10 Reasons Aiken is the Best Place in the Southeast to Celebrate Oktoberfest

10 Reasons Aiken is the Best Place in the Southeast to Celebrate Oktoberfest
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When it comes to fun Oktoberfest festivals in the Southeast, Aiken takes the cake or better yet, the brat! So, dust off your passport, pull out your dirndl or lederhosen, and get your feast on for German-styled food and cold brew. That’s because downtown Aiken will be transforming into a little village of Germany for Oktoberfest. Here are 10 reasons why Aiken is the best place to celebrate Munich's famed festival in true tradition.

1) The Southern Charm

Aiken is a charming town to celebrate the Bavarian culture which, like Aiken, is known for its natural beauty, warm hospitality, and lively traditions. The 6th annual Oktoberfest will be on Saturday, September 29th.

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2) The Beer

It’s all about the beer! Oktoberfest-themed beer will be available for purchase for $5 a token. Tokens can be purchased at the event or ahead of time at the ADDA office. Celebrate the Bavarian culture clinking glasses with others and choose from a variety of craft and German beer on hand such as Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. Wine will also be served. (Did you know? “O’zapft is!” is a Bavarian expression meaning, “it is tapped,” referring to tapping the first keg of beer to signify the start of an Oktoberfest celebration.)

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3) The Food

Classic Biergarten fare will spotlight fresh Bavarian-style foods like schnitzel sandwiches, spaetzle, Reuben fritters, hot soft pretzels, bratwursts, sauerkraut, kielbasa, German potato salad, sauerbraten potato dumplings and fluffy desserts. Tasty! Note: The  Reuben fritters are a hit!

4) The Games

The Aiken Oktoberfest will keep surprising you with traditional German games, especially the most popular beer stein hoisting competition.

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5) The Music

Live music includes authentic Bavarian music and brass bands playing traditional German songs, and The Foothills Oompah Band will be there to play some great Oompah music along with DJ Kenny Ray!

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6) The Dancing

The tradition of Oktoberfest goes beyond the brew, and those living up to the tradition will be leading the chicken dance. The chicken dance is a festival tradition tuned to an Oom-pah song.

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7) The Attire

This festival is the perfect excuse to wear your best attire! Men traditionally wear lederhosen — leather shorts paired with a blue or red and white checkered shirt. Women wear dirndls. A dirndl set comes with a blouse, dress, and apron.

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8) The Football?

For football fans who want to celebrate Oktoberfest but don’t want to miss the game. Aiken Oktoberfest is looking out for you and big screens will keep you up to date with college football. The Georgia vs.Tennessee game starts at 3:30 and will be televised until the start of the 7:30 game, which will be the USC vs. Kentucky game.

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9) The Run

Embrace Oktoberfest for a cause at the Oktoberfest Run for the Roses 5K  downtown Aiken the night before as you run through the area where the festival will be held.

10) The Horses

Celebrate Oktoberfest with the horses! Stable View will host the 5th Annual Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials. You can hit this event before heading downtown and see eventers from around the country compete over three days for $65,000 in prize money. Other than the horses you can also experience a car show competition and tailgate.

The Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival every year. While the Oktoberfest in Aiken, SC can’t claim that title if you’re looking to stay closer to home, it is a festival that is worth the trip! So, plan on coming September 29th to the 6th Annual Oktoberfest celebration in Aiken.

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