Welcome to the Grace Dee May Museum's
virtual 2nd Annual OktoberSteinFest
History of Oktoberfest
For two weeks each October for 210 years, revelers have flocked to Munich to sing, dance, enjoy hearty German food, and raise steins of beer as they shout, “Prosit!”
The origins of Oktoberfest stem from a 5-day wedding feast in 1810 celebrating the union of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria with his bride Princess Therese. The festivities were held in front of Munich's gates. The fields became known as Theresienwiese translated as "Theresa's Meadow". Today, the name of the famous Oktoberfest grounds is commonly shortened to "Wiesn".
Year by year, the annual celebration grew larger drawing not only Germans but visitors from around the world. In 2019, more than 6 million guests filled the beer halls during Oktoberfest.
Due to the worldwide pandemic, the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich which would have run from September 19 through October 4, 2020 have had to be canceled.
Similarly, the Grace Dee May Museum has had to postpone our own unique OktoberSteinFest
However, just because it is not safe to gather in crowds does not mean that you cannot celebrate at home. We invite you to watch our video, enjoy the music and dancing from our 2019 event, download some mouthwatering German recipes and enjoy a beer! Don’t forget to offer icy cold glasses of ginger beer or apple juice for the kids and non-imbibers.
Our museum looks forward to welcoming you back in person to our OktoberSteinFest 2021 so mark your calendar!
Get Your OOM-PAH-PAH On!
View our OktoberSteinFest Video for the sights and sounds of our celebration at the Grace Dee May Museum!
Take A Virtual Tour of Our Vintage Beer Steins!
The Director Emeritus of the Grace Dee May Museum was a remarkable woman named Audrey Marie Stein. An avid collector of fine art and historical artifacts, she also was blessed with a spirit of happiness and fun. Because her last name was "Stein" she began collecting vintage and collectible stoneware mugs known as steins– a hobby which she enjoyed during her world travels. To view some of the stein collection, just click on the button below:
Easy Tips to Celebrate Oktoberfest at Home
While the Grace Dee May Museum will be unable to invite guests to our annual OktoberSteinFest due to the Covid-19 restrictions this year – it doesn't mean that you should not celebrate at home!
It's easy and inexpensive to host a simple Oktoberfest in your own home. Purchase some German-style Oom-pah-pah music, decorate with pumpkins, sunflowers and, perhaps, some traditional blue and white bunting or streamers. The colors of blue and white signify happiness and peace.
Download our Oktoberfest Party Planner filled with easy-to-fix recipes by clicking on the button below
It's all about beer, food, and beer and, yes, beer!
Download our OktoberSteinFest Party Planner filled with easy-to-fix recipes. You and your guests will enjoy tangy Cheese & Beer Spread with Pretzels, Beer-Steamed Sausage Sandwiches, German-Style Potato Salad and a delicious and super easy Apple Strudel. Download the recipes as a PDF file by clicking the button below:
What Are America's Favorite German Beers?
Can you guess what German Beers rank the highest in the USA? Why not consider hosting your own Beer Tasting at your at-home Oktoberfest - just set out some large bowls or tubs of ice and fill them up with a variety of German beers. Then let your guests sample a few and rate which one is their favorite brew! Here are some of America's favorite German beers: Bitburger Premium Pilsner, Becks, Warsteiner Premium Pilsner, Victory Prima Pils, St Pauli Girl, Carlsberg, North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Jever Pilsner. Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Yuengling Golden Pilsner, Ayinger Bavarian Pils, and Wolters Pilsener. Remind your guests to drink responsibly and don't forget to have non-alcoholic beverages like ginger beer and/or sparkling apple cider for children and for non-imbibers.
Even with the coronavirus restrictions we are going to have a shoe-slapping party that will last throughout October. Crank up the "oom-pah-pah" music, fill up your favorite mug and get ready to partake in a fun (and safe) Grace Dee May Museum tradition. Prosit!
Last year's OktoberSteinFest was a tremendous success.
We will return again in person in 2021.