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 Hofbrauhaus Kirchweihmarkt fair in October and 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
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”
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. The event will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.
Regional delicacies and speciality beers from the world’s oldest brewery
The family-oriented festival on Weihenstephan Hill is traditionally held in the historical courtyard of the brewery. This time the programme will include performances by the Premium Bavaricum brass band and the band of Freising Fire Brigade. The varied children’s programme includes a mini-railway, chairoplane, magician, bouncy castles, a portrait artist and much more. 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? Every year, Freising’s breweries invite fans to a public tasting.
All fans of the Volksfest are warmly invited to try the Freising festival beers at a public tasting on Marienplatz in advance
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.
Kirchweihmarkt, autumn fair of the Gräfliches Hofbrauhaus
A country farmers’ and craft market, Bavarian snacks, Kirchweih-Märzen – a special malted dark beer – and traditional music awaits you at the Hofbrauhaus.
The market at 26, Mainburger Strasse presents traditional crafts that have almost been forgotten: baskets, autumn dried flower arrangements and wreaths, sheeps’ wool rugs, pottery, honey, hop-themed ceramics, engraved glasses and jewellery for traditional Bavarian costumes. Bavarian bands will play during the day to create a bright and breezy mood, while the satisfying beers from Hofbrauhaus Freising will be served and an array of Bavarian specialities will be available in the bottle warehouse – cleared out and lavishly decorated for the occasion.