An annual fall tradition is almost set to begin down the road in Kitchener-Waterloo.

The 51st edition of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is set to begin Friday and go for nine days with officials saying that the event annually provides $21.8 million of economic benefit to the community.

It starts with the opening ceremonies on Friday which this year have been moved to the corner of King Street and Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest President Tim Beckett says the ceremonies will have something for everyone.

“We’ve partnered with the BIA and the businesses in the area to create a nice facility for people to come and wander through, there will be carnival games and rides for the kids.”

Organizers say the festival celebrates German food, music, fashion and more.

You can click here to find out all the details about this year’s events.