or Oc·to·ber·fest

[ ok-toh-ber-fest ]


  1. a traditional festival held each October in Munich, Germany.
  2. any similar festival held usually in the autumn.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Oktoberfest1

From German; October, fest
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Example Sentences

It’s an Oktoberfest festivity, so be sure to stick around after the race for drinks at the Backyard Brewery and Kitchen.

The running of the sausage dogs is a tradition at Oktoberfest at the Wharf, where the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash is projected onto a 17-foot video screen for a crowd of cheering fans.

First, Atlas Brew Works throws an Oktoberfest-style party at its Half Street location.

The finalized recipe debuted in September 2019 at the Heurich House Museum’s Oktoberfest event.

She dressed up for Oktoberfest and held cultural events at school.

But on day two, I discover the trick keeping many Oktoberfest revelers afloat despite their grueling alcohol intake.

Taybeh is a West Bank village that houses Palestine's only beer brewery and every year hosts a run of the mill Oktoberfest.

Sajed, a Muslim, at first worried about accepting an invitation for the team to perform in the Taybeh Oktoberfest.

Recipe Get a jump start on Oktoberfest festivities with this German dish—lederhosen optional.

The Oktoberfest starts on Friday and continues for sixteen days.

These statistics I read on the Oktoberfest in the Munich tourist pamphlets.


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More About Oktoberfest

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is a traditional festival held in October in Munich, Germany. It’s the largest Volksfest, which combines a beer (or sometimes wine) festival and a traveling carnival.

Despite its name, Oktoberfest usually starts in September and ends in early October.

Oktoberfest can also refer to any similar fall festival, especially held in the United States and featuring beer and German foods.

Example: My town’s Oktoberfest always features local German beers and foods from Karl’s German Kitchen.

When is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest 2023 will begin on September 16 and end on October 3.

More information and context on Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest has been going on in Germany since 1810. It started as a wedding celebration for Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. It was a festival of drinks, feasts, and horseracing, which became an annual event.

Probably the biggest thing people associate with Oktoberfest is beer, but it’s about much more than that. It’s a Volksfest, that is, a folk festival, celebrating Bavarian culture with traditional dress, food, music, and, yes, drink.

Oktoberfest has gotten so big and so popular that various Oktoberfests are celebrated around the world. The biggest and most famous is still held in Munich, Germany, where the whole thing started.

What are some terms that often get used in discussing Oktoberfest?

How is Oktoberfest discussed in real life?

Oktoberfest is a popular German folk festival featuring beer and Bavarian foods. It’s celebrated from mid-September through to early October.



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True or False?

Oktoberfest usually occurs in November.