Oktoberfest in Idaho
Enjoy Oktoberfest 2014 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
Priest River Oktoberfest – Priest River, Idaho – September 27, 2014
2014 will mark the seventh annual Oktoberfest in downtown Priest River. The event usually has wine/beer garden, arts/crafts vendors, and live music. There is also a climbing wall, pumpkin decorating contest and inflatable bounce houses for kids.
Oktoberfest Old Boise – Boise, ID – September 27, 2014
Live music, dancing, Bavarian foods, seasonal and Oktoberfest beers plus a Sam Adams stein hoisting contest. Music last year was by Treasure Valley Music Mysters, Wolfie and the Bavarians, and Pilot Error. 3-10 PM. Location: 6th and Maine, Boise, ID
Lava Hot Springs Oktoberfest – Lava Hot Springs, ID – October 3-5, 2014
Celebrate the start of fall and the harvest with fun next to the Portneuf River. Last year’s schedule started with the kick-off party on Friday. Saturday brought Oktoberfest, a fun run/walk of 5k/10k and pumpkin chuckin contest. Sunday was 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
MCPAWS Oktoberfest – McCall, ID – October 4, 2014
This 6th annual fundraiser for MCPAWS, a regional animal shelter, will include beer garden, food & craft vendors, kids activities, adoptable dogs and live music. Costume contest for adults and kids as well as raffles. It is held at Alpine Village, a resort style condominium development in the downtown area. Location: 600 N 3rd St, McCall, ID 83638
Harrison Oktoberfest – Harrison, ID – October 4, 2014
Microbreweries will be in attendance offering beer to fill your souvenir glass. There will also be food and live music. Activities for kids include face painting, bounce house and more. This event has been going on for more than five years.
Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest – Coeur d’Alene, ID – September 26-27, 2014
$20 buys you admission to three musical performances, a glass beer mug and six sampling tickets. It runs from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday and from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday. Also experience the Gran Fondo biking event at Oktoberfest.
Location: 210 E. Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Crosstoberfest – Sun Valley, ID – October 17-18, 2014
This annual event in October combines a cyclocross race with a beerfest. The beerfest features around 100 beers from over 20 breweries. Beer festival garden is for 21+ only, but there are plenty of other acitivities for kids and families. An all access pass for Friday evening and Saturday is $25. Riders get discounted tickets to the festival with race registration. 2014 is the 11th annual event.
Location: Old Cutters Park, Hailey, ID
Tres Bonne Cuisine Oktoberfest – Boise, ID – September 26-27, 2014
September 2014 will see Tres Bonne Cuisine host its 87th 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
Last Year’s Events
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, and kids activities. Ceremonial keg tapping starts the event. Oktoberfest games include keg toss and pie baking contest. Free admission.
Location: 430 Old Jackson Hwy, Victor ID, 83455
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
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.
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