This weekend (July 26th-28th) in Munich will have epic heat, so here are some cool things to do to make the most out of the weather.

The Friedensengelfest under sunny Bavarian skies
The Friedensengelfest under sunny Bavarian skies — munichFOTO

Friedenengelfest  (Angel of Peace Festival) – Located near the Isar, this festival has live music, lots of locals, a great setting and is open late. It’s a great place to see and to be seen.  It runs through July 28th.

Oper für Alle
Opera for the masses in Munich Photo: dpa/photo-alliance

Oper für Alle (Opera for Everyone) – July 27th, 8:30pm. Located in the heart of the old town, this promises to be a major event. The trick is to go early enough to secure a place at Max Joseph Platz before the show, but not too early or run the risk of being cooked before the curtain opens. Think of it as a sort of Woodstock Festival with Beethoven and Verdi rather than Richie Havens and Joan Baez. Here’s the program.

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The apex of summer celebrations in Munich Photo: dpa/photo-alliance
The apex of summer celebrations in Munich Photo: dpa/photo-alliance

Also on the 27th is the hugely popular and equally spectacular “Munich’s Summer Night’s Dream” at Olympiapark. German music stalwarts Nena and Scooter will provide the live entertainment, which is then followed by a fireworks display over the center of the park. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening with that someone special or new acquaintances. For more info go here (in German).

People shopping at the Auer Dult
Seemingly endless interesting shops at the Auer Dult — dpa / photo alliance

Munich, like many major European cities, is loaded during the short summer with an array of different events, festivals, concerts and parties. Perhaps you’d like to find your own thing, which is simple enough. Start on one side of town and walk a straight line to the other, avoiding the main roads, and you’re sure to find something hidden around the corner. Just follow your senses – it’s exactly what we here at munichNOW do!

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Michael V. Owens
Born in San Diego and raised in Florida, Michael grew to appreciate the ocean deeply. This changed when he moved to Munich but the Bavarian Alps are a suitable substitute for the Atlantic Ocean. Like many here, he enjoys hiking, biking and swimming during the 6-week long summer. He has diplomas in History and English literature. Michael gives lectures at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München on English writing skills, English grammar and American culture. He has lived in Munich for nearly two decades, the last 12 years with his wife. They have an eight-year-old daughter who speaks German and English equally. Michael does not. He hopes to (at some point) learn German, but is convinced Oscar Wilde was correct when he said, “Life is too short to learn German.” Michael can be read with fewer constraints from his editors at www.laptopsandlederhosen.com He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the name LaptopsAndLederhosen.