As the largest folk festival on the Lower Rhine and in Westmünsterland, the Bocholt Autumn Fair always takes place on the third weekend in October.
With its supporting programme, the event's offerings go far beyond typical funfair performances. Fast-paced rides and a wide variety of delicacies are complemented by famous live acts in a large Bavarian festival tent. A total of around 285 showmen make the funfair an unforgettable experience for around 500,000 visitors.
The programme starts with the opening happy hour at noon on Friday. All the sales, raffle and draw shops entice visitors with special offers, and the rides are half-price. Towards evening, a rousing brilliant fireworks display impresses the guests, before the tapping of the barrel in the famous festival tent takes place afterwards.
Up to and including Monday, famous musical artists attract thousands of visitors from the entire region and the Netherlands to the folk festival, which has existed since 1455. At that time, the citizens celebrated the so-called Kirchweihfest (church consecration festival) on the occasion of the construction of the Gothic town church of St. George. Since then, the event has grown and developed into the largest folk festival in the region. Admission to the Herbstkirmes is free; visitors only pay ticket prices to see the live acts in the Bayernfest tent. These can be viewed and booked early on the website.
Tip: If you want to visit the "Bokeltse Kermis", as the people of Münsterland also call it, we recommend using the special public transport services due to closures and high traffic volumes. The multi-storey car parks also adjust their opening hours on these days.