Enjoy Oktoberfest 2013 in Idaho with these nine celebrations despite the fact that there are only 300,000 claiming German heritage. Either they are well organized, highly concentrated, small or attended by a number of people that just pretend to be German
MCPAWS Oktoberfest – McCall, ID – October 5, 2013
This 5th annual fundraiser for MCPAWS will include beer garden, food & craft vendors, kids activities, adoptable dogs and live music. Costume contest for adults and kids as well as raffles.
Location: 600 N 3rd St, McCall, ID 83638
Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest – Coeur d’Alene, ID – September 27-28, 2013
$20 buys you admission to three musical performances, a glass beer mug and six sampling tickets.
Location: 210 E. Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Lava Hot Springs Oktoberfest – Lava Hot Springs, ID – October 4-5, 2013
Start this Oktoberfest with the kick-off party on Friday. Saturday brings a fun run/walk of 5k/10k and pumpkin chuckin contest. Sunday is the duck race (no oktoberfest sunday). Food, beer and music at the Lava Community Building. The event is raising money for a bike path.
Location: 150 N Center, Lava Hot Springs, ID
Tres Bonne Cuisine Oktoberfest – Boise, ID – September 20-21, 2013
September 2013 will see Tres Bonne Cuisine host its 7th annual Idaho Oktoberfest with a two day evening celebration of German food and beer. Weisswurst and bratwurst are on the menu as well as other German food. Stadl Bier from Bavaria Innstadt Brewery. One complimentary beer.
Location: 6555 Overland Rd Boise, ID 83709
Priest River Oktoberfest – Priest River, Idaho – September 28, 2013
2013 will mark the sixth annual Oktoberfest in downtown Priest River.
Teton Valley Oktoberfest – Victor, ID – September 21, 2013
The Grand Teton Brewing Company throws this annual Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for the Teton Valley Foundation. Grand Teton beer, German food, live music, kids activities, Oktoberfest games and pie baking contest.
Location: 430 Old Jackson Hwy, Victor ID, 83455
Crosstoberfest – Sun Valley, ID – October 18-19, 2013
This annual event in October combines a cyclocross race with a beerfest. The beerfest features around 100 beers from over 20 breweries.
Location: Old Cutters Park, Hailey, ID
Oktoberfest at Sacajawea Center – Salmon, ID – September 21, 2013
This Oktoberfest dinner with food, beer and contests follows a Dutch Oven gathering lunch at the Sacajawea Center.
Location: Sacajawea Center, Lewis and Clark Street, Hwy 28 Salmon, ID 83467
Oktoberfest Old Boise – Boise, ID – September 21, 2013
Live music, dancing, Bavarian foods, seasonal and Oktoberfest beers plus a Sam Adams stein hoisting contest. Music from Treasure Valley Music Mysters, Wolfie and the Bavarians, and Pilot Error. 3-10 PM.
Location: 6th and Maine, Boise, ID
Some of these festivals might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that celebrate Oktoberfest: Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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 Idaho in October: