An Oktoberfest celebration in Tokyo Japan
Oktoberfest is celebrated worldwide and is celebrated year-round in Tokyo!

Worldwide Oktoberfest Is Cause For Celebration

Oktoberfest, starting as a crown prince’s wedding, this Bavarian festival is now famous enough to be adopted in different parts of the world. People in all parts of the world raise a glass (or a stein) to enjoy Bavarian culture, eat delicious food, and have endless fun with friends and family. While Munich, Germany, is the king of  Oktoberfest, this has become a festival around the world and has spread far and wide over the years. Let us take you on a whirlwind tour of major countries’ most vibrant Oktoberfest festivities.

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Munich, Germany: The Authentic Bavarian Experience

Let’s begin with the original. Munich’s Oktoberfest of “Wiesn,” as it is called locally, is the crown jewel of all celebrations. Held annually from mid-September to early October, it transforms Theresienwiese, a vast field, into a wonderland of enormous halls, thrilling amusement rides, traditional Bavarian fare, music, and delicious cuisine. 

At the Oide Wiesn, history comes to life with 20th-century rides, parades showcasing different vintage costumes from all over the country, and an awards ceremony to honor the best brewery. Millions of people visit each year, dressed up in lederhosen and dirndl, and raise a toast to the evergreen Bavarian culture, creating an unforgettable ambiance that is now tried to be made in various Oktoberfests held in different countries, but the authentic as always has its charm.

Fact: Every year, over six million people attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Blumenau, Brazil: A Bavarian Oasis In South America

Believe it or not, Brazil hosts the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world! Blumenau, a city heavily influenced by German immigrants, celebrates a 17-day extravaganza to honor their German heritage. Expect everything you find in Munich: Overflowing steins, traditional Bavarian music, and energetic crowds dressed up in lederhosen and dirndls. The most interesting part about the clebration in Brazil is that they throw a “typical German food” competition to add a local twist to the festivities. Another highlight is the National Championship of Chopp Meter Drinkers. 

Each night during the festival, there’s a competition to see who can drink an entire liter without spilling a drop. They also host a Queen of Oktoberfest competition, making it fun and attractive for everyone, not only Germans.

Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada: A North American Powerhouse of German Heritage

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, hosts the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany. Over 700,000 visitors attend this festival annually. Here, you will spot a sprawling festival site with multiple tents, each with its own unique ambiance. From lively oompah bands to traditional Bavarian dances, Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest is a true cultural experience. All sorts of live entertainment and cultural attractions are offered, including an official keg tapping and plenty of traditional Bavarian dances that make you think, at least for a moment, that you are attending the original event in Munich. 

You can watch the crowning of Miss Oktoberfest and the appearances of many festival icons like Onkel Hans dressed up in his lederhosen and classic traditional felt hat.

Cincinnati, United States Of America (USA): Midwestern Salute To Bavarian Heritage

America’s largest Oktoberfest is held every year in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is nicknamed “Zinzinnati”. Millions of people attend it, and it has been celebrated since 1974.

The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, has a history of German immigration and its celebration reflects that heritage proudly. This festival boasts a 17-day extravaganza with multiple venues across the city. The festival has lots of drinking competitions, traditional dances, Bavarian music, mouth-watering cuisine, and plenty of sausages on every menu.

Fun Fact: The event also holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest chicken dance when 48,000 participants, including the Prince of Bavaria, performed in 1994.

Vienna, Austria: Wiener Wiesn

Vienna’s Oktoberfest, called the Wiener Wiesn, is a charming alternative to the boisterous crowd of Munich. It is celebrated in late September and October when the cold weather strikes it. The cozy Alpine huts replace the massive halls, offering a more intimate ambiance to enjoy regional Austrian delicacies and folk music. Just like the original Munich Oktoberfest, Wiener Wiesn is also not only about drinking; it caters to families and those seeking a more cultural experience with dedicated kids’ zones, thrilling rides, and other historical attractions.

Denver, Colorado: A Celebration Of Bavarian Cheer

Oktoberfest celebration in Denver, Colorado
Denver’s Oktoberfest celebration is vibrant.

Denver’s massive Oktoberfest celebration has been around for nearly 50 years and draws over 350,000 yearly. This cherished tradition, dating back to 1969, transforms Larimer Street downtown into a lively homage to Bavarian culture. The festivities take place over six days during the last two weekends in September. It includes a lot of fun activities, from authentic Bavarian music and energetic oompah bands to a vast collection of German and local craft drinks, providing an overall delightful atmosphere. 

Did you know? Traditional food, fun competitions like keg bowling and eating contests, and the famous ‘long dog derby race’ that determines the fastest dachshunds make Denver’s event a must-visit for all locals and tourists.

Tokyo, Japan: A Year-Round Oktoberfest

Tokyo takes a unique spin on Oktoberfest, hosting celebrations throughout the year, not just in October. It is known as the longest-running Oktoberfest in Asia. The German Oktoberfest brings attendees who arrive from as far away as Bangkok, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. These events capture the spirit of the Munich celebration by serving lots of sausages and providing lively entertainment to its visitors. Popular locations like Hibiya Park and Odaiba transform into temporary havens for Bavarian culture. You may indulge in authentic brews like Weissbier and Dunkel, savor sausages, and other German fares. 

Must Follow! You may experience traditional Bavarian music being played live, along with traditional dances by people dressed in authentic German costumes, lederhosen, and dirndls.

Brisbane, Australia: Biggest Oktoberfest In Australia

Brisbane, Australia, boasts the title of hosting Australia’s largest and most authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Held over two weekends in October, the Brisbane Showgrounds transform into a vibrant Bavarian cultural village hosting the great Oktoberfest. The festival overflows with steins, tempting German cuisines like sausages and pretzels. Oompah bands and fun competitions, along with traditional German music, keep the spirit of the festival alive. It is further fueled by locals and tourists all dressed in traditional authentic lederhosen, offering a delightful taste of true German culture.

Oktoberfest – Conclusion

These are just a few of the many Oktoberfest celebrations happening worldwide. From massive gatherings in Argentina and Australia to unique takes on the festival in China and Hong Kong, the spirit of Oktoberfest is truly international. No matter where you are in the world, there’s likely an Oktoberfest celebration waiting for you. Grab your steins, dust off your lederhosen, and get ready to experience a global toast of Bavarian fun!

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