The first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Germany, 1810. It was a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Teresa of Sassonia-Hildburghausen. After that, it became a yearly celebration to promote agriculture and Bavarian economy. In 1910, Oktoberfest celebrated its 100th birthday with the consumption of 120,000 litres of beer. By the 1960s, Oktoberfest had become a world-side celebration. In 2010, its 200th birthday was celebrated with a horse race in historical costumes.
Dog Haus, known for gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, is celebrating Oktoberfest with the return of its festive sausage -- a one-third pound of Cajun spiced emmentaler cheese stuffed bierwurst, topped with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, mustard aioli and scallions, all served on grilled King's Hawaiian rolls.
As part of its Chef Collaboration Series, Dog Haus will donate $1 of the purchase price from every Oktoberwürst sold to the restaurant’s national charity partner No Kid Hungry, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America.
DTLV events presents the inaugural ‘Downtown Oktoberfest’ celebration on Oct. 5, beginning at 4 p.m., the Llama Lot will have guests chanting, ‘ein bier, bitte’! The “pitcher” perfect, family-friendly event features live entertainment, kid’s crafts, all-ages stick horse races, a yodeling contest, bounce house, photo booth and a bottomless selection of beers from local and regional breweries including Big Dog’s Brewing, Great Basin Brewing, Tenaya Creek and New Belgium to name a few.
Ellis Island is celebrating Oktoberfest from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5. There will be pretzel eating and stein holding contests along with all-you-can-drink beer and food specials.
Galleria at Sunset mall's third annual Oktoberfest celebration is happening 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28. There will be more than 15 local and German beers, polka dancing, live Bavarian music, contests and German fare. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and enter a contest. There will also be a beer stein race and beer tasting contest.
The German-American Social Club will celebrate Oktoberfest from 6 to 10 p.m Oct. 4 and 3 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 with authentic German food, live music and German dancers. The party is open to the public.
Gordon Biersch is bringing an authentic Oktoberfest experience stateside. From Sept. 18 through Oct. 6, guests will be transported to Munich with authentic Oktoberfest fare and freshly tapped Festbier – Gordon Biersch’s house-brewed amber lager with a slightly sweet toasted maltiness, balanced by the subtle spice of German Hersbrucker Hops. To add to the excitement, guests can drink up for a good cause because Gordon Biersch will donate 25 cents of every Festbier sold from Sept. 18-Oct. 6 to a local charity! Menu items include Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst sliders, seared ahi tuna salad, Marzen BBQ bacon burger, chicken schnitzel and pumpkin cheesecake.
Hofbrauhaus is celebrating Oktoberfest through Oct. 31 with celebrity keg tappers, contests, live entertainment, bar games and great food. They include FANTASY (Sept. 20), Jeff Civillico (Saturday, Sept. 21), Hans Klok (Sept. 27), Raiding the Rock Vault (Saturday, Sept. 28), Crazy Girls (Oct. 4), Rick Harrison (Saturday, Oct. 5), The Australian Bee Gees (Oct. 11), Anthony Cools (Saturday, Oct. 12), Chippendales (Oct. 18), Zowie Bowie (Saturday, Oct. 19), Murray SawChuck (Oct. 25) and Ricardo Laguna (Saturday, Oct. 26). Reservations are highly recommended. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. To make a reservation, please call 702.853.BEER (2337) or visit HofbrauhausLasVegas.com.
Yard House is hosting a four-week long Oktoberfest celebration from Sept. 23 through Oct. 20 with German-inspired dishes and plenty of beer. One of those food items includes the Stacked Oktoberfest Burger – a double beef burger topped with bacon tomato jam, arugula, tomato, grilled onion, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard on a pretzel roll.
They will also be offering jumbo Bavarian pretzels and pork chops, chicken schnitzel and potato salad, and a sweet and savory pizza named The Flammkuchen.
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