Oktoberfest in Illinois

Have you made your plans to enjoy beer and brats in 2019 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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2019 Events

Oktoberfest in August - Buffalo Grove, IL - Aug 16 to Aug 18, 2019
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

German Beer Garden - Schaumburg, IL - Aug 24, 2019
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 6 to Sep 7, 2019
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.

Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
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 6 to Sep 8, 2019
The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its annuall Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!

German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
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.

Tinley Oktoberfest - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Bring out the Lederhosen, grab a stein, and welcome autumn with traditional authentic food, oompah and polka, carnival, keg tapping and beer!

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!

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest - Glendale Heights, IL - Sep 12 to Sep 22, 2019
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 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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 20 to Sep 21, 2019
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 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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.

American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 21 to Oct 5, 2019
Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.

Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 21, 2019
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.

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

Ottawa Oktoberfest - Ottawa, IL - Sep 21, 2019
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.

Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 22, 2019
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! Free admission

Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019
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 27 to Sep 29, 2019
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.

Batavia Oktoberfest - Batavia, IL - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
Authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer!

Villa Park Brewfest - Villa Park, IL - Sep 28, 2019
Sample from more than 80 different styles of beers from America’s best craft brewers.

German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Frankfort, IL - Sep 28, 2019
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.

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.

Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
2 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.

German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Loves Park, IL - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
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.

Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
10th annual. 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 5, 2019
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

C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 5, 2019
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!

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.

Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Oct 13, 2019
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.

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

 

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Past Events

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

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.

Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7 to Oct 6, 2018
The annual festival from this longtime favorite German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission.

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

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

Marmion Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 29, 2018

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!

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

Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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.

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.

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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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