Oktoberfest in Brazil is a great introduction to the country's German heritage. Inspired in the Oktoberfest in Munich, the Oktoberfest in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, is now one of the world's largest outside Germany.
Because Oktoberfest in Brazil is held in the spring, one of the best things about it is the fact that you can time the top festivals with more southern Brazil attractions - in warm weather. A bit of traveling will take you from oom-pa to the beach, to Iguassu Falls or to some of Brazil's most beautiful mountain destinations, such as São Joaquim National Park in Urubici , SC.
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The festival of Blumenau was created in 1984, after a big flooding of the Itajaí-Açu river, as a means of recovering the city's economy and raising the morale of its inhabitants. Since its first edition it has been a success, and today it has an attendance of about 700,000 visitors over a fortnight and a consumption of 626,000 liters of draft beer. It features parades, parties, national and international bands playing traditional and pop German music in the Biergarten and in the street, as well as typical food and locally brewed and imported beer. Also, there are folk dances (Tanzgruppen), shooting matches (Schützenvereine), Germanic singing, folk costume and german cuisine. "Fritz" and "Frida" are the typical German characters. The "Vovó e Vovô Chopão" (Grandma and Grandpa Chopão, "Big Beer") are the oficial symbolic characters of the event.