Oktoberfest taking place at many locations in Hattiesburg in 2016

Oktoberfest taking place at many locations in Hattiesburg in 2016

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An annual festival of German culture is growing in popularity in the Pine Belt.

Oktoberfest will be celebrated in several locations in Hattiesburg this year.

St. John Lutheran Church will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, as a fundraiser for mission work.

And two businesses will join the celebration.

The Keg & Barrel will host a Thursday night event, while The Porter Pub will feature Oktoberfest specials every night through Saturday.

"A lot of the bars and restaurants are starting to collaborate on those types of things, so I foresee Oktoberfest becoming bigger and bigger in downtown Hattiesburg," said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

Oktoberfest was first celebrated in Bavaria in 1810.