PROST! RAISE A STEIN, STEP IN TIME

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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.

FELIX HORHAGER, AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A wait­ress serves steins of beer Satur­day dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest in Mu­nich.

MATTHIAS SCHRADER, AP

Cel­e­brants raise their steins in a toast Satur­day at the open­ing day of the fes­ti­val in Mu­nich.

TO­BIAS HASE, AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The 184th Ok­to­ber­fest, Mu­nich’s an­nual beer fes­ti­val, opened Satur­day and is ex­pected to draw mil­lions of vis­i­tors from around the world.

JOERG KOCH, GETTY IMAGES

A drunken vis­i­tor wear­ing tra­di­tional Bavar­ian cloth­ing takes a rest near the beer tents.

JOERG KOCH, GETTY IMAGES

Tra­di­tional Bavar­ian out­fits were the fash­ion of the day Satur­day in Mu­nich.

CHRIS­TIAN BRUNA, EPA-EFE

Vis­i­tors brace them­selves on a thrill ride at Mu­nich’s Ok­to­ber­fest fair­grounds.

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