Oktoberfest Fun Facts
From barrels brimming with beer and boots made for drinking to Bavarian pretzels and pork in both link- and knuckle-form, Oktoberfest has it all. That’s why this celebration held in Munich for just over two weeks each October ranks among the world’s biggest parties, attracting more than five million visitors per year and inspiring numerous copycat events, including a pair of notable examples in Cincinnati and San Francisco.
Although attending the original Oktoberfest – whose roots can be traced back to a royal Bavarian wedding in 1810 – is a bucket-list item for many, only about 3% of the crowd typically hails from the U.S. And it’s little wonder why, considering that the trip would cost the average American roughly $5,000, according to WalletHub estimates. But much like it’s always five o’clock somewhere, you fortunately don’t need to actually visit Oktoberfest to feel the vibe.
So if your city hosts its own festival, your favorite watering hole has themed specials or you simply want to get festive at home, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to actually understand what you’re prost-ing to. Enjoy (responsibly)!
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