2024 Oktoberfest Opening Weekend Package

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend

The beer is tapped!

And just like that, another 16 days of partying is kicked off starting with Oktoberfest Opening Weekend.

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend packages are a little bit different than the rest of the celebration. Oktoberfest kicks off with a parade on the second or third Saturday of September and commences at noon when the mayor of Munich taps the first barrel and cries “O’zapft is” (It’s open) after which party-goers join the drinking fest with a Prost! (Cheers!). Girls and guys alike dress in the traditional Lederhosenor Dirndls, respectively, and sing along with the ever-popular Bavarian drinking song Ein Prosit ein Prosit.

Known as the Largest People’s Fair in the World, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is Europe’s largest beer-drinking affair drawing 6-7 million visitors each year that consume more than 6 million liters (1 million gallons) of Bavarian brews. The first Oktoberfest occurred in 1810 with a horse race and fair to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (who became King Ludwig I) to Therese von Saxe, after whom “Theresienwiese” (the Oktoberfest grounds) was named (known as the “Wies’n” to locals). Though beer drinking didn’t become a major part of the celebration until 8 years later, Bavarian brews and food are now the major focal point of the event.

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend

Opening Weekend Oktoberfest Package 2024

Friday, September 20th – Tuesday, September 24th

  • Hotels within walking distance of Oktoberfest Grounds (Multiple Hotels available)
  • Round trip airport transfers (Airport is 40 km from Oktoberfest Grounds)
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel
  • One dinner at the famous Augustiner-Keller
  • One Large Beer Tent Reservation (Includes 2 large beers and a 1/2 chicken meal or meal voucher)
  • Choice of Munich tour, day trip, or additional large beer tent reservation
  • Small Tent reservation on Opening Day
  • On-site guides to oversee all activities

Pricing:

3 Star hotel – $2,350 per person (based on double occupancy) – SOLD OUT

4 Star hotel – $2,550 per person (based on double occupancy)

5 Star hotel – $3,550 per person (based on double occupancy)


Itinerary for Opening Weekend

Augustinerkeller

Friday 

  • Upon your arrival, a private transfer will meet you at the Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport to take you directly to your hotel
  • Stop by and meet some our staff during hotel office hours to pick up your commemorative Oktoberfest stein and T-Shirt
  • That evening, we visit the world famous Augustinerkeller for some great food and incredible beer, the whole time surrounded by magnificent history. Founded in 1328, the Augustiner Brewery is the oldest brewery in Munich and a popular destination throughout the year. This is a special dinner that we only arrange during the opening weekend of Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest

Saturday

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Enjoy the opening day festivities at your own leisure, including the opening day parade around your hotel
  • That afternoon or evening, you can partake in an incredible dinner at a small Oktoberfest tent ordered off a menu, complete with a big stein of beer. This event is always a hit with our guests during opening weekend of Oktoberfest and perhaps the best Bavarian meal on the grounds.

Sunday

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Enjoy the opening day festivities at your own leisure, including the Rifleman and Costume parade around your hotel
  • That evening, you will have the experience of a lifetime during your package’s main event – a session during opening weekend! We arrange a reservation at an Oktoberfest tent, and we start you off with two large beers and a 1/2 chicken meal. Take in the incredible sights, sounds, and suds that have defined Oktoberfest for nearly 200 years.

Monday

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Day trip to the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle (or another tour of your choice)

    Other Options:

  • Dachau Concentration Camp, BMW Museum Tour, Third Reich Walking Tour, Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, Local Palace Tour

Ready to book?

You can set up a payment plan here ($250 USD deposit per person), or reserve online in the orange box on the right side of this page.

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend

Reviews (45)

Jeff Meade

These guys did a great job coordinating our 2023 Oktoberfest experience! Everything ran smoothly - loved the excursions to the castle and Munich. Hosts were attentive and fun to hang out with! Looking forward to using them again for our next adventure!

