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Events in Bavaria (being updated shortly with 2017 dates)

Medieval & Beer Festivals and Other Events in Bavaria and Czech Republic

These are the events which we know about at the moment. Details of current events are always posted on the notice board at the Forsthaus. We are happy to arrange tickets to events for guests. (Exact dates for each year will be added when available).

If you are planning a visit to one of these events, please double check the dates with us or another source before making travel arrangements.(We cannot be responsible for any errors in these dates/events)

Public holidays in Bavaria and Czech Republic are marked in blue




January 1st, 2017


Bavaria/Czech Rep. New Year's Day
January 6th, 2014 Bavaria Twelfth Night
February 11th-14th, 2014 Plzen Valentine's market
March 1st, 2014 Bayerisch Eisenstein Carnival Ball
February 19th, 2013?Rinchnach Horse Drawn Sledge Races, 13.00 start.
March 17th-20th, 2014 Plzen

Josef's Market

April 10th-21st, 2014

Plzen (CZ) Easter Market
April 18th, 2014Bavaria Good Friday

April 21st, 2014

Bavaria/Czech Rep. Easter Monday

Easter Monday

April 21st, 2014



54. Osterritt - 54th Easter Ride: Horse Procession through the town

Emmaeus Walk - traditional glassmakers' walk to the glassmakers' chapel at Rotkot-Wald, Easter Nest hunt at the Theresienthal glassworks.

April ?? , 2014 Arber Cable car/ski lifts stop at the end of the skiing season
April 25th-May 12th, 2014Munich Spring Festival on the Theresienwiese
April ??, 2014Arber Traditional 'snow burning' on the Arber to mark the official end of the winter season. Music and food. Early table reservation essential. www.arberschutzhaus 19.00-24.00
April 30th, 2014 Zelezna Ruda (CZ) Raising of the May Pole
May 1st 2014Bavaria/Czech Rep. Labour Day
May 1st, 2014Bayerisch Eisenstein

Raising of the May Pole at the village square 14.00 Beer, music and dancing

Raising the Maypole 2005

May 2-6th, 2014 Plzen (CZ) Liberation Festival - celebrating the anniversary of the liberation of Plzen by the US Army in 1945
May 5th, 2014 Czech Rep. Day of the 1945 Prague Uprising
May 8th, 2014Czech Rep. Liberation from Fascism Day
4th June 2015 Bavaria Corpus Christi
18th-21st June 2015 Bodenmais St. Benno Fest
June 14th-2nd August 2015 Border of Karlovy Vary region 24th Mitte Eurpa Festival - Celebration of DE-CZ events along the border
19th June-19th July 2015 Bernauer Play performed every 4 years about a mistress to the Duke if Bavaria drowned as witch in 1435

June 19th-21st, 2015

Cesky Krumlow (CZ) Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose - Renaissance festival when the town goes back for three days to the times of knights, noble women, magicians and beggars...
June 26th-29th, 2015Rinchnach St. Guntherfest Beer and music, Friday, Saturday,Sunday,and Monday. Sunday - procession of decorated horses and carts through local villages and back to Rinchnach (St. Gunther founded Rinchnach in 1011, forerunner of population of the whole Bavarian Forest)
Bayerisch Eisenstein Summer Solstice Bonfire, Steinhuette
July 5th, 2015 Czech Rep. St. Cyril & St. Methodius Day
July 6th, 2015Czech Rep. Jan Hus Day
1st-3rd July 2015
Straubing Bluetone festival
July 11th-19th, 2015Zwiesel Grenzlandfest (border country festival) - beer festival with different local bands, sporting events etc.
July 18-20th, 2014 Grainet Saeumerfest (salt carriers festival) - a reminder of Grainet's former importance on the Golden Route between Bavaria and Bohemia. The high point is at 11.00 on Sunday when the procession arrives from its camp. There is a mediaeval market on the village square, with sword fights and music.

July 19th?, 2014

Spiegelau Pandurenfest

July 25th-30th, 2014

Regen Pichelsteiner Fest - Gondolas provide rides on the river Regen. Visitors can taste the famous original Pichelsteiner Eintopf (casserole) in the beer tents.
August 1st-2nd, 2014 Grafenau Saeumerfest (Salt Carriers Festival) Celebration of the 625 year history of the oldest town in the Bavarian Forest. The Salt Carriers make a camp on the Friday night at Haus im Wald (8km from Grafenau) and process on the Saturday to Grafenau where they are received on the Saturday by the Mayor and Council. On the town square, there is a market with historical craft demonstrations, mummers and musicians.

