Oktoberfest Celebrations Around the World [2023]


You don’t have to be in Munich if you want to hoist an oversized beer mug while listening to traditional German folk music. Oktoberfest celebrations are happening all around the world and we have collected some of our favorites down below (including a certain classic Oktoberfest in Munich).

Oktoberfest Munich 2023

September 16-October 3, 2023

Munich, Bavaria

Oktoberfest is a legendary German festival that takes place in Munich every year in late September and early October. It is a celebration of Bavarian culture and features beer, food, music, and carnival rides. Millions of people from around the world attend to experience the unique atmosphere and celebrate Bavarian traditions.

Oktoberfest Frankfurt 2023

September 6-October 8, 2023

Frankfurt, Germany

Over a span of slightly less than four weeks, this German celebration draws in a crowd of 60,000 attendees. The Frankfurt Oktoberfest encapsulates the genuine essence of the Munich beer festival, featuring traditional games, enchanting music, and of course, an abundance of finely brewed beer.

Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest 2023

September 22-October 14, 2023

Kitchener, ON, Canada

Canada’s largest Bavarian festival is back and better than ever. Onkel Hans and Tante Frieda are excited to see you all don your Tracht, raise a stein, polka around, and enjoy delicious Bavarian cuisine from our German Clubs and local restaurant partners.

Das Beste Oktoberfest USA 2023

September 28-30, 2023

La Crosse, WI

Step into the Midwest’s enduring Oktoberfest celebration, Das Beste Oktoberfest. A tradition rooted in La Crosse since 1961, this event proudly claims the title of the region’s longest-standing Oktoberfest. What was once a modest community gathering has blossomed into generations of cherished tradition and timeless, wholesome enjoyment.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2023

September 15-17, 2023

Breckenridge, CO

One of the most iconic Oktoberfest events in Colorado is a three-day celebration in historic downtown Breckenridge. The annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest Presented by Breckenridge Brewery mixes time-honored Oktoberfest traditions with collectible steins and local flavors from Breckenridge Brewery.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2023

September 14-17, 2023

Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest was declared the first Oktoberfest to operate with the blessing of the original Oktoberfest in Munich. With this proclamation, the event was moved into September to coincide with the opening of the Munich event. Also, for the first time in history, the world-famous Hofbrauhaus brewery of Munich exported their beer to the United States.

Karlsruhe Oktoberfest 2023

September 22-October 7, 2023

Messplatz, Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe Oktoberfest offers a delightful experience for everyone to relish. Revel in live melodies, an unparalleled party ambiance, gastronomic delights that tantalize the taste buds, and a symphony of exquisite Oktoberfest beers to savor.

Denver Oktoberfest 2023

September 22-October 1, 2023

Denver, CO

Since 1969, the Denver Oktoberfest has been a cherished bi-weekly tradition nestled in the heart of Downtown Denver. Offering a medley of activities including keg bowling, stein hoisting, and live music, this festival caters to both seasoned Oktoberfest enthusiasts and those embarking on their very first experience.

Oktoberfest Hannover 2023

September 22-October 8, 2023

Hannover, Germany

Indulge in a two-week extravaganza of festivities at the Oktoberfest celebration in Hannover, Germany, The 3rd largest Oktoberfest in the world offers more than just the quintessential German culinary delights and beverages; it presents a kaleidoscope of experiences including exhilarating carnival rides, mesmerizing firework displays, spirited dance competitions, and an array of engaging activities.

The Nashville Oktoberfest 2023

October 5-8, 2023

Nashville, TN

The Nashville Oktoberfest celebrates live music, local breweries, the Dachshund Derby, and a 5K bier run. It’s Oktoberfest Music City style! Prost y’all!

Oktoberfest Leipzig 2023

October 6-November 4, 2023

Leipzig, Germany

The renowned Oktoberfest Leipzig is nothing short of legendary. Annually, nearly 40,000 attendees come together at the historic Old Leipzig Trade Fair grounds to partake in traditional festivities. Spanning a vibrant four-week duration, the event pulsates with a medley of party anthems, a flowing river of beer, and a delectable array of Oktoberfest culinary delights.

