Don’t try to switch tents during a busy day
If you are able to get a seat in a tent during a busy day don’t try to hop to another after a few hours. It is very likely that the next tent will be jam packed as well and that you won’t be as lucky as you were before. Switching tents can mean a long line up before you can enter the next tent or having to stand.
Don’t accidentally leave the tent.
In search of a washroom or smoking area people often wander outside and leave the tent, not considering that they might not be able to get back inside. Make sure you check with security that you will be able to re-enter without any trouble.
Girls, try not to bring a purse.
If you bring a purse it will most likely end up sitting on a beer drenched table or floor and after a few Maß you might be in danger of forgetting about it entirely. If you really need one take a very small one which you do not mind carrying around your shoulder for a long time or put what you need in your pockets – little extra bonus of most dirndls – they have a zipper and lined pockets.
Don’t try to make extra space for your group by not allowing others to sit in empty spots.
The Oktoberfest is a jovial celebration amongst strangers and if you try to make extra space for your group you will miss out on the opportunity to bond with other beer enthusiasts. Take it all in and be open to strangers joining your table, who knows…you mind end up becoming friends for life.
Do not wear sandals or open-toe shoes.
The weather might be nice and warm, but the Oktoberfest is a beer festival and, inevitably, some people get pretty intoxicated. Best case scenario: someone jumps on your foot while jumping along to a traditional Bavarian song. Worst case: the almost 1,3kg (3lbs) stein falls on your foot. Moreover, the floor gets extremely grubby.