LEDERHOSEN, low-cut blouses and a shedload of beer… it can only be time for Oktoberfest.
But when is the traditional German festival, what’s it all about and how and where can you take part in the UK?
Cities across the UK celebrate Oktoberfest, which surprisingly falls across late September and into the first weekend of October[/caption]
What is Oktoberfest?
It’s that time of year again when pint glasses are left to gather dust and Brits say “guten tag” to giant steins of beer in celebration of Oktoberfest.
The Munich Oktoberfest attracts around six million visitors a year and is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair).
The event is a celebration of Bavarian history and was launched in 1810 in honour of the Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without barmaids in the numerous beer tents being dressed in the traditional dirndl dress and guests donning traditional Bavarian gear including lederhosen.
In 2016, sprint superstar Usain Bolt was seen chatting to some Bavarian barmaids in the city as he tucked into some local brews.
Meanwhile, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson was seen supping an ale in Munich as he got into the party spirit.
In 2018, action star Arnold Schwarzenegger along with tennis champ Boris Becker were among Munich’s celebrity guests.
The traditional German festival has gone global over recent years – and in Britain it’s more popular than ever[/caption]
When is Oktoberfest?
All the frothy fun officially got underway on Saturday, September 21, in Germany and the event sees people drink beer and consume signature German sausages, chicken, giant pretzels and wild oxen.
Celebrations traditionally kicked off with the Mayor of Munich tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer.
After this, parades and drinking tents remain open for two weeks, with the festival ending on October 6.
The Munich Oktoberfest attracts around six million visitors a year and will see people drink beer and consume signature German sausages[/caption]
How can you celebrate Oktoberfest in the UK?
Brits no longer need to shell out on flights and hotels to join in with Germany’s biggest party, as they can get stuck in right here in the UK.
The traditional German festival has gone global over recent years – and in Britain it’s more popular than ever.
Beer halls from Edinburgh to Exeter and Belfast to Bristol will welcome thirsty revellers for drinking to the sound of brass band music.
Events in London are taking place from September 28 and will be held in Millwall Park in Canary Wharf and Finsbury Park in Central London.
You can also try London Oktoberfestival, which is located underneath Waterloo station, and will have Oompah bands, live music and beer in a 1,200 capacity spot.
Erdinger Oktoberfest is the biggest ever authentic Oktoberfest event in the UK.
Organisers are shipping more than 250,000 pints of Erdinger and Fischers Hell lager to quench the thirst of up to 5,000 guests each night.
It takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
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Edinburgh Oktoberfest lasts for the whole of October through to November 3 and is held at West Prince Street Gardens.
Vale Warehouse in Cardiff is also putting on an event on October 5.
Manchester Oktoberfest is happening a week later from October 16-20 at The Yards at Mayfield.
In Birmingham you can enjoy some beer drinking all month long at Digbeth.
The event is also coming to Mote Park, Maidstone, on October 5.