The Top Ten German Beer Celebrations in North America
Don’t Drink and Drive—Enjoy a Few Steins When You Travel by Charter Bus!
October in Munich means one thing—beer!! It’s the annual Oktoberfest, a 16-day folk festival of German barley and hops, with a little oom-pah music to go with it. But you don’t have to travel to the other side of the globe to fully experience this great beer-centered extravaganza. There are Oktoberfest celebrations across the United States, where you can escape to the Bavarian Alps for a clean and crisp German lager.
But Oktoberfest is notoriously raucous and there’s one compelling reason to go—to drink beer!! You don’t want to get behind the wheel of your car when you’ve been pouring down suds all day. On the other hand, what’s the point of going to Oktoberfest if you’re not going to drink beer? You can have your brats and eat them, too—with a charter bus from BusRental.com. Enjoy Oktoberfest for all it’s worth and let us get you safely there and back!
The Best Oktoberfest-ivals in America
East or west, north or south, or right smack dab in the middle of our great land, you won’t have too far to go to find a great Oktoberfest. Here are some of the best:
- Alpine Village Oktoberfest—Torrance, California: With over 100 beers from more than 40 breweries, this is the premier Oktoberfest in California, and also the oldest. You’ll find all the traditional eats, from bratwurst and sauerkraut to schnitzel. There’s a Chicken Dance, as well as a contest to see who can hold the most beer-filled steins at one time.
- Frankenmuth Oktoberfest—Frankenmuth, Michigan: Also known as Christmas Village, for its year-round shops featuring all things Christmas, Frankenmuth is the heart of German culture in the Midwest. You’ll have authentic Oktoberfest beer from the famed Hofbrauhaus in Munich, as well as live music, strudel and other German delights. Don’t miss the Wiener Dog Race.
- Mount Angel Oktoberfest—Mount Angel, Oregon: For more than 50 years now, this town in the great Northwest has hosted its annual tribute to Bavarian beer and culture. In addition to 125+ vendors offering a wide range of culinary and other treats, the festival features a performance by the great grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, the real people behind The Sound of Music.
- Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa—Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Linde Oktoberfest is a feast for the ears, eyes and taste buds, with Bavarian costumes, German bands and lots of gustatorial delights, including cheesecake, bratwurst and, of course, beer! You can’t help but say “Zum Wohl” (to your health)!
- Oktoberfest Fredericksburg—Fredericksburg, Texas: There’s plenty of oompah in the Texas Hill Country, as this festival combines all the great things about German culture, from beer and brats to polka, waltzes and even a dominoes tournament. There’ll be music, arts, crafts and even a chicken dance in the MarktPlatz in downtown Fredericksburg.
- New Ulm Oktoberfest—New Ulm, Minnesota: Located somewhat in the hinterlands in the heart of the German settlements southwest of Minneapolis, New Ulm seeks to replicate the famous Munich celebration every October. The Schell’s Beer Wagon is a favorite among locals, and you can listen to the 45 foot glockenspiel or take a tour of the Hermann Monument or the John Lind House.
- Oktoberfest U.S.A—La Crosse, Wisconsin: Just a short drive down the road, you’ll find the center of German culture in the United States, in La Crosse. With the Craft Beer Festival starting the festivities, this celebration, in its 55th year, includes live entertainment, parades and every kind of German food you can imagine.
- Octoberfest Zinzinnati—Cincinnati, Ohio—This festival holds the record for the world’s largest chicken dance, set in 1994, with more than 48,000 hoofing it in the streets. Zinzinnati regularly draws upwards of half a million visitors, serving up beer, bratwurst and schnitzel, strudel, live music and more.
- Wurstfest—New Braunfels, Texas: Originally known as the “Sausage Festival,” this celebration includes the Bavarian Masskrustemmen, where contestants must hold a glass of beer in an outstretched hand for as long as possible. The 10 day event has a craft beer garden, foot trucks and carnival rides, as well as live oompah bands.
- Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest—Reading, Pennsylvania: Liederkranz has a more family-friendly focus, with magic shows and a traveling ventriloquist. There’s also a Biergarten to wet your whistle.
O’zapft Is!! Enjoy All Oktoberfest Has to Offer with a Charter Bus Rental
With a charter bus, you’ll all have your own designated driver, so you can have a few beers and relax. A charter bus from BusRental.com, you can get safely to and from the fun while someone else handles all the driving. There are also other great benefits to travel by charter bus.
- You won’t be safer than on a charter bus—Our drivers have extensive training to handle any situation. They are simply the best in the business.
- Charter buses have limited access, so there won’t be any uninvited guests and your personal items will always be secure.
- Cancellations or delays are virtually unknown with a charter bus. Our drivers will get you where you want to go when you want to be there.
- You can design the trip that best meets your needs—you won’t have to choose from a limited number of prepackaged trips.
- You won’t be packed in like sardines. Our coaches have plush seating and roomy aisles, so you can easily move around.
- It’s hands-down the most affordable way to travel.
Book Your Charter Bus for Oktoberfest Now
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