Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3: February 2010

Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Worldwide Oktoberfest Celebrations

The largest Ocktoberfest outside Germany is held in Kitcheners-Waterloo, Ontario, around the time of Canadian Thanksgiving. Another large event is held in Cincinnati, Ohio--with over 500,000 visitors during the 2009 Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. The pseudo-Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington holds Oktoberfest during the first two weeks in October yearly. The city of New Braunfels, Texas also holds an Oktoberfest, as does Addison, Texas; Mount Angel, Oregon; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Panama City, Florida; and the Bavarian-reproduction town of Helen, Georgia

A huge Oktoberfest is held in the Brazilian city of Blumenau (more than 600,000 visitors in 2007), and many other Brazilian cities founded by Germans have their own Oktoberfest, such as Santa Cruz do Sul (more than 500,000 visitors in 2007), Rolândia, São José do Cedro, Seara and Itapiranga.

In Argentina, a town called Villa General Belgrano in the Cordoba Province has an Oktoberfest that is well known and the biggest in the country.

Hong Kong has celebrated the Oktoberfest since 1991 and it is organized by the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has celebrated Oktoberfest since 1992 and it is held at the Hotel Equatorial. Not called "Oktoberfest", but very similar in character, is the CannstatterWasen in Stuttgart which starts one week later and is the second largest fair in the world. Smaller beer festivals similar to the Oktoberfest are common in Germany and take place throughout the year in bigger German cities.

Inspired by a joke on The Simpson’sHealth Fitness Articles, there is now a Scottish version called the Scotchtoberfest.


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