Oktoberfest doesn’t actually start in October. The original festival in Munich starts in mid- to late-September every year. Though that doesn’t stop your local German beer hall from throwing parties through Halloween, if you had a sudden aspiration late in the year to do Oktoberfest in Germany, that sudsy ship has likely sailed.
The good news is not every country is so strictly German about Oktoberfest timing. In fact, some of the top Oktoberfests in the world don’t happen until well into October. Here’s a look at some of the most surprisingly awesome Oktoberfests outside Germany.