The new "Old Oktoberfest" takes place on the south of the Theresienwiese.

The Oide Wiesn, "old Oktoberfest" in English, is a separate festival that emphasizes the traditional character of the Oktoberfest with brass music and historic attractions.

Concept and history

In 2010, the Oktoberfest got 200 years old. Of course, such a historic occasion had to be celebrated. Subsequently, behind the Ferris wheel at the south end of the Theresienwiese, you could visit the “Historische Wiesn” (Historic Oktoberfest) to watch horse races as a reminiscence of the roots of the festival or to enjoy other historic attractions and two beer tents. The overwhelming success of that additional fairground led to its establishment as a regular extension of the actual Oktoberfest. Ironically, the new format was named “Oide Wiesn” (Old Oktoberfest).

Entrance fee

The most striking difference between the Oide Wiesn and the actual Oktoberfest is the fact, that you have to pay a fee of three Euros before entering the three-hectare site. The entrance fee is however used to cross-subsidize all the rides, which are only one Euro each. On busy days, it’s possible, that the whole area closes for over-crowding. Otherwise, the Oide Wiesn can be a good alternative, when the large beer tents of the actual Oktoberfest are closed for overcrowding. Be aware, that you can’t get a beer past 9:30 pm, though.

Tents and reservations

The main ingredients of this still new and fluctuating festival are the large beer tent, the Festzelt Tradition, a musicians’ tent and a selection of historic rides and other attractions. With one exception, the musicians’ tent has so far been run by Josef Bachmaier, host of a restaurant and cabaret, as Herzkasperl-Festzelt, where you can listen to a large variety of traditional and contemporary folk music.

The Festzelt Tradition, on the other hand, is an ordinary beer tent presenting traditional brass music and dances. In addition to the two, the new "folk singer tent" Zur Schönheitskönigin offers a very lively atmosphere with traditional music and sing-a-longs.

Reservations for the Oide Wiesn tents are usually easier to obtain than for the regular Oktoberfest. You'll find your options in our list of available Oktoberfest reservations.


Die Vorderseite des Festzelts Tradition in der anbrechenden Dämmerung

Festzelt Tradition

The large beer tent of the Oide Wiesn offers traditional brass music and adance floor.

The inside of the Herzkasperl tent


In contradiction to what you would expect from the "old Oktoberfest", the Herzkasperl tent features very contemporary bands.

Die Fassade des Volkssängerzelts Zur Schönheitskönigin auf der Oidn Wiesn.

Zur Schönheitskönigin

An already established name returned to the Oide Wiesn in 2017, introducing a completely rebuilt tent and the new concept of a folk singer tent.



Das alte Karussell hat einen ganz besonderen Effekt, den man auch in modernen Fahrgeschäften so nicht mehr findet: Plötzlich wird es dunkel.

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