Year of 2017

Oktoberfest in Erfurt, Germany

If you find yourself in Germany this time of year, there’s a good chance you’ll end up at the ‘Wiesn,’ otherwise known as the Oktoberfest fairgrounds in Munich. The 16- to 18-day folk festival has deep roots in Bavarian culture and each autumn it brings more than 6 million people to Munich, where the annual celebration has been held since 1810. The popular festival has inspired Oktoberfest celebrations around the world, including in Munich’s backyard. For example, Octoberfest marks the season in such German cities as Hanover, Berlin, and Erfurt, shown here.

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa’s meadows. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.
First occurred: 1810