From Adele to Taylor Swift, from the European Football Championships to the State Garden Show - Munich is once again hosting a whole host of major events this year. We have collected the most important events in 2024 for you!
Carnival in Munich: 11 to 13 February 2024
Shortly after Christmas, Munich's bakeries are already piled high with colorful doughnuts, a clear sign that carnival is approaching. The carnival season officially begins on Epiphany (January 6) and ends on Shrove Tuesday. From February 11 to 13, 2024, the street carnival "München narrisch" will take place in the Old Town, and on Shrove Tuesday (February 13, 2024) the market women's dance will take place at the Viktualienmarkt.
Depeche Mode: 7 March 2024
The synth-rock and synth-pop group will be coming to Munich for a concert in March 2024. They first wowed their audience in a sold-out Olympic Stadium in June 2023. This time, the two artists Martin Gore and Dave Gahan will thrill their audience with a rousing live performance in the Olympic Hall!
Folk festival Maidult: 27 April to 5 May 2024
It doesn't get much more Munich than this: on Mariahilfplatz in the Munich district of Au, people like to meet up in traditional Dirnd or Lederhosen for the Auer Dult - or more precisely for the Maidult, which begins in April. From April 27 to May 5, 2024, around 100,000 guests celebrate spring here - just the way they like it: children love the nostalgic chain carousel, handmade doll's clothes, small furniture for their playhouses at home and the candy floss. Adults browse through pottery, rustic cardigans and practical household goods - and treat themselves to a beer or a fresh steamed dumpling (Dampfnudel) in between. Dult is cult!
Bavarian State Garden Show 2024 in Kirchheim near Munich: 15 May to 6 October 2024
Attention garden and culture fans! You should make a note of this date: On May 15, 2024, the 35th Bavarian State Garden Show will open its doors in Kirchheim, just a stone's throw from Munich. For 145 days, until October 6, 2024, you can immerse yourself in the adventure of nature under the motto "Growing Together".
Metallica concerts at the Olympiastadion: 24 and 26 May 2024
A double show that packs a punch: On their world tour, the heavy metal band Metallica will be performing on two dates in Munich's Olympic Stadium. However, both evenings will feature completely different set lists and different support acts! The band has plenty of choice, as Metallica has been around for over 40 years.
European Football Championship (UEFA EURO 2024): 14 June to 14 July 2024
A great honor for Munich: The 2024 European Championships will kick off at the Allianz Arena in Fröttmaning, which will be called the "Munich Football Arena" for the occasion. The opening match between Germany and Scotland will take place on June 14, 2024 at 9 pm. A total of six European Championship 2024 soccer matches will be staged in Munich - including Slovenia against Serbia and Serbia against Denmark in June 2024.
Tollwood Summerfestival 2024: 21 June to 21 July
Tollwood in the Olympiapark stands for summery lightness - yet this year, from June 21 to July 21, 2024, it will once again be about serious topics: Tolerance, diversity of cultures, fair animal husbandry and a sustainable approach to nature, which is also practiced at the festival. People from all over the world chat at wooden tables and on green hills over beer and international organic food. Famous musicians play jazz, rock and pop in the circus tents. There are also unusual theater productions and fascinating art and acrobatic performances. All around are the stalls of the "Market of Ideas", where all kinds of arts and crafts are on sale.
CSD Christopher Street Day: 22 and 23 June 2024
Every June, things get particularly colorful in the Glockenbachviertel: Here and at Marienplatz, everyone from the LGBTQIA+ scene and allies will celebrate "Christopher Street Day" on June 22 and 23, 2024 with a parade and a big street festival. This will all take place as part of PrideWeeks, which will be in Munich from June 8 to 23, 2024!
Munich Film Festival 2024: 28 June to 7 July 2024
For many locals, the film festival is one of the highlights of the year. International stars come to the city and discuss current topics, the film business and themselves at world premieres. From June 28 to July 7, 2024, cineastes go to the city's cinemas day and night to experience original versions of independent and Hollywood films from numerous countries.
Classical music at Odeonsplatz: 12 and 13 July 2024
In a wonderful atmosphere between the Hofgarten, Feldherrnhalle and Theatinerkirche, around 16,000 guests experience music at the highest level at "Klassik am Odeonsplatz". For over 20 years, the classical music concert has been delighting its guests with the best orchestras and world-famous stars in the open air.
Taylor Swift „Eras Tour“: 27 and 28 July 2024
Hardly any other star has achieved such fame in recent years as Taylor Swift: starting out with country music, the American singer-songwriter has now won numerous awards, released albums and broken records. Most recently at the Grammys 2024! On her sixth concert tour, the world-famous artist will be performing on two dates in Munich's Olympic Stadium.
