Oktoberfest 2023: Scenes From the Opening Weekend (21 photos)

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On Saturday, the 188th Oktoberfest beer festival opened in Munich, Germany. Organizers say they expect millions of visitors over the 18-day festival at Munich’s Theresienwiese—the last keg will be tapped on October 3. The Associated Press reports that the cost for a one-liter mug this year is between 12.60 euros and 14.90 euros ($13.45 to $15.90). Gathered here are images from the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2023.

A person smiles while carrying 10 large beer mugs in a beer hall.
A waitress reacts as she carries beer mugs in a festival tent during the opening of Oktoberfest, Munich’s annual beer festival, on September 16, 2023, in Munich, Germany.

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