This Saturday, one of Germany’s most (in)famous festivals kicks off in Munich. That’s right, it’s time for the annual Oktoberfest celebrations! Over 17 days, hundred of thousands of people will descend upon the southern Germany city, don their lederhosen, and take part in the ancient ritual of drinking more pints than they can count.
If you’re like me and unfortunately can’t make it to Munich this year, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still take part in the festivities. Thankfully for us, Oktoberfest is now celebrated across the globe, from towns to cities to metropolises; no matter where you are in the world you can definitely take in a pint or two or ten. So, get out your lederhosen, grab your stein and check out these great Oktoberfest celebrations, outside of Germany:
Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest is the largest outside of Germany, attracting between 750,000-1,100,000 visitors each year. A nine-day celebration that spans 18 days, the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest offers more than just beer-based celebrations, but other cultural and entertainment attractions.
South America’s largest Oktoberfest is 18 days of music, dancing, food and celebrations to commemorate Brazilian ancestors who came from Germany. Each year more than 700,000 visitors from across the continent and around the world visit Blumenau to enjoy this Brazilian take on a German tradition.
There are hundreds of Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the United States, but the largest being Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Attracting more than 500,000 people each year, this festival is known for its fantastic food, great music, and rocking good time.
There are many Oktoberfest celebrations in China, but none as unique as the celebrations in Shanghai. Offering a wide range of Asian and German dishes, this Oktoberfest is the perfect clash of cultures.
Currently in its 45th year, Canberra’s Oktoberfest is an action-packed weekend full of music, dancing, lederhosen and all the cold beer you can imagine. As Aussies love to party, you know this will be quite the celebration.
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