Starts at approximately 8:20pm on Friday, Oct 6 in front of the Festhalle Stage.
The first Oktoberfest was held in honor of the wedding of the Bavarian crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The festival was repeated the same time the following year which signified the start of ongoing festivals in October.
It wasn't until the 1950s that the tradition of the "tapping of the firkin" (beer keg) was started by Mayor Thomas Wimmer. The mayor tapped the keg and called out "O'zapft is!" which means the keg has been tapped.
Thus, the tradition of tapping the first keg for the day began. Prost!
No scheduled dates at this time.
Tapping of the Firkin
Be a part of this traditional ceremony!
Do you have what it takes todrive a nail into a cross section of wood faster than your opponents?
Weiner Dog Races
Don't miss as Dachshunds compete in races and competitions!
The competition is fierce as teams of 4 compete in events such as the Brat Toss, Stein Holding, Keg Rolling and Hammerschlagen®.
Putting a whole new meaning to "can you hold your bier!"
Sun, Oct. 8 - 5Ks are fun. Beer is fun.
Enjoy Bier Pong, Holey Boards, Cornhole and more!
Find family-friendly games and activities all weekend long!