Have you made your plans to enjoy beer and brats in 2021 at an Oktoberfest in Illinois already? If not, get your calendar out and ask your friends as there are plenty of options to visit a German beer festival in your local community or travel into the city for a Chicago Oktoberfest.
At this point we are still checking for 2021 dates on events, but have checked all events held before early October 2019 and 2020. 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 2021 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, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. 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!
German Beer Garden - Schaumburg, IL - Aug 28, 2021
Heritage Farm at Spring Valley is offering a traditional German biergarten, with German music, pretzels, food, local craft beer and more. Bring a picnic dinner and play backyard games while enjoying a pretzel and reusable glass with your ticket. Rain or Shine. $5 per person.
Itasca Oktoberfest - Itasca, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 12, 2021
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.
Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 18, 2021
2 weekends of authentic celebration with live music and German food including bratwurst, jaeger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and roast chicken. Location: 756 Grant Highway, Marengo, Illinois.
Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
The free Kinderplatz children’s area will be open on Saturday afternoon. Located in the Village Green once more, event entry remains free. All music will be performed inside the big Oompah tent.
Havana Oktoberfest - Havana, IL - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its annuall Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!
German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Three days and nights of German heritage fun with free admission. Not called an Oktoberfest but it does have all the festival foods, German music, singing and dancing, beverages, plus events you might expect from a big city event.
OktoberWest - Itasca, IL - Sep 11, 2021
Celebrate the unofficial beginning of autumn with the annual international OktoberWest train crawl, coming to the Milwaukee West line. Go around the world, no passport required! With five bars ending at a German Oktoberfest street festival, it’s one of their most popular crawls.
Glendale Heights Oktoberfest - Glendale Heights, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 26, 2021
Annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest which will be held at Camera Park in Glendale Heights, Illinois. The festival will feature authentic German food prepared by renowned Chef Wolfgang of the acclaimed Schnitzel Platz Restaurant. Offers authentic Oktoberfest Bier imported directly from the Hofbräu Brewery in Munich, as well as beer from the oldest Brewery in the world, Weihenstephan Hefe Weiss Bier. Friendly Dirndl-dressed servers will be there to provide you service with a smile, just like in München. To finish off your meal there will be an assortment of wonderful Austrian and German pastries available. Experience live entertainment daily including strolling German Oompah entertainers in one of the most authentic festival tents. There will be a pumpkin patch, a plant sale and many more activities the whole family will enjoy. To round out the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest experience, there will be vendors with German products, souvenirs, hats, steins, and much much more. Free parking.
Palatine Oktoberfest - Palatine, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Attendance is free at this Oktoberfest event under the big heated tent in downtown Palatine. Expect good food, good beer, good music, and lots of family friendly festival type things to do. Saturday is family day with special activities for the kids. Event is put on by the Rotary Club of Palatine as their principal fund raising event. Their support raises thousands of dollars for local charities. Opening ceremonies are at 5:00 pm on Friday. Saturday features their music and dance performances by youth groups and area choirs. Kids love the face painting, crafts and arts tables. Don’t miss Scarecrows on Parade.
Belleville Oktoberfest - Belleville, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
Three stages of live entertainment, German food, children’s area, weiner dog race, costume contest, cornhole tournament, car show and more!
Peoria Oktoberfest - Peoria, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
The German American Central Society and the Peoria Park District are sponsoring once again the Peoria Oktoberfest to promote German culture and heritage of Central Illinois! Additional Activities: A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available. Also, a Puppet Theatre, the Peoria Volkstaenzers, Log Sawing, and various contests such as the Masskrugstemmen (arm strength contest with filled steins) will be featured. Vendors with authentic German clothing and merchandise as well as other items will be available for purchase. Children’s activities are also scheduled. Several carnival rides will be available, including a merry- go-round. Both German and American foods will be available. Complete German dinners will be available in the main tent. German beers will be featured including Spaten Oktoberfest, along with German Wines from our Weinstube and German spirits in the Knappe. Domestic beers also.
Ottawa Oktoberfest - Ottawa, IL - Sep 17, 2021
Oktoberfest will be held in downtown Ottawa, IL on Saturday, September 21st for participants 21 and over. There will be live German music, German food, German beer and wine.
Tinley Oktoberfest - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Bring out the Lederhosen, grab a stein, and welcome autumn with traditional authentic food, oompah and polka, carnival, keg tapping and beer!
German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Frankfort, IL - Sep 18, 2021
The German American Heritage Center invites you & your family to their Haus to celebrate Oktoberfest! Entertainment, including German music, split-the-pot raffles, vendors, German food & beer for purchase and a Kinder Area. $10 adult admission/FREE children under 18. Gates open at 2pm.
American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 18 to Oct 2, 2021
Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.
Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 19 to Sep 25, 2021
The official Oktoberfest celebration will be held at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, with the Tap House the following weekend. Enjoy a beer stein while eating authentic German food and playing classic Oktoberfest games! Free admission
Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 26, 2021
A four day festival attended by approximately 10,000, this annual Oktoberfest is hosted by the Manteno Chamber of Commerce. Beer garden with stage offering live music. Carnival including ferris wheel and amusement rides on Main Street. Bike Night, Lighted Parade (Saturday), pet parade, grass volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament and scarecrow contest for residents of Manteno. Also a lawnmower poker run, car show and performances by Dance Alive! Dance Studio. There are also garage sales in conjunction with the event, map available two weeks prior.
Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Featuring handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music, this popular Chicago Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church. Received a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award from USA Today in 2015. Adult admission is $5-10.
Revolution Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 25, 2021
Head to Revolution Brewing’s Taproom for a fun day of games, contests, music, food, and of course — German beer!
Marmion Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 25, 2021
Marmion’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration will take place on Marmion’s campus, just outside the Battaglia Center at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. They anticipate 400 guests, some dressed in lederhosen, to enjoy Bavarian food, authentic beer and an illuminated silent auction, where competition is friendly but plentiful for dozens of prices that include trips, unique experiences and food and beverage packages! Those in attendance will also enjoy a live and energetic performance of the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos team who thrive on engaging with the crowd
Shorewood OktoBREWfest - Shorewood, IL - Sep 25, 2021
Throughout the day there is traditional German fare, German music, Masskrugstemmen contests, and more! Families welcome from 4:00-8:00 pm then it’s 21+ from 8:00 pm on! Cash only.
Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 28, 2021
The Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, held at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, features German music all day long, plus German food, wiener dog race, German pet parade, beer and wine tasting, bags and washers tournaments, games all day and of course Beer.
Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Live music (from German Oompa to classic rock), German beer and food. Family friendly activities on Saturday from noon to 4 PM. Saturday admission also includes tour of Naper Settlement. Free for Naper Settlement Members. Enter through the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. Location: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540
Galena Oktoberfest - Galena, IL - Oct 2, 2021
Annual Oktoberfest from noon to 10 PM with ceremonial keg tapping, live music, polka lessons and dancing, bean bag tournament, beer stein endurance contest, wiener dog races. Kids entertainment includes bounce house and pumpkin decorating. Admission is $5 for 13+. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Location: Depot Park (Highway 20 and Park Avenue), Galena, Illinois
Oathtoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 9, 2021
Solemn Oath Brewing hosts an Oktoberfest Celebration with Wurst Kitchen. Food, music, and of course, beer!
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St. Joseph School Oktoberfest - Wilmette, IL - Sep 15, 2018
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois
Trinity Lutheran Oktoberfest - Huntley, IL - Aug 23 to Aug 25, 2019
Music, food, beer and wine, raffles, silent auction, kids activities, Sunday church service under the big tent, and more
Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 4 to Oct 4, 2019
The annual festival from this longtime favorite German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission.
Rauetoberfest - Woodstock, IL - Sep 9, 2019
German music and fare, kids activities and root beer garden, and more at Beyond Stable Farm. Cash only event, $5 admission or buy an express pass beforehand for $20, which includes goodies like an express line, pint glass with a free beer, and more!
McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest - McHenry, IL - Sep 21, 2019
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Saturday at Peterson Park. Live music throughout the day, food vendors, beer, wine coolers and other beverages for sale
Vernon Hills Oktoberfest - Vernon Hills, IL - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest at the Metra Station. Kids crafts and pumpkin painting. Food and domestic beer with live music. Beers include Blue Moon, Tighthead, Old Style, and Miller. Pick up a free tree from the park district.
Coal City Octoberfest - Coal City, IL - Oct 5, 2019
Annual event from 9 to 4 pm on South Broadway Street
Mount Prospect Oktoberfest - Mount Prospect, IL - Oct 11 to Oct 12, 2019
St. Mary’s Oktoberfest - Alton, IL - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
Live music, games and silent auction. Keg tapping ceremony at 1 PM on Saturday. Beer from Warsteiner, Spaten, Paulaner and more. German and American food, too!
Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest - Quincy, IL - Oct 12, 2019
Free admission and celebration of Quincy own German breweries. Visit Dick Brother brewery, enjoy live entertainment, dance in the streets, and lots of brats and food to eat.
Oktoberfest in August - Buffalo Grove, IL - Aug 14 to Aug 16, 2020
Hosted by Schwaben Verein of Chicago, this event has been going on for more than 100 years. Entry fee is a $10 donation with children 12 years of age and younger free. Parking and entertainment is free. Food drink and amusement game tickets may be purchased. German buffet is $14 on Saturday and Sunday. Party tent provides rain or shine fun. There will be domestic and German beer, bratwurst, singers and dancers. Arcade games and rides for kids. Location: Schwaben Center, 301 N. Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Batavia Oktoberfest - Batavia, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022 – but local merchants and restaurants are gearing up with Oktoberfest themed offerings, music, art, food specials, and more. Normally: Authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer!
German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Loves Park, IL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Annual festival with German food and beer. Chicken dance, Miss Oktoberfest contest, bier barrel race, running of the wieners, yodeling contest and barmaid stein race. Menu options include potato pancakes, bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut and more. Advance two-day entry tickets are $14. Gate tickets are $10 per day. VIP party tickets available. It will be located at Loves Park City Hall in Loves Park, IL.
C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food held in downtown Champaign. Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music…mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Beer from local brewers and a selection of German beers will be served. Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or come as they are) and dance the night away!
Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Second Sunday in October. Featuring arts, crafts, antiques and food from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at the area around the stone mill and bridge. More than 60 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands will be featured. Arts and crafts will include rug weaving, felting, blacksmithing, photography, woodworking, and a country store. Food will include turtle soup, potato pancakes and popcorn cooked in old-fashioned kettles. Bratwurst, funnel cakes, apple butter, and pies will be some of the other choices available. The village specialty shops, bed & breakfast, restaurants and museum will be open throughout the day.
Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.
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.
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