Jeff Meade, travelled in 2023
Michelle Conway

We had an amazing experience on our Octoberfest tour to Munich with Bucket List! The entire process was incredibly smooth, thanks to the excellent service provided by the team. Toby efficiently managed all our accommodations and transfers, ensuring everything was hassle-free. Our time at the first tent with Sarah and Ciaran was a blast; they were not only fun but also made sure everyone safely reached the tents and back. In the larger tent, Annie was a delightful presence, ensuring we not only had a great time but also capturing memorable moments with her photography skills. The thoughtful gesture of providing Octoberfest-themed t-shirts and mugs added a special touch to our experience. Our bike tour guide was fantastic, making the excursion enjoyable. The only suggestion I would offer is to consider allowing some time for participants to refresh after the bike tour, as it ran longer than expected, creating a slight time crunch to reach the tents. Overall, a fantastic trip made memorable by the Bucket List team's professionalism and attention to detail!

Michelle Conway, travelled in 2023
Brian Dilks-Brotman

I can’t recommend Bucket List enough. Not only do they make all of your arrangements for you, with plenty of excursions and adventures to choose from, and not only to they expertly guide you from experience to experience, but they all seem to be genuinely having a great time doing it. If they aren’t, they are truly some of the greatest actors on the planet. That extra warmth and sense of fun really adds a lot to the experience

Brian Dilks-Brotman, travelled in 2023
Steve Wulf

I had a last minute trip to Munich during Octoberfest and a friend referred me to Toby to see If I could get me access/seats to a tent for Octoberfest last minute. Toby was awesome, he get us set-up with a tent for 2 nights with Natalia and Mike as our hosts ( who were also amazing hosts) and we have the best time ever. Thanks a Toby, Natalia, and Mike for the wonderful experience

Steve Wulf, travelled in 2023
Jonathan Durst

The 4-star hotel location was perfect, just in between the festival grounds and the train station. Just the ticket to get the reserved seat was worth it but the guides pushed it over the top for a memorable experience. Both Ryan and Nataliya were extremely knowledgeable and just fun people in general. They helped navigate, explain the different etiquette and have great personalities, the exact type of people you like to share a beer with. Bucket List events made me look great to my in-laws and I couldn’t recommend them more for family or events with friends. I will be looking to use them in the future for other bucket list type of events as they have earned my trust I will get a good value from any expense from them.

Jonathan Durst, travelled in 2023
Don Rickard

Had such an amazing week at Oktoberfest with Bucket List Events. There was never a dull moment, and all the sponsored event were so much fun. Kudos to Sarah and Nataliya for making our beer tent nights spectacular! Two big thumbs up

Don Rickard, travelled in 2024
Kelli Jarman

I could not have imagined a better experience for our first time in Germany attending Oktoberfest. We had a blast! Make sure and do their bike tour to Neuschwanstein Castle! It’s breathtaking. Thank you so much for the experiences and the memories!!

Kelli Jarman, travelled in 2023
Jane Konkoly

We loved our Oktoberfest experience with Bucket List Events. The proximity of the hotel to the fairgrounds was awesome. Ciaran and Sarah were the perfect hosts for the large and small tent evenings and so fun to talk to. Following Ciaran’s “swan hand” through the fairgrounds to the tents was memorable and the best way to get us through the thousands of partiers. They were very attentive and made sure our service was top notch. We also enjoyed the city bike tour. The arrangements made for that by Bucket List were seamless. We highly recommend Bucket List Events!

Jane Konkoly, travelled in 2023
Nancy Lynch

They actually deserve a 10. Things were well-planned and ran smoothly. Staff was accessible for questions and gave us great advice. Ciaran and Dara both showed us a great time at the beer tents - partied til we dropped. Staff was always right on the spot to ensure tours and transports were timely. The tour package hit eh highlights and left time to explore on our own. Thanks to Toby and Connor for making our trip so memorable.

Nancy Lynch, travelled in 2023
Joanne Huntoon

Where do I start? It was the most AMAZING trip we have ever been on. Bucket List Events is a class act in every way; don't hesitate to book, do it. We were lucky enough to experience Oktoberfest in Munich and then fly to Rome to watch the Ryder Cup. Both were top-notch. In advance of the trip to Oktoberfest, Toby is in contact to make sure everything goes smoothly and for a memorable trip. The itinerary provided was our Bible for the week. The time and thought put into this is impressive. Everything is outlined down to a picture of where your ride will pick you up at the airport! I can't get rid of it either; it's a token. Lucky for us, and hopefully you too, our tent nights were with our guides from Bucket List Events, starting with Dara, Greg, Jules, Mike, and Connor, to name a few. The bike tour with Fat Tire was fun and educational, simply a great day. Stop reading and book your trip of a lifetime! Until next time, Prost!

