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 2021 dates on all Oktoberfest events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, and Prost!
All events showing 2021 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, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. 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!
Maysville Oktoberfest - Maysville, KY - Aug 13 to Aug 14, 2021
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 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest - Union, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
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 17, 2021
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.
Christ the King Oktoberfest - Lexington, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
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
Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
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
Butchertown Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 25, 2021
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.
Spencer County Octoberfest - Taylorsville, KY - Sep 26 to Oct 2, 2021
Miss Octoberfest Pageants the week of the event. Talent show the day before. Parade and festival the day of the event.
Saint Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest - Fort Wright, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Food, drinks, games, rides, silent auction and live music. Located at St. Agnes Parish Grounds.
Harrodsburg Oktoberfest - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
The Harrodsburg First Main Street Program produces the biggest Oktoberfest in Central Kentucky, which draws over 15,000 people to downtown Harrodsburg. The Festival features free concerts from 13 live bands over the course of 3 days as well as local beers, specialty foods, and family fun.
Belle of Louisville Oktoberfest Cruise - Louisville, KY - Oct 5 to
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.
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.
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.
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