Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair and one of the best festivals in Germany. It was started in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig in Munich, Germany. Every year, over 6 million visitors from all over the world come to Munich to drink over 1.5 million gallons of beer, eat sausage and join together in the folk songs. Oktoberfest is famous for its huge beers in heavy steins, but there is more to enjoy there like swinging to the oomph of Bavarian bands, admire traditional costumes, and get a good experience of German hospitality.
This year also, Oktoberfest 2010 was a 2 week extravaganza of beer, pretzels, and folk songs and, of course more beer as this year observed 200th birthday of this world famous event.
There are various other parts of the world where Oktoberfest is celebrated with the same strength and glory, and is basically has been introduced by the German population outside Germany. USA also has a substantial number of German immigrants so there are quite a few locations in North America which celebrates this event on different dates. The dates for this event generally vary from mid of September to almost the end of October nationwide.
You are still not late to catch on with some Oktoberfest beer and food at the following locations:
The German extravaganza in its American form is waiting for you at St. Louis, Missouri October 8th – October 10th 2010.
You can also become a part of the Oktoberfest 2010, the Bavarian Festival in Waterloo, Ontario in Canada and the 9 day long celebrations start October 8th to October 16th 2010
Work keeps you busy, doesn’t really matter as you can enjoy traditional Oktoberfest event in Big Bear Lake, CA – Big Bear Lake, a year-round alpine playground in the San Bernardino Mountains, hosts the Big Bear Oktoberfest every weekend from September 18th – October 30th.
While every weekend is fun in San Diego, CA but the city adds a special German flair on 10/9 with its Oktoberfest at Del Mar.
If you are in or around Tulsa, Oklahoma which is generally Credited as the birthplace of Route 66 and once called the “Oil Capital of the World,” this city in Oklahoma is also known for the Tulsa Oktoberfest and the Oktoberfest 2010 is on from October 21st to October 24th.
Travelling to California, you might be lucky to catch the German celebrations in Torrance, CA where People from all over Los Angeles and around flock to Torrance’s Alpine Village for its Oktoberfest, which runs from September 10th to October 23rd every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.
If some of you are in the East Coast of the US and plan to visit New York City, New Jersey and Boston, MA area, there are quite a few places to enjoy this event. Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA is one of them where you can catch this event on Sunday October 10th from Noon to the late evening.
Enjoy the fall and have a blast in the upcoming festival / holiday season and hope for a mild winter! Thanks!