Officially, Oktoberfest starts in Munich on Sep. 18th and the beer steins will be kept full until Oct. 4th. You still have plenty of time to book a long weekend there, just don’t expect to find a place to stay close to the action.
So how can you Fest closer to home? Try one of these celebrations:
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – Head just west of Toronto Oct. 8-16 for a traditional Bavarian Festival. More than a million people a year come for the food, the music and the beer.
Oktoberfest USA – Just south of the border in La Crosse, Wisconsin, they’re celebrating their 50th Oktoberfest Sep. 24-Oct. 2. The good news: There’s a Lederhosen Luncheon and a Craft Beer Night. The bad news: The Bret Michaels show is sold out already. Nooo!
Oktoberfest ZinZinnati – That’s what Cincinnati, Ohio, is calling itself from Sep. 17-19 and the menu alone is a reason to travel from far and wide to check this one out. There’s also a Chicken Dance with the Stars, which… yeah. I’m just going to leave it at that.
If you can’t make it to a huge public display of sauerkraut and suds, put together your own cultural event. Gather friends, barbeque various wursts, download some classic polkas and make your own fun.
Travel isn’t always about going somewhere (especially on a budget, and especially during midterms). Sometimes it’s about bringing the culture and adventure to you.