Date When Celebrated: The Date Varies. Begins September 17, 2022
Oktoberfest is a two-and-a-half-week German beer festival, held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. While it is a giant world festival in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world during this time. So, if you can’t get to the festival in Germany, you can participate in a local event. Oktober celebrations include beer, German foods, music, dancing, and German culture.
It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry! The mayor of Munich opens Oktoberfest each year by tapping a keg of beer. They make a special brew, aptly called Oktoberfest beer, for the festival.
Oktoberfest is not just a celebration of beer. It is a huge festival with lots of food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths. Each year millions of people from all over the world come to the fair. Oktoberfest celebrations and festivals are held around the world during this time. These festivals also celebrate the rich heritage of the German people.
Future Oktoberfest Dates:
Starts September 16, 2023 – ends on October 3, 2023
Starts September 21, 2024 – ends on October 6, 2024
Opens on September 20, 2025 – ends on October 5, 2025
Begins September 19, 2026 – concludes October 4, 2026
How to Celebrate Oktoberfest
Attend an Oktoberfest celebration during this period. You don’t have to go every day. But, try to attend on more than one day because it is a lot of fun. German clubs and many local bars hold Oktoberfest celebrations and events, complete with music and dancing. It’s for participants and very good for business.
Don’t just go and drink beer. Rather, plan on joining in on the dancing and festivities.
“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” – – Arnold Schwarzenegger
History and Origin of German Oktoberfest
The very first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810. It was held to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig 1) to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The wedding took place on October 12th, and a great horse race (in celebration of the marriage) was held a few days later on October 17th. Their marriage was celebrated annually and was known as Oktoberfest.
Early Oktoberfest celebrations were held in October. The festival was eventually moved to September, as the weather was better earlier in the Fall.
Oktoberfest has been held annually since 1810. Throughout this time, it has been canceled a few times, due to wars, and once due to a major Cholera outbreak (1854) in the region.
Over the years, the festival grew. Carnival booths appeared. Beer became a central theme and flowed freely. Food was a big part of the festivities. And, later rides became a part of the festival activities. Millions of people annually flock to Oktoberfest in Munich.
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