Find out what's going on this year at Oktoberfest - besides consuming large quantities of beer.
What does this year's Oktoberfest have in store?
Friday, September 17, 12:00 p.m.
Anniversary celebration: Special historical festivities mark the 200th Oktoberfest this year, complete with a horse race.
Saturday, September 18, 11:00 a.m.
Entrance of the hosts: A horse-drawn procession of the festival tent hosts runs from Sonnenstrasse to the Oktoberfest grounds.
Saturday, September 18, 12:00 p.m.
Opening ceremony: Munich's mayor, Christian Ude, officially opens the festival in the Schottenhamel tent.
Sunday, September 19, 12:00 p.m.
Costume and Riflemen's Parade: The parade leads from Maximilianstrasse, then to Odeonsplatz, Karlsplatz-Stachus, Schwanthalerstrasse, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz and finally to the Oktoberfest lawn.
Tuesday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
First Family Day: Reduced fares and prices are available.
Thursday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.
Church service: An Oktoberfest service is held in the Hippodrom tent.
Sunday, September 26, 11:00 a.m.
Concert: The bands from each festival tent gather for a concert at the feet of the Bavaria statue.
Tuesday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Second Family Day: Reduced fares and prices are available.
Sunday, October 3, 12:00 p.m.
Cannon salute: Small, hand-held cannons present a magnificent salute at the steps of the Bavaria statue.
Monday, October 4, 11:30 p.m.
Festival end: Auf Wiedersehen! - Goodbye and 'til next year!
Source: Bayerischer Rundfunk (gsw)
Editor: Kate Bowen