Known as the world’s largest public festival, the Munich Oktoberfest (last two weeks of September – first two weeks of Oktober) will be enjoyed by almost seven million visitors this year alone. Fortunately, for those of us who can’t make it to die Wiesn for the world’s biggest party, over 150 Oktoberfest events celebrating German culture, food and beverages are staged across the US and Canada every year – from New York to Seattle, from Kitchener Waterloo to Vancouver. With 16% of the US population and about 10% of Canadians claiming German ancestry, it’s no wonder that Oktoberfest is such a popular annual event!Search the list below (sorted by state or province) to find an Oktoberfest event near you. If you would like your Oktoberfest event to be listed on this page, please email us.
The Freunde Deutscher Sprache und Kultur (FDSK) German Culture Club has hosted a traditional Bavarian-style Oktoberfest in downtown Birmingham annually since 1969. Southeast Tourism Society listed the FDSK Birmingham Oktoberfest as “One of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” four consecutive years, 1986-89. Also celebrating Christmas Markets in December! For more information, visit the Birmingham Oktoberfest site.
Strike up the oompah band! Dust off the lederhosen and dirndl! And roll out the root beer keg! Cullman, Alabama, is getting ready for its annual Oktoberfest. The city’s German heritage, tradition and values emerge in full bloom.
Come to the Festhalle, center of daily fun, food, music and dancing.
The unique Cullman Festhalle is near the center of town and by the Col. Cullman Museum. For more information, visit the Cullman Oktoberfest site.
Fort Rucker , AL
Howze Field Across from Aviators’ Landing on Novosel St. Oktoberfest Celebration German Music, Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Authentic German Beer, Vendors, Games, need we say more. The party of all parties you don’t want to miss!! 334-255-1749. For more information, visit the Fort Rucker Oktoberfest’s Facebook page!
A block party celebration that will include brats, of course, live music, authentic Oktoberfest games, plenty of craft ales, selection of fine wines, spectacular raffle basket prizes and fun to help make a difference for a good cause. The proceeds help fund scientific research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s and support local organizations that guide and serve people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and families. Baehr Challenge Phoenix Oktoberfest site.
Port Alberni, BC
Oktoberfest is a time of music and merrymaking featuring The Alpiners Band from Vancouver BC., under the direction of Al Pichler. This versatile group plays everything from oompapa to sing-a-longs and modern tunes. The Edelweiss Dancers provide entertainment with the Schuplattler dancers from the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps. The Silverstar Band also from Vancouver, BC., are known to be quite versatile in their playing as well, from old-fashioned polkas or waltzes to rock music. For more information, visit the the Port Alberni “Europa Club” site.
Ben Lomond, CA
Come and join us for a special Oktoberfest Menu and of course beer and Bavarian Pretzels. Contests include beer stein holding and a pretzel count. We also have gag photography. Four bands will be providing traditional and contemporary music. For more information, visit the Annual Tyrolean Inn Oktoberfest site.
Big Bear Lake, CA
For six and a half weekends every Fall a very special extended family comes together in Big Bear for Southern California’s party of the season and you’re invited to join the celebration! The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest commemorates the traditions of a simpler era. A time when family and friends offered happiness and enjoyment. For more information, visit the Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest site.
This festival draws over 40,000 people so come early and expect to stay all day as you visit over 100 arts and crafts booths. Vendors offerings include traditional creations such as jewelry, photography, paintings and wood crafts. Spaten Beer representatives will be pouring an official Oktoberfest beer dating back to 1810 and the days of King Ludwig. German foods, including many types of Bratwurst, plus German potato salad and sauerkraut and red cabbage will delight the taste buds. For more information, visit the Annual Campbell Oktoberfest site.
Clayton Business & Community Association invites you to experience Oktoberfest “Munich Style” in picturesque Clayton, CA. Set under beautiful Mt. Diablo, it evokes a feeling of Bavaria.
