September 20 will bring the tapping of the first Oktoberfest barrel in Munich along with parades and the beginning of festival celebrations. Though the first day of autumn is technically a few days later in the calendar, Oktoberfest, is a fabulously signifies the fall season!
My first experience with Oktoberfest was actually at Walt Disney's Epcot theme park where it is celebrated all year long at Biergarten. I was younger and not of drinking age, so the beer was not the attraction (ha ha!) What was mesmerizing to me what the happy nature of the festivity, the colorful representation of costumes, an the amazing selection of food. Since that day, I've always wanted to attend the real Oktoberfest (still on my bucket list) and infuse that same level of celebration and merriment into the start of autumn.