Visitors celebrate in the Hofbrau tent on Sept. 24 in Munich.
The annual festival is known locally as the "Wiesn" because it is held on the Theresienwiese, an open space near the city center. The two-week celebration is attended by locals and tourists alike, many decked out in traditional lederhosen and dirndls.
Visitors reach for one-liter glasses of free beer to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Paulaner tent on Sept. 17.
The festival was first held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Theresa of Saxony. The festivities were repeated annually in October, but were later brought forward to start in September when the temperatures in Bavaria are usually warmer.
A young boy participates in the traditional costume and riflemen parade on the second day of Oktoberfest on Sept. 18. The world's largest beer festival runs until Oct. 3.
People ride a swing in front of St. Paul's church on Sept. 26.