Raise your steins, Oktoberfest is back! The famous festival is returning to Munich, Germany, after a 2-year hiatus.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of festivals around the world, including Oktoberfest in Munich. But, the beer festival is returning to Germany this fall, beginning September 17 and ending on Germany’s national day, October 3, 2022. The town’s mayor will kick off the event with the traditional O’zapft is! — which is Bavarian for “it is tapped” — which marks the tapping of the first beer keg of the festival.
The multi-week event will feature more traditional events, like the parade of the Wiesnwirte featuring local breweries, traditional costumes, a concert, and firecracker shooting. Revelers can also partake in strongman competitions, festival rides, and photo booths before grabbing a traditional souvenir from local vendors.
History Of Oktoberfest
The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810, to honor the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig. It was so popular that officials held it again the next year. As the festival grew to include multiple days and weeks, the start date subsequently moved earlier due to more favorable weather conditions. During its 200-year history, different wars and pandemics have forced the cancellation of the beer festival.
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