History of Oktoberfest
The end of September to early October is prime Oktoberfest celebration time. Festival goers throughout the world raise a mug to celebrate this 200 year old annual event. Oktoberfest is based from a wedding celebration for King Louis 1st of Bavaria to Princess Therese in Munich in 1810. The wedding was celebrated with horse races and feasts on large fields named, “Theresienwiese” after the king’s bride. The festivities were repeated the next year and gave rise to the annual Munich Oktoberfest celebrations that we know today. The Munich Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world attracting more than six million people per year. Today’s festival takes place under big tents erected on the same fields where the king’s wedding is celebrated with millions of gallons of specially brewed Oktoberfest beer, great food (especially pretzels), and music. German immigrants brought the traditions of Oktoberfest around the world. In the United States, the biggest Oktoberfest celebration is in Cincinnati, Ohio (actually the sister city of Munich) at the end of September. This festival draws over 650,000 revelers every year!
As part of Baltimore’s cultural and ethnic festivals, Das Best Oktoberfest will be held at the M & T Stadium Parking Lots on Saturday, October 11th. Baltimore’s Das Best Oktoberfest is rain or shine under the tents in the parking lots with events kicking off for VIPs at noon and to the public at 2pm. As you enter the festival, you will receive a souvenir tasting glass, so you will be able to sample some of the over 150 international, domestic and local Maryland beers, domestic wines and schnapps that will be showcased during Oktoberfest. There will also be several food vendors throughout the event offering the best in bratwurst, sausages and other German food! It wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest in Baltimore without great entertainment including Oompah bands and live music. Traditional German music as well as current pop music will be featured during the festival. There will also be special contest on the main stage including the Miss Oktoberfest Competition and the Best Beer Belly Competition. (These two competitions will have nothing to do with one another!) Das Best Oktoberfest kicks of Baltimore Beer Week with the tapping of the keg event. Local Baltimore breweries have come together to celebrate beer during the yearly beer week celebrations. There will be beer tastings, special menus and other related events at venues throughout the city from October 10th to 19th. ezStorage is proud to be part of Baltimore’s ethnically and culturally diverse community! Visit one of our 15 Baltimore self storage locations to find out how we can help you with your storage needs!