Grab your steins and get ready for 2 fun filled days!street performers, marionette shows, continuous live music featuring The Internationals, traditional Biergarten, great German food and beer, premium California wines, large arts and crafts show, carnival For more information, visit the Clayton’s Annual Oktoberfest Celebration site.
Cotati, La Plaza Park, CA
Get out your lederhosen and practice your yodeling for the upcoming Cotati Oktoberfest. Wunderbar German food and beer, plus the oom-pah-pah of Karl Lebherz Band. Polka to your heart’s content on our dance floor.
La Plaza Park, downtown Cotati at the corner of Old Redwood Hwy. & W. Sierra Ave., under a giant tent!
For more information, call the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at (707) 795-5508 or email email@example.com.
For more information, visit the Cotati Oktoberfest site.
Grass Valley, CA
Enjoy German food and dance.
For more information, visit the Oktoberfest in the Gold Country – Grass Valley site.
Live music by the Deutscher Musik Verein, San Francisco and The Edelweiß Band, performances by Almenrausch Schuhplattler and Naturfreunde Schuhplattler, Fahneneinmarsch of the German Clubs (flag ceremony), good German food, Bavarian beer, Californian wine Puppet Show and Children’s Crafts, great raffle and vendors. For more information, visit the German Fest site.
Huntington Beach, CA
Since 1978, Oktoberfest has had its roots right here in Huntington Beach. Complete with German bands imported from Europe, dancing, and imported beers (of course) and tasty German foods from bratwurst to potato salad to hot pretzels and apple strudel, Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Even you can join in on all the fun and even learn the infamous “chicken dance.” For more information, visit the Oktoberfest at Old World Village site.
The highlight of the festival is the large outdoor beer hall, housing a beer tasting area, where premiere
breweries will be pouring their finest brews. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase beer
packages which will include a commemorative festival stein to taste locally produced beers such as
Oakland’s own Linden Street Brewery and Berkeley’s Triple Rock Brewery. For more information, visit the Oktoberfest in the Dimond site.
Traditional Oktoberfest with Gemütlichkeit, German food, Pretzels and great raffle prizes. Dance to the music of Tony Raymann and his Edelweiss Band. Entertainment by the Schuhplattler Folk Dancers. For more information, visit the Oktoberfest in Petaluma site.
San Diego, CA
The German-American Societies of San Diego present their annual Oktoberfest with German live bands, foods and beverages, as well as kid’s entertainment. For more information, visit the San Diego Oktoberfest site.
San Francisco, CA
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich’s famed Oktoberfest, the festival will include nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink. The world renowned Chico Bavarian Band will headline the stage. For more information, visit the Oktoberfest By The Bay site.
Sierra City , CA
Street Fair in Sierra City on scenic Highway 49, located 12 miles east of Downieville at the foot of the Sierra Buttes. Live Oompah Band, German food, Kids’ Entertainment, Raffle.
Wear your Dirndl and Lederhosen!
For more information, visit the Sierra City Annual Oktoberfest site.
Alpine Village is the home of the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California!Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah big bands flown in direct from Germany, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers. We deliver an authentic Oktoberfest to you each and every year…and all within 10 miles of Southern California’s beautiful beaches! For more information, visit the Alpine Village Oktoberfest site.
Grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen, and get ready for Denver’s 40th annual Oktoberfest. The festival has truly become a Denver mainstay offering German attractions, music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children’s activities, heritage booths selling German goods, splendid decor, an accordion concert, traditional Biergartens, and authentic cuisine. For more information, visit the Oktoberfest on Larimer Square site.
The Town of Vail is hosting two full weekends of oompah parties, lively demonstrations and traditional German fare in Lionshead and Vail Village. Festivities include brat-eating and keg-decorating contests, yodeling and alpine horn blowing, and Bavarian dancing. Oktoberfest is six fun-filled days the whole family will enjoy. For more information, visit the Vail Oktoberfest site.
