Oktoberfest 2023 begins in Germany and hundreds flock to Munich

The beer is flowing freely and millions of people flock to the Bavarian capital to celebrate the official opening of Oktoberfest.

With the traditional call “O’zapft is”, Mayor Dieter Reiter put the tap into the first barrel on Saturday afternoon, officially opening the 18-day celebrations.

Revelers in traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses flocked to the Munich festival site on Saturday morning, filling the dozens of traditional tents in anticipation of their first two-pint mug of beer.

Minutes before the first keg was tapped, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder asked festival-goers whether they were ready for Oktoberfest to begin, to cheers from the crowd.


Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter traditionally taps the first barrel of beer "O'zapft is!" (It's tapped!) for the opening of Oktoberfest.
Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter taps the first barrel of beer with the traditional “O’zapft is!” (It’s tapped!) for the opening of Oktoberfest 2023.
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Rider (right) and Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder drink from their beer mugs after tapping the first barrel.
Rider (right) and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder drink from their beer mugs after tapping the first barrel.
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Revelers in traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses flocked to the Munich festival site on Saturday morning, filling the dozens of traditional tents in anticipation of their first two-pint mug of beer.
Revelers in traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses flocked to the Munich festival site on Saturday morning, filling the dozens of traditional tents in anticipation of their first two-pint mug of beer.
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Oktoberfest typically attracts around 6 million visitors each year.
Oktoberfest typically attracts around 6 million visitors each year.
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“I can only say one thing: This is the most beautiful, largest and most important festival in the world,” he said.

Oktoberfest typically attracts around 6 million visitors each year.

The event was skipped in 2020 and 2021 as authorities struggled with COVID-19, but returned in 2022.

A 2-pint cup costs between $13.45 and $15.90 this year, up about 6% from last year.

This year’s Oktoberfest, the 188th edition, lasts until October 3rd.


A person carries food to a table in one of the dozens of tents at Oktoberfest on September 16.
A person carries food to a table in one of the dozens of tents at Oktoberfest on September 16.
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A 2-pint cup costs between $13.45 and $15.90 this year, up about 6% from last year.
A 2-pint cup costs between $13.45 and $15.90 this year, up about 6% from last year.
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A band plays a few songs while festival goers celebrate below.
A band plays a few songs while festival goers celebrate below.
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People in historical clothing take part in the parade for the official opening of the 188th Oktoberfest.
People in historical clothing take part in the parade for the official opening of the 188th Oktoberfest.
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When the gates open, Oktoberfest visitors race to get a good table in the tents.
When the gates open, Oktoberfest visitors race to get a good table in the tents.
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