The Wiesn - from a wedding to the largest public festival in the world!

It all began with the wedding of the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig (later known as King Ludwig I) to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen (hence the name of the Theresienwiese or Therese's green) on October 12, 1810. Five days later, the National Guard organized a large public horse race to ensure that the Bavarian folk could also partake in the wedding celebration. It was decided that the festival should be repeated at the same time the following year, which marked the birth of the "October-Festivals". In 1811, the Bavarians additionally celebrated an agricultural festival. In contrast to the horse race, this festival has held to this day. Every three years this "central agricultural festival" takes place on the southern part of the Theresienwiese. The enormous entertainment spectrum today didn't exist in the past. A couple of carousels and several beer stands were all at that time with those first beer tents appearing in 1896. As Munich was considerably smaller in the past, the proprietors and event organizers went out to the Wiesn for the starting ceremonies. This tradition is still reflected today with the entry of the tent proprietors on Saturday morning in the parade.

The Triad Germain Club hosts its premier event:  Oktoberfest 2017, held on Saturday, September 30th ~ 5p.m. to 11 p.m.  The location is the The Elm Street Center ~ The Empire Room  at 203 South Elm ST, Greensboro, NC  27401.

Music by Euro Mutts & Alpen Echos Duo plu Mirror Image DJ and on Keyborad.   German food and refreshments for sale.

Tickets: $10.00 in advance, $ 12.00 at the door.  Food and beverage sold separately.

Tickets available at:

Mock Orange Bikes. 1206 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem 336-722.6678

Euro Deli Mart. 602 Hickory Ridge Dr., STE 102 Greensboro, NC 27409 336-841-3397

Motorsport Connections,2556 Landmark Dr., Winston-Salem (336) 659-8988

Bella Mia Skin Care, 123 Hwy 801 S, Advance  336-998-1645 or from members


Martina Pfitzer 336-403-4882 Lewisville

Raymond Woloszyn 336-996-5677 Kernersville

Marliese Francis 336-945-4015

Elke Weber 336-454-0615 Highpoint


For more Oktoberfest information, please email:


A portion of the proceeds from Oktoberfest goes to charities and public schools who show interest the the German culture and language.