In September and October, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and nearby areas in the Triangle will be bursting with Oktoberfest celebrations. You’ll find them at breweries, restaurants, music venues and more. At some of these celebrations you can enjoy beer that’s not available other times of years. You’ll also find German-inspired music and dancing, bratwursts, wiener races, stein hoisting competitions and more.
Traditionally, Oktoberfest is an annual 16-18 day folk festival in Munich, held in mid or late September to the first weekend in October. Large quantities of beer are consumed at Oktoberfest. There are also amusement rides, live music, traditional foods, and games. The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12th, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
Of course, Oktoberfest has grown since then. The Munich festival is huge, and you’ll find celebrations all over the world.
The largest Oktoberfest celebration in this area is Triangle Oktoberfest, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, which takes place October 19th and 20th. Besides plenty of German style food and drink, It features live music by The Polka Brothers, Wiener dog races and parade, inflatables and face painting for kids, stein hoisting and hammer striking competitions, and yodeling.
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