Oktoberfest Brixton 2023

October 7-28, 2023

London, UK

Oktoberfest Brixton will accommodate 2,000 festival-goers from across four Saturdays in October. Brixton will become the heart of Bavarian exuberance, with the space morphing into an energetic beer hall complete with traditional wooden tables, festive bunting, music and more.

Oktoberfest Oslo 2023

October 12-28, 2023

Oslo, Norway

The Tyrolean orchestra “Ronald Schnipfelgrüber Tyrolerkapelle” will be on stage every day playing traditional music and ensures a good atmosphere. Festival goers will sit shoulder to shoulder on long tables while enjoying traditional German food and drink.

The American German Club Oktoberfest 2023

October 13-22, 2023

Lake Worth, FL

The American German Club Oktoberfest is where German and American cultures meet. This beer fest is one of the largest in the country with two German bands on two weekends, authentic German cooking, domestic and imported beer, a carnival and much more!

Oktoberfest Mannheim 2023

October 13-November 4, 2023

Mannheim, Germany

Over the span of four weekends in October and November, the spirit of Oktoberfest comes alive in Mannheim, captivating festival enthusiasts. This cherished event, thriving since its inception in 2009, beckons. While predominantly an adult affair, attendees will immerse themselves in the embrace of time-honored German gastronomy and beverages, complemented by the cadence of live music and the joyous rhythms of dance.

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Your 2023 Guide to NYE Music Festivals Around the World


Photo Credit: Lights All Night


It’s the end of the decade and before we launch into the next iteration of the the Roaring Twenties, it’s time to gather for one last music festival. From festivals at ski areas to festivals in the sun, your options for a NYE fest have never been more plentiful than here in 2023, and below is our list of the best parties on the planet to ring in 2024.

Beyond The Valley 2023

December 28-1, 2024

Victoria, Australia

One of Australia’s premier events across the New Year’s Even holiday, Beyond the Valley attendees experience art installations, sculptures, communal hubs, boutique bars, gourmet food trucks and morning yoga . This annual haven for festival fans boasts a carefully curated lineup across three uniquely designed stages

Beyond The Valley 2023 Guide

Lights All Night 2023

December 30-31, 2023

Dallas, TX

The longest running EDM festival in Texas lights up New Year’s Eve in Dallas with a roster of confetti exploding talent. The production is top-notch, with stages and light shows that has fans raving. Jump on a plane to Dallas and jump your way into the next year.

Lights All Night 2023 Guide

Decadence Arizona 2023

December 30-31, 2023

Phoenix, Arizona

Where are you going to be when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve? Hopefully, dancing your booty off in Arizona at this two-night festival with some of the hottest electronic artists in the country.

Decadence Arizona 2023 Guide

Rhythm and Alps 2023

December 29-31, 2023

Wanaka, New Zealand

Bask in the southern summer of Rhythm & Alps, a 3-day music and camping festival that takes places in the beautiful Southern Alps of New Zealand. The nearly 10-year old festival features more than 50 international and local acts spread across 4 unique stages. 10,000 festies show up every year to dance in the New Year and take in the gorgeous beauty of the area.

Rhythm and Alps 2023 Guide

Rhythm and Vines 2023

December 29-31, 2023

Gisborne, New Zealand

The first place in the world to welcome the first sunrise of the New Year – welcome to the Rhythm and Vines Festival, New Zealand’s aware winning NYE event. One of the island’s largest camping festivals, the four-day festival takes place at Waiohika Estate in Gisborne. In 2022, the fest will move from its traditional time to a 2-day show over Easter.

Rhythm and Vines 2023 Guide

Northern Bass 2023

December 29-31, 2023

Mangawhai, New Zealand

Northern Bass is three days and nights of New Year celebrations! Situated just over an hour north of Auckland in the summer hotspot of Mangawhai, Northern Bass brings together a world-class selection of musicians, DJs and producers to provide the perfect soundtrack for bringing in the New Year.

