Autumn is the busiest time of year for the German community in Cincinnati. From the last week of August through the first week of October, Oktoberfest celebrations can be found every weekend throughout the city. In fact, Cincinnati has more Oktoberfests than any other city in the United States.
Oktoberfest originally began in Munich, Cincinnati’s Sister-City, as the wedding celebration of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, the present-day Free State of Thüringen. The primary feature of the event was horse racing. In following years, horse racing became part of the opening ceremonies and the commemorative event took more of a festival-like atmosphere.