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iStock_000010614019_SmallWhat started as a community event in Munich 200 years ago has has grown into a global beer bonanza, delighting millions of stein-happy revelers every year. In the United States alone, more than 6 million people partake in Oktoberfest events.

Thank your lucky lederhosen, because we’ve got your tickets to Oktober festivities in a city near you:

Parker Oktoberfest, Denver. September 18-20. In its 10th year, Parker Oktoberfest is adamant about authenticity, bringing the best German beers and brats out to O’Brien Park. More than 70 vendors will be onsite, including kids entertainment, a wine garden, and musical acts.

Das Best Oktoberfest, Atlanta. October 3. Don your braids and Birkenstocks for a day of unlimited tastings (more than 150 beers and wines to choose from), plus festive fun at the Bier Games, featuring cornhole, tricycle races and competitions for costumes, Miss Oktoberfest, and Best Beer Belly.

Octoberfest at Marlins Park, Miami. October 4. South Florida’s biggest Oktoberfest takes over the baseball diamond for an afternoon of beer, bites, carnival games, and rides, glorious rides.

Soulard Oktoberfest, St. Louis. October 9-11. Munich meets Midwest at one of the top Oktoberfests in the nation, drawing upwards of 40,000 people. Get your polka on, ride the ferris wheel, or convince your beau to enter the Mr. and Ms. Oktoberfest competition.

Oktoberfest Live!, Philadelphia. October 17. Voted one of the top10 Oktoberfest parties in the country by Draft Magazine (the preeminent guide to the world of beer), the event includes 200+ craft beers from 100+ breweries, food trucks galore, beer garden table dancing (yep), and did we mention a giant beer pong?

Beaches Oktoberfest, Jacksonville. October 16-18. Partygoers can “visit” Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin and get their beer passport stamped at each delectable tasting. The weekend also features a Dogtoberfest, as if you needed another reason to raise a toast at the beach.

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