Touring the world all in the name of good beer is no small feat during Oktoberfest, so we took the guesswork out of where to travel to during the happiest month of the year.
Millions of people travel to Munich to get a taste of Oktoberfest with over 7 million liters of beer poured during the week-long event. The first Oktoberfest took place on October 12, 1810, when Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese got married. The whole town was invited to celebrate their marriage, it turned into one big party and the rest is history.
Now, Munich boasts impeccable events all in the name of beer with its 14 main tents, 6 large tents and an endless amount of beer served by six German breweries; Späten, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Poschorr, Hofbräu and Löwenbräu. With traditional German foods, lederhosen and and all the fixings, Munich is a must if you love beer as much as we do.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
In 1969, the founding fathers of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest turned this city into a community-run Oktoberfest to celebrate its German Canadian heritage. Now as the largest Bavarian festival in North America, the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada and tents upon tents to drink cold beer, Waterloo brings the community together to clink pints of beer over and over again. With a large student population due to its 2 universities and college, Oktoberfest in Waterloo is the best time of year for post-secondary students to kick back and dance around in lederhosen.
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
We never would’ve thought Cincinnati would be one of the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the USA, but ever since 1976, this celebration continues to grow in size and crazy activities all in the name of beer. Through the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, people flock to America’s favourite Oktoberfest to kick back and enjoy a few too many pints of beer. With over 500,000 people attending the event, the festival is home to thousands of pretzels and bratwurst, popular German pub food and beer tents that line the streets for all the beer lovers to enjoy.
Back in 1984, the first German party was held and it became so successful that the week long event brought over half the city’s population to its grounds. The world’s second largest beer festival, Blumenau is home to an epic Oktoberfest with German and Brazilian music, parades, and authentic German food. With its white-walled houses and dark lumber cross beams, you literally feel like your in Germany but celebrating amongst a million tourists and Brazilians.
Oktoberfest is a one of a kind celebration no matter where you are in the world, and is meant to be celebrated with good beer, great friends and a whole lot of lederhosen.