Oktoberfest Family Day
5 Things to Do with Children at Wiesn
Oktoberfest Family Day can be super fun! However, many people still see the Oktoberfest as only a drinking affair. As a result, many parents fear there will be nothing for them to do with their children at the fest. However, Oktoberfest family friendly activities suggest many great things for the whole family.
1. Watch the Oktoberfest Parade (the First Sunday of the Fest)
If you go to the Oktoberfest early on the first Sunday, you will be treated to a great Oktoberfest Parade. Thousands of costumed individuals take to the streets of Munich, including several bands, costume groups, hunting clubs, and flag wavers. This parade has occurred at the Oktoberfest every year since 1950, so you will be immersing yourself in storied Bavarian tradition while also giving the whole family a spectacle to enjoy.
2. Go on Rides and Play Oktoberfest Games
There are dozens of rides and Oktoberfest Games for children and adults alike to have a great time. From bumper cars and slides to rollercoasters and giant Ferris wheels, there is a ride that anyone can enjoy. Alongside these rides are other attractions such as mystery houses and traditional carnival games. Spend all day just going from one ride to an attraction to another ride endlessly! So be sure to tame the kids because once you get them going, they may not want to stop.
3. Check Out the Old Wiesn
The Old Wiesn marks the two-hundred-year anniversary of the Oktoberfest and is a great fest within the larger Oktoberfest. It reminds festival-goers of the Oktoberfest’s history and features horse races and other cultural events reminiscent of 1810’s original Oktoberfest. Although it does have a small cover charge, it is tamer, and the rides only cost one Euro each. It is a perfect atmosphere for children to experience the fest at their pace and leisure. Every four years, they have to shut down the Oide Wiesn to make way for the Bavarian Country Festival. So before you go out, make sure it is going on this year.
4. Taste Some of the Oktoberfest Food
Another great excursion for the whole family is a culinary one through Oktoberfest Food. There are dozens of street vendors throughout the fest serving everything from Oxenbroetchen to Giant Bratwurst. You can also find stores selling candy, ice cream, and other sweets. Beyond that, if you time it right, you might get in a tent or two for a sit-down meal. Whether you choose to go from cart to cart trying all their different dishes or get into a tent and get a big meal for the family, you are sure to fill your stomach with amazing food.
5. Traditional Bavarian Clothing: Dress to Impress
A great way to feel like a part of the festival is to dress your family in traditional Bavarian clothing. Slipping on a Dirndl or a nice pair of Lederhosen can make you feel like you are part of the festival. It helps the whole family experience more Oktoberfest family friendly activities. Many people love to put on their traditional clothing and have a great time at the Oktoberfest.
You can do the same! You will not stick out. In fact, you will probably fit in even better if you are dressed up. The fact that you are dressed the way festival-goers have for over a hundred years adds to the mystique and wonder of the Oktoberfest. It is sure to put a smile on the whole family’s face.
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