Oktoberfest 2015: Brews, Bavarian Outfits And Beer Girls

Oktoberfest 2015 Hilarious

Let’s just say there’s much more to Oktoberfest than beer. Source: BR

It’s that time of year again — Oktoberfest 2015 is in full swing. This year’s celebration runs through October 4, and we had no trouble finding some truly spectacular images of hefty beer steins, traditional Bavarian attire, carnival details and so much more. But be warned — these photos might leave you a bit thirsty.

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Oktoberfest Bavarian Folk

A man wears a traditional Gamsbart, a tuft of hair worn as a decoration on hats, at the festival’s opening ceremony. Source: Eplaza Hotels

Oktoberfest Dieter Rieter

Photographers capture Mayor Dieter Reiter just moments before he taps the first keg at Oktoberfest 2015. Source: BR

Oktoberfest 2015 Ceremony

At the opening ceremony, men wearing Bavarian folk outfits treated visitors to traditional German music. Source: Daily Mail

Oktoberfest Parade Horses

There’s no opening parade without fancy horses. Source: BR

Oktoberfest 2015 Munich Kids

Kids wear traditional costumes as part of the opening day parade at Oktoberfest 2015. Source: TZ

Oktoberfest Gingerbread Munich

Gingerbread hearts with cheerful sayings are a must at any Oktoberfest celebration. Source: Totally Cool Pix

Oktoberfest 2015 Opening Day Munich

While there’s plenty to do during the day, Munich truly comes alive at night. The city is known for having the world’s most over-the-top and authentic Oktoberfest celebrations. Source: PBS

Oktoberfest 2015 Armbrustschuetzenzelt

In Munich, locals often refer to Oktoberfest as the Wiesn, a name that is associated with the actual fairgrounds. Source: Platzl

Oktoberfest 2015 Seat

If you want a beer, you’ll need to find a seat, as people are only served while seated at a table. Land an awesome spot, and you probably won’t move for the rest of the day. Source: Nick Bettencourt

Oktoberfest Munich

Thousands of people fill the Oktoberfest tents as early as 9 or 10 in the morning, hoping to get a coveted seat. Source: Reckon Talk

Oktoberfest 2015 Munchner Kindl Ceremony

Riding an embellished horse, the Munchner Kindl makes her way through the streets of Munich. Meaning “Munich’s child” in English, the Munchner Kindl acts as the festival’s mascot. Source: Muenchen TV

Oktoberfest 2015 Munchner Kindl Selfie

Wearing a black and yellow outfit that represents Munich’s coat-of-arms, this year’s Munchner Kindl takes a selfie. Source: Bild

Oktoberfest 2015 Six Million

More than six million people are expected to attend this year’s Oktoberfest festival. Source: Nick Bettencourt

Oktoberfest 2015 Festival

In Munich, Oktoberfest offers various carnival rides and games. Source: Nerdeicek Rocks

Oktoberfest Southern Germany

This year’s festival is open from September 19 through October 4. Source: Washington Post

Oktoberfest 2015 Traditional Dress

Men and women often dress in traditional Bavarian outfits. Source: Daily Mail

Oktoberfest 2015 Traditional

While beer is no doubt one of the festival’s biggest draws, Oktoberfest features an assortment of traditional German food and drinks. Source: Dani Bettencourt

Oktoberfest Wiesn Night

The carnival rides at Wiesn light up Munich at night. Source: TZ

Oktoberfest 2015 Aerial

A different perspective on Munich’s Oktoberfest. Source: SCMP

Oktoberfest 182 Tent

Despite being cancelled for a few years in the past, this year marks the 182nd Oktoberfest festival. Source: PBS

Oktoberfest Cheers

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be the same without tons of liter-sized beer steins. Source: Totally Cool Pix

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Still think Oktoberfest is just about the beer? Let us fill you in on everything you need to know about the German celebration, including its connection to Nazi propaganda and just how many people got alcohol poisoning at last year’s festivities.

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