The 200-year old tradition of Oktoberfest starts on the third weekend of September, and ends on the first Sunday of October. This year, the festival begins on Saturday 16th September and finishes on 3rd October - here are the best places to celebrate the world's biggest beer festival. Bottoms up!
1. Munich, Germany
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. Here are the other best things to do in Munich (you know, aside from drinking).
2. Blumenau, Brazil
The world’s second largest Oktoberfest celebrations 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.
3. Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada
The number one Bavarian festival in Canada kicks off on 7 October and, in addition to bountiful amounts of beer, hosts ‘Oktoberfest Idol’ where guests are invited to ‘sing, strum or dance their way to stardom’.
4. Cincinnati, USAAmerica’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. All washed down with thousands of gallons of beer.
## 5. Shanghai, [China](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/cn/cheap-flights-to-china.html)
The Chinese love an Oktoberfest celebration! This bash in Shanghai offers revellers a range of Asian and German dishes. It’s also one of the only Oktoberfest parties to feature a **ladies night**.
##6. Mexico City, [Mexico](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/mx/cheap-flights-to-mexico.html)
The southern Mexico City borough of Xochimilco hosts a traditional German knees-up complete with beer and bratwurst every year. All served up with a fiery Mexican twist.
##7. Marco Polo German Bierfest, [Hong Kong](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/hkg/cheap-flights-to-hong-kong-international-airport.html)
Now in its 20th year, **[Hong Kong’s Oktoberfest](http://www.gbfhk.com/) 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.
## 8. Okinawa, [Japan](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/jp/cheap-flights-to-japan.html)
Undoubtedly the winner in the ‘best Oktoberfest name’ category, [Rocktoberfest](http://rocktoberfest-japan.com/) does exactly what it says on the tin – German bangers and beer served up next to dozens of rock and metal bands. **And if you need somewhere to get some peace and quiet afterwards, the [tropical beaches of Okinawa are right round the corner](https://www.skyscanner.net/news/inspiration/the-top-five-things-to-do-in-okinawa/)**.
## 9. La Crosse, Wisconsin, [USA](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/us/cheap-flights-to-united-states.html)
Home to many German immigrants, [La Crosse](http://www.oktoberfestusa.com/) has hosted an Oktoberfest since 1961 and includes family parades, a half-marathon and the crowning of an **Oktoberfest Royal Family** each year.
## 10. Canberra, [Australia](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/au/cheap-flights-to-australia.html)
The Aussies love a party, and the capital Canberra certainly puts one on every year at its Oktoberfest weekender which is crammed full of music, dancing, lederhosen and serious amounts of cold beer. **After you’ve had the festival fun, [jump back on the road to explore more of Australia’s epic countryside](https://www.skyscanner.net/news/top-10-road-trips-australia).**
###**Fancy extending the weekend? Check out these cities and festivals across Europe 🍽**
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###Continue the fun with a road trip through Bavaria – the beer just gets better.
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###Don your wellies and pack a tent (or not) for the fests beyond Glasto.
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