On October 12th 1810 the festivities began and they ended on October 17th with a horse race. Since it was so well-received, the festival was repeated in the following years, then extended and at this point brought forward into September.
Has Oktoberfest started in September?
Similar to how Fat Tuesday is the end of the carnival season in New Orleans, Oktoberfest ends – rather than starts – in October. According to Encyclopedia Britannica , the festival originated Oct. 12, 1810, when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
Why does Oktoberfest happen in September?
Sadly, the 2020 festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, when Oktoberfest began in 1810, it did take place entirely in October, from the 12th to the 17th. As the festival got longer, the starting dates were moved into September because the days were longer and the weather was warmer.
What are the traditional dates for Oktoberfest?
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