Oktoberfest in Kansas
Check our the 2014 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:
Oktoberfest Stafford – Stafford, KS – October 4, 2014
There will be a parade, horseshoe tournament, scavenger hunt and an antique tractor show. Pumpkin decorating contest and cow patty bingo as well. They hold the largest wiener dog races in Kansas. There will be a food court, beer garden, stage entertainment and kid’s activities. Tanganyika Wildlife will also put on a show with exotic animals on the stage.
Location: 100 E. Broadway, Stafford KS
Oktobertfest Arts & Crafts Festival – Atchison, KS – October 4, 2014
The Junior Guild’s 33rd annual Oktoberfest with German food and music as well as more than 100 arts & crafts vendors. Event takes place all day Saturday. Several thousand attend the annual event along the outdoor mall.
Location: Commercial Street Mall, Atchison KS
Fort Hays State University Homecoming/Oktoberfest – Hays, KS – October 10-12, 2014
The 42nd annual Hays Oktoberfest from the Volga German Society. It will have german food, keg tapping and family friendly component. Held on Fort Hays State University Homecoming weekend. The theme for 2014 is Once Upon a Time in Tigerland. Oktoberfest is on Friday with the heritage celebration continuing on Saturday and Sunday (based on past history). Honor our Heritage events take place in a Beer Free Zone.
Location: Frontier Park, Hays, KS
Shawnee Oktoberfest – Shawnee, KS – October 3, 2014
The 12th annual Oktoberfest runs from 5:30-10 PM on Friday. It 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
St John’s Oktoberfest – Lawrence, KS – September 27, 2014
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
Oktoberfest Wichita – Wichita, KS – October 4, 2014
The event happens on Saturday, October 4th.. It is a community event sponsored by The Church of the Blessed Sacrament Men’s Club. It is an outdoor event taking place on Quentin Street. Enjoy beer, bratwurst and music while in the beer garden. Children can enjoy the inflatables, rides and games. Musical lineup features multiple bands. Rosstoberfest 5K kicks off the event and there is also a one mile fun run. Bid in the silent auction or live auction to win fun prizes. $11 wrist band for all you can ride amusement rides. $5 cover charge after 7 PM. Complete dinner plate is $7.50, with ala carte brats available in the beer garden for $2.50.
Location: 124 N Roosevelt Ave Wichita, KS 67208
Fairlawn Oktoberfest – Topeka, KS – October 4, 2014
Fairlawn Plaza holds an annual Oktoberfest event from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm under their huge 8000 square foot tent in the parking lot. Event is host by the German-American Club of Topeka.
Location: 2114 SW Chelsea Drive, Topeka, Kansas 66614
Horton KS October Fest – Horton, KS – October 18, 2014
There will be a car, truck and bike show on 8th and Central, Craft Show in the Blue Building at 7th and 1st Ave West. Kountry Kids Kettle Korn, a 5K walk run sponsored by the Horton High School Theatre Department, Book sale at the Horton Library, Pumpkin Decorating sponsored by Rainbow Communications.
Last Year’s Events
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
Little Apple Oktoberfest – Manhattan, KS
The 2012 event was cancelled for logistical issues and there were no posts to their facebook page about a 2013 event so I’m presuming that there also won’t be one in 2014.
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.
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