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 2019.Last Major Update: August 17
Maysville Oktoberfest - Maysville, KY - Aug 9 to Aug 10, 2019
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.
German-American Club Gesangverein Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
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
Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, KY - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
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
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.
Spencer County Octoberfest - Taylorsville, KY - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Miss Octoberfest Pageants the week of the event. Talent show the day before. Parade and festival the day of the event.
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.
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.
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.
Shop Funtober for Oktoberfest Items
Fort Knox Brooks Field Oktoberfest - Fort Knox, KY - Sep 21, 2018
Smithland Octoberfest - Smithland, KY - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Original Butchertown Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Oct 14, 2018
A tradition for more than 40 years, celebrating the heritage of this historic neighborhood. This Louisville Oktoberfest will have German food and beer with music by Will Wilder Quintet. Join us on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 7pm. Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E Washington St, Louisville, Kentucky.
Maiden Alley Oktoberfest - Paducah, KY - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
Beer dinner at Freight House with 4 course German inspired Dinner on Day 1 at 6 PM. Beer, Sausage, Dance and Repeat on Day 2 at Maiden Alley. Includes live music, art vendors, German Car Show and craft beer from across the state/region. Day 3 Sunday Brunch at 10 AM at Paducah Beer Werks.
Find other fun things to do in Kentucky in fall: