Munich – But this year she is not celebrating her birthday alone, but with her patron saint, Saint Benno. The traditional Bennofest of the pastoral care region of Munich and Freising and the Catholic Council takes place at the same time as the city foundation festival. Due to the large construction site at Marienhof in connection with the construction of the second S-Bahn trunk line, there are slight restrictions, but this does not stop the Munichers from celebrating. Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) opens the festivities at 11 a.m. at the town hall tower. We have compiled some highlights:
On the stage at Odeonsplatz there will be music: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 11.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday jazz, blues, funk and rock will be on the programme. Among others, the Wiesn band Högl Fun Band and the winners of the Fraunhofer Folk Music Award 2017, the big city Boazn, will be there.
Anyone who has ever wanted to float through Munich’s oldest dance hall in the Old Town Hall will have the chance to do so on Saturday. Dance master Katharina Mayer invites all curious to learn the Munich Française. The courses take place from 14 to 15.30 o’clock as well as from 16 to 17.30 o’clock. From 18 to 20 o’clock everything revolves around the standards of the Bavarian folk dances. A registration is not necessary, the entrance is free.
The craftsmen’s village on Odeonsplatz, on the other hand, is completely dancing. From 10 a.m. on Saturday, the members of the guilds will present their skills in historical guild and work clothes in open workshops. Visitors can look over the shoulders of roofers, plumbers, glaziers, gold and silversmiths from a total of around 20 trades and ask questions. Young people can also ask the guilds for advice on training places. This year, for the first time, the butchers’ guild will also be represented.
At the Rindermarkt everything is under the sign of Irish-Bavarian friendship, packed with music and culinary delights. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. you can join in the celebrations with traditional Irish folk music and Bavarian folk music, a draught Guinness or a light beer in a beer mug.
If you feel like strolling around, you should take a tour of Residenz- und Theatinerstraße. Because of the construction site, however, only around 80 exhibitors offer their predominantly handcrafted products here. The Residenzstraße will be closed to cycling on both festive days.
Even for the youngest residents of Munich there is a lot on offer. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. they can expect a detective game in the Old Court, in which they are supposed to solve a historical criminal case from the year 1517. In addition, they can get an insight into medieval city life and diligently participate as cooks, potters, coppersmiths and more. Due to the construction site, the Munich horse tram will be cancelled this year.
The Bennofest also offers a varied programme. Visitors can expect an international stage programme on an action stage at Frauenplatz. There will be many stands around the cathedral, including those of the native-speaking communities. On Sunday, visitors are invited to a festive service at 10 a.m. and a vespers with Archbishop Reinhard Cardinal Marx at 5 p.m..
Because of the shooting in Unterföhring, after which a police woman is still in mortal danger, the planned open day of the Munich police is cancelled.