When is summer going to arrive? Now! Munich will leap into life from the end of July, with music, theatre, sports, games and beer gardens. Guests will be made very welcome. Seven reasons why "Summer in the City" will be a great event worth travelling for.
Organisers all over Munich are working together to produce an open-air cultural programme which includes concerts, theatre, cabaret and other events: the main Summer Stage in Olympiapark, Culture Stage in the Werksviertel and travelling stages in various districts of the city. Munich’s theatres, museums and institutions will also be involved in the Summer in the City cultural programme: The Volkstheater will be offering concerts and performances from 24 July. A number of cabaret performances will take place on the new Innenhofbühne (Inner Courtyard stage) of the Deutsches Theater from 31 July. Further city centre performances are planned to take place in the inner courtyard of the Stadtmuseum and the Gasteig. The Valentin-Karlstadt Museum invites you to five magical summer evenings in the courtyard of the Isartor.
In the west of the city, visitors can enjoy a varied programme for children and adults alike on the Blutenburger Sommerbühne (Blutenburg summer stage) of the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library) in Blutenburg Castle between now and 6 September. Meanwhile, the Sommerfrische cultural festival is currently taking place in the Pasinger Fabrik cultural centre in Munich-Pasing, and will run until 29 August.
Art in public spaces can already be viewed, such as Alicja Kwade’s bronze sculpture “Bavaria” at Corneliusbrücke, and the work of artist Rut Massó at Lenbachplatz. From the end of July, the Bridge Sprout project on the upper part of the Schwindinsel will offer a completely different view of the Isar river. In addition, an art campaign in the Glockenbachviertel neighbourhood, entitled “The Commons”, will focus on the public sphere. As part of this project, urban art murals will appear on the Breakout building on the corner of Bayerstraße and Schillerstraße and also on the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA).
We all know that one swallow does not make a Munich summer, and as such we will gladly exchange that cool sip on our balconies at home for a portion of joyful togetherness at Summer in the City. Over 20 Munich beer gardens hope to create a warm convivial atmosphere, with amusements for old and young alike, by offering artists stages for small performances and hosting stalls and fairground rides for visitors to enjoy.
The expansive Olympiapark, in which the 1972 Summer Olympics were held, will be at the centre of the action. A fairground with market stalls, booths, gastronomic offerings and carousels will extend from the Olympiahalle arena, through Coubertinplatz and Festivalgelände (festival area) and along the Olympiasee lake. The central stage for the "Summer in the City" event will be set up in the Olympic stadium, to host a range of concerts, shows, family entertainment and many other events that will take place over a six-week period. After dark, the film programme will kick off at the open-air cinema beside the Olympiasee lake. For children, this year the Olympiapark is one of the venues in which they can shape and govern their own mini-Munich.
The Mini-Munich holiday programme, which takes place between 27 July and 14 August, will be spread across Olympiapark and many other sites. Between 10 am and 5 pm, from Monday to Friday, children will be able to slip into the role of mayor, a police officer or a radio announcer as they move throughout the city. They will reproduce city life in play form in parks, on squares, in museums, cultural institutions and even in Munich’s Rathaus (Town Hall).
The majority of the sports programme will be suitable for children, teenagers and adults alike. This also applies to the free sports and games on offer at Theresienwiese, which will include skateboarding, parkour, trampolining, cycling workshops, frisbee and games for children and teenagers – as well as people of any age who are young at heart. A special sporting highlight is the open table tennis training with the professionals of the Bavarian Table Tennis Association. It takes place on August 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th from 14 to 19 o'clock. Evening fitness sessions will also take place at 7 pm Monday to Thursday at Theresienwiese.
Exercise and relaxation lovers can also enjoy free yoga classes and fitness sessions in the Westpark, Ostpark, Luitpoldpark, Aubinger Ostpark, Hermann-von-Siemens-Sportpark and Riemer Park every day from 6 pm. Guided meditation sessions will take place at 8 am on Mondays and 6.45 pm on Wednesdays in Rosengarten park on the banks of the Isar river. Qi Gong takes place every Wednesday in the city centre on Marienplatz, just in front of the Rathaus. The first class starts at 8 am and the second begins half an hour later. On 1, 15 and 29 August, parkour professionals will give demonstrations around the Gasteig to offer spectators an insight into how this contemporary sport works.
The Stadtjugendamt (City Youth Agency) is also collaborating with various youth centres to organise cultural programmes and mobile games events in public squares for children, as well as for teens and adults. There will also be music and dancing for young people.
Theresienwiese will also host music events as part of "Summer in the City"! A total of 30 deckchairs are already waiting, so visitors can relax under the palm trees. As there are no restaurants in the palm garden, guests can bring their own food and drinks with them; it will also be possible to buy snacks, coffee and non-alcoholic drinks at various stands. If you fancy a bit of exercise before or after you visit the palms, you can play some basketball or tennis, seek out the bouldering wall or mini-trampoline, or do a taster course in skateboarding or mountain biking, in addition to the other options outlined above.
The traditional markets that are held annually for the Auer Dult traditional fair and the Stadtgründungsfest celebrating the birth of the city are sorely missed in Munich this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for them to take place in their traditional form. Nevertheless, some stall holders will be bringing a little Auer Dult flair to the "Summer in the City" event, as you will find them in four locations: Mariahilfplatz, where the Dult traditional markets usually take place, Orleansplatz, Weissenburgerplatz and Wittelsbacherplatz. In addition to stalls selling Bavarian delicacies and the typical offerings usually found at the Dult markets – such as crockery, traditional costumes, spices, wooden goods and other household items – plans for these areas include carousels and the historic Kettenflieger Kalb “chairoplane” ride.
An artisans’ area is planned in the inner-city area of Munich between 6 August and 4 September between Odeonsplatz and Max-Joseph-Platz. Here, visitors will be able to wander among stalls offering jewellery, pottery and other fine goods between 10 am and 8 pm every Thursday and Friday. You are, of course, very welcome to purchase as well as browse!
A Ferris wheel will operate all summer long against the venerable backdrop of the Glyptothek temple structures, collection of antiquities and Propylaea gate at Königsplatz. From the top of the wheel, riders can enjoy a panoramic view over the most Grecian of Munich’s squares, far off to the north of the city and to the onion domes of the Frauenkirche – a vista that would probably also have delighted King Ludwig I, who commissioned the building of Königsplatz. Carnival workers and market traders will ensure a summery, festive atmosphere around the fairground ride, which stands some 50 metres tall. There are also plans for carousels and stalls in the trendy Werksviertel neighbourhood, on the family-friendly Schneckenplatz in the west end and at the Angel of Peace statue on the banks of the Isar in Bogenhausen.