I have to admit, before I attended my first Oktoberfest I wasn't really sure what to expect. I knew that they served beer in huge mugs, and there was some sort of tent situation, but I didn't have a clear idea of what that all meant. The Stuttgart Oktoberfest actually reminded me more of a carnival. There were rides, food stands, games, all the things that you would find at a temporary carnival in the US. The difference between a regular carnival and Oktoberfest however, is that there are also huge tents where they serve beer.