Add Munich's famed Oktoberfest to the list of traditions coming back after pandemic suspensions. The tents will be up on the Theresienwise from September 17 to October 3 this year.
For those who wonder each year why Oktoberfest is mainly in September, the answer is weather. The first Oktoberfest, in 1810 was in October and celebrated a royal marriage in Munich; as it got longer and bigger, the start was moved up, and it now ends on October 3 or the first Sunday in October, whichever is later.
For the numbers: the last pre-pandemic festival, in 2019, had 6.3 million visitors (of course many of those were daily repeaters!) from 45 countries who drank 7.3 million litres of 6% or stronger beer. The record attendance, in 1985, was 7.1 million attendees. Oh, and 2019, stewards prevented 96,912 attempts to walk out with beer mugs.