When the summer ends, a wave of nostalgia hits for days on the beach and evening barbecues. Yet with all the changing seasons, there is something to look forward to. After summer has taken its last bow, the festivals of the fall get started. One of the best, in many destinations across the globe, is Oktoberfest. This German festival celebrates all things Deutsch from brats and beers to costumes and music. If you've never participated in Oktoberfest celebrations, one great place to start is Ocean City Oktoberfest in Ocean City, Maryland
The 2011 Celebrations
While Oktoberfest is traditionally held in September in Germany, it takes place during October in other parts of the world. The Ocean City Oktoberfest will take place on October 14 - 15, 2011
. Over the course of two full days and nights, visitors can enjoy barrels of beer, plenty of schnitzels and wurst, and many reasons to eat, drink, and be merry. In addition to food and drink, Oktoberfest is also about entertainment. During the 2011 festival you can expect traditional German songs, polka performances, and a special performance of Bavarian dancing by the Alpenrose Dancers
Ocean City Oktoberfest offers much more than just a reason to drink large German steins full of beer. This festival also offers a range of entertainment. On Friday there are a few different dance contests. If you're feeling competitive, join in on the Senior Dance Contest
or the Kids Dance Contest
. Competition continues on Saturday with the Adults Dance Contest
, the Group Dance Contest
, and the Knockwurst Eating Competition
. Think you have what it takes to compete in this eating competition? Be sure to sign up in advance to secure your place.
If you're planning on attending Ocean City Oktoberfest, you will need to buy tickets. Part of what makes this festival so attractive is the fact that tickets are incredibly affordable. Adult tickets cost $6 (with next day admission of $2) while seniors pay $5 (next day admission $2). Kids under the age of 13 are admitted for free. There's also another way to skip the ticket price. After 6 p.m. free admission is given to anyone wearing suspenders. If you're wearing traditional Bavarian or Austrian clothes, you can also skip the ticket price, all day, any day. There is also plenty of free parking - no hidden fees at this festival.
Ocean City MD Accommodations
As you can imagine, the Ocean City Oktoberfest grows in popularity each year. This festival is not only an opportunity for Americans with German or Austrian backgrounds to celebrate their culture, but is also a way for everyone to celebrate the change in seasons with a weekend of eating and drinking. You don't have to go all the way to Germany to experience their most famous festival; you just have to get in the car and drive to Ocean City, Maryland. Once you arrive, you are going to want the best possible accommodations. Choosing a vacation rental in Ocean City, MD
will set the stage for a fantastic festival weekend. After a busy day enjoying music and more, you will be able to return to the comfort and privacy of a rental, instead of a noisy hotel. Make the most of your Oktoberfest experience by finding your dream vacation rental.
Downtown Ocean City MD Rentals
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