Oktoberfest in Alabama
Join us for Oktoberfest 2017 in Alabama. Only 5% of residents of Alabama claim German ancestry. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a good Alabama Oktoberfest. We are currently aware of eight events. Take a look at these festivals near Decatur, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile for some good German beer and food.
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Seafood Festival - Guntersville, AL - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016
The Saint William Seafood Festival has been ongoing for over 45 years. You are going to love the Cajun boiled shrimp, Gumbo, chicken and catfish dinners.
Sweet Tater Festival - Cullman, AL - Sep 4 to Sep 4, 2016
A reporter on AL.com called this the greatest event south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But be warned: he couldn’t find any sweet taters while there in 2014.
Middle Eastern Food Festival - Birmingham, AL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2016
Celebrate 36 years of the Saint George’s annual festival. Lots of great food and fun.
Foothills Festival - Jasper, AL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Free live music concert and local vendors at Courthouse Square in downtown Jasper.
Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off - Decatur, AL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Over 70 professional and amateur BBQ cooking teams compete for prizes. Recognized as an official State Barbecue Championship competition.
Oka Kapassa Native American festival - Tuscumbia, AL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
A two day gathering celebrating the culture and traditions of Native Americans in Spring Park.
Depot Days Festival - Hartselle, AL - Sep 10 to Sep 17, 2016
Features a pageant, zombie chase, live music concert, half marathon, art show, tractor show, bike show, local foods and lots of arts and crafts.
Original Birmingham Oktoberfest - Birmingham, AL - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Details are on their facebook page. The FDSK German Culture Club in Birmingham hosts an annual three day Oktoberfest at Das Haus. The FDSK (Freunde Deutscher Sprache und Kultur) was founded by German immigrants in 1965 and moved to its present location in 1970.
Redstone Arsenal MWR Oktoberfest - Huntsville, AL - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
The annual three or four day Oktoberfest in the middle of September hosted by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation at Redstone Arsenal is open to the public. Enter through Gate 10 on Jordan Lane/Patton Road. Admission is $12-15 depending on day and includes parking, carnival rides and other entertainment. Hours are posted on their website.
International Festival of North Alabama - Huntsville, AL - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Enjoy the International cuisine, food trucks, live music, kids activities, open air market and more. Held at the UAH Fitness Center.
Monte Sano Art Festival - Huntsville, AL - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Enjoy handmade artwork amidst the natural beauty of the state park.
Birmingham Greek Festival - Birmingham, AL - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
North Alabama State Fair - Muscle Shoals, AL - Sep 20 to Sep 25, 2016
One of the largest annual events in North Alabama with attendance of approximately 80,000. It started in 1935.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival - Springville, AL - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Porktoberque - Dothan, AL - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Last Year’s Description: Enjoy barbecue, beer and live music at this Oktoberfest celebration in Dothan. Free samples of craft beer from Folklore Brewery and Meadery on Friday from 6-8 in the Man Cave. The People’s Choice Tasting competition is on Saturday from 11-1. The New South Cruisers Car Show will be on Saturday as well. Two stages of musical acts will see performances by Random-Ax, Los Locos, Thrice Pierced, Polka Dots, and Big Jimmy. Cornhole tournament on Saturday with free practice rounds on Friday. Inflatables for kids both days.
Irondale Whistle Stop Festival - Irondale, AL - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A free event with live music and arts/crafts. Don’t forget to try the famous fried green tomatoes at the Irondale cafe!
Hokes Bluff CityFest - Hokes Bluff, AL - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Bands, Carnival Rides, Food and Retail Vendors. Runs from 2:00 – 10:00 PM. Held at Hokes Bluff City Park.
Eastern Shore Jubilee Festival - Daphne, AL - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Harriott II: Oktoberfest Cruise - Montgomery, AL - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Alabama Butterbean Festival - Pinson, AL - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
A free family event for fans of the yummy legume.
Alabama Frog Level Festival - Fayette, AL - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Tavern Fest - Montgomery, AL - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2016
Fort Rucker Oktoberfest - Fort Rucker, AL - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2016
Fort Rucker will be celebrating its 14th Oktoberfest on the Festival Fields from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bratwurst, schnitzel, German beer and other traditional food will be served. Sonnenschein Express will play live German music. Kid-friendly activities will include crafts, inflatables and a pumpkin patch. Admission is free.
Madison Street Festival - Madison, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Annual event in historic downtown Madison. Do not miss the morning parade, car show, expo area, arts and craft vendors, food, and Kid’s area.
Moody Oktoberfest - Moody, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
St. Florian Oktoberfest - St. Florian, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Alabama Coastal BirdFest - Fairhope, AL - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2016
Great for birders with lots of workshops, speakers, trips, conservation Expo, and more.
