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Oktoberfests abound for RVing snowbirds

Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas – Nov. 2-11, 2018 (Wursfest)

The world’s biggest Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany.  Only about two-percent of the crowd attending the Oktoberfest activities, “typically hails from the U.S. And it’s little wonder why, considering the trip would cost the average American roughly $5,000,” according to estimates.

Fortunately, in the United States, we are lucky to have dozens, upon dozens of communities hosting their own festivals featuring over-flowing steins of brew, live music, folk dancing, German food and elaborate parades.

Here are a few of the events popular with snowbirding RVers:

‘Ales on Rails’ Clarksdale, AZ (AlesOnRails)

Arizona Oktoberfest celebrations – Autumn 2018
Check out more than 15 Oktoberfest festivals in Arizona, including options in Phoenix and Tucson.  With almost one million residents of German descent in Arizona, RVers will be able to celebrate German heritage at one of the many Arizona Oktoberfests. Click here.

Oktoberfest / Beer Festivals in South Florida–
Fall 2018
The Broward-Palm Beach New Times has posted a handy guide to 2018’s Ocktoberfests and Fall Beer Festivals.

Grovetoberfest, Miami,  (Grovetoberfest)

For a monster festival on Oct. 13, head to Grovetoberfest in Peacock Park, Miami.

For $44 you will have five hours (beginning at 2 p.m.) to taste samples from more than 500 beers at the largest selection of local craft beer anywhere in Florida. There is also a live entertainment stage.

‘Wurstfest’ in New Braunfels, TexasNov. 2-11, 2018
Originally settled by Germans in 1845 the town of New Braunfels. between Austin and San Antonio, revels in the opportunity to celebrate its heritage each year.

“Sprechen die Fun (Do you speak fun)?” is the theme of Wurstfest, which begins its 10-day run on Friday, Nov. 2. The festival includes a carnival, a Bavarian marketplace, food trucks and five music stages.  Wurstfest even has a popular craft beer garden, giving the many craft breweries their time in the Texas sun.

Potter’s Creek COE, Canyon Lake, Tex. (Julianne G. Crane)

After your fill of beer and sausage, there is more to see in this Hill Country town. Nearby is the quite walk-able old town. Take a moment to check out the “Dreamy pastries and historic murals in old downtown New Braunfels.”

For nearby public RV Camping click on: COE Potter’s Creek Campground, Canyon Lake, Tex.  Other camping in New Braunfels’ area is available at: Trip Advisor (click here).

For other great Beer Fests around the United States, click on “2018’s Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations” for WalletHub’s list of best cities for partaking in the epic German festival. The personal-finance website “compared the 100 largest cities across 24 key metrics, ranging from share of German population to number of beer gardens per capita to average price for Oktoberfest celebration ticket.” For fun facts and statistics, click on the Oktoberfest infographic.

Julianne G. Crane
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Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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