The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany, in 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12 and the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the wedding festivities on the fields in front of the city gates.
Today, the Oktoberfest in Germany is the largest festival in the world. More than 6 million people attend each year. It is also celebrated in numerous of cities around the world.
Las Vegas is one of those cities. Here are some of the festivities happenning this year. If you would like to submit an event, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OKTOBERFEST AT WIENERSCHNITZEL -- SEPT. 4-OCT. 29
Wienerschnitzel is celebrating Oktoberfest by offering the Wienerschnitzel bratwurst with grilled onions and mustard on a warm brat bun and Italian sausage topped with peppers, onions and mustards from Sept. 4 to Oct. 29.
OKTOBERFEST AT HOFBRUAHAUS -- SEPT. 15-OCT. 15
The annual Oktoberfest celebration at Hofbrauhaus on Paradise Road begins Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15. There will be celebrity keg tappings, games and the return of the Oktoberfestbier. Siegfried & Roy will strike the first mallet on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Other celeb tappers include BMX rider Ricardo laguna on Sept. 16; stars of "Tanked" on Sept. 22; cast of "Raiding the Rock Vault" on Sept. 22; the Chippendales on Sept. 29; magician Murray SawChuck on Sept. 30; cast members of "Legends in Concert: on Oct. 8; the Australian Bee Gees on Oct. 13; magician Nathan Burton on Oct. 14; the "Fantasy" girls on Oct. 27; and hypnotist Anthony Cools on Oct. 28. Guests are encouraged to join the fun by wearing their favorite Bavarian outfit during Oktoberfest.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE HISTORICAL FIFTH STREET SCHOOL -- OCT. 7
The City of Las Vegas and the Original German-American Social Club of Nevada present their 9th Annual Oktoberfest at the Historical Fifth Street School. There will be German food including pretzels and rolls, potato pancakes, brats and sauerkraut, potato salad and strudel. There will also be German craft beers, Jagermeister and live music. Open to all ages. 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas. Following the downtown event, German-American Social Club of Nevada will host two additional Oktoberfest celebrations Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, from 5 to 10 p.m., at the clubhouse located at 1110 E. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas.
OKTOBERFEST AT ELLIS ISLAND -- OCT. 7
Head to Ellis Island on Oct. 7 for a night filled with beers, brats, giveaways and more. $20 in advance will buy an all-you-can-drink wristband, mug and T-shirt. Cost will go up to $25 on the day of the event. There will also be pretzel eating and stein holding contests for cash prizes.
LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC OKTOBERFEST -- OCT. 14
The Las Vegas Philharmonic features Austro-German works in its Oktoberfest – Cabrera Conducts Beethoven, Mozart & Bruckner Concert on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Starting at 6:00 PM, the Philharmonic will host its first Oktoberfest “Beer Garden” in The Smith Center Courtyard. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample a selection of craft beers and German-inspired hors d’oeuvres for $35 per person (reservations required). Music Director Donato Cabrera will host a pre-concert conversation in Reynolds Hall one hour prior to the performance (6:30 PM) for patrons who want to learn more about the history and meaning behind the music to be performed that evening. Tickets start at $30 and go up to $109. The pre-concert Oktoberfest Beer Garden reception is an additional $35.
OKTOBERFEST AT GALLERIA AT SUNSET -- OCT. 14
The Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson is celebrating Oktoberfest on Oct. 14. There be live polka dancing and Bavarian music, brats and pretzels for sale, more than 15 different German and local beers available, a costume contest, a beer-tasting contest, a beer stein race, and stein hoisting competition. Admission is $20 per person and includes beer stein and entry into all contest (must be 21 and over for some contests). Kids will be admitted free but must be with a parent at all times.