All over southern Germany - particularly Bavaria - there are the festivals related to Oktoberfest. The world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich actually starts in September.
The tradition started when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810 and they celebrated by inviting the citizens to a festival on the Theresienwiesen where they have been held ever since.
The worst festival experience of my life was at the Oktoberfest in Munich in 1993. I went with a group of 50 people from work and we all didn't know we needed to have reserved a tent in advance. So immediately the group got split up into tiny groups of 2-3 people so we could squeeze into the few remaining seats in the overcrowded beer tents.
If you plan to go as a group, be sure to reserve a table in advance.
After just an hour, the stench of sweat and beer was too much for me and I went out for fresh air. They wouldn't let me back in due to over-crowding so I wandered around the Wiesn by myself for the entire day until it was time to get the train back home.
This year, a few months ago, while I was visiting a friend in Munich, I saw this beer cart on a busy, normal street. It was pedal-powered by women wearing the traditional dirndl dresses and drinking beer. Only in Bavaria would they allow you to drink and drive at the same time.
I think they got special permits because it is considered a sight-seeing tour attraction. ( pedalhelden.de )
Street photography in Europe has become increasingly challenging because you cannot publish photos where the person is identifiable in Internet without explicit permission.
This weekend's weather is overcast, cold and rainy so I didn't bother to go to the local Oktoberfest in nearby Hockenheim, besides I didn't want to spend hours in post-processing blurring out the faces of dozens of people.
Instead I took some Oktoberfest-themed photos in my backyard.