Ok·to·ber·fest (noun) – Oktoberfest is an autumn festival held in Munich, Germany, in late September and early October, featuring the drinking of beer.
With summer fading into fall, it’s time to start planning for all the fun that comes with the cooler air. Oktoberfest just happens to be the perfect excuse for a party to kick off the season. No time to a hop on a plane to Germany? Celebrate Oktoberfest on Columbus, OH soil in a way that fits your personal style. Here’s how:
Attend a Festival or Two
Discover the meaning of Gemütlichkeit at the 58th Annual Oktoberfest at Germania!
Taking place September 16th – 18th, this authentic Oktoberfest celebration is located at the German Village in the heart of the brewery district, just south of downtown Columbus. Experience the best of German culture with three days of festivities. Dance to live German music (Polka, anyone?) or fill up on schnitzel. Shop for German-themed clothing and decorative items. Try out some of the best beers this side of Germany in the Bier Garten and Bier Stube. Don’t miss the “tapping of the keg” on Saturday at 6:00 pm.
Visit the Germania website for more details. Lederhosen optional.
For a larger celebration, attend the 15th Annual Columbus Oktoberfest at the Ohio State Fairgrounds from September 22nd – 24th.
Like the Germania event, it also features German music (at least 9 live bands scheduled), dancing, and food. Prefer wine over beer? No problem. This festival also offers a Wine Garten. You can even work off some of those cream puffs with its Oktoberfest Meiler Vierthis (4-mile race). Registration is required to be in the race, but not to cheer on the Frauleins and Herrs. You might even be able to find your own authentic pair of Lederhosen at the Art & Craft Markplatz. The attached Kinderplatz area has arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting and even an opportunity for kids to walk in a parade.
Check out the Columbus Oktoberfest website for a full list of activities and vendors.
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Throw a Bavarian Blowout Party at Home
Prefer to celebrate the occasion with a few dozen (or more) of your closest friends? You can host your own Oktoberfest and take the toil out of party-prep by following these simple steps.
- Order your Oktoberfest decorations and send out the invitations. You can order invites from the same place you get your decorations. Or use an online app and send electronic invites. Punchbowl.com has some great options that fit right into the theme.
- Create your own Biergarten. Rent an outdoor tent and dance floor. Don’t forget the bar setup and a bartender. (See below for a list of Oktoberfest worthy beers.)
- Choose a caterer who can whip up a mean combination of bratwurst and cream puffs.
- Book a live polka band.
- Go on and buy that Lederhosen.
Then let the party commence!
Don’t Forget the Bier!
Oktoberfest is practically synonymous with beer-drinking. But not just any beer will do. Whether you are hosting a party for 100 or spending a quiet evening with a few friends, the beer must be right. Choose from some of these German favorites:
- Oktoberfest – sweet, brown ale created in Munich. Classics include Spaten’s Oktoberfest.
- Pilsner – pale, dry, somewhat bitter lager. Classics include Pilsner Urquell, Warsteiner, and Bitburger.
- Wheat – highly carbonated, low bitterness pale ale traditionally from Bavaria. Classics include Schneider Weisse, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, and Hoegaarden Witbier.
- Classic Bock – dark, malty ale. Classics include Einbecker Ur-Bock.
Of course, Oktoberfest is not only about the beer. You can add some fine German wines like white Rieslings or red Spatburgunders (Pinot Noir) to your offerings. But, remember, it is mostly about the beer.
Celebrate Oktoberfest the German Way with a Mercedes-Benz
If your Oktoberfest seems to be missing something, it’s probably because of what’s not in your garage: a new Mercedes-Benz. Born and bred in Germany, a Mercedes-Benz is the topper to any Oktoberfest, whether held in Munich or right here in Columbus, OH. Just ease up on the beer before you take to the streets!
Before the Bavarian parades get underway, be sure and visit our Mercedes-Benz of Easton dealership at 4300 Morse Crossing in Columbus, OH. We have a large selection of new and certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles for sale, so it’ll be a piece of apfelstrudel to find a great deal on a traditional German luxury car.
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