Bavarian celebrations around the world!

Oktoberfest worldwide



Oktoberfest - on the road

While the original is, of course, the Munich Oktoberfest, they do say that imitation is the best form of flattery. That’s why there are now so many copies of the Bavarian festival spread around the globe.

With more than 2000 Oktoberfests in total, here are ten of the largest in the world:
  1. Oktoberfest Munich, Germany (6 million visitors)
  2. Oktoberfest Qingdao, China (3 million visitors)
  3. Oktoberfest Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada (700,000 visitors)
  4. Oktoberfest Blumenau, Brazil (600,000 visitors)
  5. Oktoberfest Cincinnati, USA (500,000 visitors)
  6. Oktoberfest Frankenmuth, USA (about 100,000 visitors)
  7. Oktoberfest Beijing, China (just under 100,000 visitors)
  8. Oktoberfest Zurich, Switzerland (40,000 visitors)
  9. Oktoberfest St. Louis, USA (20,000 visitors)
  10. Oktoberfest Windhoek, Africa (1,400 visitors)

Although they don’t have any top-ten entries, other countries such as Russia, Britain, and Australia have much- loved annual Oktoberfest events, too!

The Oktoberfest has across the globe, bringing Bavarian culture and customs to all! Whether it’s the traditional Oktoberfest costumes - i.e. lederhosen and dirndl, also known as “Tracht” – the Bavarian beer and food, fairground rides, or specific beer festival attractions such as rolling beer barrels, dachshund races, or Oktoberfest costume parades: there is hardly an element of Bavarian culture that hasn’t made it to at least one of the world’s other continents. And, of course, no Oktoberfest beer festival would be complete without the right music, played by traditional German brass bands and liable to sets the feet tapping and the Oktoberfest girls’ dirndls swaying. What would Oktoberfest be without all of this?