Home made Potato Pancakes, German Beer, German Wurst, Sauerkraut, German baked goods, Schuhplattlers & German Musik. Band from Bavaria, Germany: Schwabenmusikanten. For more information, visit the The Hartford Saengerbund German Bierfest site.
West Haven, CT
Home made Potato Pancakes, German Beer, German Wurst, Sauerkraut, German baked goods, Schuhplattlers & German Musik. For more information, visit the The Harugari Oktoberfest site.
Newark , DE
German specialties include grilled Bratwurst (pork sausage), Weisswurst (veal sausage), Frankfurters, BBQchicken, pretzels and “Rollmops”, a marinated herring served with rye bread. The “Enzian Volkstanzgruppe”, the Bavarian dance group of the Delaware Saengerbund, will entertain at intervals during the festival. They perform in the colorful “Tracht” – the traditional costume patterned after the distinctive style of Miesbach in Bavaria. The men wear “Lederhosen” – buck skin leather pants – the women a “Dirndl” – a dress consisting of several parts: skirt, blouse, vest, apron, shawl, completed with a special hat. German music is provided throughout the weekend for dancing. For more information, visit the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest site.
Cape Coral , FL
Six days of Gemütlichkeit (comfort in a festive atmosphere), laughter, singing and dancing, along with delicious food and beverages, games and entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit the Cape Coral Oktoberfest site.
Lake Worth, FL
Our “Original “Oktoberfest” is one of the largest in the country! Held on ten acres of ground, under our new pavilion and massive tent. Bands from Germany, ethnic entertainment, authentic German food and imported German beer and wine along with arts and crafts, souvenirs and a carnival for kids and adults welcome 30,000 guests over two weekends. For more information, visit the Annual Lake Worth Oktoberfest site.
For more information, visit the Oktoberfest German-American Club of Greater Miami site.
The biggest Oktoberfest-Party in the Southeast that lasts two months. Located within walking distance of most hotels, Helen’s Festhalle is the spot for authentic German bands, food, beer, and fun. For more information, visit the Alpine Helen Oktoberfest site.
Located in the heart of the Village of Amana, the Festhalle, one of Amana’s great barns, has been restored to house Oktoberfest as well as other events. It was built in 1900. A portion of the gate receipts goes to continued restoration. For more information, visit the Amana Oktoberfest site.
Oktoberfest is Bavarian entertainment with Polka Bands, a Beer Garden, an Arts and Crafts show and a large Family Style ethnic Luxembourger meal served by Remsenites in Bavarian garb.
We invite everyone to visit northwest Iowa and share the good times at Remsen Oktoberfest!
Starting with humble beginnings in 1974, Remsen’s Oktoberfest now serves over 2,500 people the last Saturday in October (the weekends always the same). For more information, visit the Annual Oktoberfest in Remsen site.
Chicago , IL
Join us for beer, brats, music and fun at St. Alphonsus´ Annual Oktoberfest, one of the original premier festivals in Chicago!
Keeping with tradition, festival-goers can expect to experience homemade bratwurst, the “oompah” of German bands, the music of top area headliner bands, activities for kids (“Kinderfest”), and of course lots of great beer! Our festival will is held outdoors in a beer garden fashion under a ‘big-top’ tent. Thousands from Chicago of all ages attend and raise their stein to toast this German past time.
Don´t miss this traditional celebration and be sure to bring your appetite. We promise to quench your thirst and provide you with hours of interactive entertainment in the true spirit of a German Oktoberfest. For more information, visit the Chicago Oktoberfest site.
Our Oktoberfest is a cooperative partnership with the Peoria German-American Central Society and the Peoria Park District, and features German culture with authentic food, music and of course, German beer. We have a heritage tent, a puppet theater, carnival with children activities, plenty of music with dancing…it’s fun for all ages! For more information, visit the Peoria Oktoberfest site.
