2017 will be my 3rd time visiting the famed Oktoberfest festival in Munich, Germany. It’s started to become a little tradition among my friends – and we just keep coming back. No matter how you go, you’ll enjoy the festival, but here some some tips to enjoy it to the max.

Dress the Part: First thing is you have to get dressed up. I get it. I’m really not one to dress up and Halloween is my least favorite holiday, but if you’re not in a dirndl or lederhosen, trust me, you’ll be out of place. Even the Germans are dressed up. My friend has over 12 dirndls (the women’s dress outfit) so that she rotates them throughout the days. To add to your outfit, you’ll have to pick up one of the gingerbread heart necklaces and clothespins both that have different phrases and pickup lines on them.

Make New Friends: Oktoberfest comes with many clichés and a drunken beer festival is usually one of them. While that will definitely be how the evenings end if you’re drinking all day, my favorite part of Oktoberfest is all the people you get to meet. The tables are long picnic table-style seating so you’ll be next to people from all over the world. I’ve met and chatted with people from down the road in Munich, to Sweden, Italy and around the world. It’s exciting to enjoy the experience with others.

Try Different Beers: Each Oktoberfest tent is essentially a brewery, so they will each feature their own brew of Oktoberfest beer. There aren’t a variety on tap to choose from, just really the one or two options for the brewery’s Oktoberfest (or Wiesn as Oktoberfest is called locally) brew. So be sure to not stay at one tent and visit many tents to try the different beers, and experience the different tents. Each tent has a different theme and vibe from music to decorations so the tents themselves are worth the visit.

Eat, Eat and Eat: To drink all day, you have to start in the morning but to last all day you have to eat and drink water along the way too. Each of the tents will have food, and there will also be concessions outside in the main festival area. Food will include chicken, pretzels, and lots of kinds of sausages and bratwursts.

Enjoy the Festival: Finally, be sure to walk around outside of the tents a little bit. There is a ferris wheel which has a great view of the whole festival grounds, and lots of really fun carnival rides. There are little souvenir shops, rides, games and food stands.