The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany, in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the wedding festivities on the fields in front of the city gates and what ensued was a massive event that we continue to celebrate each September and October.
Whether you’re German or not, Las Vegas invites you to celebrate all things German once again during several Oktoberfest festivities on and off the Strip. Here’s what’s happening this Oktoberfest:
You can’t celebrate Oktoberfest without visiting Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas. This year’s festivities have already begun and include celebrity keg tappers, games and the return of the Oktoberfestbier. Siegfried & Roy got the party started on September 15, followed by BMX rider Ricardo Laguna. The stars of Tanked followed on September 22, and The Chippendales will keep things sexy when they arrive on September 29. The rest of Oktoberfest’s celebrity tappers include Magician Murray Sawchuck on September 30, cast members of Legends in Concert on October 8, the Australian Bee Gees on October 13, magician Nathan Burton on October 14, the Fantasy girls on October 27, and hypnotist Anthony Cools on October 28. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Bavarian outfits.
Oktoberfest in Downtown Las Vegas
The City of Las Vegas and the Original German-American Social Club of Nevada present the 9th Annual Oktoberfest at the Historical Fifth Street School on October 7. Guests can enjoy German food, German beer and German music.
Oktoberfest at The Park
From September 28 through October 1, The Park will celebrate Oktoberfest with games, entertainment and food and drink specials. Guests will enjoy German favorites like pork schnitzel, petit pork sausage, jam-filled almond-flavored cookies, bee sting cakes and more in six tents throughout The Park. Live accordion players, face painters, and balloon artists will also be on hand.
Oktoberfest at Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck restaurants throughout Vegas will celebrate Oktoberfest with German-inspired meant items and beer specials beginning October 1. The menu includes a German-style pretzel, Charcuterie and cheese board, and German Chocolate Cake. Beers include Sierra Nevada “Oktoberfest,” Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, Dogfish Head “Punkin” Ale and JK’s Farmhouse “Northern Neighbor Cider.”
Las Vegas, NV – 9/27/17
By: Jena Pugh