Main Festival

02th August – 05th August 2024

The Main Festival, which takes place down at the Main Quay, by the "Fahrtor" and across the Römerberg old town centre, is one of Frankfurt's oldest and most traditional folk fairs, having first been celebrated in the mid-1300s. Today, the Main Festival with its spacious summer gardens along the River Main and its many highlights for both young and old is a great way for locals and visitors to experience Frankfurt's majestic waterway and the banks along which it runs.

One of the festival's most popular attractions, the time-honoured "fisherman's joust, will once again be taking place down on the River Main. Here, participants attempt to knock each other out of their boats using long wooden poles. The Main Festival traditionaly kicks off with a ceremony where wine is tapped from the Römerberg's Fountain of Justice. It concludes with a fireworks display of special magnificence that is best viewed from alongside the river.


Opening hours

Friday:     12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Saturday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Sunday:   12:00 pm – Midnight

Monday    12:00 pm – Midnight


Taking public transport to the Main Festival:
Subway lines (U-Bahn) U4 and U5, exit at Dom/Römer or tram lines (Straßenbahn) 11 and 12, exit at Römer/Paulskirche


The history of Frankfurt's Main Festival

The Main Festival was originally a fair for fishermen and boatsmen. It was supposedly derived from the consecration of the Dreikönigskirche (Church of the Three Kings), which took place on 23 July 1340.