Top 5 Oktoberfests
There are many areas of the world that go all out for Oktoberfest and some may surprise you.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The newlyweds invited all the citizens of Munich to celebrate their nuptials outside of the city gates, on a field now named Theresienwiese (Therese's fields). However, you don’t have to travel to Munich every September to take in the famous festival.
From Germany and the United States, to Canada and Australia, there are many fun destinations to experience an authentic Oktoberfest. We’ve rounded up some of the best places outside Germany to drink your fair share of beer.
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has been a staple for Canadians with German spirit for the past 46 years. The annual festival now includes a 5k race, Miss Oktoberfest contest and a fashion show.
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Touted as the biggest Oktoberfest in the United States, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati welcomes more than 500,000 people to downtown Cincinnati every September. People come for the beer and traditional German food and stay for the wiener dog races!
The Blumenau Oktoberfest is the biggest German festival in South America with more than 700,000 visitors each year. The city has rich German roots as it was founded by German immigrants in the mid-19th century.
Hong Kong, China
This German Bierfest is the most authentic and traditional German fest in Hong Kong with beer, food and great music. It’s known as the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Asia.
Australians know how to celebrate Oktoberfest, and they usually get to do it in great weather! The festival includes endless entertainment from a Bavarian Strongman Competition and cowbell ringing, to dancing and music. Oh, and there’s also a yodeler named Heidi. Fun fact: the annual fest is still family-organized.
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