Oktoberfest began as annual festival in Munich, Germany, held over a two-week period and ending on the first Sunday in October. The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of a royal marriage and ended 5 days later with a horse race. The following year the race was combined with a state agricultural fair, and in 1818 booths serving food and drink were introduced. By the late 20th century the booths had developed into large beer halls made of plywood, with interior balconies and bandstands erected by each one of the brewers, with seating capacities of some 6,000. The mayor of Munich taps the first keg to open the festival, in which 2 million gallons of beer will be consumed. There are parades and games, amusement rides, music, and dancing.
Oktoberfest celebrates German heritage and is widely enjoyed by many.