Enjoy Oktoberfest 2020 in Idaho with these celebrations, despite the fact that there are only 300,000 claiming German heritage. Either they are well organized, highly concentrated, small or attended by a number of people that just pretend to be German.
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Oktoberfest Old Boise - Boise, ID - Sep 26, 2020
Live music, dancing, Bavarian foods, seasonal and Oktoberfest beers plus a Sam Adams stein hoisting contest. 3-10 PM. Location: 6th and Maine, Boise, ID
MCPAWS Oktoberfest - McCall, ID - Oct 3, 2020
Annual fundraiser for MCPAWS, a regional animal shelter, will include beer garden, food & craft vendors, kids activities, adoptable dogs and live music. Costume contest for adults and kids as well as raffles. It is held at Alpine Village, a resort style condominium development in the downtown area. Held annually on the first Saturday in October. Location: 600 N 3rd St, McCall, ID 83638
Harrison Oktoberfest - Harrison, ID - Oct 3, 2020
Microbreweries will be in attendance offering beer to fill your souvenir glass. There will also be food and live music. Activities for kids include face painting, bounce house and more.
Some of these festivals might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that celebrate Oktoberfest: Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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Crosstoberfest - Sun Valley, ID - Oct 26 to Oct 27, 2018
This annual event in October combines a cyclocross race with a beerfest. The beerfest features around 100 beers from over 20 breweries. Beer festival garden is for 21+ only, but there are plenty of other acitivities for kids and families. An all access pass for Friday evening and Saturday is $25. Riders get discounted tickets to the festival with race registration. 2016 will be the 13th annual event.
Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest - Coeur d'Alene, ID - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Admission to three musical performances, a glass beer mug and six sampling tickets. It runs from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday and from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday. Also experience the Gran Fondo biking event at Oktoberfest.
Snake River Search Oktoberfest - Idaho Falls, ID - Sep 21, 2019
A fundraiser hosted by Idaho Brewing Company with proceeds going to support Snake River Search. Enjoy beers, brats and entertainment. There will also be silent auctions and raffle prizes. Tickets available at the door – adults $10, kids $5!
Idaho Falls Oktoberfest - Idaho Falls, ID - Sep 28, 2019
Come enjoy German beer and food. We are raising the money for Special Olympics and Wheelchairs for vets. New this year are the Hammerschlagen and Masskrugstemmen Tournaments. There will be a costume contest for the best Oktoberfest attire. Also there is live German music, German food, and of course German beer.
Lava Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Lava Hot Springs, ID - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Celebrate the start of fall and the harvest with fun next to the Portneuf River. Kick-off party on Friday. Saturday is Oktoberfest, a fun run/walk of 5k/10k, pumpkin chuckin contest, and the duck race. Food, beer and music at the Lava Community Building. The event is raising money for a bike path. Location: 150 N Center, Lava Hot Springs, ID
Oktoberfest at Ste. Chapelle Winery - Caldwell, ID - Oct 6, 2019
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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