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Oktoberfest in Illinois

Have you made your plans to enjoy beer and brats in 2016 at an Oktoberfest in Illinois already? If not, get your calendar out and ask your friends as there are plenty of options to visit a German beer festival in your local community or travel into the city for a Chicago Oktoberfest.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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2016 Events

We update the dates and location for every Illinois Oktoberfest when they are announced throughout the year. If you have updated information about an event, or we are missing one, please let us know!

Oktoberfest in August – Buffalo Grove, IL – August 19-21, 2016.  Hosted by Schwaben Verein of Chicago, this event has been going on for more than 100 years. Entry fee is a $10 donation with children 12 years of age and younger free. Parking and entertainment is free. Food drink and amusement game tickets may be purchased. German buffet is $14 on Saturday and Sunday. Party tent provides rain or shine fun. There will be domestic and German beer, bratwurst, singers and dancers. Arcade games and rides for kids. Location: Schwaben Center, 301 N. Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Itasca Oktoberfest – Itasca, IL – September 9-10, 2016.  A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.

Rauetoberfest – Crystal Lake, IL – Sept 9-10, 2016

Havana Oktoberfest – Havana, IL – September 9-11, 2016
42nd annual event put on by the Chamber of Commerce.

German American Fest – Chicago, IL – September 9-11, 2016
Three days and nights of German heritage fun with free admission.  Not called an Oktoberfest but it does have all the festival foods, German music, singing and dancing, beverages, plus events you might expect from a big city event.  On Saturday the Von Steuben Parade kicks off at 4000 N. Lincoln Avenue and continues to Eastwood, Western, and ends at the German American Fest grounds at Lincoln Square.  The reviewing stand is at Lincoln Plaza near Leland and Western avenues.  Most of the areas German heritage societies participate in both the parade and festival.  The fun kicks off Friday at 5:00 pm.  Saturday runs from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  Sunday starts at 12:00 pm and runs through 10:00 pm.

Villa Park Oktoberfest – Villa Park, IL – September 9-11, 2016
Live entertainment, carnival, beer tent. Unlimited Carnival Rides for $20 per person. Talent contest, adult bags tournament and teen pizza judging contest on Saturday. Music in the evenings.
Location: Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood Ave., Villa Park
Palatine Oktoberfest – Palatine, IL – September 16-18, 2016
Attendance is free at this Oktoberfest event under the big heated tent in downtown Palatine.  Expect good food, good beer, good music, and lots of family friendly festival type things to do.  Saturday is family day with special activities for the kids.  Event is put on by the Rotary Club of Palatine as their principal fund raising event.  Their support raises thousands of dollars for local charities.  Opening ceremonies are at 5:00 pm on Friday.  Saturday features their music and dance performances by youth groups and area choirs.  Kids love the face painting, crafts and arts tables.  Don’t miss Scarecrows on Parade. 

Belleville Oktoberfest – Belleville, IL – September 16-17, 2016
Location: Belleville Town Square. Il 159, Belleville, IL, 62220

Manteno Oktoberfest – Manteno, IL – September 22-25, 2016
A four day festival attended by approximately 10,000. 19th annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Manteno Chamber of Commerce. Beer garden with stage offering live music. Carnival including ferris wheel and amusement rides on Main Street. Bike Night, Lighted Parade (Saturday), pet parade, grass volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament and scarecrow contest for residents of Manteno. Also a lawnmower poker run, car show and performances by Dance Alive! Dance Studio. There are also garage sales in conjunction with the event, map available two weeks prior. Location: Main St, Manteno

Oktoberfest Chicago – Chicago, IL – September 23-25, 2016
Handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music. They promise a bigger and better than ever event in 2016 with more beer, more brats and more bands! The popular Chicago Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church. Received a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award from USA Today in 2015. Adult admission is $5. Free for active military and veterans with ID.
Location:  St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 West Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Plano Oktoberfest – Plano, IL – September 23-25, 2016
12th annual Illinois Oktoberfest with live German music under a huge circus tent on Main Street. Authentic German bands, beer wagon, and traditional German food. Food includes bratwurst, schnitzel, roast pork, spaetzle, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Beer from Hacker-Pschorr and DAB. Chicken Dance contests on Friday and Saturday with Miss Oktoberfest contest on Saturday night. Location: Main Street, Downtown Plano, IL

Vernon Hills Oktoberfest – Vernon Hills, IL – September 24, 2016.  11th annual Oktoberfest at the Metra Station. Kids crafts and pumpkin painting. Food and domestic beer with live music.  Beers include Blue Moon, Tighthead, Old Style, and Miller.  Pick up a free tree from the park district.

Naperville Oktoberfest – Naperville, IL – Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2016
Live music (from German Oompa to classic rock), German beer and food. Family friendly activities on Saturday from noon to 4 PM. Adult admission is $15. Advance tickets are $12 for adults (13+) and $8 for kids (4-12). Saturday admission also includes tour of Naper Settlement. Advance ticket purchases end September 29th. Free for Naper Settlement Members. Enter through the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. Location: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540

Galena Oktoberfest – Galena, IL – October 1, 2016
9th Annual Oktoberfest from noon to 10 PM with ceremonial keg tapping, live music, polka lessons and dancing, bean bag tournament, beer stein endurance contest, wiener dog races. Kids entertainment includes bounce house and pumpkin decorating. Admission is $5 for 13+. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. 4000 people attended in 2013. Location: Depot Park (Highway 20 and Park Avenue), Galena, Illinois

C-U Oktoberfest – Champaign, IL – October 1, 2016

Mount Prospect Oktoberfest – Mount Prospect, IL – October 7-8, 2016

St. Mary’s Oktoberfest – Alton, IL – October 7-9, 2016
Live music, games and silent auction. Keg tapping ceremony at 1 PM on Saturday. Beer from Warsteiner, Spaten, Paulaner and more. German and American food, too!
Location: 519 East 4th Street, Alton, IL 62002

Batavia Oktoberfest – Batavia, IL – October 7-8, 2016

Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest – Quincy, IL – October 8, 2016
Free admission and celebration of Quincy own German breweries.  Visit Dick Brother brewery, enjoy live entertainment, dance in the streets, and lots of brats and food to eat.

Maeystown Oktoberfest – Maeystown, IL – October 9, 2016.  Second Sunday in October. Arts, crafts and antique fair with german food.

2015 Events

Two Brothers Oktoberfest – Aurora, IL – September 20, 2015
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Two Brothers Brewing Company! The official Oktoberfest celebration will be held at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL and will feature the authentic German Oompah Band: The Happy Wanderers. Enjoy a beer stein full of Atom Smasher: Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager, while eating authentic German food and playing classic Oktoberfest games! It’s the next best thing to being at the actual Oktoberfest and this way you don’t have to buy a plane ticket. Oh, it’s also free admission! Location: The Two Brothers Roundhouse Aurora, IL Time: Noon – 9 p.m.

German American Heritage Center’s Oktoberfest – Frankfort, IL – September 19, 2015
The German American Heritage Center invites you & your family to their Haus to celebrate Oktoberfest! Entertainment, including German music, split-the-pot raffles, vendors, German food & beer for purchase and this year a NEW Kinder Area. $10 adult admission/FREE children under 18. Gates open at 2pm.
Location: 25249 S. Center Road, Frankfort, IL. 60423

Berghoff Oktoberfest – Chicago, IL – September 16-18, 2015
The 30th annual festival from this German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony is generally held before the event. Weekend activities are held at at John C. Kluczynski Federal plaza with German musical performances, including The Johnny Wagner Band, and some of Chicago’s favorite bands nightly. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission. There will also be a Prost! Final Toast to end it. Location: 17 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest – McHenry, IL – October 24, 2015
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Friday at the McHenry VFW Post from 6 – 11 p.m.  Lots of craft brewers will be there to talk beer and offer tastings of their brews. Every admission includes a commemorative event mug, one free sausage with fresh chips and unlimited beer samplings.  Raffles and tickets proceeds will benefit charity.
Location:  3002 W. Route 120, McHenry, Illinois.

Cafe 20 Oktoberfest – Marengo, IL – September 15-20, 2015
7 days of authentic celebration with live music and German food including bratwurst, jaeger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and roast chicken. Location:  756 Grant Highway, Marengo, Illinois.

