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March: Starkbierfest & beginning of spring

The Starkbierfest at Nockherberg, the Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: March in Munich has all kinds of events. And then there is the official start of spring – and with it the time for the first visit to a beer garden of the year!

Events in March 2022: Typically Munich 

 

Strong beer festival on the Nockherberg

March is very cheerful, social and typically Munich every year, because the Paulaner Brewery hosts its legendary Starkbierfest, which expresses the local attitude to life and is as much a part of the city as the Oktoberfest. Strong beer is drunk together with brass band music, there is a lot of talking and fun, just to enjoy life. Since time immemorial, Munich residents have made a pilgrimage during Lent to the "Berg", or more precisely to the Nockherberg in Giesing. There are several festivals in and around the city – but this one is cult and the original. Because the strong beer was invented on the Nockherberg and is called "Salvator" by the way.

Starkbierfest, March 11 to April 3 2022, Nockherberg

Strong beer festival in the Augustiner Keller

From March 3 to April 2, 2022, strong beer can be tasted in the Augustiner Keller lager cellar, where beer was once stored and is drunk today. The vaults made of raw red bricks, the rustic wooden benches and, last but not least, the huge old lager barrels create a unique atmosphere. During the strong beer season, the old lager cellar becomes a place of pilgrimage for all friends of the "Augustiner Maximator", who are already eagerly awaiting the quaffable dark Doppelbock of the Augustiner Brewery after the winter.

Augustiner Keller, March 3 to April 2 2022, Strong Beer Festival

 

Top events in March 2020

St. Patrick's Day Parade digital

Due to the pandemic, St. Patrick's Day in Munich will be celebrated as "2nd St. Patrick's Day at Home" without a parade, but as a stream (via YouTube) of the Munich Irish Network on 13 March, before the city's Irish pubs light up green on 17 March - often with live music, drink specials and Irish food.

St. Patrick's Day, 17.03.2022, in the Irish Pubs in Munich

 

The Rocky Horror Show in the Deutsches Theater

It’s time to bring back the best party and the naughtiest production of musical theatre history: Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show returns to Munich. From 15 March to 3 April we’ll sing again: „Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!“.

Rocky Horror Show, 15.03. - 03.04.2022, Deutsches Theater

 

33rd Turkish Film Days Munich

The Turkish Film Days Munich are going hybrid this year. On Thursday, 24 March, the festival will open at the Rio Filmpalast. Afterwards it continues at the Gasteig HP8. There, from 25 March to 3 April, a total of 23 award-winning feature films, documentaries and short films will be shown in the Projektor cinema. At the same time, there is the possibility to watch the films online, up to and including 10 April.

Turkish Film Days, 24 March - 10 April 2022, Gasteig HP8

 

Events for children 

 

Children's Crime Festival

What's in store for the little ones at the children's crime festival, which has its "crime scenes" in the beautiful, winding Seidl Villa in Schwabing, in several city libraries and even in the Munich puppet theatre. What happened? Forensics, an investigation file and a detective's identity card put all crime thrillers on the right track. 

Kinder-Krimifest, 26.03. to 09.04.2022, Seidl-Villa

Kuckuck - Theatre festival for beginners

The "Kuckuck - Theaterfestival für Anfänge(r)", which takes place in the Schauburg in Schwabing (district), in the Münchner Stadtmuseum on Jakobsplatz and in the Elly Heuss-Knapp Protestant Family Educational Institution between Stachus and Sendlinger Tor, should be similarly exciting. Children up to five years of age experience the fascinating world of theatre with all their senses.

Kuckuck, 11. to 21.03.2022, Schauburg, Munich City Museum, Elly Heuss-Knapp Evangelical Family Educational Centre

What else happens in Munich in March:

 

The Munich Fish Month: Under the sign of the fins

The Isar is not only there for swimming: in fact, the city river is home to many fish such as trout, perch, pike, carp and eel. No wonder that March of all months is Munich's Fish Month. Firstly, this is when the closed season for most species ends, including brown trout and char. Secondly, the weeks before Easter are considered to be Lent, during which one renounces meat according to Catholic custom. Especially on Good Friday, the climax and conclusion of Lent, fish should therefore be put on the plate. Every reputable inn with Bavarian cuisine then has fish on the menu: for example the Bachmair Hofbräu in Leopoldstraße or the Wirtshaus zum Isartal in Brudermühlstraße. If you are looking for traditional fish dishes from Franconia, you will find them at Gasthaus Siebenbrunn at the Tierpark Hellabrunn (Hellabrun zoo): There you can get baked carp. A real speciality.

 

With the first sunrays: Off to the beer garden!

Just as you sit in street cafés in Paris in spring, you meet the people of Munich in the beer garden. The first cool measure in which the first rays of sunshine break, should not only be photographed, but also heralds a new attitude to life in the city. From now on summer is within reach. Since with so many beautiful beer gardens it is usually hard to decide where to start, our typology will help you find out which one is the right one. Beer garden beginners are well advised with our tips – you can usually bring your own food, but you should not necessarily order a "beer".

 

You can find a detailed calendar of events here.

 

 

Text: Munich Tourism; Photos: Christian Kasper, Dominik Morbitzer, Frank Stolle

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January: ice skating and warming up

With "Holiday on Ice" and wonderful winter walks January in Munich will be one thing above all: very sporty!

With "Holiday on Ice" and wonderful winter walks January in Munich will be one thing above all: very sporty!

A couple is on a sunny winter day in the Hofgarten in Munich.

February: Carnival and lard pastry

Munich has something unique to offer in February with the Marktweibern on the Viktualienmarkt.

Munich has something unique to offer in February with the Marktweibern on the Viktualienmarkt.

A man with white beard is standing in a beer garden in Munich and is laughing.

March: Starkbierfest & beginning of spring

The Starkbierfest, Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: that's what March has in store for Munich. 

The Starkbierfest, Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: that's what March has in store for Munich. 

A young women in front of a ride a the Auer Dult in Munich.

May: Street festivals & backyards

Munich takes to the streets: At the Streetlife-Festival and the Hofflohmarkt the attitude towards life of the city is shown.

Munich takes to the streets: At the Streetlife-Festival and the Hofflohmarkt the attitude towards life of the city is shown.

A young man and are women are climbing up a small hill at the festival Tollwood in Munich.

June: Tollwood & Film Festival

In June, Munich is a big stage: the Allianz Arena is the venue for the European Football Championship and the Tollwood Festival.

In June, Munich is a big stage: the Allianz Arena is the venue for the European Football Championship and the Tollwood Festival.

A women and and a man are sitting on benches in a beer garden and are talking and laughing. In the background is a lake.

July: Kocherlball & fireworks

In July you can spend the day outside: at the traditional Kocherlball and at the fireworks at Sommernachtstraum.

In July you can spend the day outside: at the traditional Kocherlball and at the fireworks at Sommernachtstraum.

A woman with red long hair is standing and smiling at the Isar River in Munich on a sunny day.

August: Open Airs & Isar

There are films and open-air concerts under the open sky. Otherwise the only thing that helps: a jump into the Isar.

There are films and open-air concerts under the open sky. Otherwise the only thing that helps: a jump into the Isar.

A woman and a man with grey hair are sitting on a bench and eating chestnuts at Hofgarten in Munich.

October: Kirchweihdult & Munich Marathon

Jogging through the Olympic Park in Dirndl and Lederhosen - this is only possible during the traditional costume run in October.

Jogging through the Olympic Park in Dirndl and Lederhosen - this is only possible during the traditional costume run in October.

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