Check our the 2013 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Kansas. If you are one of the 800,000 residents of Kansas that claim German ancestry, or one of the millions more that enjoy good German beer and food during Oktoberfest, you should make it to one of these seven Kansas Oktoberfest festivals:
Fort Hays State University Homecoming/Oktoberfest – Hays, KS – October 3-6, 2013
The 41st annual Hays Oktoberfest will have german food, keg tapping and family friendly component. Heldo on Fort Hays State University Homecoming weekend.
Location: Frontier Park, Hays, KS
Oktoberfest Stafford – Stafford, KS – October 5, 2013
There will be a parade, horseshoe tournament, scavenger hunt and an antique tractor show. Pumpkin decorating contest and cow patty bingo as well.
Location: 100 E. Broadway, Stafford KS
Shawnee Oktoberfest – Shawnee, KS – October 4, 2013
The 11th annual Oktoberfest from 5:30-10 PM will include entertainment by the Willie Kirst Band, the Dixie Cadillacs and Blautaler Schuhplatter dancers of Kansas City. Family friendly with games for kids, Kinderhall and moonwalk. Cost: Admission is free.
Location: Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS
Oktobertfest Arts & Crafts Festival – Atchison, KS – October 5, 2013
The Junior Guild’s 32nd annual Oktoberfest with German food and music as well as more than 100 arts & crafts vendors,
Location: Commercial Street Mall, Atchison KS
Fairlawn Oktoberfest – Topeka, KS – October 5, 2013
Location: 2114 SW Chelsea Drive, Topeka, Kansas 66614
St John’s Oktoberfest – Lawrence, KS – September 28, 2013
Live Germand band as well as kids games. 26 Kegs of Beer from 4 different Paulaner beers, Free State Oktoberfest, and Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider. Looks like beer starts at 3 PM and food starts at 4 PM.
Location: 1234 Kentucky Street, Lawrence, KS
Emporia Oktoberfest – Emporia, KS – October 11, 2013
German food, beer and fun from 6-10 PM. Last year there were homebrewing, costume, and homemade pickles contests. Tickets last year were $3 in advance and $5 at the door.
Location: 807 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801
Tri-County Manor Oktoberfest – Horton, KS
Last year there was a car-truck-motorcycle show, kids play area, crafts booths, and live entertainment. We haven’t seen dates for 2013 posted yet.
Location: Tri-County Manor Center, 1890 Euclid Ave, Horton, KS 66439
Blessed Sacrament Oktoberfest – Wichita, KS
The website and facebook page haven’t yet been updated for 2013 so we don’t know if the Wichita Oktoberfest is happening this year. 2013 will be the 11th annual event if it happens.
Location: 124 N Roosevelt Ave Wichita, KS 67208
Little Apple Oktoberfest – Manhattan, KS
The 2012 event was cancelled for logistical issues and posts to their facebook page about a 2013 event haven’t been responded to as of 9/4/2013.
Location: 7910 East US Highway 24, Manhattan, KS.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. 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 Kansas in October: