Join us for Oktoberfest 2020 in Alabama. Only about 5% of residents of Alabama claim German ancestry. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a good Alabama Oktoberfest. Take a look at these festivals near Decatur, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile for some good German beer and food.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Moody Oktoberfest - Moody, AL - Oct 3, 2020
An annual arts and craft festival which takes place the first Saturday in October in Moody. The festival features live entertainment on two stages, arts and craft vendors, food, pony rides, inflatables, and fun for all ages.
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Porktoberque - Dothan, AL - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Enjoy barbecue, beer and live music at this Oktoberfest celebration and BBQ competition in Dothan. Also offering car shows, kids activities, polka party, Biergarten, collectible steins, accordion music and lederhosen.
Plantation House Restaurant Oktoberfest - Millbrook, AL - Oct 5 to Oct 26, 2018
During the month of October, Renateâ€™ Lindsey, a classically trained chef from Germany, will be serving a German buffet every Friday night at her restaurant. Traditional favorites such as pork schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage and apples, spaetzle, apple strudel and other delicious items will be featured.
Redstone Arsenal MWR Oktoberfest - Huntsville, AL - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2019
The annual four day Oktoberfest in the middle of September hosted by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation at Redstone Arsenal is open to the public. Enter through Gate 10 on Jordan Lane/Patton Road. Admission is $14-17 depending on day and includes parking, carnival rides and other entertainment. Hours are posted on their website.
Auburn University Oktoberfest - Auburn, AL - Sep 21, 2019
Feature traditional German fare, beers from breweries across the U.S., a selection of German wines and live entertainment. The popular Homebrew Alley competition will also be returning with the chance for the winning brewer to have their homemade creation served on tap throughout the fall at A·T and Piccolo. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 1st. Oktoberfest attendees will get to choose from more than 100 beers from local craft breweries and national brand favorites. Select German wines will be up for sampling as well. German staples like bratwurst and pretzels will be available to purchase separately. Live music and TVs showing college football games will be set up throughout the festival.
Fort Rucker Oktoberfest - Fort Rucker, AL - Sep 27, 2019
Traditional German food including bratwurst, schnitzel, German beer and other traditional food will be served. Sonnenschein Express will play live German music. Keg-tossing competition, plus kid-friendly activities will include crafts, inflatables and a pumpkin patch. Admission is free. Be sure to also take part in the Volksmarch.
Shoals Oktoberfest - Florence, AL - Sep 28, 2019
Singin’ River Brewing Company oktoberfest, with stein-hoisting, weiner dog races, food, music and more!
Cullman Oktoberfest - Cullman, AL - Oct 2 to Oct 5, 2019
The Cullman Oktoberfest is Cullman’s annual celebration of German heritage and one of North Alabama’s largest and most anticipated events each year. During Oktoberfest, the entire Cullman community and surrounding areas come together to enjoy a multitude of fun activities, including a biergarten, an arts & crafts show, wagon rides, live German music, kids’ activities, a wiener dog race, and so much more. Since 1982.
Birmingham Oktoberfest - Birmingham, AL - Oct 5, 2019
This one day is packed with a variety of deliciously cold beers, German food, live music, and an abundance of games and Oktoberfest themed activities! While there used to be a three day Oktoberfest in Birmingham hosted by the local German club, FDSK, it shifted to a one day festival after Das Haus closed, and moved to Railroad Park in 2017 while picking up sponsor Birmingham Sports and Social Club.
Oktoberfest at Luna’s Eat and Drink - Orange Beach, AL - Oct 6, 2019
German food selections as well as polka music, stein hoisting, games and more
Alexander City Oktoberfest - Alexander City, AL - Oct 12, 2019
Enjoy vendors, food, entertainment, and tons of fun activities for the kids, plus a car show!.
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added 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 last year's event when information for this year is not yet 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.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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.
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 or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.
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