In July the best way to spend the day in Munich is outdoors: very early in the morning at the traditional Kocherlball, at the open-air classical music concert on Odeonsplatz and at the popular Sommernachtstraum fireworks in the Olympiapark.
The Tollwood festival in the Olympiapark stands for summery lightness – and this year, from 21 June to 21 July 2024, serious topics will again be on the agenda: Tolerance, diversity of cultures, fair animal husbandry and a sustainable approach to nature, which is also lived out at the festival. People from all over the world chat at wooden tables and green hills over beer and international organic food. Famous musicians play jazz, rock or pop in the circus tents. There are also unusual theatre productions and fascinating performances by artists and acrobats. All this is surrounded by the stands of the "Market of Ideas", where all kinds of handicrafts are offered for sale.
Tollwood, 21 June to 21 July 2023, Olympiapark
On 7 July 2024, the popular Munich Sports Festival will take place at Königsplatz. Various sports clubs and sports institutions will present over 70 types of sport in workshops, demonstrations, trial training sessions and competitions. People of all ages and fitness levels can take part, try things out and have fun.
Munich Sports Festival, 7 July 2024, Königsplatz, 10 to 18 h
Every summer visitors can marvel at an overwhelming sea of lights in the Olympiapark. Then the open-air event “Sommernachtstraum“ dips the sky and the green hills in bright colours. The highlight is a spectacular fireworks display. There is the right sound to go with it: bands and artists perform on several stages.
Sommernachtstraum, 20 July 2024, Olympiapark
In the middle of the Englischer Garten (park), the dirndls turn here at around six in the morning: during the traditional Kocherlball at the Chinesischer Turm, the sun and the heart rise simultaneously. In the 19th century, cooks, errand boys, nannies and domestic servants met here to dance before work. Since 1989, thousands of people have been gathering to twirl around with each other during waltzes, polkas, doubles and Munich Française – often in old uniforms and bourgeois clothes from the 19th century. People also party around it in the beer garden and picnic on the meadows.
Kocherlball, 20 July 2024 from 6 to 10 am, Chinesischer Turm in the Englischer Garten
It doesn't get much more Munich than this: on Mariahilfplatz in the Au district, people like to get together in traditional costume for the Auer Dult – or to be more precise, the Jakobidult. From 27 July to 4 August 2024, around 100,000 guests celebrate summer here – each to their own liking: children love the nostalgic chain carousel, handmade dolls' clothes, small furniture for their playhouses at home and the candy floss. Adults browse pottery, knitted jackets or practical household goods – and treat themselves to a beer or a fresh steamed dumpling in between. Dult is cult!
Auer Dult, 27 July to 4 August 2024, Mariahilfplatz
The Kulturstrand is a place of encounter and relaxation with a cultural programme for all Munich residents and their guests. From May to September, it offers an open cultural platform and meeting place - everyone is cordially invited to join in thinking, talking and shaping.
All dates for the music, children's and sports programme or other events can be found throughout the summer in the Kulturstrand programme calendar and on the official Facebook page! On the Facebook page, the organisers also provide information about rain, highlights and life at Kulturstrand. All activities are free of charge!
Kulturstrand, 01 May until 09 September 2024, Corneliusbrücke
The Tannengarten beer garden is the perfect place to unwind in the open air to jazz, blues, swing and the sounds of home. If, contrary to expectations, it should rain, the concerts are held indoors in the Tannengarten salettl. All concerts take place on a Thursday. All information about the bands and the dates can be found here. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
Concerts in the Tannengarten beer garden in Sendling, various dates in Juli, Tannengarten beer garden in Munich-Sendling
The Munich district of Pasing has a long folk festival tradition. After a two-year break due to Corona, the people of Pasing and their guests can once again look forward to five days of funfair hustle and bustle with a fairground, beer garden and beer tent, where the Stadtmüller family takes care of the visitors' thirst. Many people know the family as the hosts of the Fischer-Vroni at the Oktoberfest. In Pasing they serve fish specialities and Bavarian classics as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. And the best part: every evening a different band plays, from Bavarian brass band music to casual rock, pop and indie covers.
Pasinger Vorwiesn, 24 to 28 July 2024, Munich-Pasing, fairground at the corner of Silberdistelstrasse and Weinbergerstrasse.
The festival is organised by Hilfe von Mensch zu Mensch e.V. and includes a wide range of cultural events and activities. The festival programme includes concerts, dance performances, theatre performances, panel discussions, film days and much more.
If you're in the mood for golf, the "BMW International Open" at Golfclub Eichenried is the place to be when top international stars and the best German golfers tee off - including Bernhard Langer, who will be teeing off at the event for the first time since 2012.
The Munich Summer Theatre in the amphitheatre in the Englischer Garten has been part of the Munich cultural scene since 1990.
In the summer of 2023, “Bunbury“ by Oscar Wilde was performed. Audience members are welcome to bring along a picnic to make the theatre evening even more enjoyable. In case of rain, the performances will take place in the summer theatre in the Mohr Villa (Situlistr. 73 in Freimann). The weather hotline can be reached at +49 (0)170 / 447 20 30. Admission is free at both venues.
