Oktoberfest, a 15-day beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany first began as a wedding party for the then Prince, in October 1810. Of late, it has become a world-renowned event as an increasing number of international travellers have been attracted to it, thanks to innumerable cheap flights to Munich. An estimated 7 million people visit every year for an experience of a lifetime which includes dressing up in traditional Bavarian clothes, getting together in large decorated tents and of course, guzzling down massive steins of beer.

Fret not if Munich seems too far away. You can now celebrate closer to home with Oktoberfest celebrations unfolding across the United States. Read on to find out the top picks across the country.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Oktoberfest celebrations 2019

If you’re looking for the biggest party, look no further than Zinzinnati. The Cincinnati Oktoberfest celebration, recognised as North America’s largest Oktoberfest, attracts a whopping 500,000 attendees each year. Running from 21st to 23rd September, Zinzinnati’s highlights include several venues of live entertainment including bands, German folk dancers and a chance to flex your muscles in a stein holding contest. If the 100 booths offering German food don’t perk up your ears, you should know that the event set a record for the world’s largest chicken dance in 1994 led by the Crown Prince of Bavaria himself. That’s not all, every year hundreds of mini dachshunds dressed in hot dog buns race one another for the title of “King or Queen of the Weiner Dogs!”

Addison, Texas

Oktoberfest celebrations 2019

One of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations, the Addison Oktoberfest is best known for serving traditional beer from the 380-year-old Munich brewery, Paulaner. True to Southern hospitality, guests of all ages are invited to partake in the festival. From September 19th to 22nd, over 70,000 visitors are expected to come together for some friendly contests ranging from bier barrel rolling and yodelling contests, to polka dancing and a German language spelling bee. In addition to enjoying your giant pretzels and wandering through rows of carnival rides, this year’s highlight is a performance by Grammy-nominated polka performer, Alex Meixner!

Denver, Colorado

Oktoberfest celebrations 2019

First started in 1969, Denver’s Oktoberfest has since grown to become one of the biggest and best in the country. Spanning over two weekends, September 18th-20th and 25th-27th, the city comes alive with all things festive and German. If you’re simply looking for great craft beer and German food without the fuss of the lederhosen or feather hats, hop right onto one of the several flights to Denver. This slightly more contemporary celebration is a welcome alternative, guaranteed to appeal to anyone with a hearty appetite and a love of festive fervour. Take a break from the racks of pretzels and Bavarian brunch with some live music by new contemporary artists or enjoy an epic game of keg bowling.

Torrance, California

Oktoberfest celebrations 2019

The longest running festival in our list, the Alpine Village Oktoberfest is all set for its marathon 51st celebration from the 4th to 27th of October. As a part of their “Throwback Oktoberfest” this year, the theme aims to recreate their first Oktoberfest from 50 years ago. Attracting over 100,000 visitors each year, they have a long line-up of Bavarian entertainment including Oom-Pah-Pah bands from Germany and sing-alongs. While there is an abundance of traditional German food and beer on offer on all days, Sundays are Family Days making it the perfect time for the entire family to get together and partake in the revelries.

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