17 days of merriment

Waitresses jump on tables and dance with giant mugs of beer on Oct. 2 during the festival finale to celebrate the end of Oktoberfest inside the Hofbraeu tent in Munich, Germany. The 178th Oktoberfest ends after 17 successful days of beer, dancing, carnival rides and traditional Bavarian dress. (Photo: Felix Hoerhager/ZUMA Press)



The last night
People observe a merry-go-round on the last evening of Oktoberfest on Oct. 2. The world's largest beer festival, which hosts several million visitors every year, takes place during the 16-18 days leading up the first Sunday of October. (Photo: Johannes Simon/Getty Images)


Oktoberfest carnival rides


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