Oktoberfest 2019 tickets: reserve a table at Oktoberfest with StubHub
Steins and dirndls may appear at every German-themed beer festival in every country, but true beer fanatics know that there's only one true Oktoberfest. The Munich celebration, which generally runs for more than two weeks annually, has become a world-famous event, drawing in thirsty tourists from all over the world hoping to take part in one of the most famous drinking events of all time.
Access to OktoberFest is free, but for the true beer buff, making a reservation will seriously enhance your experience - and at StubHub, you can book tables at a range of tents across the festival.
If you’re heading to Oktoberfest in a large group without tickets to a table, the likelihood of finding somewhere comfortable to sit is low (and you might struggle to order food and drink in the tents otherwise), so make sure you're ahead of the game and reserve a table at Oktoberfest with StubHub.
The sweet history of Oktoberfest
The name "Oktoberfest" has roots dating back loosely to the medieval era, from the harvest time of year when, thanks to progressions in brewing science, local Germans drank their annual reserves of beer in an effort to make room for the next batches. However, the event Oktoberfest as we know it today became more of a modern celebration in 1810, when Bavarian royalty threw a large party for a high profile wedding just outside of Munich. At the time, the fête was so well-received that locals decided to hold the party every year thereafter, and in the more than two centuries since that wedding, Oktoberfest has become a hugely popular international event. Every year, more than six million people come to the famed German festival, and per NPR, drink more than seven million litres of beer every year.
Performers at Oktoberfest
Traditional oompah and brass music has become an integral component to the Oktoberfest event, with local acts often performing folk tunes for imbibing guests. Sometimes, organisers will incorporate the music of other cultures as well to entertain beer fans, including acts such as New Orleans brass bands and, sometimes, even American country musicians.
The Oktoberfest experience
There's a reason Oktoberfest has become so wildly popular over the last two hundred years. With around 14 beer tents at the fest selling roasted chicken, duck and, obviously, beer, vendors in attendance have come to offer some of the best food and drink of the country, along with a bit of its history. The toasty, amber-coloured lager beer synonymous with the event, called Märzen (or simply, Oktoberfest), can only be made within Munich city lines, and as such, often runs hand-in-hand with the fall celebration. In addition to the stalwart German brew, fest-goers will also get to taste the best drinks that Germany has to offer, including styles like the Berliner Weisse, Weissbier, Bavarian lagers (also called "Helles"), bocks and doppelbocks, Bavarian pilsners and more. Guests with Oktoberfest tickets can expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the festival and may want to wear traditional German garb, such as lederhosen and dirdnls to celebrate. Parents of young children are always invited to attend as well, with some tents hosting kid-friendly events for the energetic Kinder.