FAQ

Have a question about the Great North American Oktoberfest? You’ll probably find the answer here!

Can kids come?

Of course! Despite what is sometimes portrayed in movies or on TV, Oktoberfest is an all-ages celebration of German culture and heritage. There will be carnival rides and games throughout the festival grounds for children to enjoy as well as music, food, and beverages appropriate for your little German enthusiasts.

Can I bring my dog(s)?

Yes, but only in certain areas of the festival grounds. Dogs will not be allowed in the festival tent. Also, all dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and their caretaker must clean up all of their dog’s waste to ensure the festival grounds are clean for everyone to enjoy.

Does it cost anything to attend?

The Great North American Oktoberfest is free to attend! All are welcome to enter the festival grounds and enjoy the atmosphere of Gemütlichkeit.

Wait, what is Gemütlichkeit?

Gemütlichkeit (ɡəˈmo͞otlikˌkīt) is a German word used to describe a feeling of warmth, belonging, friendliness, and good cheer. You will experience this feeling throughout the festival grounds, but it is typically most noticeable in the festival tents and biergarten.

Should I wear a lederhosen or dirndl?

Yes! Lederhosen and dirndls are the traditional garb of people in the Bavarian region of Germany as well as Austria. Working men began wearing lederhosen due to their ability to withstand the wear and tear of difficult manual labor. The tanned deer leather of lederhosen proved to be extremely durable for working on farms and in factories. Lederhosen is also typically adorned with embroidery. A colorful checkered shirt is usually worn underneath the lederhosen along with wool socks and matching leather shoes or boots.

Dirndls were a common dress worn by working domestic women during the 19th century. Over the years it has evolved to become a traditional dress worn during Oktoberfest and other German folk festivals throughout Germany and the world. They typically consist of a blouse with short puff sleeves, full skirt, and apron. The bow used to tie the apron of a dirndl is placed in different locations to signify different things:  a bow on the left means the lady wearing it is single, a bow on the right means the lady is with someone and possibly married, and a bow tied in the back means the lady is a widow or a server.

There are many places you can find a lederhosen or dirndl to wear by doing a simple internet search, and we will have them available for purchase on the festival grounds along with changing rooms for you to find the right size and fit right in!

Can I reserve tables in the festival tent?

Absolutely! Table reservations will become available closer to the festival. Stay tuned to the website and our social media sites to find out when.

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I (reign: 1825–1848) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. It was held on the fields in front of the Munich city gates. The locals began calling the fields Theresienwiese, meaning Therese’s Meadow to honor the crown princess. The festival then began to add other things to bring the people of Bavaria and Germany together to celebrate their culture and heritage such as races, carnival games, parades, and agricultural shows.

Today, Oktoberfest in Munich lasts for 14-17 days and is seen as the largest celebration of Bavarian and German culture and heritage, and it draws over 6 million people each year from around the world.

What is the Great North American Oktoberfest?

The Great North American Oktoberfest’s mission is to offer a traditional celebration of German culture and heritage to the people of North America. This festival can be seen as a continuation of the original celebration in Munich.

The Great North American Oktoberfest is creating a bridge between the Old World and the New with features such as a traditional Bavarian tent that houses thousands of people sitting at tables enjoying German music, food, and beer. It will also have a traditional biergarten outside of the tent along with carnival rides and other attractions for all ages as well as an area serving traditional German and German-inspired food called the Taste of Deutschland. Throughout the festival grounds and in a large tent there will also be displays of German and Bavarian culture and heritage so people understand the meaning behind Oktoberfest as well as German and Bavarian cultural practices.

Who created the Great North American Oktoberfest?

The Great North American Oktoberfest was created by the North American Society of German Culture and Heritage, a non-profit that works to educate people about German language, art, music, cuisine, and customs through the creation and promotion of events and activities focused on the positive impact of German culture and heritage.

The organization was formed in early 2018 by a group of people who wanted to host an authentic Oktoberfest celebration in North America. Knowing that few people have the ability to travel to Munich and experience the original festival, they wanted a celebration of German and Bavarian culture and heritage on this side of the globe for people to experience. Thus, the Great North American Oktoberfest was born!