence of women on concert stages“ and a Womens March in Domagkpark! The line-up is varied and diverse, the musical spectrum includes singer-songwriters, cello and choir ensembles, rock, jazz and rap by artists such as Cellonoation, Cäthe, Jeanne D'azz and Kokonelle.

Date: June 7 and 8, 2024
Location: Domagk district
Directions: Underground line U6, get off at the Alte Heide stop or bus 50/150, get off at the Gertrud-Grunow-Strasse stop

www.actionella.de

 

Tollwood Summer Festival

Strictly speaking, the concerts at Tollwood are not open air, but take place in the music arena tent. Nevertheless, this list of summer music festivals would simply not be complete without Tollwood, which is now over 30 years old. During the four festival weeks, both legends and newcomers will take to the stage. Featuring in 2023 are Adel Tawil, Province, Santiano, Placebo, Ayliva, Porcupine Tree, Tom Jones, LaBrassBanda, Die Fantastischen Vier, Jan Delay & Disko No. 1, Nico Santos, The Lumineers, Sportfreunde Stiller, Bonnie Tyler & Chris Norman, Danger Dan, Konstantin Wecker, Meute, Spider Murphy Gang & Münchener Freiheit, Silbermond, Beth Hart & Special Guest, Joe Bonamassa & Special Guest, Fury in the Slaughterhouse and Schmidbauer & Kälberer. Unfortunately, some concerts are already sold out.

There will also be live music every evening in the beer garden of the Hacker-Pschorr-Brett and in the Andechs tent – with free admission!

Fans of theatre, artistry and acrobatics are in for a great time at the Tollwood amphitheatre. Here, artists from France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Germany juggle, dance, balance and perform magic. All performances are free of charge and, this time, really in the open air!

Dates: June 21 to July 21, 2024
Venue: Olympiapark (Olympic Park)
How to get there: Take the U3 subway, get off at the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) station.

www.tollwood.de

Wannda Circus Open Air

This year, the Wannda Circus celebrates its 10th anniversary. The opening takes place on 18 May in Freimann. Besides techno, house and electro, there is always a circus programme with acrobatics on stilts and fire shows. Elves take care of those who want their make-up done.

Dates: May 18 to September 8, 2024
Venue: Premises at Völckerstrasse 5, 80939 Munich
How to get there: From the city centre, take the U6 subway to the Freiman station. From there, it's a 10-minute walk to the festival site.

www.wanda.de

 

OBEN OHNE (topless) Open Air

The OBEN OHNE (topless) Open Air has been an integral part of the Munich music scene since 1998 and also has established itself in the festival scene beyond the regional borders. The aim is to offer young people in particular an affordable entry fee for interesting national and international band performances ranging from rap and hip hop to techno and pop, as well as to help young and up-and-coming artists make a big appearance. In 2023, Ennio, Dilla, BLVTH, anaïs, Berq, Blushy AM x Levin and Lokey will be performing at Königsplatz (square) in the heart of Munich's Maxvorstadt district.

Date: July 20, 2024
Venue: Königsplatz
How to get there: Take the U2 subway, get off at Königsplatz (square).

www.oben-air.de

 

Theatron Music Summer

The Theatron is an amphitheatre in the middle of Munich's Olympiapark (Olympic Park), built on the occasion of the 1972 Summer Olympics. It is located directly on the lake, downstream from the Olympic swimming hall. The arena can accommodate 2,000 guests and the concerts in summer are very popular – all events have free admission and usually take place in glorious summer weather. Young musicians and bands can apply to perform every year. You can listen to new folk music, world music, jazz and classical music.

Date: Date follows
Venue: Theatron at Olympiapark (Olympic Park) in Munich
How to get there: Take the U3 subway, get off at Olympiazentrum.

www.theatron.net

 

Artist Jam Summer Festival

Last year, Artist Jam held a small open-air festival at Theatron Westpark. The basic idea is to network musicians and offer them a venue. This year, the spectacular music event will last for two days. Guests can look forward to a full music programme, live jam sessions, a big flash mob and lots of open stage for free jamming.

