Oktoberfest in Illinois
I found 28 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Illinois for 2014. That’s an impressive number for Chicago and the rest of this Midwestern state. I think only California residents have more options to remember their German heritage. The 2.6 million citizens claiming German heritage will just have to make do with one of these Illinois Oktoberfest celebrations:
Oktoberfest in August – Buffalo Grove, IL – August 15-17, 2014
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
Villa Park Oktoberfest – Villa Park, IL – September 5-7, 2014
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 by Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm, and 7th heaven. Location: Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood Ave., Villa Park
Berghoff Oktoberfest – Chicago, IL – September 10-12, 2014
The 29th 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
Cafe 20 Oktoberfest – Marengo, IL – September 16-21, 2014
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.
Manteno Oktoberfest – Manteno, IL – September 25-28, 2014
A four day festival attended by approximately 10,000. 17th 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
Plano Oktoberfest – Plano, IL – September 26-28, 2014
10th 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
Blocktoberfest at St. Leonard School – Berwyn, IL – September 27th, 2014
Live Music, food and beer at this family event with kids activities. Free Admission. Rain Date is Sunday.
Location: 3318 Clarence Ave, Berwyn, IL
Naperville Oktoberfest – Naperville, IL – October 3-4, 2014
Live music (from German Oompa to classic rock), German beer and food. Family friendly activities on Saturday from noon to 5 PM. Advance tickets are $10 for adults (13+) and $5 for kids (4-12). Advance ticket purchases end at noon on October 2nd. Saturday admission also includes tour of Naper Settlement. Enter through the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. Location: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540
German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest – Rockford, IL – October 3-4, 2014
50th 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.
Galena Oktoberfest – Galena, IL – October 4, 2014
8th 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
Sullivan Oktoberfest – Sullivan, IL – October 17-18, 2014
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.
Oktoberfest Chicago – Chicago, IL – September 27-29, 2013
The popular Chicago Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church. Gates open at 5 PM on Friday, which is craft beer night from 6-9 PM (tickets needed). Kinderfest on Sunday from 11-2 pm with free admission on family day.
Location: St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 West Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
Chicago Brauhaus Oktoberfest – Chicago, IL – Wednesday thru Sunday, Sept 25-Oct 27th, 2013
Chicago Brauhaus celebrates Oktoberfest on Wednesday through Sunday nights. Oktoberfest menu, Spaten beer and live entertainment. Yodeling contest at 7 PM nightly.
Location: 4732 N Lincoln Ave Chicago IL 60625
Hyde Park Oktoberfest – Chicago, IL – October 12-13, 2013
Beer garden, food, live music and market.
Location: 53rd Street from Dorchester to Kimbark avenues
Belleville Oktoberfest – Belleville, IL – September 20-21, 2013
Friday Golden Half Keg tapping. Kids area and classic car show on Saturday. Live music! All inclusive (food and drink) group tables for the weekend are being sold for $500 for the first year in the Warsteiner Biergarten tent.
Location: Belleville Town Square. Il 159, Belleville, IL, 62220
Elgin Oktoberfest – Elgin, IL – October 19, 2013
Dancing, food and raffles hosted by St. Laurence Church.
Location: St. Laurence Parish, Jewett & Standish Street, Elgin, IL 60123
Peoria Oktoberfest – Peoria, IL – September 20-22, 2013
Live music, bier stein holding contest, log sawing contest and opening ceremony parade. Das Bier 5K run on Sunday. Admission is $7-9. Kids 12 and under are free with paid adult.
Location: Riverfront, Peoria, IL
St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest – St. Joseph, IL
Another website is showing this event as October 5-6, 2013 but we haven’t seen anything on their website or facebook page.
Location: 529 Madison, Lockport, IL
St. Joseph School Oktoberfest – September 21, 2013
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois
Long Grove Oktoberfest – Long Grove, IL – October 12-13, 2013
Chrome says this website has malware so we’ve temporarily removed the link on 9/4/2013.
Location: The Village of Long Grove, Old McHenry Rd & Robert Parker Coffin Rd, Long Grove, IL, 60047, United States
Havana Oktoberfest – Havana, IL – September 6-8, 2013
40th annual event put on by the Chamber of Commerce.
Maeystown Oktoberfest – Maeystown, IL – October 13, 2013
Second Sunday in October. Arts, crafts and antique fair with german food.
Rotary Club of Palatine Oktoberfest – Palatine, IL – September 20-22, 2013
Opening ceremonies on Friday with short parade and keg tapping ceremony. Saturday is Family Day with special kids programming and scarecrows on parade. Live music, authentic German food and beer. Free admission.
Location: 50 N. Brockway St, Palatine, IL
Southside Oktoberfest – Bridgeview, IL
We don’t see any mention of this event for 2013 on their website or the Toyota Park website where it is typically held. We see the dates posted as September 27-29, 2013 but that posting was created in Feb and we’re not sure about its credibility.
Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest – Oak Brook, IL – September 21, 2013
3rd annual Oktoberfest with live music, food, Two Brothers beer, futbol and softball tournament and kids activities.
Location: 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
St. Mary’s Oktoberfest – Alton, IL – October 11-13, 2013
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
Itasca Oktoberfest – Itasca, IL – September 6-7, 2013
6th annual Oktoberfest with Friday keg tapping, live music and authentic german food.
Location: Orchard Street behind train station, Itasca, Illinois.
Vernon Hills Oktoberfest – Vernon Hills, IL – September 28, 2013
9th annual Oktoberfest at the Metra Station. Kids crafts and pumpkin painting. Food and domestic beer with live music.
Woodstock Oktoberfest – Woodstock, IL – September 13-14, 2013
German food, beer and wine. Live music. Fun for all ages on Saturday including polka dancing, stein endurance contest, cornhole, face painting and bouncy house.
Location: Emricson Park, Woodstock WaterWorks
The American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest – Lake Villa, IL – September 21 & 28 & October 5, 2013
Three days of Oktoberfest and live music.
Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest – Quincy, IL – October 12, 2013
Fox Valley Oktoberfest – Batavia, IL – October 11-13, 2013
The website still has the 2012 information but http://enjoyaurora.com is reporting the dates listed above.
Location: 151 Island Avenue, Batavia, IL.
Germany’s Best and Oktoberfest – Chicago, IL
No information about a 2013 event on their website as of 9/4/2013.
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611
St. Raymond Fall Festival/Oktoberfest – Mt. Prospect, IL
We haven’t seen a 2013 date for this event but it’s been going on for a number of years.
Location: 301 S. I-Oka, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
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.
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