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 25 – 28, 2014
The first Oktoberfest in La Crosse was held in 1961. Over fifty years later, it is still going strong. Activities include live music, Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, Festmaster’s Ball, parades, contests, and even a mud run. This will be the first year back as an action packed four day format.
Location: South Side Festival Grounds – La Crosse St & 2nd St N, La Crosse, WI, 54602
Oktoberfest – Appleton, WI – September 26-27, 2014
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
New Glarus Oktoberfest – New Glarus, WI – September 26-28, 2014
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 19-21, 2014
12th 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
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest – Lake Geneva, WI – October 11-12, 2014
The 23rd annual Oktoberfest and family fall festival will include live music, food, craft booths, wagon rides and other kids activities.
Location: Downtown Lake Geneva
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
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
Brewmasters Oktoberfest – Wausau, WI – October 4, 2014
The annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is holding the Brewmasters Oktoberfest on the first Saturday in October. Nearly 20 breweries will most likely participate.
Location: 400 Block, Downtown Wausau, WI
Essen Haus Oktoberfest – Madison, WI – September 13, 2014
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
Cedarburg Oktoberfest – Cedarburg, WI – October 11-12, 2014
Location: Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue)
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
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
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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