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!
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, 13.03. to 05.04.2020, Nockherberg
At the beginning of March, a classic in a new original version will be brought to the stage of the Philharmonie im Gasteig: Munich Tatort (tv show) commissioners Udo Wachtveitl and Miroslav Nemec will perform "AHAB - A symbolic parable after Moby Dick" with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The novel by Herman Melville from 1851 broke with the moral concepts of its time. While the orchestra produces the world of sound, Wachtveitl and Nemec bring the symbolic figures to life. A fascinating journey around human existence.
"AHAB - A symbolic parable after Moby Dick", 03.03.2020, Philharmonie im Gasteig
If you share the humour of the Bavarian Michael Mittermeier, you'll like his play "Lucky Punch - Die Todeswuchtl schlägt zurück" (Lucky Punch - The Deathwatch strikes back). On 01. March 2020 in the Deutsches Theater guaranteed much laughter and meaningful questioning.
Michael Mittermeier, 01.03.2020, Deutsches Theater
At the "Munich Creative Business Week - The Long Week of Design" everything revolves around good style, sustainability, art, music, communication and creativity – at all kinds of locations in the city. Read more about Germany's largest design event that takes place every year in Munich.
Munich Creative Business Week, 07. to 15.03.2020, various locations
The MCBW is also a partner in Munich's green fashion fair Greenstyle, which takes place twice a year. There is a sales fair and a conference about sustainability. This time with around 50 sustainable fashion brands from all over the world and 30 speakers who exchange ideas and information on the topic.
Greenstyle Muc, 13 to 15.03.2020, Isarforum at the Deutsches Museum
There is a lot of young art to see every March at the Stroke Art Fair on the Praterinsel. The first German art fair for new contemporary art has been taking place in Munich since 2009. Here you can not only look at street art and urban art, but also buy it. The most exciting new discoveries of the scene are presented and the festival around it with foodmarket, concerts, live paintings and parties round off the program.
Stroke Art Fair, 19. to 22.03.2020, Praterinsel
On 17.3.2020 Munich residents and tourists alike should not miss the big parade on St. Patrick's Day. The whole city celebrates on its squares and in the Irish Pubs. The parade between Münchner Freiheit and Odeonsplatz will be particularly green and loud.
St. Patrick's Day, 17.03.2020, Münchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz
One of the musical highlights of the year is the rock concert "Rock meets Classic 2020" in the Olympic Hall. On 08.03.2020 a symphony orchestra and a band will play the greatest hits of the rock scene.
Rock meets Classic, 08.03.2020, Olympic Hall
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, 21.03. to 05.04.2020, Seidl-Villa
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, 20. to 30.03.2020, Schauburg, Munich City Museum, Elly Heuss-Knapp Evangelical Family Educational Centre
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.
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.
Curious? On a beer and brewery tour you will learn everything you need to know about the famous barley juice. From a tour of the brewery at the Thomasbräu to a joint visit to the beer garden, visitors will learn all the different facets of the beer.