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Top 10 Oktoberfests in the U.S.

Not able to make it to make it to Oktoberfest Munich? Fear not, my fellow beer lovers. There are plenty of top-notch options here in the States. Here’s 10 of the top Oktoberfests across the country.

  1. Oktoberfest Chicago: Rated one of the 10 best Oktoberfests in the country” by USA Today, Oktoberfest Chicago is sure to be a good time. With a $5 donation, visit Sept. 23-25 and fill up on beers, brats and polka.
  2. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: Without a doubt this Sam Adams-sponsored event in Cincinnati is considered the best and biggest Oktoberfest in United States. With more than 500,000 visitors in three short days, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world. Join the sneak peak for the event Sept. 16 or stroll in for free Sept. 17-18. This celebration has more than 800 barrels of beer, seven live-music stages and vendors galore.
  3. Harpoon Octoberfest: This Boston event is in its 22nd year, and the Harpoon Octoberfest has easily become one of the largest parties in New England. Admission for the Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 event is a $20 and comes with a souvenir pint cup and a drink ticket.
  4. Fremont Oktoberfest: This family-friendly festival in Seattle has activities for drinkers and non-drinkers alike. Equipped with kids pumpkin carving stations, a 5K run and beer-tasting gardens the Fremont Oktoberfest,  this festival was ranked one of the top 10 by AOL. Held Sept. 23-25, party-goers will get 5 oz. mug and five tokens with the $20 admission.
  5. Hofräuhaus Las Vegas Oktoberfest: Not only is this event held in Sin City, but it has celebrity keg tappings every weekend. Past celebrities have includes characters from Carrot Top to Holly Madison. Basically, this 21-and-up Hofräuhaus bonanza is something only Las Vegas can produce. Check it out Sept. 17 - Oct. 31.
  6. 38th Oktoberfest: Filled with carnival rides, beer and authentic bands from Munich, the 38th Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Fla., should be one for the books. There’s a $7 admission; catch the fest Oct. 7-9 and 14-16.
  7. Oktoberfest by the Bay: This San Francisco event is so epic that they had to split it into two parts -- afternoon and evening -- to accommodate the masses. The Oktoberfest by the Bay is on Pier 48 this year, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, and there is a $25 admission.
  8. Oktoberfest on the Hudson: Get a taste of how New York does this major beer festival, now in its second year. Find this event at Pier 81 on Sept. 24. For $15 relax on the pier and down some beers. Or for $20, gain admission to Oktoberfest on the Hudson and take a one-hour cruise and see sites such as the George Washington Bridge and Riverside Park.
  9. Oktoberfest Denver: With sponsors including Coors, Jagermeister and Sam Adams, having a good time is clearly in the cards. Oktoberfest Denver is a free event to enter. This annual event, in its 42nd year, has a Long Dog Derby (a must see for dog lovers) and plenty of German spirit. Visit this Oktoberfest, another AOL pick, Sept. 16-18 and 23-25.
  10. Oktoberfest Soulard: The weekend of Oct. 7, this St. Louis neighborhood will transform into a scene Munich itself with this three-day event. It boasts 2,000 kegs and 14 bands as well as more than a dozen pre- and post-parties to keep the fun going all month long.

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Friday, September 16, 2011
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