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Oktoberfest in Arkansas

Our list of 2013 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 in the state claiming German ancestry seems pretty low.  Please let me know if I missed some.


We will move Oktoberfests here as we have dates for the event in 2014.

Last Year’s Events:

First Thursday Fayetteville Oktoberfest- Fayetteville, Arkansas – October 3, 2013
Bratwurst eating contest, wiener dog races, German dog costume contest and pumpkin decorating. Beer garden run by the Fayetteville Underground. Music by The Polkameisters. Admission is free.

Oktoberfest First Friday – Bentonville, AR – October 4-5, 2013
The first weekend in October brings traditional German food, a Mug Root Biergarten, brat eating contest and chicken dance to Bentonville.

Oktoberfest Paragould – Paragould, AR – October 12, 2013
2013 will make the 3rd annual Oktoberfest in Paragould. They will have a wiener race, dog parade, German car show, arts and crafts vendors and biergarten.
Location: 100 S. Pruett Street, Paragould, AR.

Little Rocktoberfest – October 5, 2013
11th annual Arkansas Oktoberfest hosted by the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Beer tasting, root beer floats and bratwurst. Advance tickets are $25 and they did sell out in advance last year.
Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 West Broadway, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

Little Rock Oktoberfest – Little Rock, Arkansas
An Arkansas Oktoberfest has been hosted by the St. Edward Catholic Church & School for the past three years but as of 8/31/2013 the website hasn’t been updated from the 2012 information.

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


  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 !!

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