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We may not observe a two-week-long Oktoberfest like the Germans do, but the festivities kick off here in Jacksonville with the inaugural Oktoberfest @ Art Walk. Here are 11 random reasons to celebrate this great holiday.

1. Beer makes these guys oh-so-happy.

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Last year, Oktoberfest visitors consumed about seven million liters of beer in two weeks.

 

2. Traditional German fair, like grilled Herring on a stick may not be your thing, but who doesn’t love those big, soft pretzels?

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Herring on a stick, also known as steckerlfisch. Circa 1928.

 

3. It’s also a wedding celebration!!

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Oktoberfest originally started as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of  Saxe-Hildburghausen. They decided it should be a yearly event, even if the Prince was said to be a philanderer.

 

4. It’s a great time to practice self-control so you don’t wind up like this guy, a Bierleichen, a.k.a. a “beer corpse.”

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“Bierleichen” refers to people who drink themselves into a state of unconsciousness.

 

 5. Or this guy:

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Beer was not available at the first Oktoberfest.

 

 6. Or this guy:

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Last year, Oktoberfest visitors tried to smuggle out 63,000 empty beer glasses for free souvenirs.

 

 7. You never know whom you’ll meet, befriend or fall in love with.

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Approximately six million people celebrate in Munich.

 

8. There’s shoe slapping, dancing and singing by the really talented …and the really inebriated.

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We hope you remember the Chicken Dance from grade school.

 

9. Every girl who saw Coyote Ugly and wanted to dance on table gets an opportunity to live the dream.

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Beer carts and a carnival-like atmosphere replaced horse races in 1819.

 

 10. Your lederhosen will double as a great Halloween costume.

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Traditional visitors wear hats with a tuft of goat hair. More tufts on the hat, the wealthier you are considered.

 

11. Did we mention the delicious beer?

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In Germany, Oktoberfest beer is brewed with 0.6 to 1.1% more alcohol and sugar than the average German beer.

 

So remember, whatever you do during the celebration…don’t be these guys.

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And don’t drink and drive.

 

We hope you’ll join us on October 2, from 5-11 p.m. for this first-ever Art Walk benefit. Full details at iloveartwalk.com.

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First of all don’t be thrown off by the title. There are more than five reasons to party in October but for the sake of blogging rules I picked five.

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Waste no time and kick off the month, October 1 with The Florida Theatre’s Blues, Brews and BBQ. This fundraiser for the theatre features local craft beer, local live blues music and tours of the theatre.

Save some energy because the very next day, yours truly (DVI) is hosting the inaugural Oktoberfest @ Art  Walk benefit. Hemming Plaza and Laura Street will transform into a biergarten block party featuring Dan Witulcki & Mein Heimatland Musikanten, an oompah-pah band that will get the crowd going with contests and dancing. Dress to the nines in lederhosens, gorge on eating German-style food and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars (that means no rain is allowed). The party, featuring local, seasonal and German beer, has extended hours until 11 p.m. All proceeds from beer sales benefit future First Wednesday Art Walks.

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Give your liver a break from the drinks and the food you just consumed and your body a treat. Stop by Community First Saturday, it’s the second one of the season!

Though outside of the official Downtown boundaries, the week of partying wraps up with our neighbors over in Riverside at Memorial Park for Intuition Ale Works’ third Oktoberfest celebration. The party features tapping of their Oktoberfest brews, games, contests, live music and more. Proceeds benefit the Memorial Park Association.

The first week of October sets the precedent for the rest of the month. Catch up on some sleep and be prepared for the three-day Jaxtoberfest at the Shipyards. Jaxtoberfest features a 5k, live music, kid activities and of course German food and beer.

So what I’m trying to tell you is that there is no reason to have a boring October. Grab your friends, attend these events and have a ball.

For more Downtown events visit DVI’s event calender.