Munich’s Fruhlingfest Springfest is the ‘little’ sister event to Oktoberfest later in the year has been running for over 50 years.
Rather than wait until the autumn months for a taste of the legendary beer festival, the Bavarian capital welcomes thousands of people from across the continent to celebrate springtime with food, music, funfairs, fireworks, and of course lots and lots of beer.
Affectionally known as “Octoberfest’s little sister”, the Springfest starts the festival season for which Munich is famous.
Running just over two weeks, it’s a chance to get out and enjoy all that the wonderful season of spring has to offer. Fairground rides, live music and the atmospheric beer tents add together to bring you a festive spring event.
Munich Fruhlingsfest Springfest has plenty of great food and drink on offer. Bavaria food is hearty and delicious and you’ll find all your favorites on offer: Bratwurst, knuckle of port, rolled porked roast, plus much more.
Sweet tooths are well catered for with traditional offerings such as gingerbread, roasted almonds, and toffee apples to name just a few. And then of course there is the beer: Paulaner wheat beer, Augustiner Beer, and Spaten Fruehlingsfest Hell.
The Grand Opening Ceremony takes place on Friday afternoon 26 April 2019. In true Bavarian fashion, Munich Springfest kicks off with a spectacular parade, along with “Boellerschuetzen” (shooting into the air with mini hand cannons).
Following the Munich Springfest kicks off in true Bavarian fashion with a spectacular parade where the traditionally-dressed vendors and brewers travel along the streets to the festival venue.
The breweries’ decorated horse-drawn carts are an amazing sight to behold as they move the beer barrels to the festival ground. Be prepared for the loud sounds of the “Boellerschuetzen” (shooting into the air with mini hand cannons) which accompany the parade.
As they arrive at the beer tents, each beer tent band will perform a concert at the entrance. A festival in the festival, attracts 100s of thousands beer-loving partiers every year, most being from Munich and Germany making it much more authentic and less touristic than Oktoberfest.
This festival is more of an outside beer-garden style drinking festival. Munich Frühlingsfest Springfest, whilst more intimate than Oktoberfest, grants the same authenticity of its more famous sibling festival just in the springtime weather and with just as much quality beer. So just sit in the sun, and enjoy one of the world’s best beers with the locals.