The celebration of Oktoberfest at Lynfred began over two decades ago and continues to be a festival that is remembered by all. Two days of German sing-a-longs, grape spitting, grape stomping, cork tossing and barrel races! Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite! For more information, visit the Annual Lynfred Oktoberfest and Pig Roast site.
The Seymour Oktoberfest has everything you’re looking for! From hot air balloon races and a festive parade — to a large flea market and clowns, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re looking for a high-energy experience, you’ll enjoy the 5k Walk/Run/Wheelchair race, the talent contest and German bands that are scheduled to perform nightly throughout the festival. For a quieter time, check out the baking contest, windows decorated for the festivities and the baby contest. The Oktoberfest also features free entertainment nightly on all three stages. For more information, visit the Seymour Oktoberfest site.
Join in the fun with polka music, games, presentations, entertainment activities and wonderful German food. Crafts, old-time demonstrations, rides and games for the kids make this a great family weekend. For more information, visit the Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest site.
MainStrasse Village’s Oktoberfest, one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals for September and one of Kentucky Tourism Council’s “Top Ten Fall Festivals”, invites families and travelers from throughout the Midwest to join with local crowds in enjoying the festival. A great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts attracts approximately 150,000 people to this popular festival in historic MainStrasse Village. For more information, visit the Annual MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest site.
Louisville , KY
This Oktoberfest is organized by the German-American Club Gesangverein, Inc. Gebhard Erler, The Kaelins, The Rheingolds. For more information, visit the Louisville Oktoberfest site.
New Orleans, LA
Each year, thousands of people come to the Haus to enjoy the traditional German cuisine (everything from Schnitzel to Sauerkraut), dancing in the Biergarten, favorite folksongs and German beer and wine, all part of the annual Oktoberfest celebration. For more information, visit the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest site.
Roberts Cove, LA
Southwest Louisiana is known worldwide for being home to many people of different cultures and backgrounds. Roberts Cove, Louisiana is a small community nestled in the heart of Acadiana. We celebrate our German heritage, and spotlight it at our annual festival. German food, entertainment, heritage museum, authentic gifts, are just a few of our festival’s attractions. Our clean and fun family environment set us apart from any other festival around. To experience this for yourself, join us for our annual festival. Young or old, our festival will leave you with memories that you will never forget! Join us for a taste of German food, fun and heritage. It is sure to be an experience you will never forget! For more information, visit the Roberts Cove German Festival site.
The first weekend in October is time for our German style Octoberfest- one of the biggest in New England. Come enjoy fresh Harpoon Octoberfest beer, German food, and German Oompah music. Prost!
For more information, visit the Harpoon Oktoberfest site.
Over 30 restaurant vendors, hundreds of street vendors selling artworks, jewelry, vintage clothing, neighborhood side sidewalk sales and HONK bands from around the country!
For more information, visit the Annual Oktoberfest and Honk Festival in Harvard Square site.
August Vienna celebrates its Annual “Oktoberfest”. Enjoy cold beer, good Riesling wine as well a sit-down authentic German wedding dinner – complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the “Hofbrauhaus Schlachtplatte” & Apple strudel. Dancing all day with plenty of time for Yodeling & the ever popular “Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit…! This is an event for a single person wanting to make new friends or a group of 40! For more information, visit the Annual “Oktoberfest” site.
Visit the largest Oktoberfest in New England with Beer and Wine from the German Beer Garden, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Sausages and Dancing in the Pavilion. For more information, visit the Boylston Schul-Verein Oktoberfest site.
All of your favorite craft beers and perfectly paired wines will be served to highlight the great Beer Hall theme. Baltimore Oktoberfest site.
Be sure to mark your calendar for an event rich in tradition and history. Experience the thrill of Oktoberfest in Frederick, Maryland, at the Frederick Fairgrounds.
