We have some good news today for those lamenting the cancellations of Frühlingsfest and Oktoberfest this year… Munich is getting a dose of Volksfest fun over the next few weeks, albeit in a (oh so slightly) mini version.
That’s right – the Magdalenenfest, which takes place every July in Hirschgarten is still on this year, despite coronavirus forcing the cancellation of most major events. The festivities of course will look a little different, with social distancing rules in place.
Here’s a little guide on this year’s festivities.
What to Expect at Magdalenenfest 2020 (AKA the Magdalenen Sommertage 2020)
Dates: July 4 – 19, 2020
Hours: Weekdays from 12pm to 10pm and weekends from 11 am to 10pm
Long one of Munich’s most beloved family-friendly events, this year’s Magdalenenfest will be welcoming 20 market stalls, showmen and restauranteurs. The location is, as always, Hirschgarten, home to Munich’s largest beer garden (and perhaps the largest in the entire world).
This means you can enjoy a few Maß in the biergarten before grabbing some food or enjoying some games and rides (mainly for kids though – you won’t be finding any of the huge Oktoberfest rides here!). According to Muenchen.de, there will be a swing carousel, shooting/throwing games, a bungee trampoline and the Jumanji labryinth from Oktoberfest.
In terms of vendors, Muenchen.de has stated that the selection will be similar to what you see at Auer Dult, with stalls selling silver jewelry, fashion, household and leather goods. And as for food, you can expect Volksfest classics like roast sausages, cotton candy, candied fruits, gingerbread hears and of course, crepes.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Throughout the event, the following safety measures will be place (according to this official post from Muenchen.de):
- A minimum distance of 1.5m must be kept between strangers
- Nose/mouth coverage (i.e. masks) are mandatory when getting on/off rides, when lining up for rides, when watching rides/games, and in narrow/crowded spaces
- Rides and booths will be sanitized frequently
- Disinfects will be offered and guests are asked to use them
The Magdalenenfest has been taking place for hundreds of years in Hirschgarten. For more info the festivities, visit the official Muenchen.de site here.