Oktoberfest in Michigan 2013 is big business for this popular tourist state. With more than two million residents claiming German heritage, it comes as no surprise that Michigan has twenty one Oktoberfest festivals. Drive to Frankenmuth of an authentic German celebration. Or just enjoy the good German food and beer at a local festival:
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest – Frankenmuth, MI – September 19-22, 2013
Their 24th Annual Michigan Oktoberfest has live music from German bands, dancing and wiener dog races at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. The opening ceremony is on Thursday night at 7 PM.
Location: Heritage Park, Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Rochester Mills Beer Co. – Rochester, MI – September 26-29, 2013
Location: 400 Water St, Rochester MI 48307
Dakota Inn – Detroit, MI - Friday & Saturday 8 PM, September 20 – October 26, 2013
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller kicks off this Detroit Oktoberfest on Friday, September 20th with live music and imported German beer. Bring your chicken hat or buy one at the door!
Location: 17324 John R Street, Detroit, MI
Zoo Brew at the Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak, MI – September 27, 2013
The 3rd annual event for those 21+ features live music, food and beers from Michigan craft breweries.
Location: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd Royal Oak, MI 48067
Oktoberfest West Michigan – Grand Rapids, MI – September 27-28, 2013
The Edelweiss Club hosts this Grand Rapids Oktoberfest featuring Erdinger Beer, German food (and root beer for kids), German Bands, Alphorn players and Oktoberfest games like keg tossing or stein holding.
John Ball Park, 1300 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Old Town Oktoberfest – Lansing, MI – October 4-5, 2013
This Lansing Oktoberfest is the 8th annual Mid-Michigan German Oktoberfest. It’s a two day event with German food, live music, dancing and beer. Tickets are $15 in advance and include souvenir beer mug and three food & drink tickets.
Location: Old Town, Lansing, MI 48906
Saline Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest – Saline, MI – September 27-28, 2013
The 9th annual Saline Oktoberfest will have live music, Hammerschlagen tournament, vintage car show, Fireman’s chili challenge, and kinderplatz children’s activity area.
Downtown Ludington Oktoberfest – Ludington, MI – October 12, 2013
They will have live music and craft beer, BBQ rib cook off, chili walk and MITTCRIT bike race.
Location: Location: North James Street Plaza
Pentwater’s Oktoberfest – Pentwater, MI – October 11-12, 2013
Saturday will have a number of events including classic car & hot rod show, chili cook-off, polka dance contest & chicken dance contest and live music.
Deckerville Oktoberfest – Deckerville, MI – Last Saturday in September
Downtown Soo Oktoberfest – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – September 28, 2013
This Upper Peninsula Oktoberfest will have live music, dancing, arts & crafts, pub crawl and kids activities. Games include the tug-o-war competition, keg toss competition and keg rolling race. The 4th Annual Sault Area Chamber Chase concludes only a short jaunt away from the 14th annual Oktoberfest here if you would like to conclude your run with some beer.
Location: Ashmun and Portage, Sault Ste. Marie MI
Curtis Oktoberfest – Curtis, MI – September 28, 2013
This 7th annual Oktoberfest includes live music, best dressed Bavarian contest, soup cook off and beer tent with German inspired food.
Location: Erickson Center Park. Saw-Wa-Quato St, Curtis, MI,
Newberry Oktoberfest – October 4-5, 2013
Live music and dancing are on the schedule for this Oktoberfest. There will be Arts & Craft Vendors on Sunday. Two day dance admission is $18 or $10 per day. Children 13 and under are free when with adult.
Location: M-123, Newberry, MI
Michigan Brewers Oktoberfest – October 5, 2013
More than 100 different craft beers and ciders will be available. Admission ticket gets you 15 tickets for sampling with additional tickets available for $2 each. Tickets are $35 on their website or $30 if purchased at Kroger. 21+ only.
Location: Canterbury Village, Lake Orion, MI
Saugatuck Brewing Oktoberfest – Douglas, MI – October 5th, 2013
They will tap a special Oktoberfest beer. There will be a German polka band, German food, best German costume contest, as well as stein holding and polka competitions.
Location: 2948 Blue Star Hwy – Douglas, MI 49406
Douglas Oktoberfest – Douglas, MI – CANCELLED IN 2013
The Saugatuck website indicates that this event was cancelled in 2013. The planned date was September 28th with opening ceremony parade, keg tapping, children’s activities and adult keg toss.
Location: Downtown Douglas – Beery Field
You really don’t need to leave Michigan for a good Oktoberfest. But you might consider one of the ones in Ohio. Other nearby states with an Oktoberfest include Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Also check out the list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States.
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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