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When and Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest HistorySo, how did this worldwide beer bash get started? Oktoberfest started as a German wedding celebration for Bavaria's Prince Ludwig. It featured a horse race and 40,000 revelers. The festival eventually turned into a worldwide phenomenon. Here's when and where to celebrate Oktoberfest in the USA.
Why? Top Choice - most well-rounded
When? Sept 28 - 30
What? German Village Oktoberfest
Details? Ohio is considered "German America," and for Oktoberfest, that couldn't be more true... it hosts a 223-acre German Village, 32 bands, an artisan marketplace, and of course the standard buffet of German food and beer.
Why? It ranks as a "top ten" fest in the world.
When? Oct 18 - 21
What? Tulsa Oktoberfest
Details? USA Today chose Tulsa as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate Oktoberfest. Unique attractions like Beer Barrel Racing, and "Bands from Bavaria" make it memorable, and the 20 food stands don't hurt, either.
Why? It's the largest!
When? Sept 21 - 21
What? Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Details? Enjoy the largest Oktoberfest in the country for two days packed with Bavarian festivities, from a chick dance event to beer gardens to folk dancers to German chocolate. There's also the world's largest kazoo band! 500,000 people show up for the event every year.
Why? It's been around for over 40 years.
When? Weekends, Sept 15 to Oct 27
What? Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Details? Big Bear Lake transforms into a quaint German hamlet for Oktoberfest for six weekends in September and October. Attendees can look forward to a stein-carrying contest, Bavarian dumplings, and more.
Why? Great location, and lots of history to go with it
When? Weekends, Sept 21 to 30
What? Oktoberfest Denver
Details? Enjoy two weekends of accordian concerts, a keg roll, a pretzel toss, and other unique Oktoberfest events.
Why? It's the original!
When? Sept 22 to Oct 7
What? THE Oktoberfest
Details? Watch the mayor of Munich tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer, listen to 400 Bavarian musicians, and hang out with six million other partiers in the place that started it all.
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