The world’s biggest beer festival kicked off at midday on 17 September when the lord mayor of Munich cracked open the first keg of beer and declared Oktoberfest 2011 officially open.
The festivities continue until 3 October, but if you can’t make it to Germany there are a number of similar events planned next month across the globe in tribute to the golden nectar.
A thirsty Skyscanner presents you with the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations across the world.
The 17-day festival in the heart of Munich will welcome an estimated five million visitors into a vibrant and boisterous Bavarian party where a staggering seven million litres of beer will be consumed.
The world’s second largest Oktoberfest celebrations (pictured, right) take place over 6,000 miles away from Munich in Santa Catarina, Brazil where over 700,000 revellers come together to celebrate Bavarian culture and German ancestors.
The number one Bavarian festival in Canada kicks off on 7 October and in addition to bountiful amounts of beer also hosts ‘Oktoberfest Idol’ where guests are invited to ‘sing, strum or dance their way to stardom’.
America’s largest Oktoberfest attracts over half a million visitors each year and serves up an incredible 80,500 bratwurst, 56,250 sausages and 16,002 strudel washed down with thousands of gallons of beer.
5. Shanghai, China
The Chinese love an Oktoberfest celebration, and this bash in Shanghai offers a range of Asian and German dishes along with being one of the only Oktoberfest parties to feature a ladies night.
6. Mexico City, Mexico
The southern Mexico City borough of Xochimilco hosts an annual traditional German knees-up complete with beer and bratwurst, all served up with a fiery Mexican twist.
7. Hong Kong
Now in its 20th year, Hong Kong’s Oktoberfest is Asia’s largest Bavarian celebration and welcomes 1,500 visitors each year, hosted at the Marco Polo hotel next to the famous Star Ferry pier.
Undoubtedly the winner in the ‘best Oktoberfest name’ category, Rocktoberfest does exactly what it says on the tin with German bangers and beer served up next to dozens of rock and metal bands.
Home to many German immigrants, La Crosse has hosted an Oktoberfest since 1961 and includes family parades, a half-marathon and the crowing of an Oktoberfest Royal Family each year.
10. Canberra, Australia
The Aussies love a party, and the capital Canberra certainly puts one on every year at its Oktoberfest weekender crammed full of music, dancing, lederhosen and serious amounts of cold beer.