The Group Travel Leader

JUL-AUG 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E HUNTINGTON BEACH IS OFFICIALLY KNOWN AS "SURF CITY USA. " 2 5 O K T O B E R F E S T C L A S S I C S Few other events can measure up to the German tradition of Oktoberfest, which has become a key component of the fall season in many American cities — even some that don't have large German popula- tions. And although the term Oktoberfest can refer to a generic beef festival, the highest-rated Oktoberfests are those that stick most closely to authentic German traditions. OKTOBERFEST-ZINZINNATI: Cincinnati enjoys a robust German heritage that is on full display each year during its mid-September, two-day Oktoberfest celebration. More than half a million people attend the event, first held in 1976. In addition to lots of German beer, the celebration features live German music and other performances on seven stages down- town, as well as more than 30 food vendors. OKTOBERFEST BY THE BAY: San Francisco has more than 17 local German clubs, they all partici- pate in the city's three-day Octoberfest at the end of September. The clubs highlight German beer, German food and German music, with a 21-piece Bavarian brass band playing oompah music. Festivalgoers also enjoy the area's weather, with aver- age fall temperatures in the 70s. OKTOBERFEST MUNICH: For the most authentic Oktoberfest tradition possible, there's no beating the original. Groups that make the trip to Munich, Germany, for the 16-day celebration in late September or early October will join 6 million other people from around the world who come for the festivities. Along the way, they'll have opportunities to try traditional German sausages, potato pancakes, roasted pork and grilled fish on a stick, among other specialties. Williamson County engages travelers to enjoy, experience and explore our beautiful region. Nature lovers and outdoor sportsmen enjoy our scenic landscapes and many lakes. Visitors experience our popular events while families explore our hidden historic treasures, diverse restaurants and unique shopping. Make your memories in Beautiful Williamson County. 800-433-7399 ENJOY, EXPERIENCE, ENGAGE & EXPLORE! in Williamson County

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