Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, a beer festival and traveling funfair.

This event is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and lasts 16 days. This folk festival begins towards the end of September and lasts until the first weekend of October. More than 6 million people from around the world come to attend this festival every year. Oktoberfest began in 1810 when Crown Price Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. and they invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities to celebrate their marriage.  It has since become a very important part of the Bavarian culture. Other Oktoberfests are held around the world and they are all modeled off the original one held in Munich.
Oktoberfest is known for the large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer that is served and the traditional, popular German dishes. Many individuals look forward to Schweinebraten (roasted pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzels), Knödel (potato or breaded dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with other Bavarian delicacies that will be served during this 16 day festival. Along with the popular foods and drinks, visitors enjoy attractions, amusement rides, and games.
We here at Family and MWR host an annual Oktoberfest and want to bring a little piece of German tradition right into your very own backyard. We thought this would be a great way to let families unwind, spend time together and enjoy some German traditions.
Oktoberfest this year will be held at The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) on October 5-8. There will be fun for all ages including a carnival, musical entertainment, games, a dog costume contest, craft fair, a live performance of An Iliad, and the revealing and tapping of the Official AY 18 War College Brew. Visit carlisleoktoberfest.com for more information and a schedule of events. There is ample parking on site and handicapped and auxiliary parking if needed. While at the event, you can treat yourself with a variety of foods provided by numerous vendors, beer and wine gardens or enjoy the carnival with friends and family.
Date: October 5-8, Open to the public and admission is FREE
When: Thursday, 4-9 p.m.
    Friday, 4-9 p.m.
    Saturday, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
    Sunday, Noon-7 p.m.
Location: The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC), 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013-5021
What to Bring: Comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothes are highly recommended
What not to Bring: Aggressive pets, bicycles, weapons, illegal drugs or personal alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Oktoberfest
For more information, times and dates of activities and events please visit our Oktoberfest webpage,

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