In 1810, the first Oktoberfest was held in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17 with a horse race. The celebrations were repeated in the following years and eventually the festival was lengthened to its current two-week span. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest outdoor festival. Located in Munich, Germany, it actually begins in late September in order to take advantage of the milder weather. With an earlier start date, visitors enjoy warmer evenings while imbibing their favorite beers.
Visit the official Oktoberfest Web site to read about upcoming festival dates, beer prices, and other information.
Explore the official Oktoberfest history Web site
to learn some interesting background and facts about the famous beer celebration.