What is Oktoberfest?
It all began with a wedding. On 12 October 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates and celebrate the happy event. Due to the popularity of the included horse races, the event was repeated in subsequent years giving rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. In the first few decades, the choices of amusements were sparse, but visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by the enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries. Oktoberfest continues to this day, and traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.
The celebration of Oktoberfest in Pensacola has grown in popularity recently, in no small part due to the rise of craft breweries in the area. With many breweries hosting events, each with their own unique spin, there are now many Oktoberfest celebrations out there to be enjoyed. So, grab a stein and a giant pretzel and celebrate the wedding of Ludwig and Therese right here in Pensacola!
Sep 21 ~ Perfect Plain Brewing Company – 10:00 am – Midnight
Sep 29 ~ Spahr Brewing Company – Noon – 10:00 pm
Oct 5 ~ Ye Olde Brothers Brewery (Navarre) – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Oct 5 ~ Gary’s Brewery & Biergarten – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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