PROST! RAISE A STEIN, STEP IN TIME
Munich kicked off the official Oktoberfest this weekend in Germany, and Americans can celebrate in major cities from coast to coast through October. The events pair German beer, pretzels, bratwursts and sausages with domestic craft beers, stein-hoisting contests, polka dancing, live music and more festivities. You can find America’s largest Oktoberfests in Cincinnati and Nashville, Samuel Adams’ Oktoberfests in Cleveland and Chicago, and resorts hosting Oktoberfests in New Hampshire and New York.
A waitress serves steins of beer Saturday during the official opening of the 184th Oktoberfest in Munich.
Celebrants raise their steins in a toast Saturday at the opening day of the festival in Munich.
The 184th Oktoberfest, Munich’s annual beer festival, opened Saturday and is expected to draw millions of visitors from around the world.
A drunken visitor wearing traditional Bavarian clothing takes a rest near the beer tents.
Traditional Bavarian outfits were the fashion of the day Saturday in Munich.
Visitors brace themselves on a thrill ride at Munich’s Oktoberfest fairgrounds.