Maine only has 100,000 residents with German heritage so the fact that it hosts a handful of festivals for Oktoberfest is impressive. Don’t forget to enjoy the fall foliage while you are on your way to enjoy the German food and beer at a Maine Oktoberfest in 2022.
We're gearing up for another year of awesome events! Check back closer to fall to see what we've found so far.
All events showing current 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!
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ANAH Shrine YOSHI Oktoberfest - Bangor, ME - Sep 22, 2018
Beers, brats, pretzels and German band. 21+.
Maine Home Brewers Oktoberfest - Pittsfield, ME - Sep 29, 2018
Oktoberfest Portland - Portland, ME - Sep 7, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 40+ brewers from Portland to Germany, live music, food trucks/vendors, costume competition, NERF target shooting, golf chip challenge, soccer dart board, keg tossing, plinko, escape room & many more!
Acadia Oktoberfest - Southwest Harbor, ME - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: The first day of this celebration, Friday from 4-6 PM, is the annual Wine Festival. Saturday is Acadia’s Annual Oktoberfest and the kickoff of Southwest Harbor Week, which runs until MDI Marathon ten days later. Location: Smuggler’s Den Campground – 20 Main St, Southwest Harbor
Swine and Stein Oktoberfest - Gardiner, ME - Oct 9, 2021
A street party on Water Street in Gardiner to celebrate Maine craft beer, Maine musicians, and Maine pork products. If Oktoberfest had its history rooted in Maine, this is how the worldwide party would go. Location: Water St, Gardiner, ME 04345
Rangeley Oktoberfest - Rangeley, ME - Oct 9, 2021
Fall foliage and mountain views, live music and a frosty pint
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.
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.
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