Oktoberfest Events

It’s still October so why not keep celebrating Oktoberfest?  Yes, the original Oktoberfest in Munich might already be over (it ended on October 5), but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a few other October beer festivals going on.  Check out the following cities: Torrance, California—Alpine Village Alpine Village has a lot to offer, from a market with German food and products to a bierhalle with the largest variety of beer that you could ever need.  This village has been holding Oktoberfest festivities for over 40 years, so you know they’re serious about what they do.  Make sure to eat some homemade sausages, try imported German beer, and listen to Bavarian music while you’re there.  This event started on September 12 and won’t end until October 26. Big Bear Lake, California—The Convention Center If you haven’t yet had your fill of German fests in Southern California, then head on over to The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake for an Oktoberfest you won’t forget!  This particular October beer festival is known as Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest.  This German celebration has events that go on until October 25, such as non-alcoholic beer drinking contests.  If you decide to go to the Unplugged version of Oktoberfest on October 17, you will be treated to a five course German meal beginning with German cold cuts and cheeses, and you will even get to learn some traditional dances. Helen, Georgia—Helen Festhalle This next Oktoberfest event is the longest running Oktoberfest in the U.S.  Come visit Helen, Georgia, and you will be able to dance to the Polka, drink German beers, and eat German food, too.  What’s really amazing, though, is the town itself—it looks just like an alpine village!  An artist who had been stationed in Germany, a number of local businessmen, and some local carpenters helped to re-design Helen, Georgia into a town that would look perfectly comfortable in the Alps.  Helen’s festival will end on November 2. Leavenworth, Washington Over one million tourists visit Leavenworth every year in order to come to this version of Oktoberfest; four different venues are needed to accommodate all of those visitors!  Leavenworth is found in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, which might remind you of the Alps, so the location is perfect for an Oktoberfest event.  Don’t forget to come to the Keg Tapping Ceremony that’s held every Saturday at 1:00pm.  The last of the festival dates will be held the 17th-18th of October, so why not take a last minute trip to the Pacific Northwest? Tulsa, Oklahoma—River West Festival Park The Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa is another fantastic Oktoberfest that shouldn’t be missed.  Want to see a Dachshund Dash?  Haven’t tried a Bavarian cheesecake before?  Then you should come to Tulsa for this fun festival.  A large selection of German beers will be available, along with German food.  This event will be going on from October 16-19 and will have a variety of entertainment and music provided, so make sure to check the festival’s schedule. These Oktoberfest events will be over soon so don’t miss your chance to celebrate some Bavarian history!
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