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.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Oktoberfest – Fairfield Bay, AR – October 9-10, 2015
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
Hot Springs Oktoberfest – Hot Springs – AR – Sept 4-5, 2015
Eureka Springs Oktoberfest – Eureka Springs, AR – October 17, 2015
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
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
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: