Celebrate Oktoberfest in Indiana this year. The 1.6 million Indiana residents claiming German ancestry have several German festivals for 2020 Oktoberfest, so decide which one (or more) you want to attend! And if you decide to venture into a nearby state, you can find even more fabulous festivals. Here are the local Indiana Oktoberfest celebrations if you choose to stay close to home:
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St. Boniface Germanfest - Lafayette, IN - Sep 12, 2020
Food, live music, dancing and fun.
Terre Haute German Oberlandler Club Oktoberfest - Terre Haute, IN - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
At the Meadows Center for 2 days of German food and dance from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
The Holy Name Oktoberfest - Beech Grove, IN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
A two day community event hosted by Holy Name Parish of Beech Grove that is attended by more than 1,000 people. Authentic German food, biergarten, live music and kids zone with games. The festival raises funds to support the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
St. John Oktoberfest - St. John, IN - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Annual Indiana Oktoberfest from St. John the Evangelist Parish. Music, bier garden with HB and Miller, wine, German food, and kids activities such as pumpkin decorating and moon bounce. They have featured live music running all three days.
Bremen Oktoberfest - Bremen, IN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Live music, food and beer, and more. Held at Sunnyside Park due to construction in 2020
Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, IN - Sep 26, 2020
Annual Oktoberfest includes locally made beer, brats, games, live music, trike race and crafts. This is a huge street fair with lots of local crafts and artisans. The beer garden features brews by the New Boswell Brewing Company. Do not miss Ullery’s Ice Cream.
Oktoberfest & Porsche Festival - Winona Lake, IN - Sep 26, 2020
An afternoon of celebrating Germany’s oldest seasonal celebration. A car show will kick off the event, taking place along the canal. Fall festival activities will follow and continue into the afternoon. At 5:00, be sure to head to The Garden for a beer, live music and German style foods.
Seymour Oktoberfest - Seymour, IN - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2020
This festival has been happening for more than 40 years. Bier Garten, carnival and flea market at First Methodist Church. There are a number of contests over the weekend, including the 5K walk/run, baking contest, horseshoe tournament, cornhole tournament, prince & princess, window & booth decorating, baby contest, polka & chicken dance, talent contest, brat eating and coloring contest. When the weather cooperates, there is also a hot air balloon race. Three stages of free entertainment nightly, including bluegrass festival, dancers, cloggers and German band. There are also carnival rides, arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, dumpster decorating, sand art booth and cake walk for kids in the One Kids Square. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Location: 2nd and Walnut, Seymour
Germanfest - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 3, 2020
Annual celebration of German-American Day. German food, beer, strong man competition, 5k Lederhosen Run/Walk, Wiener Dog Races. ZwergenLand for Kids ($2) has play area, arts & crafts, bounce house, fishing pond, face painting and other activities. Two stages of entertainment, beer games for teams of five members 21+ includes contests such as beer stein holding, cow toss, stein relay and grape stompede. Proceeds benefit Historic Athenaeum. Location: 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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Rooftop Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 15, 2018
Oktoberfest Sip & Stroll - Jeffersonville, IN - Oct 5, 2018
Sample beers and wines inside downtown shops. Your ticket allows you to taste beer and wine samples inside participating downtown shops. Live music on sidewalks. Free Trolley rides. *2018 TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN LATE AUGUST. If you wear an Oktoberfest-themed outfit or accessory then you can enter into a chance for prize give-away.
German Park Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 5 to Sep 7, 2019
The German American Club and Edelweiss Restaurant host this Oktoberfest. Live music and entertainment. Members of any German organization get in free if they show their membership card at the gate. Pets, except for service animals, are not allowed. Location: 8600 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis
Monument Circle Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 13, 2019
Annual Indianapolis Oktoberfest hosted by the Columbia Club with German & American food, live music and biergarten. Portion of proceeds goes to local organizations. Admission is free and open to the public.
Carmel Octoberfest - Carmel, IN - Sep 20, 2019
An annual event celebrating fall. Festival is free to the public and open to all age ranges. There will also be food, drink and biergarten of course.
Fishers Oktoberfest - Fishers, IN - Sep 21, 2019
Live music, arts and crafts, kids games and German food. Beer garden is open from noon to 10 PM for ages 21+ with Warsteiner and Leinenkugel on tap. Domestic and import beers are $4-5. Live music begins at noon and includes Polkamotion, Big Daddy Caddy and My Yellow Rickshaw. Food menu includes a variety of German and American items including bratwurst, knautwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, funnel cake and elephant ears. Free admission. Location: Witten Park, 131st and Olio Road, Fishers IN
Upland Oktoberfest – Bloomington - Bloomington, IN - Sep 21, 2019
You can expect a German based food menu with plenty of Bavarian-inspired dishes, traditional live music, and plenty of beer to be flowing. And what’s Oktoberfest without an authentic Lager in a beer stein?
The Rathskeller Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 27, 2019
Live music by Polkaboy as part of their Oktoberfest celebration. Location: 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Rensselaer Oktoberfest - Rensselaer, IN - Sep 28, 2019
Come enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from our local winery and sample seasonal beer at our beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on the Historic Downtown Rensselaer square. $5 donation requested. Kids 10 and under are free. Hours are 5-10pm. Location is Jasper County Courthouse Square, 115 W Washington Street
Herron Morton Place Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 28, 2019
Annual event from 3-9 PM. Will have food trucks, restaurant vendors, live music and beer. Located at historic Herron-Morton Place Park in downtown Indianapolis. Kids are welcome (those under 12 are free) and dogs are allowed! Event proceeds benefit the park.
Bristow Oktoberfest and Car Show - Bristow, IN - Oct 13, 2019
Antique, classic car and truck show with live entertainment and food. Free admission.
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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