Prost, Birmingham! 5 ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Magic City

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Stein-hoisting is an Oktoberfest tradition! Photo via Brat Bröt on Facebook

Oktoberfest has been celebrated all over the world for more than 200 years. Originating in Germany and held every year in Munich, it’s the largest festival in the world. Find out how to celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Birmingham, AL!

Calling all Bier Lovers

Pretzels… thank you, Germany. Photo via Oktoberfest on Facebook

Oktoberfest is primarily a beer festival, but there are a ton of other elements now associated with the celebration. Traditional German food and dress can be found at festivals—and of course, plenty of beer.

Time to break out the lederhosen—here are 5 ways to celebrate right here in the Magic City!

1. Birmingham’s Biggest German-themed Party

Break out your lederhosen and dirndl! Photo via Oktoberfest on Facebook
  • Birmingham Oktoberfest
  • Saturday, October 5
  • 12 PM-7 PM
  • Railroad Park
  • General Admission Ticket – $21
  • Bier Lover Ticket – $48
  • Live German polka music + live local acts
  • German food including beer, brats, & bavarian pretzels
  • Competitions including a stein-hoisting contest, brat toss, and keg roll racing

2. Oktoberfest at Brat Bröt

You may even find a puppy parade. Photo via Brat Bröt on Facebook
  • Brat Bröt Oktoberfest
  • Tuesday, October 1-Saturday, October 5
  • Brat Bröt
  • 2910 6th Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35233
  • FREE event (21+)
  • Five-day German-style festival
  • German food including beer, brats, and pretzels
  • Entertainment including games, contests, prizes and more!

3. Support a Cause at Barktoberfest

Big smiles for our furry friends! Photo via Hand in Paw on Facebook

4. Tour de Brewers

Brew break for the bikers! Photo via Tour de Brewers on Facebook

5. Track Down a Local Oktoberfest Brew

Cheers! Photo via Bham Now

Keep an eye out to our beloved Birmingham breweries to track down elusive Oktoberfest releases.

Need a place to start? We tried the limited release Oktoberfest brew at Good People Brewing Co, and we weren’t disappointed.

Go find your favorite and let us know where it is!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Oktoberfest? Let us know on social @BhamNow

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Beth Cunningham
A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.
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