If you are in for an Oktoberfest in Kentucky, you are lucky. You are surrounded by some of the best festivals for Oktoberfest in the country. If you don’t head up to Cincinnati for their Oktoberfest, you are missing out! If you are looking for something close to home, consider one of these Kentucky Oktoberfests already scheduled for 2021.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
You are so close to so many fantastic festivals in Kentucky, but you should definitely check out the largest Oktoberfest in the United States and the festivals in surrounding states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
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Covington Oktoberfest - Covington, KY - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Taking up where the MainStrasse Oktoberfest left off, this local Oktoberfest raises a stein to German culture with live music from local artists, local food, beer, and art! Since 1979, families from throughout the Midwest have joined local crowds to celebrate German heritage and culture at Covington Oktoberfest in Goebel Park.
Christ the King Oktoberfest - Lexington, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
This is a fall fundraiser for the church. Food vendors provide German food and other options. Live music on both Friday and Saturday. There are games and inflatables for kids. Bingo and auctions for adults. Festival admission is free. Location: Cathedral of Christ The King, 299 Colony Blvd, Lexington, KY 40502
Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest - Union, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual parish festival with German & American food, drinks, live music, midway rides, games and entertainment. 5K Twilight Run/Walk on Saturday evening, with kids free fun run before the event. Top 25 men and women receive an official Oktoberfest mug. Sunday is family day with all you can ride bracelets on sale. Free on site parking. Location: 10272 US 42 Union KY 41091
Fort Knox Brooks Field Oktoberfest - Fort Knox, KY - Sep 20, 2019
Free admission and open to the public, this Oktoberfest is held at Fort Knox and is hosted by the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) team. Features German food, Oktoberfest and German foods, kids zone and bounce house, live music and more.
Saint Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest - Fort Wright, KY - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
Food, drinks, games, rides, silent auction and live music. Located at St. Agnes Parish Grounds.
Smithland Octoberfest - Smithland, KY - Oct 5, 2019
An annual celebration since 1987. They will have a parade with floats, Pow Wow history presentation, live music and silent auction. There have also been mini-tractor pulls and the firefighter olympics.
Belle of Louisville Oktoberfest Cruise - Louisville, KY - Oct 5 to Oct 19, 2019
A three hour cruise with live music and German theme on the Ohio River. Choose from sightseeing only or make advance reservations for the lunch buffet. Tickets with buffet range from $30 for kids to $40 for adults. Generally runs from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Original Butchertown Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Oct 6, 2019
A tradition for more than 50 years, celebrating the heritage of this historic neighborhood. This Louisville Oktoberfest will have German food and beer with music. Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E Washington St, Louisville, Kentucky.
Art Council Oktoberfest - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
An Arts Council of Mercer County’s annual event. National & Regional artists selected through a competitive jury process will be on-hand to display, discuss, and sell their work. the Oktoberfest is a co-sponored event with The Arts Council of Mercer County and the Harrodsburg First Main Street Program. Preview night on Friday from 5 PM to 12 AM with art, beer and food. Saturday from 10 AM to Midnight with art, beer, music and food. Sunday from noon to 5 PM including art, beer, music and food.
Maysville Oktoberfest - Maysville, KY - Aug 14 to Aug 15, 2020
Held on the second Friday and Saturday of August annually in the the historic downtown area of Maysville. Why so early? Because if they had it in September, it would compete with the huge festival in Cincinnati. So they kick off the season instead. They have a ceremonial keg tapping, live music and dancing. Consume German food, beer, wine and schnapps. Watch the parade, log sawing, tug of war and weiner dog races. Your kids will like the puppet show and carnival rides.
Spencer County Octoberfest - Taylorsville, KY - Sep 9 to Oct 25, 2020
Miss Octoberfest Pageants the week of the event. Talent show the day before. Parade and festival the day of the event.
German-American Club Gesangverein Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, KY - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
The event will be in the Munich Oktoberfest style of large Fest Tent sponsored by German Beer Breweries. Each tent will have food, beer and music. Participating restaurants include Wertheims and others. There will also be continuous live German entertainment. Free admission. On Friday evening, enjoy the fireworks after the Cincinnati Reds game. The Cincinnati Beer Run also happens this weekend, with a short 2.5 mile course charity run that has craft beer sampling from local breweries every half mile. Participants get a souvenir glass and t-shirt. Location: Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky, 41071
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