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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/17/2009

How to Toast Oktoberfest

By Fritz Hahn

Oktoberfest begins in Munich on Sept. 19, but Berlin got its party underway -- complete with one-liter beer glasses -- on Sept. 9. (Fabrizio Bensch - Reuters)

If St. Patrick's Day is the day when everyone is at least a little Irish, then Oktoberfest is the time when everyone acts just a little German. The namesake celebration in Munich -- which celebrates the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese -- runs from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, though parties in America tend to run a little longer.

Whether you want to sample traditional German beers, taste local brewers' takes on the malty lagers, dance to a polka band or sample German cuisine, you'll find a growing list of parties on our list of the Best Bets for Oktoberfest. And it's not just about lager: There are family-friendly celebrations with petting zoos, crafts and other surprises.

Prost!

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 17, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events  
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