A woman is wearing a dirndl and is smiling in front of gingerbread hearts at the Oktoberfest in Munich. Behind her is sitting a man.

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September: Oktoberfest & Isar Island Festival

September in Munich usually has only one hotspot: the Theresienwiese. Millions of people meet here for the Oktoberfest every year. The Oktoberfest was canceled for 2021 due to corona. But  Munich has even more to offer. All events in September 2021 and the dates for 2022 at a glance.

Events in September 2022: Typically Munich

 

Top events in September 2022

 

Oktoberfest 2022

One thing is clear: the Oktoberfest dominates the city. The next Oktoberfest starts on 17.9.2022, when Munich's mayor taps the first beer barrel in the Schottenhamel marquee with just a few strokes. For two weeks until 3.10.2022, the beer tents and rides on the Theresienwiese will be on their way. By the way, the largest and most popular folk festival in the world was originally a horse race to celebrate the wedding of the future King Ludwig I and his Therese, after whom the venue is named.

Oktoberfest, 17 September to 3 October 2022, Theresienwiese

 

The traditional costume and hunters’ parade

Sure, the Wiesn will start on Saturday. But for many people in Munich, the Oktoberfest doesn't start until the next day, when the traditional costumers start parading through the streets. Always on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest the traditional costume parade takes place, the largest in the world. Around 9000 people take part, including shooting and traditional costume clubs, marching bands and bands from all over Europe. The Münchner Kindl rides at the front. Munich's Lord Mayor and Bavaria's Minister-President roll past in festive carriages, the breweries send their magnificent carriages with several horses. The entire train is about seven kilometres long and winds its way through the city centre to the Theresienwiese. If you want to stand in the front row as a spectator, you should arrive early, the rush is especially great when the weather is fine. As an alternative, you can watch the train on television: Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasts live. The costume parade first took place in 1835, at the silver wedding of King Ludwig I. and Therese of Bavaria - their wedding on 12 October 1810 is considered the origin of the Oktoberfest. Since 1949 the traditional costume parade has been held annually.

The tradtitional costume and hunter's parade, 18 September 2022, through Munich city centre to Theresienwiese

Art and culture festival "Superbloom

If you are looking for an alternative, a new art and culture festival is waiting for you: In the beginning of September the "Superbloom" will start in the Olympic Park and Stadium. The whole thing is still a wonder bag. That much is revealed: The organizers promise good music, art, design, undreamt-of adventures and lots of fun to leave everyday life behind.

Superbloom, 3 and 4 September 2022, Olympic Park

 

Isar Island Festival

On a weekend in September the popular Isarinselfest will take place again. Every year different Bands play here, there is a cultural and sports program. Also the little ones are well taken care of with workshops and demonstrations. And the best: the Isarinselfest is completely free!

Isarinselfest, 2 to 4 September 2022, between Ludwigs- and Maximiliansbrücke

Munich in autumn

Munich loves the autumn. And as the light gets warmer and the colours intensify, this is the time of year when Munich’s residents really get adventurous.

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Various Others

From 8 September to 9 October 2022, Munich will once again become an exciting art meeting place: almost 20 international galleries from Brussels, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Athens, Copenhagen, Tbilisi, Los Angeles and New York will enrich the cultural landscape in Munich for the fifth time. This year, a gallery from Munich's Ukrainian partner city Kiev will also show its programme. After a successful start in 2018, Various Others has established itself more and more as an integral part of the international art calendar. Over four weeks, openings and numerous other events will take place at a wide variety of exhibition venues in the city.

Various Others, 8 September to 9 October 2022, various exhibition venues spread across the city

 

JR: Chronicles - Cooperation with MUCA

As part of the exhibition "JR: Chronicles", Kunsthalle München is cooperating with the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA). Two famous works by JR from the "Icons of Urban Art" exhibition at MUCA will be made available to Kunsthalle München for the duration of the exhibition: "Mr. Ma" and "Brandenburg Gate".

The MUCA itself will become the location for JR's major participation project "Inside Out" on 9 and 10 September. As the first of a total of five stations in Munich, the JR team will cover the "MUCA Giant Wall" with 369 individual portraits of people. Everyone is invited to have their picture taken. The artist's photo truck will stop at Hotterstraße 12, on the MUCA grounds, on both days. The portraits will be taken in the truck, printed in large format and directly posterised on site. All participants are involved in the process and can follow the action live.

JR: Chronicles - Cooperation with MUCA, 9 and 10 September 2022 and further dates, MUCA, Hotterstr. 12

 

Dance project K.I.nd of Human

The dance piece by choreographer and dancer Roberta Pisu in collaboration with the Arcis Saxophone Quartet "K.I.nd of Human" deals with the question of how humans can assert themselves in the face of the omnipresence of artificial intelligence.

