What's on in Germany in the month of October? Check out our calendar with the best German festivals, events, and holidays in October, from Germany's national holiday to the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich.
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Oktoberfest in Munich
Oktoberfest in Bavaria is the highlight of Germany's festival calendar: Every September and October, over visitors from around the world mingle with locals to celebrate Bavarian culture and cuisine and to have a good time with German beer, music, parades, concerts, and fun rides.
When: September - October 3, 2016
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The Cannstatter Wasen, as this festival is called in German, started as an autumn fair in 1818 and quickly became one of the leading beer festivals in Germany, second only to Oktoberfest in Munich. Celebrate autumn with Swabian food, beer and wine, and bring the family for Oompah bands, parades, roller coasters, and the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel.
When: September 23 - October 19 2016
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Germany has the largest pumpkin festival in the world. There are 450,000 pumpkins on display, as boats, being carved, getting smashed and on the menu.
When: September 2 - November 6, 2016
Where: Ludwigsburg Castle
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October 3rd is "Tag der deutschen Einheit" – Day of the German Reunification. This national holiday commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification since 1990. Almost every German city celebrates October 3rd, but the best open-air festivities will be held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the national symbol of Germany.
When: October 3
Where: throughout GermanyContinue to 5 of 7 below.
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Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair, annually held in October, is the world's largest trade show of books and the place to be for book lovers, publishers, translators, and authors. During the week, the book fair is only open to accredited trade-visitors, but come on the last weekend of the fair, when everybody can take a peek into the international world of media. Enjoy readings, exhibitions, concerts, and films alongside the presentation of books.
When: October 19-23, 2016
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During the Festival of Lights, more than 45 of Berlin's most iconic landmarks and historic buildings will be illuminated from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. every night. The Festival with its laser shows, light projections, and fireworks transforms the Berlin TV Tower, the Museums Island, the Brandenburg Gate, and many more attractions into magical visions. Special "lightseeing tours" are offered by bus, boat, or bicycle.
When: October 7 - 16, 2016
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On October 31st, Germans do not only celebrate Halloween (imported in the mid-nineties from the U.S.) but they also commemorate a religious holiday, Reformationstag, "Day of Reformation". Read more about the origin of Reformation Day, which dates back to 1517.
When: October 31st
Where: throughout Germany