Oktoberfest in Kansas

Celebrate fall at a Kansas Oktoberfest in 2019 and enjoy the music, cuisine and beer of Germany with your friends and family. If you live near Kansas City, Topeka or Wichita, be sure to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the fun at your local German beer festival.

Last Major Update: August 17

2019 Events

Party on the Plaza - Wichita, KS - Sep 21, 2019
An annual themed party to raise funds for student scholarships at Newman University.

Blocktoberfest - Paola, KS - Sep 21, 2019
Named for the rural community of Block” and held on the grounds at Trinity Lutheran Church

St John’s Oktoberfest - Lawrence, KS - Sep 28, 2019
Live German band as well as kids games. 26 kegs of beer from 4 different Paulaner beers, and Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider. Looks like beer starts at 3 PM and food starts at 4 PM. Since 1997.

Shawnee Oktoberfest - Shawnee, KS - Oct 4, 2019
The annual Oktoberfest runs from 5:30 PM on Friday. It will include entertainment and dancers. Family friendly with games for kids, Kinderhall and moonwalk. Cost: Admission is free.

Oktoberfest Stafford - Staffod, KS - Oct 5, 2019
There will be a parade, horseshoe tournament, scavenger hunt, antique tractor show, pumpkin decorating contest and cow patty bingo. They hold the largest wiener dog races in Kansas. There will be a food court, beer garden, stage entertainment and kid’s activities.

Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival - Atchison, KS - Oct 5, 2019
The Junior Guild’s annual Oktoberfest with German food and music as well as more than 100 arts & crafts vendors. Event takes place all day Saturday. Several thousand attend the annual event along the outdoor mall.

Atchison Oktoberfest - Atchison, KS - Oct 5, 2019
The annual festival is sponsored by Atchison’s Junior Guild with over 100 booths of handmade arts & crafts. Aroma of German food from the United Methodist Church booth filling the fall air, plus other food booths. Volunteer musicians and other entertainers will perform throughout the day.

Fort Hays State University Homecoming/Oktoberfest - Hays, KS - Oct 7 to Oct 12, 2019
The annual Hays Oktoberfest from the Volga German Society. It will have german food, keg tapping and family friendly component. Held on Fort Hays State University Homecoming weekend. Oktoberfest is on Friday with the heritage celebration continuing on Saturday and Sunday (based on past history). Honor our Heritage events take place in a Beer Free Zone.

Baxter & Associates Oktoberfest - Wichita, KS - Oct 14, 2019
An annual event with delicious brats, bacon-wrapped doves, fine German Biers and wine hosted by a financial planning firm. You can RSVP via the “Register” button on their website.

There are Oktoberfest celebrations in these surrounding states: Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

 

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Past Events

Little Apple Brewing Company - Manhattan, KS - Oct 1, 2016

Oktoberfest Wichita - Wichita, KS - Sep 29, 2018
It is a community event sponsored by The Church of the Blessed Sacrament Men’s Club. It is an outdoor event taking place on Quentin Street. Enjoy beer, bratwurst and music while in the beer garden. Children can enjoy the inflatables, rides and games. Musical lineup features multiple bands. Rosstoberfest 5K kicks off the event and there is also a one mile fun run. Bid in the silent auction or live auction to win fun prizes. $11 wrist band for all you can ride amusement rides. $5 cover charge after 7 PM. Complete dinner plate is $7.50, with ala carte brats available in the beer garden for $2.50.

Fairlawn Oktoberfest - Topeka, KS - Oct 6, 2018
Fairlawn Plaza holds an annual Oktoberfest event from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm under their huge 8000 square foot tent in the parking lot. Event is host by the German-American Club of Topeka.

Oktoberfest Lawrence - Lawrence, KS - Oct 13, 2018

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.

Find other fun things to do in Kansas in fall:

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

6 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Kansas

  1. Susan Pennington says:

    Horton KS October Fest is October 18th. There will be a car, truck and bike show on 8th and Central, Craft Show in the Blue Building at 7th and 1st Ave West. Kountry Kids Kettle Korn, a 5K walk run sponsored by the Horton High School Theatre Department, Book sale at the Horton Library, Pumpkin Decorating sponsored by Rainbow Communications. For more information you can contact Susan Pennigton at [email protected]

  2. Karon Cook says:

    Need a polka band to play Oct 24 in Topeka Kansas at the American Legion Post 400. from 1pm to 4pm.

  3. Matt says:

    They used to do two Oktoberfests in Hays. They both had beer. I know the FHSU one is still happening not sure about the other. It was called the Deutche Oktoberfest, but their site is mesed up

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