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Oktoberfest in Arkansas

Our list of 2016 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Arkansas.  When I discovered that there weren’t very many festivals for Oktoberfest in Utah, I understood why.  I have no clue why there aren’t more Oktoberfests in Arkansas.  Four festivals for 350,000 citizens in the state claiming German ancestry seems pretty low.  Please let me know if I missed some.

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2016

Little Rocktoberfest - Little Rock, AR - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 West Broadway, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

Sertoma Oktoberfest - Springfield, AR - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Annual event. $5 entry and $5 parking. Must be 21 to enter. Alpine Goodwill Games (including Stein Hoisting, Barrel Roll, Brat Toss, Carry the Wench, Tricycle Race, Log Rolling, Barrel Toss, Striking Hammer and Pulling the Keg) and 5K run/walk on Saturday. Beer, brats and more.

American Legion Post 341 Oktoberfest - Bella Vista, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016

Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016

Oktoberfest/Storyfest - Fairfield Bay, AR - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Enjoy music, dancing, a Bier Garten, German food, and of course an Oompah-pah band. All the fun, food, and beer available. Admission is free.

Eureka Springs Oktoberfest - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Little Rock Oktoberfest - Little Rock, AR - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Hosted by the St. Edward Catholic Church & School.

Arktoberfest - Arkadelphia, AR - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Arkansas craft beers, homebrew competition, catfish cook-off and family-friendly fall festival.

2015:

Oktoberfest First Friday – Bentonville, AR – October 2, 2015
The first weekend in October brings traditional German food, a Mug Root Biergarten, brat eating contest and chicken dance to Bentonville.

Oktoberfest – Rogers, AR – October 3, 2015
A whole day of food, music and fun for the family. Enjoy the sounds of the Oom-pah-pah bands and Hammerschlagen, the scents of bratwurst and pretzels!
Location:  Frisco Park – 200 S. First St., Rogers, AR 72756

Knights of Columbus Council 996 Oktoberfest – Fort Smith, AR – October 9-10, 2015
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus since 1984.

Oaklawn Oktoberfest – Hot Springs, AR

Dickson Street Oktoberfest – Fayetteville, AR – October 11, 2015

Texarkana Oktoberfest – Texarkana, AR – Not Happening in 2016

We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Arkansas residents: Let us know which one you like the best!

Given the limited number of festivals celebrating Oktoberfest in Arkansas, I’m recommending that you also look at the list of large Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States as well as the surrounding states which also have Oktoberfest parties: Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Arkansas in October:

Arkansas Festivals
Arkansas Corn Mazes
Arkansas Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Arkansas
Arkansas pumpkin patches

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hot Springs used to have a great Oktoberfest – started in 1972 ( as I recall) and hosted in the old Civic Center, which was perfect – big, round, two Oompah Bands, lots of beer and people – and nice and loud – perfect for the Chicken Dance. It was moved into one of the rooms of the expanded Civic Center in the 90’s and always had a great turnout – but it seemed that the Powers that Be began to sabotage the festival – first, not even hiring a Oktoberfest band one year, just some local rock and roll group, and playing Polka on a recording during the band intermission – it was terrible , finally moving it to an outdoor facility, under an inappropriate picnic shelter at an amusement park just outside Hot Springs, and finally to a cramped tent that couldn’t accommodate the participants in the parking lot of the post office off Grand Ave. I guess it’s gone, but it was really entertaining back in the 70’s and 80’s.

    • I invited an acquaintance to Oktoberfest once – he refused since his church didn’t allow drinking alcohol – I told him he and his didn’t have to touch a drop of that delicious brew – but he refused anyway – guess you gotta be on the German/Irish side of things to enjoy life !!

  2. Oktoberfest is coming back to Hot Springs, — it is scheduled as a two day event. Should be hearing more about it the next few months.

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