Oktoberfest in Idaho

Enjoy Oktoberfest 2017 in Idaho with these nine 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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2017 Events

Snake River Search Oktoberfest - Idaho Falls, ID - Sep 16, 2017
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!

Tres Bonne Cuisine Oktoberfest - Boise, ID - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
Tres Bonne Cuisine will host its 89th annual Idaho Oktoberfest with a two day evening celebration of German food and beer. Weisswurst and bratwurst are on the menu as well as other German food. Stadl Bier from Bavaria Innstadt Brewery. One complimentary beer.

Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest - Coeur d'Alene, ID - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
Admission to three musical performances, a glass beer mug and six sampling tickets. $20 is the early bird rate. 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.

Oktoberfest Old Boise - Boise, ID - Sep 30, 2017
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

Lava Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Lava Hot Springs, ID - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Celebrate the start of fall and the harvest with fun next to the Portneuf River. Last year’s schedule started with the kick-off party on Friday. Saturday brought Oktoberfest, a fun run/walk of 5k/10k and pumpkin chuckin contest. Sunday was the duck race (no oktoberfest sunday). 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

Harrison Oktoberfest - Harrison, ID - Oct 7, 2017
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. This event has been going on for more than five years.

MCPAWS Oktoberfest - McCall, ID - Oct 7, 2017
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

2016 Events

Oktoberfest at Ste. Chapelle Winery - Caldwell, ID - Oct 2, 2016

Crosstoberfest - Sun Valley, ID - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
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.

Past Events

Teton Valley Oktoberfest – Victor, ID – September 21, 2013
The Grand Teton Brewing Company throws this annual Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for the Teton Valley Foundation. Grand Teton beer, German food, live music, and kids activities. Ceremonial keg tapping starts the event. Oktoberfest games include keg toss and pie baking contest. Free admission.
Location: 430 Old Jackson Hwy, Victor ID, 83455

Oktoberfest at Sacajawea Center – Salmon, ID – September 21, 2013
This Oktoberfest dinner with food, beer and contests follows a Dutch Oven gathering lunch at the Sacajawea Center.
Location: Sacajawea Center, Lewis and Clark Street, Hwy 28 Salmon, ID 83467


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.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Idaho in October:

Idaho Festivals
Idaho Corn Mazes
Idaho Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Idaho
Pumpkin Patches in Idaho

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