Since the celebrations will be kicking off this weekend, we wanted to inspire you to embrace the spirit. If it’s too late to attend one this year, there is always next year! Oktoberfest originally began in Munich as a celebration of King Ludwig I marrying Princess Therese in 1810. It was a week-long party and over the years, it has evolved into what it is today – the festival full of beer, schnitzel, dancing, lederhosen, and parades. From Munich to Brazil, the whole world celebrates Oktoberfest. Check out our top 5 picks!
As the birthplace of Oktoberfest, Munich is the ultimate place to join in on the festival! Every year, over 7 million people attend and dress in fun costumes while indulging in beer and pretzels. With exciting parades and plenty of singing and dancing, this festival should be on everyone’s bucket list. This year, Oktoberfest will take place from September 21st – October 6th; take a last-minute trip to the largest folk festival!
Home of Australia’s largest Oktoberfest, Brisbane will hold the festival during the first two weekends of October! It will, of course, feature a plethora of German beer and food such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and apple strudel. Watch or partake in competitions like beard and mustache contests, donut eating contests, barrel races, stein holding and witness who is crowned Miss Oktoberfest. Plus, music and dancing for all and rides for the kids! See how the land down under does Oktoberfest in Brisbane!
Founded by German colonists in 1850, Blumenau is known as Brazil’s little Germany, making it another great place to visit for Oktoberfest. This celebration is one of the largest in the world, with over 700,000 people attending annually. There is a Brazilian twist to the traditional German festival – they serve sausage and pretzels as well as Brazilian sweet desserts. There is both Brazilian and German beer as well as shopping and dancing to enjoy and even a pageant to watch. Head over to Brazil to see how they celebrate their “Carnival of the South!”
Get dressed in your lederhosen and head to Leavenworth, Washington! For the first three weekends in October, Oktoberfest completely takes over this city. With a parade, live German music, and keg tapping every weekend, you don’t want to miss out on this good time! Plus, there is plenty of German beer to indulge in as well as bratwurst, turkey legs, and hamburgers. Embrace Leavenworth’s connection to Germany and attend their Oktoberfest!
For Denver’s 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest, this year’s festival will be grand! From live music and keg bowling to a silent disco and stein-hoisting competition, there is plenty to do. Watch the long dog derby as you chow down on bratwurst, turkey legs, pretzels and sip on different beers! This fair takes place September 20-22 and September 27-29, if you are ready for a last-minute escape to Denver for one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S.