Oktoberfest has been carrying on for about a month now, but beer, bratwurst and polka bands aren't out of style just yet.
If you've missed out on the fun so far and can't make it to Munich for some last-minute reveling (that festival winds down October 7), don't worry.
-- Posted by Laura for the HomeAway team
When: Nov 2 -11 Where: New Braunfels, TX New Braunfel's Schlitterbahn Water Park soaks up all the attention in the summer, but the best time to visit is the fall, when you can go for a walk outside without sweating. Because you’ll definitely want to go for a walk here – between the Comal River, Landa Falls, and the cute antique shops, New Braunfels is made for strolling (and shopping). Plus, it’s home to a decent-sized German Texas population. At the 10-day fest, local cafes and meat markets serve up pork chops on a stick, potato pancakes, and bread pudding. Beer and live polka bands are a given. Wurstfest.com
When: Oct 5-6, 12-13, & 19-20 Where: Leavenworth, WA Leavenworth’s top attractions include the Icicle Brewing Company and a handful of wineries. Stir in some Bavarian roots, and you’ve got one heck of an Oktoberfest on your hands. This town knows Germany and beer. The Keg Tapping Ceremony is a favorite. But there’s something in store for the kiddos, too - the climbing wall at Kinderplatz. Meanwhile, the whole family can enjoy the live music (imported directly from Germany) and delicious food – ribs and pulled pork sandwiches compete with the expected Oktoberfest fare. LeavenworthOktoberfest.com
When: Oct 5-13 Where: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Okay, so this one may take the… ahem… potato cake. The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest takes over two cities in Ontario and is jam-packed with events, from a 5K Fun Run to an archery contest to a fashion show to a Thanksgiving parade (the fest coincides with Canada’s holiday). And like any great Oktoberfest, there’s no faking it here – Kitchener is gushing with German heritage and pride, and used to be called Berlin. Just about every bar, restaurant, and attraction offers up Bavarian fun this time of year. During your visit, check out the Joseph Schneider Haus history museum, the Screampark (the local water park’s haunted attraction), or the golf tournament at the Chicopee Ski Resort. Oktoberfest.ca
When: Oct 18-21 Where: Tulsa, OK If it weren’t for this fest, there would be no Oktoberfest Chicken Dance. So, it’s no wonder the theme for 2012 is “Poultry in Motion.” Don’t miss out on staple events like the Bier Barrel Race and the Weiner Dog Race, the best schnitzel around (quite literally, you’re in Oklahoma), and local surprises like the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum. TulsaOktoberfest.org
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