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Top 2013 U.S. Oktoberfest Celebrations

Beers, Brats and the Chicken Dance

Fraulein's dancing at Alpine Village in Torrance, CA

The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany, in the year 1810 to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. German immigrants brought the tradition with them to the United States. Here’s a list of locations across the nation where you can raise your stein and celebrate German heritage with music, food and beer!

2013 Oktoberfest Dates in the USA

Addison, TX — If a trip to Munich isn't feasible, visit the Addison Oktoberfest instead for authentic German polka, beer, brats and other Bavarian delights from 9/19-9/22.

Big Bear Lake, CA
Big Bear Lake, a year-round alpine playground in the San Bernardino Mountains, hosts the Big Bear Oktoberfest every weekend from 9/14-10/26.

Bogota, NJ
— This New Jersey town near New York City puts on a Bavarian-themed party at Andy's Corner Oktoberfest on 9/21.

Boston, MA
— Boston may show new world flair these days, but its old world appeal remains through events such as the Harpoon Oktoberfest on 10/04 and 10/05.

Chicago, IL — The Windy City flaunts its German pride with oom-pah bands, brats and beer at its Oktoberfest from 9/27-9/29.

A German band playing at the New Ulm Oktoberfest

Cincinnati, — This major city in Ohio lifts up steins filled with lager at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, which runs from 9/20-9/22.

Denver, CO — Backed by its Western heritage and the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a city with a growing cultural scene, something you can discover through its Oktoberfest on 9/27-9/29 and 10/6-10/4.

Frankenmuth, MI — Offering a slice of Bavaria in Michigan, Frankenmuth celebrates its German roots at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest from 9/19-9/22.

Fredericksburg,Fredericksburg, a small Texas town at the gateway to the Hill Country Wine Trail, reveals a strong German heritage with its Oktoberfest from 10/4-10/6.

Helen, GA — Though Helen is really in Georgia’s Appalachians, the tiny village fancies itself as being in the Bavarian Alps and presents an Oktoberfest extravaganza from 9/12-9/15 and 9/19-10/27.

Irondequoit, NY — This beautiful city, a suburb of Rochester, will celebrate its 26th annual Oktoberfest this year for two weekends of German culture, cuisine, and music on 9/12-9/14 and 9/20-9/21.

La Crosse, WI — Visit La Crosse for Oktoberfest USA, where everyone can enjoy the Wisconsin autumn with time-honored Bavarian traditions, German biers and live music from 9/27-10/5.

Lake Worth, FL — Join the city of Lake Worth in hosting its 40th annual Oktoberfest complete with traditional folk dancing and German cooking during mid-October, 10/11-10/13 and 10/18-10/20.

Siegfried and Roy at the Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV — Siegfried and Roy tapped the first keg in 2011 at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, a replica of the Munich original. Oktoberfest celebrations begin this year on 9/14 and continue daily until the end of October.

Leavenworth, WA — This charming Washington town, modeled after a Bavarian village, holds the well-attended Leavenworth Oktoberfest on 10/4-10/5, 10/11-10/12, 10/18-10/19.

Los Angeles, CA — For Los Angeles' Oktoberfest, see Torrance, CA below.

Newark, DE — In addition to a parade and plenty of food, a Bavarian dance group and featured band will perform continuous entertainment at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest from 9/20-9/22.

Children dancing at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati

New Ulm, MN — Founded by German immigrants, this Minnesota town makes merry at the New Ulm Oktoberfest from 10/4-10/5 & 10/11-10/12.

New York, NY — Celebrate a German-American Oktoberfest at Central Park on 9/17.

San Diego, CAOcean Beach Oktoberfest from 10/11-10/12.

San Francisco, CA — San Francisco is home to a colorful blend of spirited attractions and cultures, a quality that shines at the Oktoberfest from 9/20-9/22.

Seattle, WA — Fremont, a lively neighborhood in Seattle, holds an even livelier beer-fueled celebration at the Fremont Oktoberfest from 9/20-9/22.

Soulard, MO — Soulard, a City of St. Louis Historic District, is host to one of the fastest growing Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. and the 9th annual Soulard Oktoberfest will be held the weekend of 9/11-9/13.

Torrance, CA — People from all over Los Angeles flock to Torrance's Alpine Village for its Oktoberfest, with events every weekend from 9/6-10/27.

Tulsa, OK
— Credited as the birthplace of Route 66 and once called the "Oil Capital of the World," this city in Oklahoma is also known for the Tulsa Oktoberfest, which runs from 10/17-10/20.

(Updated: 08/09/13 RD)

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