What is Oktoberfest? It started in 1810 to celebrate the nuptials of German King Ludwig I to his princess Therese of Saxe-Hidburghausen in Germany. The festival in Germany is now a 16 day event in Munich that draws people from all over the world to celebrate Bavarian culture where 7 million litres of beer are consumed.

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Oktoberfest is replicated throughout the world and luckily, we've got the New Bedford Oktoberfest coming up on Oct. 4 right at the State Pier. In its ninth year, it's more than just an excuse to put on your finest Lederhosen and imbibe some of the best local brews.

The New Bedford Oktoberfest is hosted by the SCBA, a local non-profit that raises money for great causes.  So what's your beer money going to this year? The UMASS Dartmouth Legacy scholarship fund. So drink up. You're helping pay for someone's education.

What can you expect from this year's event? Live music and entertainment and over 15 breweries showcasing their goods for you to sample. Tickets are $15 in advance. Click here for more info or to get tickets ahead of time. The event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until midnight.