Date: Date follows
Venue: Theatron im Westpark
How to get there: Take the U6 subway, get off at the Westpark station.

https://www.facebook.com/artistjam/

Superbloom Festival

After the première last year, the Superbloom Festival will take place again this year in the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) and the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium). The international line-up includes stars and bands such as Calvin Harris, Louis Tomlinson, Cro, Sam Smith, Shirin David, RIN, Loreen, Tream, und Tokio Hotel. The supporting programme offers performances, workshops, talks and much more.

Date: September 7 to 8, 2024
Venue: Olympiapark und Olympiastadion
How to get there: Take the U3 subway, get off at the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) station.

www.superbloom.de

 

Open-air festival out in nature

 

PULS Open Air

„Celebrate sustainably together“ this is the motto of the PULS Open Air Festival. In addition to the idyllic atmosphere and the exciting workshops, the castle grounds in Kaltenberg offer a wide variety of musical styles from young artists such as Paula Hartmann, siovo, Graf Fidi and many more. There is also plenty of food an drink on offer, whether vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.

Termin: Juni 06 to 08, 2024
Location: castle Kaltenberg near Munich
Anfahrt: By car via the A96 motorway, or take the S4 towards Geltendorf, get off in Geltendorf. A free shuttle bus runs from there at regular intervals.

www.puls-openair.de

 

PLUS Open Air

PLUS Open Air celebrates its 25th anniversary. The motto is once again “Celebrate, feel good and relax“ at the Vöttinger Weiher in Freising. The regional and national bands and DJs offer a wide variety of styles such as indie, pop, EDM and other music genres. The event prioritises charm and a family atmosphere, so everyone, from young to old, is welcome.

Termin: Juli 26 to 27, 2024
Location: Vöttinger Weiher in Freising
Anfahrt: By car via the A9 and A92 motorways, or take the S1/ RE 25 towards Freising, get off in Freising. A shuttle bus will be provided from there to the festival.

www.plus-openair.de

 

Season of Sounds

Techno and electronic dance music in the middle of the Bavarian mountains can be found in Lenggries / Wegscheid at the SoS festival. The many national and international artists include Felix Kröcher, Lexer, Tonio Barrientos, Stefanie Raschke, Danca, George Townston and Julës.

Termin: Juli 6, 2024
Location: Lenggries / Wegscheid, Jaudenhangparkplatz
Anfahrt: By car via the A8 and B13, or take the BRB RB56 towards Lenggries, get off in Lenggries and continue with a shuttle bus directly to the festival area.

www.season-of-sounds.de

 

Greenfields

The techno and electro sound festival “Greenfields“ takes place on the grounds of the racecourse in Riem. The festival looks back on a proud 20-year history. Andhim, Ben Klock, DJ Hell, Innellea, Joseph Capriati, Karotte, Korolova, Mind Against, René Vaitl and Sven Väth will spin the turntables.

Date: July 20, 2024
Venue: Galopprennbahn München
How to get there: Take the S2 suburban train in the direction of Erding, Riem station

www.greenfields-openair.de

Puch Open Air Festival 2024

The Puch Open Air has its roots in a group of befriended bands who decided to organise a joint concert in 1989. While flyers were distributed back then, today the festival is advertised with posters by the Herburg Wieland agency, which also designs campaigns for the Vienna Burgtheater, among others. The name of the festival has remained, only the venue has changed to Biohof Lehmair (organic farm) in Jetzendorf. In the early 1990s, The Notwist, DJ Hell and Tocotronic performed here.

Sportfreunde Stiller joined them in 1998. The Puch festival has been presented by the Zündfunk station of the Bavarian Radio since 1994. It is deliberately kept petite and exquisite. This is how the radio producers from Zündfunk sum up the special atmosphere: “On the meadow with your picnic blanket, a bottle of red wine and something to eat from one of the small stalls on the grounds, you're guaranteed to feel comfortable right from the start. The most beautiful little festival in Bavaria.“

Date: July 13, 2024
Venue: Biolandhof Familie Lehmair (organic farm)
How to get there: By car or with the S2 suburban train to Petershausen, from there take the shuttle bus to the festival site.

www.puch-openair.de

Schall im Schilf – Sound in the reeds

In the north of Munich, at Garchinger See (lake), DJs Agy3na, BASHKKA, Carista, Fadi Mohem, Jamie Tiller, Job Jobse, Konrad Wehrmeister, Ogazón, sianza B2B, Keriner and Sophie Pschorr will spin the sound for dancing under the open sky. There will be regional vegetarian food trucks and the after-show party will kick off at Blitz Music Club Munich.

