Oktoberfest in Arkansas

Our list of 2019 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Arkansas. Less than 25% of people in most counties in Arkansas claim German heritage, but that doesn’t stop the German-themed Oktoberfest parties from rockin’ each year when September and October come around!

Last Major Update: August 17

2019 Events

Little Rocktoberfest - North Little Rock, AR - Sep 21, 2019
Sample hundreds of commercial beers from across the world and enjoy a bratwurst dinner included in the ticket price. Come support local breweries and try some great beer made right in Arkansas. Check out the homebrew exhibition to give you a taste of what’s brewing in Arkansas. Proceeds from the event will go to STOP Inc. – Students That Officially Patrol. Tickets are $45 or $65 for VIP (early admission and souvenirs). Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 West Broadway, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

Oktoberfest at the Bay - Fairfield Bay, AR - Oct 5, 2019
Enjoy music, dancing, a Bier Garten, German food, and of course an Oompah-pah band. All the fun, food, and beer available. Admission is free.

Given the limited number of festivals celebrating Oktoberfest in Arkansas, I’m recommending that you also look at the list of Oktoberfest celebrations in the surrounding states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

 

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Past Events

Arktoberfest - Arkadelphia, AR - Oct 22, 2016
Arkansas craft beers, homebrew competition, catfish cook-off and family-friendly fall festival.

Rogers Oktobeerfest - Rogers, AR - Oct 6, 2018
A whole day of food, music and fun for the family. Enjoy the sounds of the Oom-pah-pah bands and Hammerschlagen, the scents of bratwurst and pretzels!

Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018

Eureka Springs Oktoberfest - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 20, 2018

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.

Please don't drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Arkansas in fall:

Arkansas Festivals
Arkansas Corn Mazes
Arkansas Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Arkansas
Arkansas pumpkin patches

8 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Arkansas

  1. Dunkelbrau says:

    Hot Springs used to have a great Oktoberfest – started in 1972 ( as I recall) and hosted in the old Civic Center, which was perfect – big, round, two Oompah Bands, lots of beer and people – and nice and loud – perfect for the Chicken Dance. It was moved into one of the rooms of the expanded Civic Center in the 90’s and always had a great turnout – but it seemed that the Powers that Be began to sabotage the festival – first, not even hiring a Oktoberfest band one year, just some local rock and roll group, and playing Polka on a recording during the band intermission – it was terrible , finally moving it to an outdoor facility, under an inappropriate picnic shelter at an amusement park just outside Hot Springs, and finally to a cramped tent that couldn’t accommodate the participants in the parking lot of the post office off Grand Ave. I guess it’s gone, but it was really entertaining back in the 70’s and 80’s.

    • Dunkelbrau says:

      I invited an acquaintance to Oktoberfest once – he refused since his church didn’t allow drinking alcohol – I told him he and his didn’t have to touch a drop of that delicious brew – but he refused anyway – guess you gotta be on the German/Irish side of things to enjoy life !!

  2. Ernie says:

    Oktoberfest is coming back to Hot Springs, — it is scheduled as a two day event. Should be hearing more about it the next few months.

  3. Susan Thomas says:

    The Friends of Cherokee (Village) Animals , a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of homeless animals, will once again have a booth at HarvestFest 2016. Please join us on Saturday, October 1st, from 1:00 ’til 10:00 p.m., to learn more about our efforts and the adoptable cats and dogs at the Cherokee Village Shelter.

  4. Jack says:

    I went to the Oktoberfest in Hot Springs last year. It was one of the most depressing things I have ever attended . The music was provided by an elderly German woman playing the accordion (no offense to her) ,playing sad slow songs not the cheerful upbeat music of the German folk music bands . Recorded Music would have been better .Some of the staff organizers looked like they were wearing leprechaun costumes from St Patrick’s day . The event had no energy and no German beer .

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