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Oktoberfest in Arkansas

Our list of 2014 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.

2014:

Little Rocktoberfest - Little Rock, AR, September 27, 2014
12th annual Arkansas Oktoberfest hosted by the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Beer tasting, root beer floats and bratwurst. Advance tickets are $30  and they did sell out in advance last year.
Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 West Broadway, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

Oktoberfest – Fairfield Bay, AR – October 10-11, 2014
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.
Location:  Fairfield Bay Conference & Visitor Center at 110 Lost Creek Parkway

Rocktoberfest - Jacksonville, AR – October 4, 2014
Experience Oktoberfest with live music, an art festival, a car show, beer garden, food booths, golf and more.  Event is held at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Oktoberfest – Rogers, AR – October 4, 2014
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

Hotosertoma Oktoberfest – Springfield – Sept 19-20, 2014
First 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. Live Bands include Howie & the Hillcats, Papa Green Shoes, Machine Gun Symphony, The Verbing Nouns, The Dirty Saints and Sequel Dose.
Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

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 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.

Knights of Columbus Council 996 Oktoberfest – Fort Smith, AR
Usually a three day event with proceeds going to charity. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus since 1984.

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

5 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 !!

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