186TH Oktoberfest in 2019
(21 September - 6 October 2019)
What is Oktoberfest?
It began with the Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810.
Oktoberfest was first celebrated in Munich, Germany. The original celebration in 1810 was in honor of the nuptials of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities. The festivities continued annually to commemorate the anniversary and Oktoberfest was born.
Oktoberfest - In September?
Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October to allow for longer days of sunlight and better weather conditions. Starting in 1950, the traditional Oktoberfest began with a twelve-gun salute and the tapping of the first keg at Noon on the opening day. The Mayor of Munich taps the keg and yells “O’zapft is!” or “It’s tapped!” in Bavarian.
Oktoberfest - In Wisconsin?
Compelled to leave their homeland due to crop failures and periodic epidemics, German immigrants settled the rich prairies and wooded lands of Wisconsin. The abundant farmland and similar climate to their motherland attracted many German settlers to Wisconsin. Today, the German heritage makes up 43.9% of the population in Wisconsin. That means in Wisconsin, we KNOW how to celebrate Oktoberfest the right way. So, grab one of our Oktoberfest beers and join in the celebration!