Places to Visit for an Oktoberfest Vacation this Fall

Across the U.S.A., celebrating German Oktoberfest has become a much-anticipated annual event, attracting rambunctious revelers who embrace this Bavarian autumn tradition. In addition to foamy golden lagers, pilsners and other brews, these spirited events feature live oompah bands, dancing and a variety of mouthwatering German specialties, including soft pretzels, sausages and schnitzel. Many cities and towns host major festivities, welcoming visitors to raise a stein and toast the season.

Here are a few Oktoberfest tips and parties worth checking out (lederhosen optional):

Breckenridge, Colorado

Oktoberfest Beer Festival

In its 23rd year, one of the more popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains takes place in Breckenridge. Set for September 8 – 10, 2017, this annual Oktoberfest beer festival is held along the town’s historic main street with more than 30 vendors that provide a variety of entertainment, along with tastes of genuine German cuisine and a selection of Bavarian-style brews.Vacation Deals in Breckenridge

Vail, Colorado

Oktoberfest Tips

Showcasing all things German, Vail’s Oktoberfest features fun Bavarian music and a wide array of traditional fare, including a bratwurst-eating contest. In addition to beer sipping, participants are invited to try dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing and other activities. This German beer festival in Vail is held every September in two locations: Lionshead Village and Vail Village. Vacation Deals in Vail

Orlando, Florida

Oktoberfest Travel Deals

For Orlando festival fun, the annual Oktoberfest at Orlando Brewing includes a full day of celebrating in mid-September, with activities that include an official beer tapping, German food, live music and the official crowning of “Mrs. and Mr. Oktoberfest.” Meanwhile, downtown Orlando hosts an event of its own at the area’s “Blocktoberfest” street party with plenty of German drinks, European cuisine and classic Oktoberfest polka music. Guests must be 21 and over. Vacation Deals in Orlando

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Oktoberfest Trip Ideas

In the spirit of Oktoberfest, the annual Bluffton International and Craft Beer Fest is held each November. Located at the Oyster Factory Park overlooking the May River, this Oktoberfest location draws a huge crowd with more than 125 of the world’s best ales, stouts, lagers and pilsners from more than 40 breweries across the globe. Guests return to the Hilton Head festival each year to enjoy traditional music and mouthwatering cuisine from area restaurants. Vacation Deals in Hilton Head

Panama City Beach, Florida

Fall Vacation Ideas

With a name like Hofbrau Beer Garden, celebrating Oktoberfest is always a major annual highlight! Attracting locals and tourists alike, this Panama City Beach festival honors German customs through a variety of specialty booths, showcasing tasty German beers, delectable Bavarian-style dishes and music worthy of an authentic biergarten in the center of Munich. Vacation Deals in Panama City Beach

Hatteras Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Oktoberfest Vacation ideas

In October, the Pangea Tavern will host its OctoBEER Fest, a Hatteras festival spotlighting a variety of North Carolina craft brews. Throughout the day, authentic German fare will be served, while local brew masters and beer experts will offer tastings, talks and giveaways. The festival will also feature live music, entertainment and activities for kids during the day. Vacation Deals in Hatteras Island