Oktoberfest in the U S of A? Sure, why not!

Beer, beer, beer!  For those who love to travel, or love an excuse to have a cold beer, or both, then Oktoberfest might be the celebration for you! Dating all the way back to the early 1800s, the festival began when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in Germany. Munich citizens were invited to attend the celebrations and festivities. Horse races were held for the royal family, and with the success of the races, they decided to continue the tradition year after year.  The festival continues to be celebrated today, but not just in Germany. And not just in October!  Many Oktoberfests actually happen in September.  Here are some of the spots besides Munich, Germany that are having Oktoberfests in October here in the U S of A . . . Yum . . .We’re thinking of visiting some of these here at HooplaHa, how about you?

(Thanks to our sources at Gayot and USA Today:

http://www.gayot.com/events/top10oktoberfests.html

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/10great/2010-09-09-north-america-oktoberfest_N.htm)

  • Harpoon Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest Vermont,
Boston and Windsor, Vermont. Harpoon Brewery, one of New England's top microbreweries, hosts Oktoberfests at its facilities in Boston and Vermont on consecutive weekends. "The Vermont version (Oct. 9-10) is smaller than Boston (Oct. 1-2), but it's no less fun," Dunn says. "It's held right at the brewery, so while you're there take a tour." harpoonbrewery.com
  • New Ulm Oktoberfest,
New Ulm, Minnesota. 
Perhaps the best of the small Oktoberfests, Dunn says, New Ulm's is held at a Holiday Inn and throughout downtown (Oct. 1-2 and 8-9), with two stages featuring German music. It is a decades-long tradition in a part of Minnesota influenced by German immigrants. Dunn endorses locally brewed August Schell beer. newulmoktoberfest.com
  • Tulsa Oktoberfest
Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
"Folks in Tulsa like to say you can't spell Oktoberfest without OK," Dunn says. The event (Oct. 21-24) is in its 32nd year and "has the most competitive beer-barrel race of any Oktoberfest in the country," he says. It has a carnival atmosphere with rides and arts and crafts. 918-744-9700; tulsaoktoberfest.org

Big Bear Lake, CA Big Bear Lake, a year-round alpine playground in the San Bernardino Mountains, hosts the Big Bear Oktoberfestevery weekend from 9/15-10/27.

Helen, GA — Though Helen is really in Georgia’s Appalachians, the tiny village fancies itself as being in the Bavarian Alps and presents a two-month Oktoberfesteveryday from 9/13-9/16 and 9/20-10/28Fredericksburg,Fredericksburg, a small Texas town at the gateway to the Hill Country Wine Trail, reveals a strong German heritage with its Oktoberfestfrom 10/5-10/7.

La Crosse, WI — Visit La Crosse for Oktoberfest USA, where everyone can enjoy the Wisconsin autumn with time-honored Bavarian traditions, German biers and live music from 9/28-10/6.  Dunn proclaims this "one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S." It is heavily supported by locals, with a parade featuring traditional attire. It's also one of the longest, held on the same dates as Munich's event. oktoberfestUSA.com

Lake Worth, FL — Join the city of Lake Worth in hosting its 39th annual Oktoberfest complete with traditional folk dancing and German cooking on the second and third weekend of October 10/12-10/14 and 10/19-10/21.

 

 

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