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Oktoberfest in Delaware

You don’t need to live in a state with a ton of festivals in order to celebrate Oktoberfest. The three Delaware Oktoberfest celebrations should be enough for you to get your fill of German beer, food and fun.

2014:
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest – Newark, DE – September 19-21, 2014
This Oktoberfest in Newark includes opening parade, German music, a Bavarian dance group, German cuisine and Munich beer. Admission is $8 per person.
Location: 49 Salem Church Road, Newark, Delaware

Last Year’s Events:
Dover German American Club Oktoberfest – Dover, DE – October 19, 2013
The Dover German American Club hosts their annual Oktoberfest, with German food and dance music, on the third Saturday of October at the Modern Maturity Center. Dance music by The Adlers. Admission and dinner is $25.
Location: Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware

Lewes Oktoberfest – Lewes, DE – September 20, 2013
The Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s Historic Lewes Business Committee will sponsor their second annual Oktoberfest as part of their Fun Friday program this September.
Location: Market Street between Front Street and Second Street, Lewes DE

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 2012 event when information for 2013 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!

If you decide that you are in the mood to venture out of the first state, you can also find an Oktoberfest in Maryland, New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Or just look at the largest Oktoberfest festivals in the United States.

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 Delaware in October:

Delaware Festivals
Delaware Corn Mazes
Delaware Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Delaware
Pumpkin Patches in Delaware

2 COMMENTS

  1. The date for the Dover German American Club’s Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 20th, not the date you have listed.
    Thank you,
    Gerdi Mounts, President
    Dover German american Club

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