Oktoberfest in Wisconsin
Some of the largest and longest running Oktoberfest celebrations happen every year in Wisconsin. If you are looking for a German festival to attend in September or October 2015, you should have no trouble finding the right beer and food here. More than 40 percent of the state’s residents boast German heritage. From Milwaukee and Madison, to La Crosse and Appleton, the fall is filled with fun festivals to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I and Therese of Bavaria.
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Kegel’s Inn Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016
West Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016
Waupaca Oktoberfest - Waupaca, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 2, 2016
Central Waters Brewery in Amherst puts on this Oktoberfest with lots of beer, wine, and German food. The Charlie Justmann Band provides the entertainment with plenty oom-pah, big band songs, and oldies. Nothing like a little bit of the old country on a fall afternoon. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club. Location: Under the tent and in the conference center at the Waupaca Ale House.
Kohler Falls Oktoberfest - Sheboygan Falls, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Sheboygan Falls Lions Club and the Kohler Police Athletic League teamed up for this annual event. German music, dance and food available. Games and contests include the 5K run/walk, teen battle of the bands, sheepshead tournament and cornhole tournament.
Bavarian Bier Haus - Glendale, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays only.
Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
Friday and Saturdays starting September 9, 2016 and ending October 1, 2016. The Bavarian Soccer Club hosts this event at the site of the former Bavarian Inn at Heidelberg Park. It has been going on for more than sixty years. Alpine style pavilion equipped with weather curtains on the open sides called the Bavarian Fest Garten hosts the main festivities. Traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, and sing-alongs. Broiled chicken, bratwurst, spanferkel, rollbraten and pretzels are just some of the food available. Oktoberfest Queen contest on the first Saturday. Admission is $5 online and at the door.
Cafe Bavaria Oktoberfest - Wauwatosa, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
(Fridays and Saturdays)
Old Settlers Oktoberfest - Paddock Lake, WI - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Food, beer & wine, music and dancing from noon to 8 PM. There will also be a classic car show, wiener dog races, German Dancers, Sein Hoisting competition, Edelweiss kids dance There are also free kids games, pumpkin painting, face painting, raffles, and fireworks.
Old German Beer Hall - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 13 to Sep 13, 2016
Oktoberfest Release Party.
8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Lion’s Tale Oktoberfest - Neenah, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Minhas Oktoberfest - Monroe, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest - Chippewa Falls, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
14th annual event with 15,000 to 20,000 expected to attend this festival. The announcement of the Festmeister & Festmeisterin happens at noon at the Leinenkugel Brewery followed by the Golden Keg Procession to the grounds. 4 stages with over 30 entertainers including plenty of live music, dancing, magic tricks and a family fun stage. Live music includes both authentic German and polka style bands. Contests include Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, beer stein holding, sauerkraut eating, euchre card tournament and a German fashion show. Also learn about the German heritage, shop vendors and eat delicious German foods. For kids and families, there are games, art activities, inflatables, fashion show and other entertainment. Daily admission is $8 at the gate but three day admission wristbands are available pre-event only for $15 each. Free parking on Sunday. Sunday is all about the kids – with free admission for all age children. If you are looking to book a room the Country Inn is the official sponsor. All proceeds go to local charities.
The Bottle Room Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Oktoberfest in Crivitz - Crivitz, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Kurts’z Oktoberfest - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Travel Wisconsin has this date. We have also seen a band list themselves as playing there Sept. 16th. Will follow up if we receive more information.
Beloit Oktoberfest - Beloit, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2016
Lorelei Inn Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
New Glarus Oktoberfest - New Glarus, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
America’s Little Switzerland holds an annual German festival at the end of September. Keg tapping ceremony on Friday night at 9 PM. Antique tractor pull on Sunday. Fondue tasting and demonstration on Sunday afternoon. 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Chainsaw carving, wagon rides and plenty of family fun. Sponsored by the New Glarus Brewery. Free admission to the festival tent all weekend long.
Oktoberfest 2016 - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 23 to Oct 1, 2016
Biergarten at the Schwab and the United Donauschwaben Of Milwaukee.
Wurst OktoBEERfest - Madison, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Location: Breese Stevens Field
Essen Haus Oktoberfest - Madison, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
This is a German restaurant and trinken halle with 16 German biers on tap throughout the year. They’ve been holding an event for more than 30 years. Live music, brat and pie eating contests, beer races, outdoor dance floor, Hammer Schlagen and kids tent for their annual one day event in mid-September. Location: 514 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703
Oddtoberfest - Columbus, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Oktoberfest - Appleton, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
A mile of fun on College Avenue in Appleton, in what is described as Appleton’s largest block party. Live music, over 100 food vendors, 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
La Crosse Oktoberfest - La Crosse, WI - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016
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. Location: South Side Festival Grounds – La Crosse St & 2nd St N, La Crosse, WI, 54602
Sheboygan Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
9th annual key tapping ceremony. The event starts Friday night. Saturday at 10:00 am is their 4th annual wiener dog race and costume contest.
Great Rotary Oktoberfest - Middleton, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
The 3rd Annual Great Rotary Oktoberfest at Fireman’s Park (near Middleton High School) from Noon to 10:00 pm. Good Music, Good Beer, GREAT Cause. Over 10 beers on tap, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton’s charitable efforts. $10 admission for ages 18+. $5 admission for ages 14-18. Children 13 and under are free.
Oktoberfest at Kemper Center - Kenosha, WI - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Oktoberfest 2016 - Fond du Lac, WI - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2016
German Dinner and Musical Celebration Friday , Oct.7. Knights of Columbus Hall, 795 Fond Du Lac Ave, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. 5:00 pre-dinner entertainment- Paul Rosenfeldt, Sinatra Favorites, Silent Auction. 6:00 authentic German dinner. 7:00 musical program- featuring Hope Lutheran’s Deutsche Kapelle. (German Band) performing polkas and German waltzes menu: sauerbraten, bratwurst, kasseler-rippchen (smoked pork loin), späetzel dumplings German potato salad, sweet/sour red cabbage, Bohemian sauerkraut. Tickets ($29- adult; $15- 10 years of age and under) may be purchased with cash or check: – by calling Ken at 920-539-3977 or – at Wegners Office Supply, 17 Court St., 923-8200; or – going to http://www.lifeathope.org
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
The 25th annual Oktoberfest. It is a family fall festival with live music, food, craft booths, wagon hayrides, pony rides, bouncy castle and other kids activities. Don’t miss the great pumpkin giveaway! Free shuttle pickup and drop off from select parking locations. This street festival is located in Southeast Wisconsin ninety minutes from downtown Chicago. Location: Downtown Lake Geneva
Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Evansville, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Antigo Oktoberfest - Antigo, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Cedarburg Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
9th annual event. Celebrate the ethnic heritage of the area with oompah music from authentic German bands, dancing, food and specialty beers. A huge tent is erected for the festival and a wooden dance floor allows you to polka. Specialty beers from Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr, Leinenkugel and Bluemoon. Authentic German dinners include wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, currywurst and other dishes. Live entertainment includes the Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers, Tuba Dan, the Alte Kameraden Band, D’ Lustig’n Wendlstoana Dancers and the Cedarburg Civic Band. Live Glockenspiel show every two hours. Contests and games available for all ages including a sheepshead tournament (Sunday), best Lederhosen/Dirndl contest, sauerkraut eating contest and German Spelling Bee. Cars owned by members of the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club of America will also be displayed from Noon to 3 PM on Sunday. There are also many art exhibits within walking distance of the festival. Free admission and parking. It runs from 11 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Note: pets are not allowed on the festival grounds. Location: Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue)
Our Lady of Lourdes Oktoberfest Artisan Fair - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Primarily an arts and crafts fair with handcrafted products and quality art, but it does offer a beer garden, entertainment, and food.
Elkhorn Oktoberfest - Elkhorn, WI - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
The 11th annual festival is held on the third Saturday in October at Veterans and Pocket Parks in the downtown square. It runs from 9 AM to 5 PM. A block of Wisconsin Street will be closed down this year for a large stage and more food vendors. The wine and beer tasting starts at 11 AM and offers a commemorative mug and six tastings for $12. Over 100 crafters offer handmade items and antiques for sale. Free entry for classic car show from 11 AM to 2 PM but five non-perishable food items or a donation of $5 for the Elkhorn Food Pantry is encouraged. Have a fantastic ride? Be one of the first 100 cars to put yours on display on a first come, first served basis. Put your recipe against the best in the chili cook-off or taste all of the options for just $5. There’s also a 5K Bier Run/Walk, Beer Olympics and Cornhole Challenge.
Plymouth Oktoberfest – Plymouth, WI – No Oktoberfest in 2016
12th 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
St. Martin of Tours – Franklin – October 17, 2015
Second annual event from 1 to 10 PM. It is held indoors with food, beer, music, sheepshead games, crafts and pig roast. Reservations required.
Shell Lake Oktoberfest – Shell Lake, WI – Sept 26, 2015
The 4th annual event will be held at the Shell Lake Arts Center.
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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