Joanne Huntoon, travelled in 2023
Cheryl Keeline

Bucket List did a great job coordinating everything. We had a wonderful time. Toby was very responsive to emails and texts, Ciaran, Greg & Kerk were all fantastic guides getting us where we needed to go and a lot of fun in the tents. Communication was spot on. Kyle was a fun bike guide around Munich, very knowledgeable and Tyker & his crew made the Neuschwanstein Castle tour a cannot be missed day!

Cheryl Keeline, travelled in 2023
Tonya Jones

Everything about Bucket List Events is top notch! During planning, they are very responsive. I loved being able to make monthly payments for the trip. The actual event - Oktoberfest - was my husband's bucket list item - Toby and the team did not disappoint. We were guided to the tents from out hotel where we had immediate entry - no waiting around. Once in the tents, the service was fantastic and the Bucket List crew were ever present making sure we were all having a great time. We have a few other bucket list items and if they're offered through Bucket List Events, we'll definitely use them again!

Tonya Jones, travelled in 2023
Sarina Wolfgang

We have just returned from Munich for the 2022 Oktoberfest Bucketlist Event and let me just say... this was an absolutely incredible journey! Toby and everyone on the staff was so friendly and accommodating (our flights were delay/canceled coming and going). We got to meet some incredible folks who were a part of our group, and got to see some amazing history! Thank you for everything you guys do over there. We can't wait to do our next Bucket list event!

Sarina Wolfgang, travelled in 2022
Brett Pelaez

My friend and I used Bucket List for the Oktoberfest tour, and it was well worth it. All this and the accommodations were arranged for us, with some openings for us to venture out independently. The team gave great suggestions for what else to explore, so we could make the most of our free time. Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable. The team is genuinely interested in making sure everyone has a great experience. Highly recommended!

Brett Pelaez, travelled in 2022
Jeffrey Dunkleman

My wife and I did Oktoberfest event with Bucket List Events. They did an awesome job from picking us up airport, arranging the hotel, arranging the beer tents, making sure we get there okay, to making sure we got back to the airport. Highly recommended

Jeffrey Dunkleman, travelled in 2022
Tash Okonowski

I booked with Bucket Lists to go to Oktoberfest in Germany for my husband and I. It was an incredible time and I appreciated how clearly they laid everything out and how smooth it was to experience so many amazing things in a different country. I recommend working with them 100%

Tash Okonowski, travelled in 2022
Claire Mukri

Everything about our Bucket List Oktoberfest was outstanding! It was our first time in Munich and everyone and everything exceeded our expectations especially the team of wonderful friendly staff who took care of all the details. Loved the hotel, the castle and the cycling tour and of course the nights in the tents!! Everything was top notch and we can’t wait to book our next adventure with Bucket List!

Claire Mukri, travelled in 2022
Val Schonberg

Bucket List Events exceeded our expectations! Communication throughout the planning process was quick and Toby was always super helpful in answering questions. The best part was the friendly and fun guides. This was a trip of a lifetime for us, and Bucket List Events made it even better than we could have ever hoped for.

Val Schonberg, travelled in 2022
Richard Seeley

My family and I (group of 8) just returned from Munich and Oktoberfest. It was an absolutely amazing experience. Much thanks must go to Nataliya, who helped arrange the whole thing for me. From our first interaction through to her execution of the event itself, her service was flawless. She is an exceptional host and organizer. In addition, her colleague on the day of the event, Angus, was a fabulous host and between he and Nataliya, every need of my family was seen to through our time with them. I'd thoroughly recommend Bucket List Events based upon my experience of working with them. Thanks again Nataliya and Angus...Prost!

Richard Seeley, travelled in 2019
Jolene Tanke

Our group had an awesome time Saturday and Sunday at the 2019 Munich Oktoberfest! Nataliya went out of her way to greet us when we arrived at the train station to make sure we got to our hotel without problem. Not an easy task with 6 people plus luggage! Both Nataliya and Rich, along with all the other guides, were very attentive at our fest events. I couldn't have felt more safe! I would definitely recommend Bucket List Events to others!

