When is the best time to go to Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest first-timers often don’t want to believe it, but in general, you shouldn’t aim to go to Oktoberfest when it’s the busiest, but rather when it’s just not that busy. Arriving on a late Friday afternoon or on Saturdays, there’s the risk of not seeing one single tent from the inside, as they will all be closed to prevent overcrowding. Even getting a beer may then need a lot of endurance, as it’ll be hard to find seats in the beer gardens as well.

If you want to party, you may come any day, as all evenings are busy. Only Sunday nights can be less crazy in some tents. Outside of the tents, the attendance varies a lot. Don’t forget to check out our page on the crowd barometer.