Northern Bass 2023 Guide

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We Scare Up Some Spooky Halloween Music Festivals


The only two times it is socially acceptable to wear a costume is at Halloween or at a music festival, so you better believe combining the two is going to be a blast. Check out our comprehensive list of Halloween fests for 2022 and get inspired to get dressed up and get after it.

Escape Halloween 2022

October 28-29, 2022

San Bernardino, CA

Held in Southern California, Escape: Psycho Circus is an annual electronic festival running over Halloween. Continuing their impressive repertoire of festivals produced by the brand Insomniac, Escape: Psycho Circus promises to deliver spooky vibes and a top electronic lineup to festival attendees. Taking the Halloween spirit to heart, the festival also features themed stages, immersive art installations and costumed performers lurking the festival grounds.

Escape Halloween 2022 Guide

Suwannee Hulaween 2022

October 27-30, 2022

Live Oak, FL

Halloween’s jammiest music festival, Suwannee Hulaween, takes place annually at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Hosted by The String Cheese Incident (who play two sets every evening), the jam band filled lineup features multiple stages filled with fans dressed up for the event.

Suwannee Hulaween 2022 Guide

Get Freaky 2022

October 28-30, 2022

Salt Lake City, UT

Get Freaky is an annual electronic music festival held during Halloween in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two-day event takes place at The Great Saltair, a unique venue that sits on a picturesque spot overlooking the Great Salt Lake.

Get Freaky 2022 Guide

Freaky Deaky 2022

October 29-30, 2022

Houston, TX

It’s Texas meets Halloween meets dance party when Freaky Deaky lands in Houston. The wildest costume party in the south gets spooky at the Sam Houston Race Park with some of the hottest names in the EDM scene.

Freaky Deaky 2022 Guide

Boo! Seattle 2022

October 28-29, 2022

Seattle, WA

Prepare yourself for two nights of monstrous beats and dance among the skeletons, ghouls, goblins, and frightfully fun characters who haunt this festival in downtown Seattle.

Boo! Seattle 2022 Guide

The Fest 2022

October 28-30, 2022

Gainsville, FL

This independent multiple-venue festival that celebrates underground music has been rocking Gainsville for nearly two decades. The numbers speak for themselves at The Fest: 300+ artists, 4 stages, 18 venues, and more than 50 professional wrestlers.

The Fest 2022 Guide

Time Warp Germany 2022

October 28-29, 2022

Mannheim, Germany

This electronic show in Germany showcases international heavyweights which perfectly capture the underground spirit of the event. With mesmerizing lighting design, jaw-dropping production of the highest spec and crystal clear sound systems, Time Warp Mannheim is the ultimate festival experience for techno aficionados and needs to be seen.

Time Warp Germany 2022 Guide

Levitation 2022

October 27-30, 2022

Austin, TX

Formally known as the Austin Psych Fest, Levitation has pushed out editions to Vancouver and Paris. But the home-base always remains in Texas where the flagship festival takes over Carson Creek Ranch near Austin. Founded by local psych heroes, The Black Angels, this DIY fest is like nothing else on the Texas festival schedule.

Levitation 2022 Guide

Return to Rio 2022

October 28-30, 2022

Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, Australia

Dance yourself silly to some of the world’s best artists, sip on a cocktail by the pool chilling to some reggae or get your soul and funk fill at The Shack. Then recharge with a float along the river or some yoga and meditation before ending the day at the party to end all parties.

Return to Rio 2022 Guide

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Europe Music Festival Preview For September 2023


The bulk of the European festival season usually winds to a halt at the end of summer, but more than a few countries are beginning to realize that September is the ideal month for festing. Below, we have gathered up some of the more interesting lineups for your autumnal adventures.

Kalorama Festival 2023

August 31-September 2, 2023

Lisbon, Portugal

This is it. A brand new experience. All we need is Kalorama. There is a new era coming. One that knows how to enjoy every moment as it truly is – unique and unrepeatable.

