Annual overview - a selection of Bavarian customs

Bavaria is renowned the world over for its festivals and events including such world-famous ones as the "Oktoberfest" in Munich and the "Christkindlsmarkt" (Christmas market) in Nuremberg. We would like to give you closer look at Bavarian customs, lifestyle and traditions.

Find out more about the annual calendar of festivals and events that are enjoyed by those that live here and visitors to Bavaria alike. Here we maintain a detailed up-to-date list of many festivals and events for your travel to Bavaria:

Highlights and events in 2017   (Adobe PDF, 475 kb) and a preview on Events in 2018 (Adobe PDF, 673kb)

Kipfenberger Carnival - "Fasenickl"

January - February »

Hornschlittenrennen (sledge race on a traditional sledge) - Schäfflertanz (Barrel-Makers dance 2019) - Fasching (Carnival)

Spring in Bavaria

March - April »

Starkbierzeit (Strong Beer Season) - Palmsonntag (Palm Sunday) - Easter

White-blue maypole, church

May - June »

Maibaum aufstellen (Maypole raising) - Pfingsten (Whitsun) - Meistertrunk (Master Draught) Rothenburg - Fronleichnam (Corpus Christi) - Sonnwendfeiern (Midsummer/Solstice Festivals) - Landshuter Hochzeit (Landshut Wedding)

Sandkerwa festival in Bamberg - fishermen’s joust on the river

July - August »

Ritterspiele in Kaltenberg (Kaltenberg Knights Tournament) - Tänzelfest Kaufbeuren - Annafest in Forchheim - Further Drachenstich (Slaying the Dragon in Furth) - Gäubodenvolksfest Straubing - Kinderzeche Dinkelsbühl - Sandkerwa beer festival Bamberg

At the Oktoberfest

September - October »

Viehscheid or Almabtrieb (an autumn cattle-drive from the high alpine pastures) - Weinfeste (wine festivals) in Franconia - Oktoberfest in Munich

Christmas market Fraueninsel Lake Chiemsee

November - December »

St. Martin’s day (Sankt Martin Tag), Leonhardifahrt (St. Leonhard Horse Procession) in Bad Tölz - Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market)


Leonhard procession in Benediktbeuren image.enlarge
Leonhard procession in Benediktbeuren © Fotolia/ Florian Weber

Festivals in Bavaria 2017 - An Overview »

Bavaria is home to a whole host of festivals. Here you can find an overview ...

Kaltenberg Knights‘ Tournament