Oktoberfest in Wisconsin is one of the top 2013 festivals in the state. And the state boasts a percentage of residents with German heritage at a whopping 43.9%. That’s one way that you know that Oktoberfest in Wisconsin is a big deal. But don’t worry. Even if you aren’t German, you can still attend these Wisconsin Oktoberfest parties.
La Crosse Oktoberfest – La Crosse, Wisconsin – September 27 – October 5, 2013
The first Oktoberfest in La Crosse was held in 1961. Over fifty years later, it is still going strong. It will be held in 2013 from September 27th to October 5th. 2013 activities include live music, Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, Festmaster’s Ball, parades, contests, and even a mud run. This is the last year to catch this extended Wisconsin Oktoberfest as it is moving back to an action packed four day format in 2014.
Location: South Side Festival Grounds – La Crosse St & 2nd St N, La Crosse, WI, 54602
Oktoberfest – Appleton, WI – September 27-28, 2013
A mile of fun on College Avenue in Appleton. Live music, food, Friday night classic cars at the License to Cruise, arts & crafts and family fun area with kid-friendly activities and entertainment.
Location: College Avenue, Appleton WI
Milwaukee Oktoberfest – Milwaukee, WI – Friday and Saturdays in September 2013
Live music, German food, Oktoberfest Queen contest and more on the four weekends in September following Labor Day.
Location: 700 W Lexington Blvd., Glendale, Wisconsin
New Glarus Oktoberfest – New Glarus, WI – September 27-29, 2013
Live music, food and family fun. Keg tapping ceremony on Friday night at 9 PM. Tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday. 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Free admission.
Northern Wisconsin Oktoberfest – Chippewa Falls, WI – September 20-22, 2013
11th Annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest will have live music, dancing, biergarten, sauerkraut eating contest, euchre tournament and kids costume contest. Three day admission is only $15. Daily admission is $8.
Location: 225 Edward Street, Chippewa Falls, WI
Plymouth Oktoberfest – Plymouth, WI – September 20-21, 2013
10th annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Plymouth Arts Center. Live music, German food, biergarten, and kids art. They advise guests to bring a lawn chair. Free admission.
Location: 520 E. Mill Street Plymouth, WI 53073
Elkhorn Oktoberfest – Elkhorn, WI – October 19, 2013
8th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest at Elkhorn’s Downtown Square will have beer & wine tasting, car show and live music.
Location: 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, Wisconsi
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest – Lake Geneva, WI – October 12-13, 2013
The 22nd annual Oktoberfest and family fall festival will include live music, food, craft booths, wagon rides and other kids activities.
Location: Downtown Lake Geneva
Essen Haus Oktoberfest – Madison, WI – September 12-14, 2013
Live music, brat and pie eating contests, beer races, outdoor dance floor, Hammer Schlagen and kids tent.
Location: 514 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703
Brewmasters Oktoberfest – Wausau, WI – September 28, 2013
The annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is holding the Brewmasters Oktoberfest on the last Saturday in September from 1 to 5 PM. Nearly 20 breweries have announced they will participate.
Location: 400 Block, Downtown Wausau, WI
Milwaukee Oktoberfest – October 4-5, 2013
Pere Marquette Park, Downtown Milwaukee
Milwaukee Oktoberfest Bar Tour – Milwaukee, WI – October 12-13, 2013
Location: Old World 3rd Street
Cedarburg Oktoberfest – Cedarburg, WI – October 12-13, 2013
Location: Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue)
Want to know what you are getting in to by attending one of these Oktoberfests? Try my list of the largest festivals for Oktoberfest in America for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest if you don’t find one on the weekend that you want to party: Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.
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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