Dance project K.I.nd of Human, 13 and 14 September 2022 at 7.30 p.m., Utopia München, Heßstr. 132

 

Cavalluna Kids - Eine Show steht Kopf!

Cavalluna is back in Munich and will present an open-air horse show for families and children from 27 August to 11 September 2022. The combination of horsemanship, drama and music offers entertainment for young and old and makes the hearts of many horse lovers beat faster.

Cavalluna Kids - Eine Show steht Kopf! 27 August to 11 September 2022, Cavalluna Park grounds Munich-Fröttmaning 

 

offshore - money for the show

In the upcoming exhibition of the artists' association at the Haus der Kunst München e.V., everything revolves around money and art. "In three steps" performances, video works, interventions and installations show the way to financial success. 

offshore - money for the show, 30 September to 14 October 2022, Haus der Kunst

 

Munich Outdoor Sports Festival

Attractions such as the Flying Fox, paragliding on the Olympic Hill, laser biathlon or a huge climbing wall await visitors to the 6th Outdoor Sports Festival on 25 September 2022 in the Olympic Park. There will be a programme with over 50 activities, various opportunities to get active and try out sports, as well as information for the whole family. Admission is free and in addition to many festival classics such as the high ropes course or the pump track, skateboarding and fly fishing will be new this year.

Munich Outdoor Sports Festival, 25 September 2022, Olympic Park

 

Event "Holifestival of Colours"

In the autumn, when the leaves turn colour, the "Holi-Festival of Colours" takes place at the fair. At the wild party on 4.9.2021 thousands of people dance under the open sky to the live music of the best electro DJs. Every hour there is a countdown: 3, 2, 1 and go! Then the participants tear open bags of paint and distribute the colourful powder to the neighbours and themselves. A motley mess!

Holifestival of Colours, 3 September 2022, Munich Trade Fair

 

Mouse on Mars installation in Lenbachhaus

Mouse on Mars is a German electro duo that has been making music together for 25 years now. You can experience them for several month in 2022: Thanks to a sound installation they developed themselves in the Kunstbau im Lenbachhaus, which deals with the themes of space and architecture. The Kunstbau is located near the underground station Königsplatz and is the underground exhibition space of the Lenbachhaus. 

Mouse on Mars, 9 April 2022 – 18 September 2022, Kunstbau in the Lenbachhaus

 

 

What else happens in Munich in September:

 

Peace on all waters: Trip to the Five Lakes Land

In autumn it is pleasantly quiet on the lakes. The bathing season is almost over, the number of day tourists from Munich is decreasing. Best time to explore the Five Lakes Country. First choice for this are of course canoe, pedal boat and sailboat; for the latter, however, you need a sailing license. There are boat rentals in every bigger place. The boat rental of Peter Neuner is considered to be a classic destination in Herrsching - which is also the case in the restaurant next door. Matos fish shop offers the best fish sandwiches at the Ammersee. If you prefer a more comfortable trip, take a tour with the Bayerische Seenschifffahrt, their steamers shuttle between all ports. Alternatively, you can take a walk along the Ammersee high trail. The 12.2-kilometre-long circular trail begins at Schondorf railway station. It then leads first into the hinterland to Achselschwang and via Utting on the lakeside back to Schondorf. You should plan about two and a half hours for the route.

Autumn is mushroom season: looking for or buying mushrooms

When Bavarians say this sentence, they want to spend half the autumn day wandering around in the woods to get some fresh air - and look for some mushrooms. Going for mushrooms is a kind of popular sport, which is lovingly cultivated especially by the elderly. Because: Newcomers have a hard time. Mushroom hunters are secretive, good mushroom sites are passed on. Nevertheless, a few things have gotten around. For example, that Munich's best mushrooms grow in the south, in the Ebersberg, Perlacher and Hofoldinger forests or in the forests around Ammersee and Starnberger See Holzkirchen and Sauerlach. Especially popular are porcini mushrooms, mushrooms and chanterelles. But be careful: poisonous and edible mushrooms often look very similar. Therefore, if you are not sure what you have found, you should visit the town hall on Mondays (10-13, 16.30-18) when the Mushroom Society holds its office hours. If you don't find anything, you don't have to worry - instead of going out into the countryside, you can go to the Zollner mushroom and forest stand at Viktualienmarkt.

 

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Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Christian Kasper, Dominik Morbitzer, Frank Stolle

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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

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

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