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Leavenworth Oktoberfest
 

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Rivaling some of the best (and largest) Oktoberfest events outside of Germany, Leavenworth, Washington's Oktoberfest runs during the first three weekends of October each year. This year's festival dates are October 5-6, October 12-13 and October 19-20.

The original Oktoberfest began in Munich in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig I to Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen. It was a wedding feast with plenty of food, drink and celebration! Leavenworth's is no different! First held in 1998, it was attended by approximately 400 people. The popularity of the fest grew over the years, creating the need to extend the festivities from one weekend to three, and it is now attended by more than 10,000 annually.

Live music, German food, arts and crafts, activities for the whole family and of course, beer are the mainstays of this event. Don't miss the Keg Tapping Ceremony, held each Saturday at 1 p.m., when Leavenworth's Mayor honors the Bavarian tradition of "tapping the keg."

If you're planning to attend the event, the Leavenworth Preserve is just a 25 minute drive from the festivities. For more information on the Oktoberfest, visit www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com. To make reservations at Leavenworth, visit www.ThousandTrails.com. Prost!