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This October students studying Spanish in Argentina can experience a wildly popular festival that takes place every year in Villa General Belgrano, close to Cordoba, that brings together the worlds love for lederhosen, national costumes, German music, food and beer. Students studying Spanish in Argentina should not miss this must see festival called Oktoberfest or Fiesta Nacional de la Cerveza (The National Festival of Beer).

This popular celebration began in the 1960´s but in the 1980´s became a national event. This 11 day festival features parades, bands, beer tasting, dance exhibitions, beer tasting, eating, beer drinking, and the crowning of the Queen of Oktoberfest. Students learning Spanish in Argentina will be able to enjoy music and dance groups from Europe and other Latin American countries, while some days devoted only to specific countries and beers from those countries. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina will also be able to see Argentine influence in music, dance, traditional costumes, and Argentine beer.

The festival takes place in Villa General Belgrano, in the Valle de Calamuchita, a region of tall mountains, rushing rivers and great lakes. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina will truly appreciate this area for its beauty and diversity. The village is of German descent when in the1930’s German families began to arrive and together created a village of red-roofed wooden houses, quaint streets, and brought the tradition, music, and cuisine of Germany. Today students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina can see a slightly more modernized and Argentine-German influenced village, however this village has defiantly stayed true to its roots and is a unique place in Argentina.

Students studying Spanish in Argentina simply must check out this year’s festival.

The festival begins October 3rd and finishes October 13th. Entrance for the weekend of the 3rd is $20 pesos, free during the week, and then $30 pesos for the last weekend. Tickets can be bought upon arrival.