Kalorama Festival 2023 Guide

Into the Great Wide Open 2023

August 30-September 3, 2023

Vlieland, Netherlands

‘Into The Great Wide Open is a pop festival on Vlieland, a small island on the coast of The Netherlands. A gathering with your friends and family: good music, visual arts, film, oysters and Mother Nature in all its grandeur. Into The Great Wide Open is a festival for all ages, an initiative of a group of people who know each other from pop music and who are creating their dream festival on Vlieland.’

Into the Great Wide Open 2023 Guide

Lindisfarne Festival 2023

August 31-September 3, 2023

Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

The ultimate end-of-summer party festival back with music, magic & mayhem on the spectacular Northumberland coast. With hundreds of acts over 8 unique stages, get ready for a genre-hopping mishmash of must-see performances in the UK’s best-kept-secret festival location – overlooking Holy Island.

Lindisfarne Festival 2023 Guide

Dimensions Festival 2023

August 31-September 4, 2023

Tisno, Croatia

As the sun sets on summer, underground electronic fans flock to Tisno for the last major music fest of the Croatian summer scene. A spin-off of the hugely popular Outlook Festival, diehards can stack these two festival weekends together for one mega-run of electronic goodness.

Dimensions Festival 2023 Guide

Electric Picnic 2023

September 1-3, 2023

Laois, Ireland

Ireland’s mega-festival crams in so much music and activities into three short days, that you’ll be hard-pressed to sample everything over the weekend. Besides having one of the best lineups of the year, there’s endless fields of camping along with forested glades inhabited by late night revelers. From partying at a pirate ship to secret shows in the chapel to drinking in the Trailer Park, this is an unforgettable festival.

Electric Picnic 2023 Guide

Sundown Festival 2023

September 1-3, 2023

Norwich, UK

The perfect way to close the busy summer festival season with one last party in the sun, Sundown Festival hosts only the biggest and best in pop, dance and urban acts across a weekend of music and mayhem.

Sundown Festival 2023 Guide

Forwards Festival 2023

September 1-2, 2023

Bristol, UK

Forwards brings the biggest names in international music to Bristol Downs this September, blending a cutting edge lineup with a platform for social purpose and timely debate.

Forwards Festival 2023 Guide

ZeeZout Festival 2023

September 2, 2023

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ZeeZout Festival creates a moment for memories at Tuinen van West with this single-day house and techno festival. A temporary space curated to let you fully be present. Vivid, lively and sharp as ever. Loose like never before.

ZeeZout Festival 2023 Guide

ION Festival 2023

September 6-13, 2023

Dhërmi, Albania

ION is a different kind of music event, one where you’re invited to get outside the usual festival fences and have a real holiday experience. For everyone who chooses to come with us on this extended summer party, ION will be a week filled with new encounters and 3,000 like-minded friends, all soundtracked by electronic music’s best artists.

ION Festival 2023 Guide

Decibel Open Air 2023

September 9-10, 2023

Florence, Italy

Get ready to party the night away in Florence, Italy. This spectacular 2-day dance festival takes place in the open-air Visarno Arena just outside the city in September.

Decibel Open Air 2023 Guide

Siso Festival 2023

September 14-20, 2023

Dhërmi, Albania

Siso is an electronic beach festival that inspires you to chill by day and party by night. From house to techno to garage and bass to disco and soul, there’s truly something for everyone at Siso.

Siso Festival 2023 Guide

Dream Nation 2023

September 16-17, 2023

Paris, France

Dream Nation is one of the biggest electronic festival in Paris. Electro, Techno, Trance, Bass Music and Hard Music will thrill the 30,000 dreamers this September! Festival goers will enjoy more than 50 artists on 3 stages, from pioneers of the genre to emerging talents.

Dream Nation 2023 Guide

Full Metal Cruise 2023

September 20-24, 2023

Kiel, Germany

Set sail to the northern seas and a Viking adventure with the Full Metal Cruise. Departing from Germany and making stops across Scandinavia, metal fans are in for the ultimate cruise ship festival.

