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Who needs Munich? Find great Oktoberfests in the good old U.S.A.

October 16, 2013

Not everyone likes beer, but most everyone likes to have fun. Well, there's fun in abundance this fall at the various Oktoberfests (some of which are actually “Septemberfests”) in cities and towns throughout the U.S. We’re spotlighting just a handful here for your consideration. But if you like the idea, there are countless more from which to choose. Moving west to east, these Oktoberfests are:

Mount Angel, Oregon

Settled by German pioneers who thought the land resembled the Bavarian countryside, Mount Angel is a likely spot for an annual Oktoberfest. This year’s celebration is September 12-15 and features continuous music by more than 30 bands performing on four stages, traditional beer and wine gardens and 60 food chalets serving an impressive selection of ethnic foods.

Denver, Colorado

Set sail in the Sea of Accordions (100 to be exact). It’s an annual concert that’s a featured attraction of the Denver Oktoberfest, a six-day extravaganza of food, drink, music, dance and competitions in Larimer Square. Held this year September 27-29 and October 4-6, the fest also features a kids' carnival, the Oktoberfest Olympics, Keg Roll, Pretzel Toss and Human Foosball.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee’s Oktoberfest is celebrated on the shores of Lake Michigan every Friday and Saturday in September following Labor Day. This year’s dates are September 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. There are German oompah bands, folk dancers and a cornucopia of food; from cheese and sausages and potato pancakes, to traditional pastries and German chocolate. And Milwaukee’s signature beverage - beer.

St. Louis, Missouri

This year’s historic Soulard neighborhood's three-day Oktoberfest celebration is October 11-13. Activities include a brat-eating contest, a beer stein-holding competition, beer-drinking contests and a beauty pageant. There are food booths galore, plenty of music and, of course, beer.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati attracts 500,000 people to its annual Oktoberfest, held in the city's downtown and historic Fountain Square district. The celebration includes folk dancers, concerts and contests and plenty of food and drink. This year’s festival will be held September 20-22. 

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