Date: July 27 to 29, 2024
Venue: Am See, 85748 Garching near Munich
How to get there: From the city centre, take the U6 subway to Garching-Hochbrück. From the subway station, it is a 15-minute walk through the fields.

www.kellerkindmusik.de

 

Traumtänzer Festival (Dream Dancer Festival)

For the organisers of this festival, “dancing“ means “dreaming with your feet“. The Hausler Hof in Hallbergmoos near Munich Airport offers enough space for camping and a total of four stages for international and local DJ stars to perform. The special feature is the supporting programme with yoga workshops, a traders' market and food stalls.

Date: July 12 to 14, 2024
Venue: Hausler Hof in Hallbergmoos
How to get there: Take the S1 or S8 suburban train in the direction of the airport, Hallbergmoos station, from there, take the shuttle bus to the festival grounds.

www.traumtaenzer-festival.de

BrassWiesn

You can also have fun without techno! As the name suggests, the BrassWiesn is dedicated to Bavarian folk music in the best sense of the word. The music festival in the north of Munich combines traditional brass music with modern rhythms; international acts play alongside well-known bands. Performing in 2023 are: LaBrassBande, Oimara, Seiler & Speer, DeSchoWieda, Cuba Boarisch 2.0, Die Fexer, Alpensound, In Oana Dur and many more. You can get a good impression by watching last year's aftermovie: Haindling and the band appear briefly in the picture, while the backdrop with alpine huts and maypole reflects the special character of this open-air party. Happy people, some traditionally dressed in lederhosen and dirndls (women's traditional Bavarian dress), accompanied by the Fäatschbänkler's song “Glücklich muss man einfach sein“.

Date: August 1 to 4, 2024
Venue: Eching leisure area at Eching Lake
How to get there: Take the S1 suburban train in the direction of the airport, get off at the Eching suburban train station (Freising municipality), free shuttle from Eching surburban train station to the festival grounds.

www.brasswiesn.de

 

Isle of Summer Beach

The Isle of Summer series ends with the Isle of Summer Beach on 3 August 2024. The Isle of Summer Beach is held at the Munich Beach Resort. On the sand, next to the regatta and under the trees, you can dance and party to the music of AKA AKA, Dominik Eulberg, Klaudia Gawlas, Moonbootica and Stella Bossi.

Date: August 3, 2024
Venue: Munich Beach Resort, Dachauer Strasse 35, 85764 Oberschleissheim
How to get there: Take the S1 suburban train in the direction of the airport, from the station it's a 20-minute walk to the festival site.

www.isleofsummer.de

 

Back to the Woods

13 hours of open air on four stages followed by an after-show at the Blitz Club in Munich on 26 August at the Garching research centre. Performers at the festival will include: DJ Nobu, Gabrielle Kwarteng, Nene H, Sam Goku and Young Marco.

Date: Date follows
Venue: Garching Forschungszentrum
How to get there: From the city centre, take the U6 subway to the Garching-Forschungszentrum (research centre) terminus. From there, it is only a few minutes' walk.

www.kellerkindmusik.de

Deep in Forest

A trip to Starnberg is worthwhile, not only because of the beautiful Starnberger See (lake), which is very close to Munich, but also for the Deep in Forest Festival. The programme includes Deep House, Downtempo and Techhouse.

Date: May 4 and June 15, 2024
Venue: Starnberg, Mühlthal 124, 82319 Starnberg
How to get there: By car via the A 95 or by paid shuttle bus from the Starnberg Nord (S6) suburban station to the festival site. The shuttles run until the departure of the last suburban train, after that only taxi/Uber etc. are available.

www.escon-events.com

 

 

Photos: Anton Brandl, Christian Kasper, Dominik Morbitzer, Frank Stolle, Hytide GmbH, Fabian Stoffers
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