4. Calling it the 'Wiesn' will make you look like an insider
Oktoberfest is affectionately known as the “Wiesn” by locals, after the Theresienwiese, or the plot of land on which it takes place (which, confusingly, is named after the princess Therese. Make sense?).
5. It’s not just a beer-infused mess; there’s a lot of pomp and circumstance involved
Since 1950, each Oktoberfest begins with a parade of extravagantly decorated horses pulling kegs, as well as carriages full of waiters, staff, and tent owners. At noon on the first Saturday, the mayor of Munich taps the first keg of special Oktoberfest brew and yells “O’zapft ist!” -- Bavarian for "it’s tapped" -- before 12 ceremonial shots are fired, signaling to tents across the fest that beer can finally be served. Locals line up as early as 6am.
6. It’s been cancelled 24 times in 204 years
Usually because of war, or, you know, a bad case of cholera.