Folk dance „Kocherball": 21 July 2024
In the middle of the English Garden, the dirndls turn here at around six o'clock in the morning: at the traditional Kocherlball at the Chinese Tower, the sun and the heart rise at the same time. In the 19th century, simple cooks, errand boys, nannies and house servants met here to dance before work. Since 1989, thousands of people have been gathering here to twirl around to waltzes, polkas, dances and Munich Française - often in old uniforms and bourgeois clothing from the 19th century. People also celebrate in the beer garden and picnic in the meadows around the festival.
Folk Festival „Jakobidult": 27 July to 4 August 2024
It doesn't get much more Munich than this: Mariahilfplatz in Munich's Au district is a popular place to meet up in traditional costume for the Auer Dult - or Jakobidult to be more precise. From July 27 to August 4, 2024, around 100,000 guests celebrate the summer here - just the way they like it: children love the nostalgic chain carousel, handmade doll's clothes, small furniture for their playhouses at home and the cotton candy. Adults browse through pottery, rustic cardigans and practical household goods - and treat themselves to a beer or a fresh steamed dumpling in between. Dult is cult!
Adele: Dates in August 2024
This has never happened before: a dedicated stadium is being built for British artist Adele at Messe München, which will seat 80,000 spectators per evening. Adele will perform a total of ten open-air concerts at the venue in August 2024. The singer has not been to Munich since 2016, and the special concerts at the exhibition grounds will be the only dates in Europe this year. The dates are August 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 16, 23, 24, 30 and 31.
Coldplay „Music Of The Spheres World Tour“: 15, 17 and 18 August 2024
One of the most beautiful locations for large open-air summer concerts is the Olympic Stadium. The British band Coldplay and frontman Chris Martin are even giving three concerts in the Olympic Stadium in August 2024.
Oktoberfest: 21 September to 6 Oktober 2024
We are already looking forward to the biggest folk festival in the world. It's clear: Oktoberfest rules the city. It kicks off on September 21, 2024, when Munich's Lord Mayor taps the first beer barrel in the Schottenhamel marquee with just a few strokes. For two weeks, the beer tents and rides on the Theresienwiese will be buzzing. Incidentally, 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.
„Superbloom“ Festival: 7 and 8 September 2024
If you're looking for an alternative, there's a new art and culture festival: "Superbloom" will take place for the second time at the beginning of September in the Olympic Park and stadium. The organizers are once again promising good music, art, design, unexpected adventures and lots of fun to leave everyday life behind. The first artists who have already confirmed their participation can be found in the line-up on the website.
Munich Marathon with Lederhosen and Dirndl run: 13 Oktober 2024
On October 13, 2024, the Munich Marathon will take its participants and visitors to the city's most beautiful squares and streets before crossing the finish line in the legendary Olympic Stadium. But don't worry: not every athlete has to complete the 42.2 kilometers past the Siegestor, Chinese Tower, Gasteig, National Theatre and Viktualienmarkt! There are also competitions over 10 or 21 kilometers (half marathon). Children and young people up to the age of 14 can put their skills to the test in the children's run. A special event for families, colleagues and Lederhosen and Dirndl clubs is the Trachtenrun: In Lederhosen and Dirndl, the runners take on an approximately 3.5-kilometer course through the Munich Olympic Park. Registrations are possible until September 29, 2024.
Kirchweihdult: 19 to 27 Oktober 2024
The last Auer Dult of the year takes place from October 19 to 27, 2024, when the Kirchweihdult is held on Mariahilfplatz in the Au, which always begins on the Saturday before the holiday of the same name. Europe's largest tableware market awaits thousands of visitors here. Traders sell porcelain and ceramics, household accessories, natural remedies and clothing at numerous stalls. Between the beer tent with beer garden and snack stalls, there are pretty nostalgic rides such as a chain carousel, a boat swing, a bumper car and a number of shooting galleries. Tuesday is family day with reduced prices for children.
Christmas market: 25 November to 24 December 2024
The classic among Munich's Christmas markets is the Christkindlmarkt around Marienplatz - the largest and most traditional in the city. Until Christmas Eve, you can enjoy Christmas music, high-quality arts and crafts, mulled wine, sausages and roasted almonds in front of the illuminated backdrop of the town hall, Frauenkirche and Alter Peter church. And the giant Munich Christmas tree towers between the stalls.
Tollwood Winterfestival: 26 November to 31 December 2024
From November 26 to December 31, 2024, the Tollwood Winter Festival will enchant you with its colorfully illuminated tent tops on the Theresienwiese. What makes this alternative Christmas market so special is its street theater, artistic masterpieces, concerts, a children's program, organic gastronomy and colorful arts and crafts from all over the world. Most of the events are free of charge. Politicians, scientists and artists appear in the multimedia tent of the "World Salon" to discuss ecological and social issues with the public.