Have you made your plans to enjoy beer and brats in 2017 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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Oktoberfest in August - Buffalo Grove, IL - Aug 18 to Aug 20, 2017
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 American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
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.
Palatine Oktoberfest - Palatine, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
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 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Location: Belleville Town Square. Il 159, Belleville, IL, 62220
Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2017
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.
Vernon Hills Oktoberfest - Vernon Hills, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
11th 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.
Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music. They promise a bigger and better than ever event in 2016 with more beer, more brats and more bands! 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.
Galena Oktoberfest - Galena, IL - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
9th 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
Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
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
Batavia Oktoberfest - Batavia, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest - Quincy, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
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.
German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Frankfort, IL - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
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.
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Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 8 to Oct 8, 2016
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
Itasca Oktoberfest - Itasca, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.
Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
On September 9th and 10th, 2016, the Village of Hoffman Estates will be hosting its annual Platzkonzert Germanfest. This family event features live music at two stages, at the Amphitheater and in the big Oompah Tent. Entry is free, the children’s play area is free (the Kinderplatz), and the music is free. On Friday night the Platzkonzert opens, and authentic Hofbrau Oktoberfest beer will be on tap at the Oompah Tent and at the adjacent Hoffman Estates Beer Garden. Saturday 9/10 will get kicked off with a Superhero 5K Run/Walk at 9am. At 10:30am the music will sound and the fun will begin all over again! The open-air festival takes place at the Village Green, just north of the Sears Centre Arena. Prost!
Rauetoberfest - Crystal Lake, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Havana Oktoberfest - Havana, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its 43rd annul Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!
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.
Blocktoberfest - Berwyn, IL - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Live Music, food and beer at this family event with kids activities. Free Admission. Rain Date is Sunday.
Lagunita’s Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 13, 2016
Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Peoria Oktoberfest - Peoria, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
St. Joseph School Oktoberfest - Wilmette, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois
American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 17 to Oct 1, 2016
September 17 & 24 & October 1, 2016. Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.
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.
Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Plano Oktoberfest - Plano, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
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.
German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Rockford, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
52nd 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.
Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest - Oak Brook, IL - Sep 24 to 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.
Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The 6th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, October 3, 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.
C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Mount Prospect Oktoberfest - Mount Prospect, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
St. Mary’s Oktoberfest - Alton, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
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!
Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016
Second Sunday in October. Arts, crafts and antique fair with german food.
Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.
Maine South Hawks Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest - McHenry, IL - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Friday at the McHenry VFW Post from 6 – 11 p.m. Lots of craft brewers will be there to talk beer and offer tastings of their brews. Every admission includes a commemorative event mug, one free sausage with fresh chips and unlimited beer samplings. Raffles and tickets proceeds will benefit charity.
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.
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