Popular festivals include the 2013 Oktoberfest in Minnesota celebration. Nearly 2 million people in Minnesota, 38% of the population, claims ancestors from Germany. So it should come as no surprise that Minnesota has ten Oktoberfest festivals across the state to provide its people with German food and beer. Here is the list:
New Ulm Oktoberfest – New Ulm, MN – October 4-5 & 11-12, 2013
This 32nd Annual Minnesota Oktoberfest will take place at four locations in New Ulm on the first two weekends in October in 2013. The four locations are the Holiday Inn New Ulm, Downtown New Ulm, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Schell’s Brewery.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest – Saint Paul, MN – October 4-5, 2013
This Minneapolis-St. Paul Oktoberfest provides two days of live music, dancers, brats and Summit Oktoberfest beer.
Location: Progress Building, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Gasthof – Minneapolis, MN – Friday and Saturdays, September 20th to October 12th, 2013
Beer, Dancing, live polka music and German food. No cover charge. Bring your own beer mug or buy one of their 1/2 liter mugs. Tokens are $6.
Location: 2300 University Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
St. Paul Oktoberfest – St. Paul, MN – October 20-21, 2013
The 13th Annual Saint Paul Oktoberfest will have German and American beer, live music, polish dancers, dachshund races, bed races, Paulaner Girls and children’s games.
Location: Klub Haus, 1079 Rice Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117
Gasthaus Oktoberfest – Stillwater, MN – September 13-15 and 20-22, 2013
This German restaurant will throw up a huge festival tent with German food, beer and live music. Sundays are family days with all ages welcome from noon-6 PM.
Location: 8390 Lofton Avenue, Stillwater, MN 55082
Black Forest Inn Oktoberfest – Minneapolis, MN – September 27 – October 6, 2013
10 days of Oktoberfest beer, food specials, alphorns and accordians. Ceremonial Keg tapping on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM. Each day has its own German theme so be sure to check out the schedule of activities.
Location: 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN
Longville Oktoberfest – Longville, MN – September 21, 2013
Downtown Longville will have a German beer garden with music, arts and crafts on Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Longville Fire Hall will follow from 5-11 PM with its Oktoberfest Dinner Dance.
Location: Downtown Longville and the Longville Fire Hall.
Schell’s Oktoberfest - 1860 Schell Rd., New Ulm, MN 56073 – October 12, 2013
Between 11 am to 5 pm enjoy German food, dancing, music and plenty of Schell’s Oktoberfest beer inside the beer tent. Lots of fun activities for kids. Tickets are $5, kids free. Tour the brewery for $3. America’s second oldest brewery.
Oktoberfest Duluth – Duluth, MN – September 20-21, 2013
The 4th Annual Duluth Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday will have polka music and games like the Hammerschlagen, stein holding contest, beer pong, sauerkraut eating race and boot chug contest.
Location: Tycoons Alehouse, 132 E Superior Street, Duluth, MN
Ruttgers Oktoberfest – Deerwood, MN – October 18-20, 2013
The 28th Annual Oktoberfest will have dinner shows, arts & crafts fair, kids activities and polka dancing.
Location: Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
Frazee Community Center Oktoberfest – Frazee, MN – October 6, 2013
Live music, cash bar and German food hosted by the Frazee Area Community Club with proceeds used for community events.
Pelican Rapids Oktoberfest – Pelican Rapids, MN – October 10-13, 2013
Four days of Oktoberfest fun with live music, crowning of the 2013 Mr. & Ms. Oktoberfest, 5K-10K run, and kids events as well as wine, beer and sausage sampling.
Pierz Oktoberfest – Pierz, MN – August 25, 2013
Roma Oktoberfest - 460 Stillwater Road, MN 55090 – September 13-14, 2013
Local festival held at Roma restaurant for the 4th year. Features music, karoke, beer garden, food, games, and prizes. Tickets are $5.
Minneapolis Munich Beer Fest – Minneapolis, MN – September 20-22, 2013
10 Breweries are participating in the 1st Annual event at New Bohemia with games, music and beer.
Location: 233 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
You decide you want to party amidst a large number of people, here is the list of the largest Oktoberfest festivals in the United States. And if you want to see what is happening in surrounding states, take a look at Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
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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