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Oktoberfest: Top Destinations

Where is the Best Oktoberfest in the USA? - HomeToGo
Introducing America's Top 10 Oktoberfest Events

Where is the Best Oktoberfest in the USA?


Where will you spend Oktoberfest 2019? As more than 40 million Americans have German heritage, you don’t need to travel to Munich to get into the spirit of Oktoberfest 2019! From Southlake to San Francisco, hundreds of smaller Oktoberfest celebrations take place across the U.S. every fall. If bier and bratwurst sound sehr gut to you, we’ve got everything you need to plan an awesome Oktoberfest vacation without even leaving the United States! 

HomeToGo has produced a guide to the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations nationwide. By researching the attendance, average rating, and the price of entry, beer, and accommodation, we’ve curated a list of the very best that this side of the Atlantic has to offer. It’s time to get out your lederhosen and check out the best Oktoberfest festivals in the USA. Prost!

Some Beer-illiant Facts About Oktoberfest

Black icon of wife and groom

The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810, as part of the marriage celebrations of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.

Red icon of bunting

Munich’s Oktoberfest attracts more than six million visitors per year. Seven million liters of beer are consumed across 34 ceremonial tents.

Yellow icon of beer stein

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the USA's largest Oktoberfest. It attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year, who eat more than 80,000 bratwursts.

Black icon of family tree

46.8% of people in North Dakota have German-American ancestry. Nationwide, there are approximately 44 million German-Americans.

The Best Oktoberfest Festivals in the USA

Rank
City
Ticket Score
Popuarity Score
Visitor Score
Beer Score
Accom. Score
Total Score
1
Cincinnati, OH
10
10
7.50
8.32
8.43
44.25
2
Tulsa, OK
6
0.87
10
8.32
10
35.19
3
Denver, CO
10
7.65
5.83
4.97
6.52
34.97
4
Southlake, TX
10
1.57
5.83
6.64
6.19
30.23
5
Cambridge, MA
10
3.30
8.33
4.97
3.20
29.80
6
La Crosse, WI
4
2.43
8.33
8.32
6.34
29.42
7
New Braunfels, TX
4
2.65
10
10
1.80
28.45
8
Nashville, TN
10
3.57
9.17
4.97
0
27.71
9
Chicago, IL
10
0.17
0
4.97
5.93
21.07
10
San Francisco, CA
0
0
7.50
0
4.24
11.74
Mapped: The Top 10 Oktoberfest Festivals in the USA - HomeToGo

Mapped: The Top 10 Oktoberfest Festivals in the USA

How We Produced This Guide

We researched 5 different data points for each of the Oktoberfest events: The price of entry, the number of attendees, the average rating awarded by visitors, the price of beer, and the average price of accommodation. All results were assigned a numerical value between 0 and 10, with 0 representing the lowest score and 10 the highest. To calculate these scores we used the following equation:

Total Score = Ticket Score + Popularity Score + Visitor Score + Beer Score + Accommodation Score

(i) = 10 ((i-min)/(max-min))

Ticket Score: Based on the affordability of entry tickets. The Oktoberfest with the cheapest entry tickets was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the Oktoberfest with the most expensive tickets was awarded a 0.

Popularity Score: Based on annual attendance. The Oktoberfest that attracted the most visitors last year was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the Oktoberfest with the lowest attendance last year was awarded a 0.

Visitor Score: Based on online reviews given by visitors. The Oktoberfest that has the best online visitor rating was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the Oktoberfest with the lowest online visitor rating last year was awarded a 0.

Beer Score: Based on the affordability of beer. The Oktoberfest with the cheapest beer was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the Oktoberfest with the most expensive beer was awarded a 0.

Accommodation Score: Based on the affordability of overnight accommodation listed on HomeToGo during the respective dates of each Oktoberfest festival, based on a group of 2. The Oktoberfest with the cheapest overnight accommodation was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the Oktoberfest with the most overnight accommodation was awarded a 0.

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