Oktoberfest in Illinois

Have you made your plans to enjoy beer and brats in 2018 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.

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2018 Events

Oktoberfest in August - Buffalo Grove, IL - Aug 17 to Aug 19, 2018
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

Itasca Oktoberfest - Itasca, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.

Havana Oktoberfest - Havana, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its annuall Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!

Kick-off to Oktoberfest - Schaumburg, IL - Sep 7, 2018
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.

Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
The fest will take place September 7-9. The free Kinderplatz children’s area will be open on Saturday afternoon. Located in the Village Green once more, event entry remains free. There will not be a 5K race component this year. All music will be performed inside the big Oompah tent.

German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 16, 2018
7 days of authentic celebration with live music and German food including bratwurst, jaeger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and roast chicken. Location: 756 Grant Highway, Marengo, Illinois.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest - Glendale Heights, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 23, 2018
Seventh 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.

Rauetoberfest - Woodstock, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018

Palatine Oktoberfest - Palatine, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
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.

Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 15, 2018
The Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, Morgan County Fairgrounds, German music all day long, German food, wiener dog race, German pet parade, beer and wine tasting, bags and washers tournaments, games all day and of course Beer.

St. Joseph School Oktoberfest - Wilmette, IL - Sep 15, 2018
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois

Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 16, 2018
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Two Brothers Brewing Company! The official Oktoberfest celebration will be held at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL. Enjoy a beer stein full of Atom Smasher: Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager, while eating authentic German food and playing classic Oktoberfest games! It’s the next best thing to being at the actual Oktoberfest and this way you don’t have to buy a plane ticket. Oh, it’s also free admission! Location: The Two Brothers Roundhouse Aurora, IL Time: Noon – 9 p.m.

Belleville Oktoberfest - Belleville, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Location: Belleville Town Square. Il 159, Belleville, IL, 62220

Peoria Oktoberfest - Peoria, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Tinley Oktoberfest - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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 22, 2018
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 this year a NEW Kinder Area. $10 adult admission/FREE children under 18. Gates open at 2pm.

American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 22 to Oct 3, 2018
Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.

Vernon Hills Oktoberfest - Vernon Hills, IL - Sep 22, 2018
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.

Galena Oktoberfest - Galena, IL - Sep 22, 2018
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. 4000 people attended in 2013. Location: Depot Park (Highway 20 and Park Avenue), Galena, Illinois

McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest - McHenry, IL - Sep 22, 2018
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Saturday at Peterson Park.

Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
A four day festival attended by approximately 10,000. 19th annual Oktoberfest 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 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music. The popular Chicago Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church. Received a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award from USA Today in 2015. Adult admission is $5. Free for active military and veterans with ID.

Revolution Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018

Marmion Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 29, 2018

German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Loves Park, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Annual festival with German food and beer. Chicken Dance. Miss Oktoberfest contest on Friday. 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.

Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Live music (from German Oompa to classic rock), German beer and food. Family friendly activities on Saturday from noon to 4 PM. Adult admission is $15. Advance tickets are $12 for adults (13+) and $8 for kids (4-12). Saturday admission also includes tour of Naper Settlement. Advance ticket purchases end September 29th. 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

St. Mary’s Oktoberfest - Alton, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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!

Batavia Oktoberfest - Batavia, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018

C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 6, 2018

Coal City Octoberfest - Coal City, IL - Oct 6, 2018
33rd annual event from 9 to 4 pm on South Broadway Street

Mount Prospect Oktoberfest - Mount Prospect, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018

Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest - Quincy, IL - Oct 13, 2018
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.

Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Oct 14, 2018
Second Sunday in October. Arts, crafts and antique fair with german food.

Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.

 

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Past Events

Villa Park Oktoberfest - Villa Park, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Live entertainment, carnival, beer tent. Unlimited Carnival Rides for $20 per person. Talent contest, adult bags tournament and teen pizza judging contest on Saturday. Music in the evenings.

Lagunita’s Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 13, 2016

Village Tavern Oktoberfest - Long Grove, IL - Sep 17 to Oct 9, 2016
Village Tavern and City of Long Grove host beer trucks, German food, free hay rides, music and lots more.

Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest - Oak Brook, IL - Sep 24, 2016
The 6th annual Oktoberfest with live music, food, Two Brothers beer, futbol and softball tournament and kids activities. They have teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House and the Village of Oak Brook to bring you a family friendly fun event. Music provided by the Rock Academy and 7th Heaven.

Maine South Hawks Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Oct 15, 2016

Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7, 2017
The 31st annual festival from this German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission. Location: 17 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Blocktoberfest - Berwyn, IL - Sep 9, 2017
Live Music, food and beer at this family event with kids activities. Free Admission. Rain Date is Sunday.

Howells & Hood Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 16 to Oct 3, 2017

Plano Oktoberfest - Plano, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
12th annual Illinois Oktoberfest with live German music under a huge circus tent on Main Street. Authentic German bands, beer wagon, and traditional German food. Food includes bratwurst, schnitzel, roast pork, spaetzle, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Beer from Hacker-Pschorr and DAB. Chicken Dance contests on Friday and Saturday with Miss Oktoberfest contest on Saturday night.

Ottawa Oktoberfest - Ottawa, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017

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.

If you’ve attended all of these festivals, you can always check out the list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States and the celebrations in surrounding states: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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 Illinois in October:

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

9 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Illinois

    • Mr. Funtober says:

      You caught me. As I grew up in Michigan, I have an intense hatred of all cities in Illinois not near Chicago and it manifested itself on this list. I apologize. If you find an Oktoberfest I’m missing, I will do my best to overcome my deep prejudice and add it here.

  1. Kathryn Gustafson says:

    We’d love for you to add us to your list for 2013!
    We’ll be having the German Society of Rockford’s Oktoberfest Friday, Sept 27 and Sat., Sept 28, 2013 at Loves Park City Hall in Loves Park, IL.

  2. Lori hartz says:

    The Jacksonville rotary club will be holding its 3rd annual Oktoberfest on October 5, 2013 at the Morgan county fairgrounds in Jacksonville il. German beer, music and unique German food along with games and a wiener dog race.

  3. Mike Lehman says:

    The McHenry Sunrise Rotary club is hosting an Oktoberfest on Oct 24th from 6pm to 11 pm.

    If you like BEER, the place to be is McHenry Sunrise Rotary’s OKTOBERFEST on Friday, October 24th, at the McHenry VFW Post #4600 from 6 – 11 p.m. An impressive variety of purveyors will be there to talk beer and offer tastings of their brews. Every admission will include a commemorative event mug on a lanyard, one free sausage with fresh chips provided by the VFW, and unlimited beer sampling during the event. Raffles and other fundraising activities will be available during the event, so bring plenty of greenbacks as all proceeds will benefit the charitable giving of the McHenry Sunrise Rotary Club. Like our page on Facebook to learn what we do for the benefit of our community.
    For more information please visit http://www.rotary-oktoberfest.com

    • Mr. Funtober says:

      The lineup of fall festivals is pretty crowded. There’s a few organizations around the country which have pushed them into August in order to cater to patrons who would otherwise go to other events. If Oktoberfest can be celebrated in September in Munich, why not August? Like pumpkin beers, it is tough to stop seasonal creep.

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