When winter sets in, you’ll be very happy if you have attended one of these celebrations of German heritage at an Alaska Oktoberfest in 2020.
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!
I’ve also put together a list of the most popular German festivals in the US for Oktoberfest for those from Alaska who are willing to travel to a bigger party.
Silver Gulch Oktoberfest - Fox, AK - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Alyeska Resort Oktoberfest - Girdwood, AK - Sep 20 to Sep 28, 2019
Alyeska Resort holds a two weekend celebration for Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday nights, including food, beer and live music in late September or early October.
Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, AK - Sep 28, 2019
Each year Valdez hosts the Annual Oktoberfest & Homebrew Competition to recognize the most talented homebrewers in the State of Alaska. General Admission Tickets are $45.00 each and include 4 Beer sample tickets, a 16oz Souvenir Beer Glass, full buffet service with delicious German style food, and dessert. $55 for â€œPeopleâ€™s Choiceâ€ Tasting Room Area & General Admission ticket combo. Tasting Room Combo Tickets include all of the General Admission items listed above, plus a flight of craft brews. Ticket holders get to vote in the Peopleâ€™s Choice Award competition. ALL GUESTS MUST BE OVER THE AGE OF 21.
Humpy’s Oktoberfest - Anchorage, AK - Sep 29, 2019
Humpy’s Great American Alehouse hosts an annual Alaska Oktoberfest food and beer pairing with authentic German menu, chicken dance, stein hoisting competition and more.
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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