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Prost! Oktoberfest is back for its 40th anniversary.

This Tulsa tradition offers favorites we expect: delicious German bites; the adorable Dachshund Dash; bands flown in from Deutschland; and kegs upon kegs of Bavarian beer. New this year is the Karbach Games Arena, where competitions like the Bier Barrel Races and Bavarian Strong Stein Hoist take place, with plenty of room for spectators to line the edges and cheer participants.

Oktoberfest, all about bringing German culture to Tulsa, also highlights some of the city’s best attributes.

“The festival … takes place along the banks of the Arkansas River at River West Festival Park,” director Tonja Carrigg says. “The park features an extensive trail system that carries festival goers near the historic Route 66 Mother Road and connects to the Tulsa Arts District.”

The event is open to the public Oct. 18-21, with corporate night Oct. 17. Visit for more information.

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