August 1st-17th, 2014

Furth im Wald Drachenstichspiele (Dragon Slaying Festival) The biggest historical spectacle in East Bavaria. A 500 year old tradition, originally based on the legend of St. George slaying the dragon. There are performances of the play depicting the medieval Hussite wars. Tickets need to be booked). On one day, there is jousting, a procession through the town with 1,500 participants in costume, more than 200 horses, bands and floats depicting 1,000 years of the area's history, beer festival. On another day, a children's historical festival.
August 1st-3rd, 2014Zelezna Ruda, CZ Summer Festival
August 8th-18th, 2014Straubing Gaeubodenfest - 2nd largest Fest in Bavaria
August 15th, 2014 Bavaria Assumption
August 14th -17th, 2014Furth im Wald Cave Gladium Medieval sword fighting tournament
August 24th, 2014Arber Arber-Kirchweih - church festival on the Arber mountain. Church service followed traditional beer festival in the Arberschutzhaus. 10.30-16.00
August 19th - 22nd, 2014 Plzen

St. Bartholomew's market.

August 31st, 2014 Bad Koetzting Horse Day with 440 horse procession
September 4th, 2014Plzen, CZ Plzener Beer Festival

September 7tht, 2014

Zwiesel Zwiesel Farmer's Day 09.00-18.00 Farmers and Craft Market in the centre of town. 13.00 and 16.00 guided tours of the underground caverns. Hopfa Zupfa Fest Beer Fest at the Dampfbrauerei Zwiesel from 13.00
September 7th, 2014Bischofsmais St. Hermann Ride, from 09.00. Procession to St. Hermann, church service, procession through Bischofsmais and back to St. Hermann. From midday, beer tent and food. Afternoon: free pony rides and horse and cart rides.
September 18th-24th, 2014Plzen (CZ) Wenceslas Market + 4th Plzen Wine Harvest Celebration
September 20th-22nd, 2012 Arber Summer Biathlon

September 20th - October 5th, 2014

Munich Oktoberfest - the original, biggest and best! Travel by train from Bayerisch Eisenstein.
September 26th-28th, 2014Cesky Krumlow (CZ) Wenceslas Festival
September 28th, 2014Czech Rep. Czech National Day
October 3rd, 2014 Bavaria German Unity Day
October 15th-21th, 2014Plzen (CZ) Havel's Market
1st half November, 2013Plzen (CZ) Jazz without Borders
October 28th, 2014Czech Rep.

Independence Day

November ??, 2012 Arber

Arber Cable Car stops until the start of the winter season.

November 1st, 2014 Bavaria All Saints
November 3rd - 4th, 2012Zwiesel Zwieseler Fink - folk music competition
November 6th-12th, 2014Plzen (CZ) St. Martin's Market
November 10th, 2014Rinchnach Wolfsauslassen Unique event involving (human) wolves, stags etc, 600 cow bells. Festivities go on until 6am or even later next day.
November 11th, 2013 Bayerisch Eisenstein St. Martin - performance by Kindergarten children in the Church, procession with lanterns and singing to the village square. Gluehwein on sale at the gate to the Kindergarten
November 17th, 2014Czech Rep. Students' Fight for Freedom & Democracy
November ??, 2012Klatovy (CZ) Lighting the Christmas Tree with Christmas Carols
November 29th - December 23rd, 2014Plzen (CZ) Christmas Market

November 30th, 2013

Bayerisch Eisenstein Advent Market with Christmas decorations, home made liqueurs etc. 14.00
December 11th, 2013Plzen (CZ) Christmas Carol Singing - Largest mass carol singing event in Bohemia
December 21st, 2014Bayerisch Eisenstein

7th International Christmas Market on the village square


December ??, 2012 Klatovy Christmas Craft Market Main Square

December 24th, 2014

Bayerisch Eisenstein

16.00 Children's Christmas Mass in the Village Church

22.00 Christmas Mass in the Village Church

December 24th, 2014Czech Rep. Christmas Eve
December 25th, 2014Bavaria/Czech Rep. 1st day of Christmas
December 26th, 2014Bavaria/Czech Rep.

2nd Day of Christmas

December 28th, 2013Bayerisch Eisenstein Eisensteiner Singkreis: Traditional Songs on the Village Square 17.00-22.00
December 29th, 2013/December 28th, 2014Rinchnach Horse drawn sleigh races 13.00
December ? 2013- January ??, 2014Zwiesel New Year's Market - arts and crafts at Zwiesel Kristallglas
December 29th, 2013Bayerisch Eisenstein Haxenbrecherball in the Arberlandhalle 08.00-01.00
December 29th, 2012Rinchnach, Zwiesel, Bodenmais Rauhnacht: Witches and demons do noisy and energetic dances, related to the winter solstice.
December 31st, 2014Bayerisch Eisenstein



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