The Oktoberfest in Munich is a well-known annual event and attracts many tourists who enjoy the festivities over several days.
The 2016 Oktoberfest in Munich will commence on Saturday, September 17th, when the Mayor of Munich has the honour of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. The festival will continue until October 3rd.
Visitors can also enter the tents without a reservation. But consider getting there early, because the tents fill up very quickly! Once the tents are full no more visitors are admitted. On the weekend the tents fill quickly so often close before 11am. During the week the tents are normally open until afternoon.
Children under the age of six must leave the tents at 8pm even if they are in the company of their parents. A crowded tent wouldn’t be much fun for either the children or the parents.
The locals in Munich fondly refer to Oktoberfest as “die Wiesn” because of its location, Theresienwiese, which was named after Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
The main highlight of the Wiesn events and a must-see is the Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade. The parade happens every year on the first Wiesn Sunday.
Other important events are the Parade of Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Official Tapping of the Keg, the Oktoberfest Mass, “Böllerschießen” (handheld canon salute) in front of the Bavaria statue and – this year- an agricultural festival.
However, if you wish to experience Oktoberfest further afield consider the following options:-
Blumenau, Brazil: The city of Blumenau in southern Brazil is the proud organiser of “a maior festa alemã do Brasil”.
Canberra, Australia: Aussies turn out in high spirits to enjoy all things German at the Canberra Oktoberfest. There’s a wide variety of beers on offer and an equally impressive selection of all things sausage.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Ohio hosts its own Oktoberfest in Cincinnati. For one weekend only, a six-block area around Fountain Square transforms into a traditional Biergarten.
Dublin, Ireland: Oktoberfest in Dublin puts on an 18-day show packed with the bits of Germany everyone loves: good beer, good music and good food.
Fredericksburg, Texas: The city celebrates its German heritage with a 3-day ‘wunderbar’ Oktoberfest with a Texan twist.
Hong Kong: Classic Bavarian pork dishes and beer are on offer in Hong Kong, at The Marco Polo German Bierfest.
Johannesburg, South Africa: Oktoberfest in South Africa: a 4000-seater Brauhaus, Bavarian Oompah bands, German cuisine, traditional games and, of course, a very long list of beers!
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Thanks to strong German roots, the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo started their very own 9-day Oktoberfest in 1969.
Villa General Belgrano, Argentina: Head to the Fiesta Nacional de la Cerveza in Villa General Belgrano, Cordoba to see for yourself just how strong the love of beer and German culture is in Argentina.
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