Jolene Tanke, travelled in 2019
Scott Hendrickson

Our group of six had a great 4 days In Germany. The Bucket List staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly. All of the events they planned for us were done professionally and on time. Our two nights at the Oktoberfest were awesome

Scott Hendrickson, travelled in 2019
Michelle Belsaas

There was nothing bad about the Oktoberfest trip.It was AMAZING! It was so well organized, from the first dinner to the bike tour to the tents... we (all 6 f us) had so much fun and the guides were the best! We cannot wait to book our next trip with Bucket List Events! Prost!

Michelle Belsaas, travelled in 2019
Ann Schaefer

We recently took a sister/Mom trip to Oktoberfest. The event is ginormous and we didn’t know where to begin in making our arrangements. Bucket List Events took care of everything for us. They put together the PERFECT package in arranging tent reservations, transfers and tours while in Munich. Their guides were knowledgeable and FUN! We had the trip of a lifetime! Thank you Bucket List!

Ann Schaefer, travelled in 2019
Richard Poworski

We both enjoyed our Oktoberfest experience, thanks greatly to the folks at Bucket List Events. Thanks to Toby, Mike, Nataliya, and all the others who helped out. It was a great way to go - they made arrangements for our two nights at the different tents, made sure we had transport to and from the airport. The tour to the castle was awesome. We would highly recommend this company for any major events they participate in. Who knows... may be back again!

Richard Poworski, travelled in 2019
Kristel Schimmoller

Loved experiencing Oktoberfest with Bucketlist Events. The options they offer make sure you get to fully enjoy the experience but leave room for some self-guided exploring as well. Thanks for a great trip!

 

Kristel Schimmoller, travelled in 2019
Teresa Titsworth

I spent my 40th birthday at Oktoberfest in Munich & I have Bucket List Events to thank for taking care of it for me! If you’re looking for help in getting you squared away with different once in a lifetime events, trust me, these guys are the best! I was so impressed with how organized everything was that I look forward to using them again for other trips in the future!

Teresa Titsworth, travelled in 2019
Bobbi Alexander

The entire staff we encountered at Oktoberfest was amazing and really did make sure you had a good time. From start to finish this was honestly a dream trip. Lots of fun, great company and not one complaint. Thank you Bucket List Events, Prost!

Bobbi Alexander, travelled in 2019
Jeannine Devlin

Toby and his staff were incredible. We have everything arranged for us from airport pick-up's, great hotel where you walk outside and there was the Oktoberfest parade. The hotel location was key for us and being only 2 blocks from the festivities was great and the hotel was wonderful too. We had a lovely day touring 3 castles privately and our tour guide, Nico was amazing too. The trip was fantastic and Toby and bucket-list did a phenomenal job. Thank you for helping us create great memories.

Jeannine Devlin, travelled in 2019
Christopher Gieser

Thank you all for such a great experience. And for my first trip overseas, I felt I picked the right group of people to guide me.

Christopher Gieser, travelled in 2018
Joe Brandt

Our group of 12 people enjoyed a wonderful trip to Oktoberfest in Munich thanks to Bucket List Events! All of the arrangements were wonderful, including the Beer Tent Reservations, the hotel, the supplemental tours and even the welcome dinner on the Festival Grounds. It was the trip we had all hoped for.
Our thanks go to the entire Bucket List Events Team!!

Joe Brandt, travelled in 2017
Diana R Yates

The best tour organizers and company we've ever dealt with. Toby, Alex, and "ElSalvadore" were all so helpful and fun to be with. Couldn't have asked for a better bucket list event than the Oktoberfest Munich 2017! We just went to our local fest and now we are very spoiled! Nothing can come close to the "REAL THING"!!! Ein, zwei...suffa!!!!!!!!!!!

Diana R Yates, travelled in 2017
Julie Altimus Moran

Your hardest decision is do I go with Bucket List Events...because after that it’s all about fun! They give you the information you need and take care of all the details, Guten Tag.

Julie Altimus Moran, travelled in 2018
EmJabs Marschen

We had a great experience at the Oktoberfest!!! Well organized and planned out events - and the guides were super fun!

