Click here for an overview of the centrepiece events at the 172th Cannstatter Volksfest.

In addition to the events listed here, there are numerous others taking place on the Wasen during the Volksfest. Further information is available on the festival tent websites.

Friday, 22 September 2017, 3 pm

Opening ceremony and keg tapping
Stuttgart‘s Lord Mayor Fritz Kuhn will open the 172th Cannstatter Volksfest with the traditional keg tapping. This year the official opening ceremony will take place in the festival tent "Dinkelacker Klauss & Klauss Festwirte".

Saturday, 23 September 2017, 11 am

Traditional morning
The so-called “Traditionsmorgen” (Traditional Morning) always takes place on the first Saturday of the Volksfest in front of the “Fruit Column” and is intended to reflect the momentous history of Baden Württemberg’s biggest festival. Awaiting visitors is a colourful programme of events with traditional costumes, folk dancing and oompah music.

Sunday, 24 September 2017, 11 am

Large festival parade
Magnificently decorated horse-drawn brewery wagons, historical vehicles, colourful groups in traditional costumes and bands, agricultural displays, historical militia and a variety of groups from throughout the state will parade from the Cannstatter Kursaal to the Wasen.

Wednesday, 27 September and 4 October 2017, from 12am

Family Day
Great importance is attached to Family Days on the Cannstatter Wasen. The highly popular days have long been a good tradition at the Volksfest. Every Wednesday, the fairground ride and stall owners, festival tent landlords and market traders offer concessions all through the day on many of their attractions. Parking only costs half the normal price.

There are also lots of surprises in store for younger visitors. Whether face painting, clowns, fairy tale carousel or a children’s railway for the little ones, there is lots to see and do for everybody at the Volksfest.

Saturday, 7 October 2017, afternoon

Volksfest-Race of hot-air ballons
The Hot Air Balloon Race is a real Volksfest highlight every year. In addition to the up to 15 hot air balloons, a number of gas balloons also rise up into the skies above the Cannstatter Wasen. The race is due to start at 2.30 pm. In the event of unfavourable weather conditions, it may however have to be rescheduled or cancelled.

Venue: balloon starting site on the Cannstatter Wasen (close to the “Reitstadion”)

Further info at:

Sunday, 8 October 2017, 9.30 pm

Music Fireworks Show
To end the Volksfest on high note, the multiple fireworks world champion Joachim Berner will turn the skies over the Wasen into a sea of light and colour. The fireworks display will last about 15 minutes and is synchronised with a medley of popular hits.


The programme of events is subject to changes