Best Ways To Celebrate Oktoberfest In Canada

With more than 3 million Canadians of German descent, it’s no surprise a number of Oktoberfest celebrations pop up across the provinces every fall. Despite its name, Oktoberfest actually begins in the third weekend of September and lasts until the first Sunday in October. Initially a celebration of the marriage of Crown King Ludwig and Queen Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810, the event has become an annual ritual of sorts for those both young and old. Here are the top Oktoberfest parties to catch across the nation.


Toronto, Ontario

Party goers in Toronto can be found along the scenic lakeshore of Ontario Place, where Oktoberfest takes place in a 30,000 square-foot tent. For a third year running, guests will be treated to a selection of German and European beers and live entertainment in a three-day extravaganza that brings a taste of Munich to the big city.


Kitchener, Ontario

Dubbed “Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival,” the Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest is surely the largest in Canada and second largest in the world–the nine-day fest welcomes about one million visitors each year. Besides the delicious food and entertainment, including events such as barrel races, pancake breakfasts and an Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run, the Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest is also known for its Thanksgiving Day Parade, where thousands of people come out to see the only televised Canadian Thanksgiving parade at the annual event.


Vancouver, British Columbia

The Vancouver Alpen Club (German House) is at it again, with their fun-filled Oktoberfest event. Taking a less traditional approach to the festival, the Vancouver Alpen Club will spin the best German schlager songs as well as a mix of top 40s. The festival will extend to all three of the Oktoberfest weekends and includes a Bavarian Lounge, Bavarian Buffet and special memorabilia.


Halifax, Nova Scotia

Garrison Brewing and the German Canadian Association of Nova Scotia have joined forces to organize Halifax Oktoberfest. This year, the festival has been expanded to the entire Halifax Seaport for a traditional celebration of Bavarian culture. The clinking of glasses contributes to a good cause, raising money for the Halifax & Region Military Family Resource Centre and the German Canadian Association.


St. John’s, Newfoundland

Putting its own spin on the traditional Oktoberfest, St.John’s brings “Rock-Toberfest” to Newfoundland. The festival is a fusion of various genres of music, food, dance and, of course, beer. This year’s event includes performances by Two Guitars Clash, The Psychobilly Cadillacs and The Rougues.


Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Oktoberfest at the BMO Centre is a celebration of fun, tradition and community. Staying true to their roots, Calgarians will not only be toasting with German beers, but also supporting all breweries from southern Alberta. On top of that, guests are treated to amazing local eateries, pubs and restaurants serving up their delicious fare at the event.


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