Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. And since the Oktoberfest is still held on the Theresienwiese, the locals still refer to the event simply as the "Wies'n". So "welcome to the Wies'n" means nothing other than "welcome to the Oktoberfest"!
Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16-day festival in 2007. Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 12.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich. Beers meeting these criteria may be designated Oktoberfest Beer.
Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezeln (Pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).
Here is the calendar of events for Oktoberfest 2015:
Arrival of the tent patrons with parade through Munich.
Tapping of the first Oktoberfest-beer-barrel by the Munich mayor in the Schottenhamel Tent.
Traditional costume parade through Munich.
until 7.00 p.m.
1. Family day: all rides and performances cost less.
Traditional religious Oktoberfest mass in the Hippodrom-tent.
Traditional concert of the Oktoberfest brass-bands at the feet of the Bavaria.
until 7.00 p.m.
2. Family day: all rides and performances cost less.
Traditional gun-salute on the steps of the Bavaria monument.