Freising’s beer festivals
The first high point of the calendar is “Tag des Bieres” [Beer Day], commemorating the passing of the Bavarian Purity Law in 1516. The festival is held every 23 April on Marienplatz in Freising, with a procession, the proclaiming of the Law by a herald on horseback, and with live music and games. Summer offers the Altstadtfest (July) and Weihenstephaner Bergfest (August). The next high point of the Freising “beer year” is in September with the Volksfest fair, preceded by a public beer tasting; it is followed by the Korbiniansfest of the arch-diocese (November), for which a special beer is brewed.
Tag des Bieres - Beer Day
Celebration of the Bavarian Purity Law on April 25, 2024 from 4 to 9 pm
Freising, city of brewers and scholars, joins forces with its two richly historical breweries – Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan and Gräfliches Hofbrauhaus Freising – and with students‘ associations to hold Beer Day, a fun festival for all the family. It centres around the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, which is proclaimed by a herald on horseback at 4 pm before the beer barrels can be tapped. Of course a wide variety of food and drink is available, while live music creates a vibrant atmosphere. The event will be cancelled in the case of bad weather.
Celebrating together in Freising’s “good room” on July 13, 2024
Join in the celebrations when the whole city centre becomes one big beer garden! The programme includes fun activities for children as well as music stages at various locations and an extensive and varied range of food and drinks on offer. The popular Freising Rock Night is held on Marienplatz on the evening before the festival (July 12, 2024). The event will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.
Regional delicacies and speciality beers from the world’s oldest brewery (August 3, 2024)
The family-oriented festival on Weihenstephan Hill is traditionally held in the historical academy courtyard of the brewery. The children can look forward to a great children's program, while the adults enjoy the summer with music and a relaxed atmosphere - and all with free admission. On the menu are tasty Bavarian specialities and, of course Weihenstephan speciality beers, plus alcohol-free beverages and sweet treats. The event will be cancelled in the case of bad weather.
Public beer tasting before the Volksfest
So what’s the verdict about the festival beer – brewed especially for the Volksfest? On August 22, 2024 Freising’s breweries invite fans to a public tasting.
All fans of the Volksfest are warmly invited to try the Freising festival beers from 5 p,m. at a public tasting on Marienplatz in advance (Alternative date in case of rain on 29 August 2024)
Freising Volksfest from 06 to 15 September 2024
The Luitpoldanlage is transformed into a funfair, with around 50 fairground rides, snack stalls and of course the traditional huge beer tent.
During ten fun-packed days, visitors can choose from super-fast high-tech fairground rides and gentler traditional carousels, enjoy lots of delicious specialities and great music, and be amazed by a spectacular firework display and thrilling sports events. This diverse programme offers the ultimate in entertainment – in line with Freising’s venerable tradition.