EmJabs Marschen, travelled in 2018
Elisa Moran

Trip of a lifetime! Loved every second of it including the hangover ? I cant imagine traveling again without Bucketlist! Thanks for everything Toby and staff❤

Elisa Moran, travelled in 2018
Vickie Ortiz-Salvatierra

OMG! I have been raving about Bucket List since I got back from my Oktoberfest trip! It was the best vacay of My Life! I will be using Bucket List again to go to Spain to Run with the bulls! The staff, the accommodations, well worth it. I believe I saved money doing my Oktoberfest trip with them.

Vickie Ortiz-Salvatierra, travelled in 2018
Jeromy Harper

Just got back from Oktoberfest 2018, and our 1st trip with Bucket List Events. The entire trip was a blast, the organizers were a great help and a ton of fun, and there was no shortage of things to do without feeling rushed or bored. Between the tent reservations, the bike tours, and the awesome crew, I can definitely say there's no way we could've packed in such a great time on our own.

Just one example of the amazing hospitality: Our flight arrived in Munich a little late for the welcome dinner, and we were half expecting to not be able to make it... however Fatima was waiting at our hotel to meet us and walk us to Augustiner-Keller to join up with everyone else for an incredible dinner & beer we easily could've missed out on otherwise.

I'll definitely be recommending you guys to friends & family, and would love to book more trips with you. Toby, Fatima, Nataliya, Kendra - thank you all for an awesome time and a week of great memories!

Jeromy Harper, travelled in 2018
Trent Krause

We had a 15 person trip to Oktoberfest this September and the whole trip, end to end was brilliant. All of our party was more than pleased with all aspects - BucketList Events exceeded our expectations and we are thankful for such a fun and smooth trip!!

Trent Krause, travelled in 2018
Ryan O’Heron

My wife and I had a blast at Oktoberfest in Munich thanks to Bucket List Events! Kendra, Rich, and the rest of the Bucket List team were very organized, experienced, and had so many fun things planned throughout! It was so much fun getting to experience the best things germany had to offer in 3 days without all the stress and exhaustion required to research and plan something like it on my own! I especially liked how they spaced out the events so you got time to explore and do other things in addition to the events they planned! We will definitely be looking to plan another bucket list event in the near future!

Ryan O’Heron, travelled in 2018
Christopher A. Gieser

I had an awesome time. Thank you all for such a great experience. And for my first trip overseas, I felt I picked the right group of people to guide me.

Christopher A. Gieser, travelled in 2018
Alicia Morvant Capps

Greg and I loved our time in Munich with Bucket List Events. Even before the trip, we knew we would be in great hands. Toby and his team were there from check-in to check-out to answer questions, provide recommendations and ensure everyone had a great time. The tent reservations were stellar! Greg and I both stated this will be a repeat trip for us in the future. Thank you for the expert planning and wonderful hospitality.

Alicia Morvant Capps, travelled in 2018
Tracey Pecks Gulyas

I went to Oktoberfest with Bucket List. It was amazing. Our guide was fantastic. The group was fun and welcoming. I’m thinking about going again next year.

Tracey Pecks Gulyas, travelled in 2018
Lynn Mauro

Loved our Oktoberfest experience with Bucket List events! Our small and large tent reservations were perfect and watching the parade from our hotel window was icing on the cake. Toby and team were excellent hosts - insuring our Oktoberfest time was a ton of fun?

Lynn Mauro, travelled in 2018
Jeff Anderson

Toby and his staff did a amazing job, very helpful and made it a wonderful experience for our whole group of 18. And Oktoberfest was the most fun I have had in years. I will on another Bucket List tour for sure. And Toby, Kelley and I talked about our experience with Bucket List over and over again through the rest of our trip through Europe.

Jeff Anderson, travelled in 2018
Daine Sirak

Toby and the gang were great at Oktoberfest 2018. Having them their to guide us to the tents was wonderful. They made sure we had reservations, no waiting, and made for a wonderful time. Their relationship with Mike's Bikes also provided some wonderful tours.

Daine Sirak, travelled in 2018
Melissa Budd-Wilcowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilcowski, travelled in 2018

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