Festivals in Munich

(Photo credit Softeis)

There is always something going on in Munich, and the events include a host of festivals happening throughout the year, the Oktoberfest, the Munich Film Festival, Rockavaria and many more. In 2016, two important jubilees will be celebrated in Munich, each with its own festival. The Bavarian Purity Law turns 500 and BMW celebrates 100 years since the founding of the company. Below is a chronological list of festivals of the year.


15 – May 1, Munich Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival)

The little Oktoberfest with beer tents and fun rides at the Theresienwiese.

30, The Long Night of Music

Over 400 live acts and almost as many different music styles. Munich dances into May.


27-29 May, Rockavaria

The second instalment of the Olympiapark festival presents Iron Maiden, Iggy Pop and Nightwish as headliners.

28 – June 9, Munich Biennale

The Munich Biennale is worldwide the only festival that shows exclusively world premieres of new music theatre works.


23-July 2, Filmfest München

The Munich International Film Festival is the largest and most important German summer film festival

29 – July 24, Tollwood Summer Festival

Tollwood-time is music-time at the Olympiapark.

25 – July 31, Munich Opera Festival

The 140 years old Festival culminates with free Opera for All open air concerts.


22-24, Festival of Bavarian Beer Culture

Festival in downtown Munich to celebrate 500 years of the Bavarian Purity Law.




9-11, BMW Festival

Festival at the Olympia Park to celebrate 100 years of BMW.

17- October 2, Oktoberfest

The 183rd Oktoberfest might last a day longer in 2016.


Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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