It all began with a royal wedding on a sunny October day in 1810. Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig welcomed the denizens of Munich to a festival commemorating his marriage to Princess Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For five days, folks celebrated on the fields adjacent to the city gates, capping the festivities with a horse race. Anniversary celebrations to acknowledge the royal nuptials took place the following year, and thus, the tradition of Oktoberfest was born.
Here in Utah, two years after the tram began making laps with skiers packed aboard, Snowbird kicked off its own Oktoberfest tradition in 1973. This year marks Snowbird’s 46th annual Oktoberfest, one of Utah’s longest-running cultural events. Spanning August through October, over 60,000 guests are expected to travel to Snowbird to enjoy the scene and suds. Snowbird’s Oktoberfest kicks off August 18th and will run Saturdays and Sundays through October 21st (including Labor Day Monday).