If you are planning a vacation in Bavaria, Germany be sure to be there in time for the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich. This folk festival is extremely popular with millions attending each year from around the world. Despite its name most of the festival occurs in September. It’s a two week+ happening starting in mid to late September and ending on the first Sunday in October. In 2022 for example, the first Oktoberfest in a few years due to covid, the dates were Sept 17 to Oct 3.
The 2022 festival was the 187th time it has been celebrated. Traditionally, Oktoberfest started from the time of Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. People had such a great time that the festivities continued every year with additions over time.
More Than Beer
Contrary to what many North Americans might think, there is more to Oktoberfest than beer. Traditional costumes, food, parades, music, and carnival rides are the order of the days. Note: Oktoberfest is free admission but obviously, the beer, food, attractions, etc. are not. (A smaller, more traditional and quieter area called Oide Wiesn does charge a minimal fee.). Here are the main events of the festival: