Celebrate Oktoberfest in Indiana this year. The 1.6 million Indiana residents claiming German ancestry have eleven German festivals for 2013 Oktoberfest to decide which one (or more) they want to attend. And if you decide to venture into a nearby state, you can find even more fabulous festivals. Here are the local Indiana Oktoberfest celebrations if you choose to stay close to home:
German Park Oktoberfest – Indianapolis, IN – September 5-8, 2013
The German American Club and Edelweiss Restaurant host this Oktoberfest. Live music and entertainment. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free. We believe Thursday is $5 carload day.
Location: 8600 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis
GermanFest – Indianapolis, IN – October 12, 2013
5th annual celebration of German-American Day. German food, beer, strong man competition 5k Lederhosen Run/Walk, Wiener Dog Races, Strong Man competition, beer games and ZwergenLand for Kids. Proceeds benefit Historic Athenaeum.
Location: 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Monument Circle Oktoberfest – Indianapolis, IN – September 20, 2013
3rd Annual Indianapolis Oktoberfest hosted by the Columbia Club with German & American food, live music and biergarten. Portion of proceeds goes to local organizations. Admission is free and open to the public.
Location: Monument Circle, Meridian and Market, Indianapolis
Seymour Oktoberfest – Seymour, IN – October 3-5, 2013
Bier Garten, bluegrass festival, polka and chicken dance contest, prince and princess kids contest, brat eating contest, baking contest, 5K race, carnival, horseshoe tournament, hot air balloon race, kids square, and flea market at First Methodist Church.
Location: 2nd and Walnut, Seymour
Richmond Oktoberfest – Richmond, IN – September 28-29, 2013
4th Annual Oktoberfest includes locally made beer, brats, games, live music, trike race and crafts.
Location: Historic Depot District
Whiting Oktoberfest – Whiting, IN – October 5, 2013
St. John Oktoberfest – St John, IN – October 4-6, 2013
7th annual Indiana Oktoberfest from St. John the Evangelist Parish. Music, bier garden with HB and Miller, wine, German food, and kids activities such as pumpkin decorating and moon bounce.
Location: 9400 Wicker Ave, St. John, IN 46373
Fishers Oktoberfest – Saxony, IN – September 28, 2013
Live music, arts and crafts, kids games and german food. Beer garden is 21+ with Warsteiner and Leinenkugel on tap. Free admission.
Location: Witten Park, 131st and Olio Road, Fishers IN
Bristow oktoberfest and Car Show – October 13, 2013
Antique, classic car and truck show with live entertainment and food. Free admission.
Michigan City Oktoberfest - Michigan City/Laporte, IN - October 12-13, 2013
Indoor and outdoor festival with food, entertainment and drinks.
Location: Michigan City Senior Center.
The Holy Name Oktoberfest – Beech Grove, Indiana – October 4-5, 2013
Two day Oktoberfest hosted by Holy Name Parish of Beech Grove. Authentic German food, biergarten, live music and kids zone with games.
Carmel City Center Octoberfest – October 4, 2013 – Carmel City Center
St. Boniface Germanfest – Lafayette, IN – September 7, 2013
Food, live music, dancing and fun.
The Rathskeller Oktoberfest – September 27, 2013
Live music by Polka Boy.
Location: 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
OAKtoberfest – Syracuse, IN – October 19, 2013
Join the Oakwood Resort, Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and Chautauqua-Wawasee for the first annual “Oak”toberfest. This German festival will include children’s activities, German food, live music, beer tent, chicken dance and more!
Location: Oakwood Resort
Kokomo Rocktoberfest – Kokomo, IN – October 5, 2013
2nd annual concert to benefit The Kokomo Urban Outreach Food Panty and bring awareness to hard drug abuse. Not particularly sure if this belongs as an Oktoberfest or better placed in the Music festivals section.
Location: Foster Park, Downtown Kokomo
Fort Wayne OktoBEERfest – September 4-7, 2013
Location: Headwater’s Park West, Fort Wayne, IN
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 for more Oktoberfest celebrations: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
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 Indiana in October: