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America’s most controversial pizza chain is making its way to Germany and you can thank (or blame) the Russians. Retail giant, PJ Western, who brought Papa John’s pizza to Russia is expanding south to Germany.
The last in the succession of Easter-related holidays in Germany is today, June 20, in the form of “Fronleichnam”, an important day for Catholic churchgoers in particular.
As many of us will remember from our school days, for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day and shortest night of the year occurs at the time of the summer solstice, which occurs on or about June 21 each year.
Enjoy yourself at Oktoberfest, but be vigilant and maintain situational awareness at all times. 
Oktoberfest safety tips 
Oktoberfest season is just around the corner and you’re either really excited or just rolled your eyes. You may be over the hype behind it and are looking for something less popularized. Or, you’ve already celebrated Oktoberfest in Germany and want to add a new country to the list. 
Oktoberfest kicks off with its customary keg tapping and declaration of “O’zapft is!” by the mayor of Munich on Saturday, Sept. 21st. The Bavarian festival celebrates all things beer through Tuesday, Oct. 6th and is expected draw more than 6 million visitors.
Every year, 600,000 visitors from all over the globe flock to Munich for the world’s largest and most well-known beer fest … if you plan to attend Oktoberfest this year or have a friend who is, here’s what you need to know to stay safe.
1. Establish a meeting point.
Munich's Oktoberfest kicks off on Sept. 21st! Here are some helpful hints about this year’s festival:
What to know before you go
As the summer starts to slowly fade and the breezes feel cripser, Volksfeste begin to pop up in villages around Germany. Tis the season … Oktoberfest season!
Munich’s Oktoberfest is the epitome of German beer festivals. Considered the largest fair in the world, 6 million people are drawn to the Bavarian capital every fall from all over the globe. But popularity isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
A trip to the real-deal Oktoberfest is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime, don’t-miss experience. But it’s not without its drawbacks.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service recognized the KMC Exchange as the winner of the Director/CEO Cup 2018 for Europe Region.
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Through July 6 in Greenwich, England
Performance artists and international companies delight audiences with clever and unexpected acts performed in public spaces.