A spectacular, interactive drag show including singing, comedy and pole dancing can be experienced at the “Aloft Hotel Munich“. Ruby Tuesday and Vicky Voyage will be in charge of the programme. Guest star is the Ukrainian drag ambassador Samantha Jackson. During the show you can help yourself to a brunch buffet and as a welcome drink there will be a prosecco called “Sparkling Queer“.
The Munich Opera Festival will take place from 28 June to 31 July 2024 at the end of the season. With opera premieres, ballets, concerts and recitals, the Bayerische Staatsoper (opera) presents an extensive festival programme, which this year focuses on three major works by Richard Strauss.
In a wonderful atmosphere between the Hofgarten, Feldherrnhalle and Theatinerkirche, around 16,000 guests experience music of the highest standard at the “Classic at Odeonsplatz“. For more than 20 years now, the classical music concert has been delighting its visitors with the best orchestras and world-famous stars in the open air.
Classic at Odeonsplatz, 12 and 13 July 2024, Odeonsplatz
As part of the annual exhibition, the students of the Faculty of Design at the Munich University of Applied Sciences will show fhow design shapes our present and future – and why it takes a lot of (playful) courage to create an environment worth living in. The exhibition shows final and semester projects from the bachelor's degree programme “Design“ with the fields of study photo design, industrial design and communication design, the bachelor's degree programme “Computer Science and Design“ as well as from the master's degree programme “Applied Design Research“.
After the successful start last summer, new folk music will once again set the tone at the Gasteig HP8. Archaic tones and multimedia sounds resound on five stages at the Alpenrausch Festival. Yodelling meets percussion and an alphorn plays techno beats. In addition, workshops invite you to participate and try things out. Films whet your appetite for alpine culture and nature. And if you want to start climbing right away, you can do so on a climbing wall. In addition to the Austrian duo “Attwenger“, the brass group “Federspiel“ and the Swiss duo “Albin Brun & Kristina Brunner“ will be on stage.
Alpenrausch, tba, Gasteig HP8
Enjoying the most beautiful summer weather outside and a film at the same time – that seems to be contradictory. Unless the screening takes place outside. There are several open-air cinemas in Munich: including the Frischluftkino of the Eine-Welt-Haus or the Kino, Mond und Sterne (Cinema, Moon and Stars) in the Westpark. But the city's best known and most popular open-air cinema makes a guest appearance in the Olympiapark: the Kino am Olympiasee is also the only one with 3D films in its programme. Instead of cinema chairs, deck chairs are waiting; couples make themselves comfortable in Love Seats, an extremely wide beach lounger version. From here, one comfortably has a view to the 4K-screen and the lake. Those who turn around can additionally have a look at the impressive arquitecture of the Olympiahalle, stadium and swimming pool. The program changes daily, tickets and information are available online. Reserved tickets must be picked up at the box office by 8 pm, which is recommended anyway: those who arrive before 8 pm can get two drinks for the price of one at the cinema bar. For the case of rain there is even an umbrella rental available. Roll the film!
In southern Bavaria there are several summer toboggan runs, one of the most famous is the one on the Blomberg, the local mountain of Bad Tölz. The ascent to the summit takes about one hour and leads along well constructed paths. At the top, the Blomberghaus lures with snacks and a panoramic view over the northern limestone Alps. Alternatively, part of the ascent can be bridged with the chairlift – the last few metres to the summit must still be covered on foot. The fastest way down to the valley is on the toboggan run, which starts a little way below the middle station. Over 1300 metres, 41 chicanes and 17 steep curves it winds its way down the mountain. If necessary, braking is done with a lever in the middle of the sledge. The Blomberg can be reached either by car (Am Blomberg 2, 83646 Wackersberg) or by bus lines 9612 and 9591 from Bad Tölz.
Munich is often glorified as the northernmost city in Italy. The many Italian ice cream parlors with their homemade gelato also contribute to this flair. Opinions differ as to which of these is the best. The Ballabeni at Theresienstrasse 46 is definitely among the top three. On hot summer days people queue up around the block. In Maxvorstadt and in the Schlachthofviertel, the Del Fiore is causing a sensation; there are even people who claim that the ice cream there is better than in Italy. For those who can't make up their mind, Chef Stefano might hand them a spoon to try. The Sarcletti on Rotkreuzplatz (square) is cult – and old: Peter Paul Sarcletti sold his first ice cream here 130 years ago. Today there are more than 60 varieties to choose from. No Italian, but in a class of his own is the Verrückter Eismacher (“Crazy Ice Cream Maker“). Matthias Münz basically only appears with a top hat and sometimes creates interesting flavours like gyros or wheat beer ice cream. His restaurant behind the university reminds of “Alice in Wonderland“, the branch in the Glockenbachviertel (Holzstrasse 24) of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs“.
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