I think it’s safe to say autumn’s officially upon us. The leaves are turning gold and there may be a chill in the air, but at least we’re heading into October which can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Although the big Bavarian bash originated in Germany, it’s celebrated all over the world for those simply partial to a sausage or stein of beer. The perfect opportunity to dress up and wind down, take a look at my list of where to celebrate Oktoberfest this month; I’ll cheers to that!
If you don’t want to jet off to Germany, then London is a great alternative for that big city atmosphere closer to home. London’s official Oktoberfest celebrations are held in Millwall Park and Finsbury Park, where over 50,000 guests flock for bratwurst and beer every year. You can even rent a Lederhosen and Dirndl at the event if you want to truly immerse yourself in some German spirit.
Bring a piece of Munich to Manhattan with New York’s answer to Oktoberfest. Why is this a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest? First of all, it’s free entry, and I for one know how expensive New York can be. Instead of paying for a ticket, you can choose to put that money towards sampling all the fantastic beer at the Watermark Bar. In fact, you can enjoy a two-hour tasting session for a pretty reasonable price!
From the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ to the ‘City of Lights’, Paris makes a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest. With a traditional ‘oom-pah’ band, pretzels, platters of cured meats and traditional Bavarian dishes, and of course, lots of beer, Oktoberfest Paris pulls together all the fun and jolly of this German affair with Paris’ ancient city streets and stunning landmarks.
Oktoberfest was born in Germany, so of course Munich is one of the best places to celebrate it. At the largest festival in the world, you’ll definitely enjoy dancing, eating, and beer-drinking. With over seven million litres of the stuff consumed every year, it’s no surprise everyone there has a jolly old time! And if drinking’s not your thing, don’t worry, there are still plenty of colourful parades, fairground rides and dozens of delicious food stalls.
So, which Oktoberfest celebration takes your fancy? Have you ever been to one before, and in which city? I’d love you to fill me in on your experience in the comments below!