Blocktoberfest at St. Leonard School – Berwyn, IL – September 26, 2015
Live Music, food and beer at this family event with kids activities. Free Admission. Rain Date is Sunday.
Location: 3318 Clarence Ave, Berwyn, IL

Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest – Oak Brook, IL – September 19, 2015
 The 5th annual Oktoberfest with live music, food, Two Brothers beer, futbol and softball tournament and kids activities.  They have teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House and the Village of Oak Brook to bring you a family friendly fun event.  Music provided by the Rock Academy and 7th Heaven.
Location: 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Peoria Oktoberfest – Peoria, IL – September 18-20, 2015
The German American Central Society and the Peoria Park District are sponsoring once again the Peoria Oktoberfest to promote German culture and heritage of Central Illinois! Additional Activities: A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available. Also, a Puppet Theatre, the Peoria Volkstaenzers, Log Sawing, and various contests such as the Masskrugstemmen (arm strength contest with filled steins) will be featured. Vendors with authentic German clothing and merchandise as well as other items will be available for purchase. Children’s activities are also scheduled. Several carnival rides will be available, including a merry- go-round. Both German and American foods will be available. Complete German dinners will be available in the main tent. German beers will be featured including Spaten Oktoberfest, along with German Wines from our Weinstube and German spirits in the Knappe. Domestic beers also.
The Annual “Das Bier Run” 5K Run und Walk, in conjunction with the Oktoberfest in Peoria Riverfront Park to be held Sunday, September 20th. The run begins at 12:30 pm and starts South of the Gateway building on the Peoria Riverfront. Top runners in each category will receive either a trophy or medal. A costume contest is part of this year’s race. The race is being sponsored by the Peoria Jaycees, the Peoria German-American Society, and the Peoria Park District. Races have been part of Oktoberfests since they were started in the early 1800’s. At that time though it was horse racing and not foot races. Registration fee is $30. Register at http://www.DasBierRun.com.
Location: Riverfront, Peoria, IL

Sullivan Oktoberfest – Sullivan, IL – October 16-17, 2015
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.

Long Grove Oktoberfest – Long Grove, IL – Sept 5-7, 2015
Village Tavern and City of Long Grove host beer trucks, German food, free hay rides, music and lots more.

St. Joseph School Oktoberfest – September 19, 2015
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois

The American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest – Lake Villa, IL – September 19 & 26 & October 3, 2015
Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.

Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest – Jacksonville, IL – October 3, 2015
The 5th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, October 3, Morgan County Fairgrounds, German music all day long, German food, wiener dog race, German pet parade, beer and wine tasting, bags and washers tournaments, games all day and of course Beer.

German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest – Rockford, IL – October 2-3, 2015
51st annual festival with German food and beer. Chicken Dance. Miss Oktoberfest contest on Friday. Bier barrel race, running of the wieners, yodeling contest and barmaid stein race. Menu options include potato pancakes, bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut and more. Advance two-day entry tickets are $14. Gate tickets are $10 per day. VIP party tickets available. It will be located at Loves Park City Hall in Loves Park, IL.

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If you’ve attended all of these festivals, you can always check out the list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States and the celebrations in surrounding states: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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 Illinois in October:

Illinois Festivals
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Illinois Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Illinois
Illinois Pumpkin Patches

7 COMMENTS

    • You caught me. As I grew up in Michigan, I have an intense hatred of all cities in Illinois not near Chicago and it manifested itself on this list. I apologize. If you find an Oktoberfest I’m missing, I will do my best to overcome my deep prejudice and add it here.

  1. We’d love for you to add us to your list for 2013!
    We’ll be having the German Society of Rockford’s Oktoberfest Friday, Sept 27 and Sat., Sept 28, 2013 at Loves Park City Hall in Loves Park, IL.

  2. The Jacksonville rotary club will be holding its 3rd annual Oktoberfest on October 5, 2013 at the Morgan county fairgrounds in Jacksonville il. German beer, music and unique German food along with games and a wiener dog race.

    • The lineup of fall festivals is pretty crowded. There’s a few organizations around the country which have pushed them into August in order to cater to patrons who would otherwise go to other events. If Oktoberfest can be celebrated in September in Munich, why not August? Like pumpkin beers, it is tough to stop seasonal creep.

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