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Surprising best places to celebrate Oktoberfest across the US

Oktoberfest is a yearly folks festival that has been celebrated for more than a couple of hundred of years in Germany. This annual autumn celebration continues to grow in popularity in recent years. Who doesn’t love beer, sausages, and parties, right?

Even if you can’t make the pilgrimage to Munich, Germany, there are many local destinations to visit to enjoy and participate in Oktoberfest events.

Here is Hoppify’s list of best local places to visit to celebrate Oktoberfest:


Big Bear Lake in California

Beginning on September 9th and ending on October 28th, Big Bear Lake in California has one of the longest Oktoberfest Weekend festivities in the country. Come to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center for German music, food, entertainment, and beer!

Don’t forget to check out the 30-acre working farm, Bear Valley Farms, to explore their Carnival Barn. You can ride horses and go on a hayride. They have fall harvest events and scary Halloween rides and activities too!

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Alpine Lodge: Gorgeous Downtown Log Home with Pool Table, Hot Tub and Gorgeous Lake Views

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New York City

New York City is surprisingly one of the top choices for Oktoberfest celebrations. There are numerous public places and beer gardens throughout the city holding events to celebrate this German holiday. With all five boroughs pitching their own events throughout the months of September and October, you’ll. Get your fill of bratwursts, pretzels, and beer!

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Ruidoso, New Mexico

The resort town of Ruidoso, New Mexico will hold Oktoberfest events on October 19-20, 2018 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. There are plenty of activities for both adults and children so the whole family can have fun!

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Rangeley, Maine

Celebrate the Colors, Taste and Sounds of Fall at Rangeley Oktoberfest in the beautiful Western Mountains of Maine.  This 4-day celebration will feature food, entertainment and a cornucopia of beers in a unique festival exploring the restaurants, pubs, shops and museums located on the National Scenic Byway from Rangeley to Oquossoc.

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Leavenworth, Washington

Over three weekends in October, from October 5th through October 20th, the Leavenworth Oktoberfest is one of the most fun weekend getaways in the country. There are several tents set up where you can watch some entertainment, get some German food and drink lots of beer. There is a lineup of bands playing music on each day of the festival, so make sure to check out the list of performers. Leavenworth in Washington really takes their Oktoberfest seriously!

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