Cullman Oktoberfest - Cullman, AL - Oct 5 to Oct 9, 2016
The annual week long celebration of Oktoberfest in Cullman was cut down to an action packed 5 days in 2015. It is an annual event starting on the first Saturday of October since 1982, became famous initially for its absence of alcohol sales. In October 2011, after voters passed a referendum allowing alcohol sales in Cullman, this Alabama Oktoberfest opened its first biergarten. In 2013, the Alabama Craft Biergarten at the Cullman Oktoberfest will have German style craft beers made by Alabama brewers such as Straight to Ale Brewing and Blue Pants Brewery. There’s a car show at Depot Park. The crowning of Miss Oktoberfest happens on the first weekend as well. The last day of the event brings the wiener dog races, bratwurst eating contest, 2nd annual charity bedrace, third annual BBQ Challenge with world class barbeque chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket, and the Oktoberfest 10K, 5K and 1 Mile fun run. The event concludes with the Burgermeister Ball. Music includes selections from Wolfgang Mortz and Terry Cavangh and the Alpine Express, among TBA acts. Cost: Events at the Festhalle and the Cullman County Museum are usually free. Events sponsored by other organizations may have an admission fee.
Shoals Oktoberfest - Florence, AL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2016
Singin’ River Brewing Company is stepping up their Oktoberfest a few notches. Artoberfest on Thursday October 6th, BrewMaster Dinner on October 7th, and full on SHoals Oktoberfest October 8th which is family friendly.
Boaz Harvest Festival - Boaz, AL - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Features include an antique car show, over 400 arts and craft vendors, food, pageant, pie eating contest, live music entertainment, fun run and so much more.
Headland Harvest Day Festival - Headland, AL - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Held at downtown square it has arts and craft vendors, car show, live entertainment, food vendors and lots of games and rides.
Evergreen Sausage Festival - Evergreen, AL - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
A bbq cook-off and arts/crafts event.
Auburn University Oktoberfest - Auburn, AL - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Alexander City Oktoberfest - Alexander City, AL - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Blountsville Harvest Festival - Blountsville, AL - Oct 10 to Oct 10, 2016
National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, AL - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
45th annual event on the beaches of Gulf Shores attracting 250,000 people. Free admission.
Thorsby Swedish Fest - Thorsby, AL - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Enjoy the beauty pageant, car show, viking run, and parade.
Kentuck Arts Festival - Northport, AL - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Nationally and internationally acclaimed folk artists present their works.
Alabama Gourd Show - Cullman, AL - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Gourd Round Up with this annual event featuring art and craft made with gourds.
Mentone Fall Colorfest - Mentone, AL - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Live entertainment, arts/crafts, parade, storytelling and other activities.
Covered Bridge Festival - Oneonta, AL - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
An event to celebrate the covered bridge capital of Alabama. It has been going on for more than 30 years.
Alabama Renaissance Faire - Florence, AL - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
30,000 to 40,000 visit Wilson Park for this event with a medieval/renaissance theme, beautiful fall foliage and free admission.
Greater Gulf State Fair - Mobile, AL - Oct 28 to Nov 6, 2016
A fair for residents of South Alabama, Northwest Florida and Southeast Mississippi that was started in 1955 by the Mobile Jaycees.
Butler Fest - Butler, AL - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2016
Elberta German Sausage Festival - Elberta, AL - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Alabama Cotton Festival - Eclectic, AL - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Boll Weevil Fall Festival - Enterprise, AL - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Some say that the statute in Enterprise is the only one in the world dedicated to an insect pest. The destruction of the cotton crop led to greater agricultural diversity and prosperity.
Alabama Frontier Days - Wetumpka, AL - Nov 2 to Nov 5, 2016
This event demonstrates life in the South in the 18th and early 19th Century.
National Peanut Festival - Dothan, AL - Nov 4 to Nov 13, 2016
The nation’s largest peanut festival celebrates the harvest. One-quarter of the U.S. peanut crop is harvested within 75 miles of Dothan.
Fairhope Veterans Day Parade - Fairhope, AL - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
World Food Championships - Orange Beach, AL - Nov 8 to Nov 15, 2016
Fairhope Film Festival - Fairhope, AL - Nov 10 to Nov 13, 2016
National Veterans Day Parade - Birmingham, AL - Nov 11 to Nov 11, 2016
Our military veterans are still honored with a parade at the home of the first Veterans Day.
Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration - Fairhope, AL - Nov 17 to Nov 17, 2016
Mobile International Festival - Mobile, AL - Nov 19 to Nov 19, 2016
Humphrey’s Oktoberfest – Huntsville, AL – October 1, 2015
Plantation House and Gardens – Millbrook, AL – Friday nights in October
During the month of October, Renate’ Lindsey, a classically trained chef from Germany, will be serving a German buffet every Friday night at her restaurant. Traditional favorites such as pork schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage and apples, spaetzle, apple strudel and other delicious items will be featured.
St. Mary’s Home Young Leaders’ Society Oktoberfest – Mobile, AL – October 28, 2015
We hope you enjoy these German celebrations for Oktoberfest. Alabama residents: be sure to tell us which one you liked best!
We have just added these maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That’s one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to the 2016 event when information for 2017 is not available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We’re sorry that we don’t have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections when you find them!
Try my list of the largest festivals for Oktoberfest in the United States or check the list of nearby states for more parties: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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