Oktoberfest, originally a celebration of a royal wedding, began over 200 years ago in a field in Munich, Germany. It’s now the largest festival on earth, with people coming all over the world to celebrate Bavarian culture by laughing, dancing, singing, and, of course, drinking beer. But it’s not necessary to leave the United States to celebrate Oktoberfest. Many cities across the country have embraced their German heritage, putting together festivals that rival those in Munich. Below we have included our five favorite picks for Oktoberfest celebrations around the United States.
One of the most popular Boston fall events for over 20 years, complete with Oktoberfest beer, traditional bratwursts, a keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contests. Harpoon Oktoberfest offers everything from musicians dressed in lederhosen to yodeling competitions, plus much more.
One of the most authentic outside of Munich, this four-day Oktoberfest in Addison Circle Park attracts more than 70,000 visitors every year. This event offers a variety of food and entertainment options, including gourmet schnitzel, polka dancing, folk music, karaoke, a German spelling bee competition along with numerous child activities.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Among the top rated Oktoberfests in the US for more than 42 years. Features of the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest include food such as bratwurst, knockwurst, and Bavarian dumplings, as well as premium imported beers on tap. Observe or participate in various contests such as stein-carrying, plus enjoy live music, petting zoos, face painting, and much more.
A three-weekend festival held annually in Leavenworth, this celebration attracts over 10,000 people and features four venues with concerts of live traditional German music from the US and Germany. Here you will find authentic Oktoberfest cuisine like sauerkraut-topped bratwurst, shops with handmade art, crafts and collectibles, plus concerts, games and contests.
Historic German Town Oktoberfest
Attracting thousands of people for over 32 years, the family-oriented event of Oktoberfest in Nashville features everything from 4 stages presenting live German music, delicious assortments of Bavarian food and beverages, polka dancing, arts and crafts, antique booths, street performers, and plenty of fun games and activities for children.
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