Oktoberfest Day: Date, History, Activities, Traditions & Quotes

July 14, 2022 5 min read

The Oktoberfest is the largest Volksfest in the world, with a beer festival and a rolling funfair. It takes place every year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The Oktoberfest, which has been hosted since 1810, is a significant aspect of Bavarian culture. Other places throughout the world host Oktoberfest celebrations similar to the original Munich event.

1. What is the Date of Oktoberfest? 

Oktoberfest is a 16-day celebration celebrated in Munich each year in late September and early October. This year's celebration, which runs from September 17 to October 3, includes parades, cuisine, live music, and plenty of beer. Every year, almost 6 million people visit the festival. They collectively consume 7 million liters of beer.

Oktoberfest originated on October 12, 1810, at the wedding of King Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, when the residents of Munich were invited to attend the event at the city gates. In subsequent years, more formal activities such as tree climbing and bowling were added to the festivities.

2. Oktoberfest History 

On October 12, 1810, Kronprinz Ludwig (1786-1868), afterwards King Ludwig I (reign: 1825-1848), married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Munich residents were invited to attend the royal event celebrations hosted on the fields in front of the city gates. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and they have retained that name ever since, though locals have reduced it to Wiesn. On 18 October, horse races were organized in the tradition of the 15th-century Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race at Karlstor) to commemorate the newlyweds. Andreas Michael Dall'Armi, a Major in the National Guard, is widely thought to have proposed the proposal. However, the horse races and Oktoberfest may have originated with recommendations made by Franz Baumgartner, a coachman and National Guard Sergeant. The exact origins of the festival and horse races are still debated. The decision to recreate the horse races, spectacle, and celebrations in 1811, on the other hand, established what is now an annual Oktoberfest tradition.

The fairground, which was formerly located outside of the city, was chosen for its natural suitability, which it still has now. Sendlinger Hill (now Theresienhoehe) served as a grandstand for 40,000 racegoers. Except for the king's tent, the festival grounds remained undeveloped. Traiteurs" and other wine and beer tastings took place above the guests in the stands on the hill. Before the race, a procession of 16 pairs of youngsters dressed in Wittelsbach costumes and costumes from the nine Bavarian townships and other places performed in honor of the bridegroom and the royal family. The hard race with 30 horses on a 3,400 meter (11,200 ft) long racetrack was followed by the singing of a student choir. Franz Baumgartner's horse was the first to reach the finish line (one of the purported festival initiators). Horse racing champion and Minister of State Maximilian von Montgelas handed up the gold medal to Baumgartner.

3. Oktoberfest Activities

Go!

A bucket list of places to visit that does not include Oktoberfest is incomplete. True revelers and Germany fans will find a way to attend Oktoberfest and drink up the Bavarian culture and, of course, the beer. Don't forget your lederhosen.

Local festivities

There's a good chance an Oktoberfest event is taking place near you. If a neighboring craft brewery is serving Oktoberfest beer, there's a decent chance it'll be tasty. Wearing a traditional Bavarian fedora would be a wonderful accent.

Drink up!

Germany has approximately 1,300 breweries producing over 5,000 different beer brands. Many of the beers are exported around the world. Go to your local specialty liquor store to learn more about German beers and pick up a few to try at home.

Attend the opening day parade

To be sure, if you're lucky enough to be attending Oktoberfest on opening day, you'll most likely be up at the crack of dawn fighting for your own table.

Attend the Traditional Costume and Hunters' Parade

If you want something else (or have a lucky evening reservation), the Oktoberfest opening day parade is a lot of fun. Since 1950, the first Sunday of Oktoberfest has been set aside for a very special event: the Traditional Costume and Hunters' Parade.

Check out the Wiesn landlords' concert

The Wiesn Landlords' Concert takes place at the foot of the Lady Bavaria statue on the second Sunday of Oktoberfest.

During this public event, bands from all of the tents perform traditional music together, which is very cute! The mayor is frequently the one who conducts. So wholesome!

4. Oktoberfest Traditions

The Festival's Beginning

The event officially begins at noon inside Munich's oldest beer tent, Schottenhamel, when Munich's mayor taps the first keg and screams, O'zapft is! or it has been tapped! This marks the start of the drought, which will last throughout the fair.

Tents for Beer

Oktoberfest may be the world's largest folk festival, but the free beer tents remain its main lure. The fourteen temporary structures range in size from the huge Hofbräu Festzelt, which is popular with Americans for its partying and oom-pah bands, to the 2,900-seat Käfers Wiesen Schänke, which is famed for its gourmet cuisine and celebrity attendance.

The Looks

Wearing traditional Bavarian attire is a terrific way to feel like you're a part of the Oktoberfest festivities. Men dress in lederhosen (shorts or three-quarter-length pants with a buttoned or zipped closure), a drop-front flap, and leather suspenders with a front cross strap. Many of the pairs are embroidered. Wear a white shirt, long socks, and boots, and finish with a Trachten cap, or German-style hiking hat with a tuft of goat hair.

The Ale

Oktoberfest beers are served in one-liter krugs from six Munich breweries: Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Paulaner, Spaten, Lowenbrau, and Augustiner (steins). Weissbier (wheat beer), on the other hand, is traditionally served in tall, fluted half-liter glasses. Expect to pay around $11 cash for one mas (liter) of beer, which is a good price for the amount you get.

5. Oktoberfest Quotes

"Sip is about to get so real."

"Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”

"I have never been hoppier."

"99 bottles of beer on the wall."

"Friends who drink together, stick together."

"I've never disliked anyone who handed me a beer."

"Who said bunnies were the only hoppy ones?"

"Oktoberfest is a brewtiful sight, if you ask me."

"Hail to the ale."

"Friends bring happiness into your life. Best friends bring beer."

"Take a pitcher, it'll last longer."

"But first, let me finish my beer."

"Haters can't sip with us."

"I work until beer o'clock."

“Let the fish drink the water. I want a beer!” — Anthony T. Hincks

"Love is all you need."

"Beer me up, buttercup."

"You make my heart so freaking hoppy."

"Trust me, you can totally get out there and dance." — Beer

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