Full Metal Cruise 2023 Guide

Boundary Brighton 2023

September 30, 2023

Brighton, UK

Taking the best of Brighton’s creative energy, lust for life and generosity of spirit, Boundary Brighton is a festival with five stages of music, a funfair, delicious local food and other unexpected treats.

Boundary Brighton 2023 Guide

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75+ Photos From Primavera Sound Festival 2023 in Madrid!


Primavera Sound landed in Madrid for a special edition this summer featuring massive headliners like Blur, Calvin Harris, Depeche Mode, and Kendrick Lamar. Lots of amazing shows took place both in the city and at La Ciudad del Rock (aka “The City of Rock”). Check out the photo highlights below to see how they festival in Madrid!

Primavera Sound Atmosphere / Sergio Albert

Maneskin / Sharon Lopez

Depeche Mode / Clara Orozco

Kendrick Lamar / Eric Pamies

Sevdaliza / Eric Pamies

Wooden Wisdom / Eric Pamies

Bad Gyal / Christian Bertrand

Blur / Sharon Lopez

Swans / Daniel Vazquez

JPEG Mafia / Sergio Albert

Ben Bohmer / Daniel Vazquez

Calvin Harris / Clara Orozco

Japanese Breakfast / Sharon Lopez

Avalon Emerson / Sharon Lopez

Pet Shop Boys / Sharon Lopez

Diplo / Daniel Vazquez

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5 Reasons Why Boomtown Is Unique


Rolling into its 15th year, the iconic Boomtown festival in Winchester, UK is so appealing it has almost sold it out without the line-up even being revealed. These reasons why Boomtown is so unique will have you trying to claim the final tickets in no time.

1. Boomtown’s set design and artistic flare is unlike any other
Boomtown’s epic set design will transport you into the new storyline, which transforms each year. With nine districts and stages, ‘citizens’ can roam from Forest Parties to Grand Central and Old Town, each dedicated to varying genres of music.

2. It’s a whole new world
Boomtown is a living theatre with trails you can follow for a fun adventure of exploration. Characters will guide citizens around the streets and have them take part in secret missions. This is an excellent way during the day to explore the labyrinth of areas that you might not get to each night, get to know your way around more, and make magical memories with friends as you explore the Twin Trail. The immersive storyline invites ‘citizens’ on the Twin Trail, which delves into how a person interacts with themselves, and how they give back to the world.

3. It’s one big dress-up party
In line with this year’s Twin Trail storyline, the dress-up theme will be Duality. Opposing forces; hot and cold, day and night, happiness and sadness, make up our lives. ‘Citizens’ will be exploring their extremes in costume and immersing themselves in the new world of Boomtown for the weekend. Boomtown encourages everyone to explore second-hand or existing items of clothing to prevent creating more clothing waste.

4. Surprise line-up
This year The Prodigy will perform – described by Boomtown’s co-founder, Luke Mitchell, as the most Boomtown band on the planet. The rest of the lineup will remain a surprise, with The Prodigy providing ticket holders, or ‘citizens’ a feel for what to expect at Boomtown this August in the South Downs National Park. The line-up is due to see some heavy hitters from hip-hop, post-punk, reggae, disco, and the usual epic dance floors, like Origin stage, jumping to drum and bass.

5. It’s committed to sustainability
One of Boomtown’s key pillars is to respect the planet and it is transforming into a sustainable city, run entirely on renewable energy with a circular economy city where organizers and citizens reject a throwaway society. Citizens aim to leave minimal impact on the local environment, the food is good for the people and the planet and everyone is inspired to take immediate positive action. Boomtown is continuing to work towards its pledge to become a circular festival by 2026 and has both new and ongoing initiatives to help towards this goal, including the use of an innovative new plastic-free paint that will be used for set and scenery design. Read more about the Green Mission here.

The festival takes place for five days from August 9-13, 2023, and is famed for its film-like sets, winding streets, and high production stages and shows. The final phase of tickets can be bought here.

Written by Kate Stewart

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