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Top Ten Events You won’t Want to Miss This September

Friday, September 5th, 2014

1. Belgian Beer Weekend — Brussels, Belgium

The Belgian Beer Weekend is not more popular internationally like Munich Oktoberfest, but Belgium is famous for beer making and produces over 450 different varieties of beer, including some world famous brands. This frothy festival will fill Brussels’ Grand Place with beer tastings, parades, historic brewery carts and beer wagons.

Dates: Sept. 5-7, 2014


2. The Historic Regatta — Venice, Italy

Every year the Historic Regatta festival is held on the first Sunday of September in Venice. The best part of this festival is “Campioni su Gondolini” race, where a series of small and sporting gondolas fly boats doing race on the Grand Canal. The boats and costumed crews are decorated in 16th-century style.

Date: Sept. 7, 2014


3. Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance — Hong Kong, China

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is another beautiful example of Hong Kong’s traditional culture. It is a main part of the celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong. In 19th century, the people of Tai Hang performing a dragon dance to stop a bad luck afflicting their village. Now firecrackers, drums, dancing and a massive man-made dragon characterize this historic event.

Dates: Sept. 7-9, 2014


4. Budapest International Wine Festival — Budapest, Hungary

This festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and this year the best of Portuguese wines. It is one of the long awaited events in Budapest in the fall season. Even if you are not a wine lover don’t worry you will have something that picks your interest: fine food, concerts, cultural programs, children activities and much more.

Dates: Sept. 10-14, 2014


5. Kentucky Bourbon Festival — Kentucky, United States

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is a 6 day festival, full of smooth Bourbon, delicious food and great entertainment. Here you can enjoy a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. It is a wonderful six-day event full of activities and there is something for all ages and interests.

Dates: Sept. 16-21, 2014


6. Monterey Jazz Festival — Monterey, United States

The Monterey Jazz Festival is one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals in Monterey, California. This festival founded by San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons in October 3, 1958. Here you can enjoy over 500 musical performances on eight stages over the course of three days.

Dates: Sept. 19-21, 2014


7. York Food and Drink Festival — York, England

York Food and Drink Festival is tempting visitor to experience a Yorkshire and French cuisine. Foodies from around the world gather in York for the world-renowned flavours of the York Food and Drink Festival.

Dates: Sept 19-28


8. Oktoberfest — Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair and one of the best festivals held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Over two weeks you can enjoy with beers, bratwursts, parades, carnival rides and so many events, you won’t want to miss a day.

Dates: Sept. 20 – Oct. 5, 2014


9. Cows’ Ball — Bohinj, Slovenia

On the third Sunday in September, Bohinj is the venue of the Cow Ball. It is a traditional event that shows the old traditions of Bohinj pastoral farming and cheese-making that accompanied the return of cowherds and their cattle from the high mountain pastures. Decorated cows are the main attraction of this event. Folk dancing, horseshoe throwing and log sawing are just a few of the many rural activities you can engage in at the annual Cows’ Ball.

Date: Sept. 21, 2014


10. Galway International Oyster Festival — Galway, Ireland

Ireland is more popular for its beers than its oysters, but do you know the combination of beers and oysters is the main attraction point of Galway International Oyster Festival. So you won’t want to miss the anticipated oyster shucking competition, late-night masquerade, live musical performances and bounty of mouth-watering seafood dishes.

Dates: September 25-28, 2014


Oktoberfest in Munich

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair and one of the best festivals held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a sixteen day festival starting from late September to the first weekend in October. Oktoberfest means “Reason to celebrate” and is associated with fun & partying with endless flow of beer. Around 7 million litres of beer are drunk during the festival. It’s time to l ink arms with locals, swing to the Oompha of Bavarian bands, admire traditional costumes, and get a good helping of German hospitality. From the 1960s onwards Munich’s Oktoberfest has drawn international visitors coming to experience this great slice of Bavarian culture and drink beer, eat sausage and join together in song. Today there are around 6 million visitors to Munich’s Oktoberfest, visiting over the course of the two and a bit weeks.


The History of Oktoberfest

The original “Oktoberfest” occurred in Munich, on October 12, 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810 and the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities and celebrate the happy royal event. The event was held on the fields in front of the city gates and the fields were renamed Theresienwiese (“Theres’a Fields”) to honor the Crown Princess, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to “Wiesn”. In the presence of the royal family, the horse races marked the closure of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in subsequent years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. By 1818 there were a number of live entertainments in place and the beer tasting was introduced in 1896.

Modern Oktoberfest Festival

Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “O’zapft is!” opens the Oktoberfest. The Mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.

Attractions of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest main attraction is 13 elaborate beer tents, which are set up for the two-week during this festival. Not only beer is the attraction of this festival, Oktoberfest is really an oversized state fair, with a carnival atmosphere and carnival rides. There are near about 80 rides attractions in this festival. Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and other fair rides are a big part of Oktoberfest.

Fee and Charges

There is no charge to get into the Oktoberfest and you can walk around for free. But you have to pay for food, drink, rides and other attractions. You can easily buy vouchers for beer and food in the beer tents. A typical tent table reservation costs 24 to 38 euros (about $34-$54) per person, including a voucher for two litres of beer and typically a roasted half-chicken. You can also book your table via fax or mail – per table (6 to 10 people) or in units of 10, 20, etc.

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