Oktoberfest in Oklahoma
Celebrate 2016 with an Oktoberfest in Oklahoma festival. I never would have expected Oklahoma to have half a million residents of German descent. But it does. And it has one fine Oktoberfest celebration in Tulsa. Who could have predicted that something other than oil would be flowing freely in this state? Otherwise, I’d be a bit disappointed that the state only has five Oktoberfests.
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We update the list of dates and locations of these German festivals when they are announced throughout the year. Here is the current list:
Choctaw Oktoberfest – Choctaw, OK – September 2-10, 2016
More than 50,000 people attend this annual 9 day Oktoberfest organized by Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber. Enjoy beer, food, dancing and live German music. German food includes grilled chicken, ham hocks, brats and apple strudel. Bands include The Alpenmusikanten, The Walburg Boys, Auf Geht’s, Alex Meixner, Das Ist Lustig, Almrausch Dance Troop, The Geoff Scott Band and Justin Pruitt Trio. Admission is $5 per person with children 12 and under free. Location: Choctaw Creek Park, 14098 NE 21st St, Choctaw, OK 73020
Enid Oktoberfest – Enid, OK – October 7, 2016
A celebration of local Czech, Austrian, and German roots with Polka bands in downtown Enid on the first friday in October.
Location: Downtown Enid, Oklahoma 73701
Grove Oktoberfest – Grove, OK – Oct 7-8, 2016
It looks like the Oktoberfest has combined with the Pelican festival. Need additional details, sorry!
Vinita Oktoberfest – Vinita, OK – October 8, 2016
The Holy Ghost Catholic Church hosts the Vinita Oktoberfest on the second Saturday in October. Enjoy German brats, local entertainment, crafts, children’s games, pony rides, and a silent auction. Location: 120 West Sequoyah, Vinita, OK 74301
Tulsa Oktoberfest – Tulsa, OK – October 20-23, 2016
This Oklahoma Oktoberfest has been running for more than 30 years. It’s been ranked one of the top Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States by several different media outlets. The Dachshund Dash, bier barrel races, a 5K and stein carrying and holding contests. Two bands from Germany bringing the party live music. Location: 2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa, OK
Fassler-OKC Oktoberfest – Sept 24-27, 2015
McNellie’s OKC Oktoberfest – Oklahoma City, OK – October 3, 2015
They shut down Walker Street last year, pitched a beer tent and brought in a polka band for evening entertainment. Location: 1100 Classen Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
We hope you enjoy these festivals for Oktoberfest. Oklahoma residents: Let us know which one is your favorite!
We have just added these maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That’s one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to the 2014 event when information for 2015 is not available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We’re sorry that we don’t have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections when you find them!
Some of these Oktoberfest parties outside Tulsa might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest festivals for Oktoberfest in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also peruse the lists of nearby states that celebrate Oktoberfest: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas.
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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