Community Living, Inc. along with the help of The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and The Fredericktowne Rotary proudly present the seventh annual Frederick’s Oktoberfest 2009! Proceeds will benefit Community Living’s effort to continue to provide support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit the Frederick Oktoberfest site.
This traditional eating, drinking and dancing festival takes place the third full weekend of October each year, rain or shine. It features a beer tent, German food (wurst from the purveyor to the German Embassy), oompah band, German cultural activities, juried crafts, colonial living history demonstrators and children’s fun. Admission is $3.00 to the Oktoberfest grounds. Tours of the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum are $3.00 (12 and under free) and include special hearth cooking demonstrations.
For more information, visit the Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt site.
Amidst horse-drawn hayrides and scarecrow making, festival goers can enjoy authentic Bavarian fare and lively performances by Alte Kameraden German Band and the Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian dancers. Lederhosen is optional as Alt-Washingtonia instructs and encourages participation in some of their dances. Throughout the festival you’ll find booths representing local merchants, organizations, artists and craftspersons. The Arts Barn Museum Shop adjacent to the Village Green will showcase one-of-a-kind pieces by more than 100 local artists.
Kids will also enjoy a full day of pony rides, moonbounces, face painting and many other activities. For more information, visit the Annual Oktoberfest at the Kentlands site.
This year marks the 27th Anniversary of the Annual Germantown Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is Montgomery County Maryland’s flagship Upcounty event at which people from all over come together to celebrate our community and heritage. Germantown Oktoberfest offers a wonderful, fun-filled day of live music and performances, delicious food, kids’ games & inflatables, exhibits by local crafters and businesses, the ever-famous Germantown Oktoberfest Biergarten, and a spectacular display of fireworks to end a perfect day!
When you come celebrate at Oktoberfest, you also support your community. Germantown Oktoberfest is a non-profit event from which proceeds are donated to local charity that has successfully worked to improve the lives of those living in our area. Oktoberfest also provides a venue for local non-profits to showcase their commitment of service to our community. Mark your calendar and come have fun while helping us to help our community! For more information, visit the Germantown Oktoberfest site.
The Augustoberfest Event pays tribute to the area’s rich German heritage and supports scholarships for exchange students to Hagerstown’s Sister City – Wesel, Germany. This exciting event is run by the nonprofit organization, the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit the Augustoberfest site.
Ocean City, MD
The laughter and fun of Bavaria comes to Ocean City, Maryland! Discover the flavor of an Oom Pah-Pah Oktoberfest! Eat, Drink, and be Merry with schnitzels, wursts, and barrels of bier! Enjoy three full days and two nights of music and continuous entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit the Annual OKTOBERFEST site.
Southwest Harbor, ME
Sixteenth annual Acadia Oktoberfest, Food Festival and Craft Fair. Rated one of the twelve top Oktoberfests in the country by the national brewers magazines. Rain or shine all under giant tents. At Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 in Southwest Harbor. No dogs allowed please. Call 207-244-9264 or 800-423-9264. For more information, visit the Acadia Oktoberfest & Food Festival site.
Frankenmuth , MI
In 1990, Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” celebrated its first Oktoberfest. The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, heritage and love. Our goal is to incorporate as many of the sights, sounds, taste and traditions of the original Munich Oktoberfest as possible. We strive to retain as much of our Bavarian heritage as possible and proudly demonstrate this during the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest. Frankenmuth is the first Oktoberfest outside of Munich to be sanctioned by the Parliament and the City of Munich.
Come and enjoy the flavor of German cooking! We offer a variety of authentic German foods, served daily. Delight your senses with Norm’s Market catered delicacies. Be sure to enjoy Paula’s Famous Funnel cakes. You won’t want to miss out savoring some German beers along with the traditional Bavarian Inn pretzels. For more information, visit the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest site.
St. Paul, MN
An autumn tradition, Oktoberfest at Ruttger’s is non-stop activity! Enjoy the Harvest Dinner Show featuring the Co