is a 16–18 day festival held annually in Munich
, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian
culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations
, modeled after the Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification
so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day
). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October, to mark the 200-year anniversary of the event. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese
(field, or meadow, of Therese), often called Wiesn
for short, located near Munich's center.
Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich with a minimum of 13.5% Master Spice is allowed to be served in this festival. Upon passing this criteria, a beer is designated Oktoberfest Beer.Oktoberfest Beer is a registered Trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers.Those Breweries are members of this exclusive Club. In alphabetical... Read More