KITCHENER WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST CANADA
The second largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world takes place for nine days in the twin cities of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Though the festival has Bavarian roots stemming from the marriage between King Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1812, yet the spirit of Oktoberfest has come to be celebrated by people around the world, none more so than the Canadians.
Starting from the Friday before Canadian Thanksgiving, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest lasts till the Saturday of the third week of October. Despite the foreign beginnings, Canadians have made Oktoberfest their own with Festhallen serving beer and traditional food around the city.
OKTOBERFEST FESTIVAL KITCHENER WATERLOO
The K-W Oktoberfest begins with the tapping of the first keg, traditionally by the leader of the Oktoberfest event. With 700,000 visitors each year, the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is the second largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world generating an estimated $21 million in economic activity. Over 50 non-profit organizations along with 1,780 volunteers take part to make the event possible, where a whopping 51,750 sausages and countless gallons of beer are consumed. In 2018, an incredible $1.5 million was ultimately collected by non-profit organizations!
The Festhallen are the prime sites for the gatherings since they provide visitors with multiple cultural events and experiences, not to mention plenty of beer and delicious traditional food. The events take place day after day all over the cities where visitors can partake in fun-filled games and activities.
However, the most anticipated event comes just a few days after the initiation of K-W Oktoberfest in the form of the Thanksgiving Parade. The Thanksgiving Parade is televised across Canada to almost 1.8 million viewers where beloved characters such as Onkel Hans and Tante Frieda can be seen walking the streets of Kitchener and Waterloo.