One of the significant changes that the event has seen is the change in the date from October to September although the name was not affected. The event still ends officially in the first week of October. This change was however made as a means of ensuring high turnout that was curtailed by the cold October evenings. The sixteen days of the Bavarian Volkfest (Peoples Fair) is filled with tons of fun for the attendees who come from all over Germany, Europe, America, Australia, Brazil and even India. As a matter of fact, it is regarded as the largest Volkfest in the world, attracting 6.2 million people on 2007. The year 2010 will mark the 200th anniversary of the das Bierfest (beer festival). Today, the pferderennen (horse racing) is no longer a part of the festivities, having been discontinued since 1960.
One of the downsides to the oktoberfest is the garbage generation that results, with an estimated 1, 000 annually. Additionally, the urge to visit the urinal that results from the consumption of lots of beer has made it necessary to install a large number of urinals. As at 2005, there were 1, 800 urinals installed within the festival premises.
There are non-permanent structures at the festival venue and they number 14. They are as follows:
i.Hippodrom: It is usually the first tent that a lot of the visitors get to see at the venue. It employs some f the latest trends in its packaging.
ii.Armbrustschtzenzelt: This is owned by the Paulaner brewery
iii.Hofbru-Festzelt: Used by the Hofbru Mnchen brewery
iv.Hacker-Festzelt: Used by the Hacker-Pschorr brewery
v.Schottenhamel: Used by the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bru brewery
vi.Winzerer Fhndl: Used by the Paulaner brewery
vii.Schtzen-Festhalle: Used by the Lwenbru brewery
viii.Kfers Wiesen Schnke: Used by the Paulaner brewery
ix.Weinzelt: Used by the Nymphenburger Sekt brewery
x.Lwenbru-Festhalle: Used by the Lwenbru brewery.
xi.Brurosl (Hacker-Pschorr): Used by the Hacker-Pschorr brewery
xii.Augustiner-Festhalle: Used by the Augustiner Bru brewery
xiii.Ochsenbraterei: Used by the Spaten brewery
xiv.Fischer Vroni: Used by the Augustiner brewery.