The annual “Cannstatter Volksfest” festival will be held at the Cannstatter Wasen fest grounds in Bad Cannstatt. The Cannstatter Volksfest is the second largest Volksfest in the world and offers seven fest tents, one wine tent (“Cannstatter Oberamt”) and the “Almhüttendorf,” a reconstruction of a typical Bavarian-Austrian alpine village.
Visitors can enjoy grilled chicken and live bands. Rides, as well as a variety market, and family days with reduced entrance fees are also offered (Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 starting at noon).
The fest will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 11 p.m., Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday and German federal holidays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Special opening hours are: Sept. 22 (opening day) from 3 p.m. to midnight.
The traditional Volksfest parade will take place Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.
On Oct. 8, the fest will conclude with a 15-minute fireworks show set to music at 9:30 p.m. People can catch a great view of the fireworks show at König-Karls-Brücke, or bridge, adjacent to the fest grounds.
Reservations for tables in the beer tents are typically made months in advance. Without a reservation, a visitor may encounter long lines and wait times, and a possible rejection to enter a tent, especially during the weekends.
To see if reservations are still available, visit http://cannstatter-volksfest.de/en/tents/, then go to the “Festzelte” tab on the left, select the respective beer tent by clicking on the image, proceed to the tent meister’s website and click on the “Reservierung” tab.
Entrance to the fest grounds is free.