The Munchen Oktoberfest may have wrapped up last week, but Americans will be channeling their inner German all month long. And can you blame us? Oktoberfest began as a modest Bavarian agricultural show at the turn of the 19th century, and has transformed into a festival of attractions, from amusement rides and beer halls to bratwürst and giant pretzels. The traditional festival has come a long way, and now serves a whopping 7 million liters of beer to 6 million thirsty people.
The German Oktoberfest is of course more culturally legitimate than anything we can conjure up in the States, but we are always happy for an excuse to drink heaps of delicious beer. Whether we’re reconnecting with our Germanic roots or simply jumping on the würst wagon, there is no shame in raising a stein (or two) to those old Bavarian farmers.
If you haven’t already been involved in the festivities, here are 5 ways you can still celebrate Oktoberfest in the States:
1. The best in the Midwest – The New Ulm Oktoberfest (October 10th – 11th)
2. Bring your steins to the South – Tampa Oktoberfest (October 10th – 12th)
3. Drink big beers in Big Lake – Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest (Sept 13th – October 25th)
4. Willkommen to Washington – Leavenworth Oktoberfest (October 10th – 11th, 17th – 18th)
5. Sipping in St. Louis – Soulard Oktoberfest (October 10th – 12th)