Reston, VA (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
MapMuse today announced the release of the Oktoberfest in America Locator, a free web guide to celebrating the famous German beer festival in the United States. The guide is built on an interactive map that locates over 280 bars, restaurants, and other businesses throwing Oktoberfest celebrations in the fall of 2012.
“Most people don’t realize how big Oktoberfest has gotten here,” says MapMuse founder Mike Pilon. “Wherever you live, there’s most likely a festival being thrown somewhere nearby. This map ensures that you won’t miss out on it.” For the previously uninformed and uninitiated, Oktoberfest is sixteen-day fair held annually in Munich during late September and early October. It attracts more than five million revelers, who come to celebrate Bavarian culture by consuming copious quantities of beer and bratwurst. Over the past half-century, German Americans have brought the festivities to this side of the Atlantic, where it's typically celebrated in neighborhoods with large German immigrant populations.
The Oktoberfest in America Locator map is populated with icons representing the locations of celebrations occurring over the next several months. Tapping an icon brings up a celebration’s profile page, which contains helpful information such as contact details, hours, background information, photos, web links, and driving directions. “The purpose of the map is to make it as easy as possible for partiers to get from their homes to the nearby Oktoberfest events,” says Pilon. “We think it accomplishes that, plus some.”
While MapMuse spends many hours updating the Oktoberfest database, users are encouraged to submit new details as they hear of them. Although festival organizers will often update their own profiles, anyone can suggest changes to the map. Changes are reviewed by MapMuse for accuracy and approved within 48 hours. Users are also encouraged to share reviews of festivals they visit. “The Oktoberfest in America Locator is more than just a map-based directory,” says Pilon. “It’s an online community and review platform too.”
MapMuse, an internet and app development company based out of Reston, Virginia, develops locator maps for dozens of holidays and festivals. In preparation for the 2012 fall season, they’ll be releasing maps of pumpkin festivals, apple festivals, harvest festivals, and more.