Nashville Oktoberfest 2018 has come again for another year and what a year it was. The crowds were great, the events were a blast, and the weather was awesome (for the most part). With being one of the largest in the United States, we keep up with how the rest of the world celebrates Oktoberfest. We have done our research from this past year and have made a list of our top five favorite Oktoberfests outside of Nashville.
- Munich, Germany
Munich will forever be the best Oktoberfest around the world. It is unprecedented and is the world’s largest Oktoberfest. Munich is typically one of the first to start the celebration of beer, dancing, eating, and drinking more beer. This festival has recorded numbers of up to six million people in recent years! That’s a lot of people and a lot of beer being consumed. Munich held the first ever Oktoberfest in 1810 celebrating the marriage of King Ludwig I.
- Fredericksburg, Texas
The city of Fredericksburg located in the state of Texas is home to Texas German. This is a dialect spoken by the German immigrants that settled in Texas around the middle of the 19th century. Their festival starts during late September and runs into early October just like the one in Munich. In this Oktoberfest, you can expect a melting pot of influences both German and Southern. Enjoy both domestic and international beers while experiencing a great mix of foods from both cultures.
- Blumenau, Brazil
For the next festival on our list, we head southwest from the Nashville Oktoberfest to Brazil. The city of Blumenau is known as “Little Germany”. Around 30% of residents within the city claim to have German ancestry through their family tree and carry along many of the German traditions that come along with it. Even though Blumenau is roughly 6,000 miles away from Munich, it hosts the second largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world. This festival experiences about 500,000 visitors every year and hosts a mix of German beers while also serving Brahma, a traditional Brazilian favorite.
- Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada
If you ever find yourself in our neighbors to the North’s backyard, you have to check out their awesome Oktoberfest celebration. Having hosted their 49th annual Oktoberfest this past year, they definitely know how to through a party. This festival includes a Miss Oktoberfest pageant, a bike race, and a gala. Of course, they are serving up all usual beer and food to go along with their activities.
- Brisbane, Australia
The Aussies also know how to throw down with the German traditions. Brisbane hosts the largest Oktoberfest in Australia with a slew of events that go on throughout the festival. They have dance groups, plenty of bands on the stages, yodeling, and a German strongman competition. They offer a list of German and Australian wines in their largest tent. They even go as far to offer specially designed steins that have internal coolers to counteract the scorching Brisbane sun.