The Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest All Over the Country

September 25, 2017

This fall, cities all across the U.S. will be hosting their own version of the Munich-born Oktoberfest celebration. From the coast of California to Washington, DC, events will unfold all September and October long with plenty of German beer and food, festive music and dance, and fun activities to keep everyone entertained.

The fun begins in California in early September. With more than five million people with German heritage—the most of any state—California puts on quite the Oktoberfest. Alpine Village Oktoberfest kicks off the festivities on September 8th in Torrance. This two-month festival is considered one of the best in the world, and it's been around for almost half a century, so don't be surprised to encounter a crowd in the 32,000-square-foot tent. It runs every weekend through the end of October.

Meanwhile, in Texas, the Addison Oktoberfest draws more than 70,000 beer-lovers from Dallas and beyond from September 14th through the 17th. The Addison Conference Centre becomes a Munich beer hall for the duration of the festival, offering up German food and brews, live polka music and folk dancing, and even a three-course gourmet dinner from Chamerlain's Brau Haus.

On the other side of the country, DC-area Oktoberfests take over Virginia. Within about 30 minutes from the city, the Vienna Oktoberfest brings the German fun on Saturday, October 7th. Admission is free to this festival, so you have nothing to lose by checking out the array of authentic food and drink, dancing and live entertainment, and other activities.

Where will you be heading for Oktoberfest this year?

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