Frühlingsfest - The 'Mini-Oktoberfest'

Frühlingsfest. One Oktoberfest a year isn't enough, although it would probably never be possible to stage two of these mammoth keg parties in any given twelve-month period. The compromise solution is Frühlingsfest, literally "spring festival" which as its name suggests arrives each April and lasts two weeks. It is held in the same area (Theresienwiese) reserved for the Oktoberfest and benefits from sponsorship and participation from Munich's major breweries as well. The crowds are much more manageable and the sheer size of the operation still pales in comparison to what will occur six months later. But, for those who get impatient waiting for the first snow melt and who can't wait to get out into the beer gardens and start quaffing beers in direct sunlight again, this is the place to be.

The 2017 Frühlingsfest will run April 21-May 7.

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Oktoberfest 1884
The Frühlingsfest has much the same fun and frivolity of the Oktoberfest but without the huge crowds and expense.

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