There are numerous options available in September and October 2019 for Great Lakes residents to celebrate Oktoberfest in Michigan. Make the trip southeast of Saginaw to Michigan’s Little Bavaria to enjoy the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, or enjoy the local communities, restaurants and breweries hosting German festivals in Detroit, Lansing and throughout the rest of the state. With more than two million residents claiming German heritage, it should come as no surprise that there is lots of German beer and bratwurst consumed in the fall here.Last Major Update: July
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Dakota Inn Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 20 to Nov 2, 2019
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller kicks off this Detroit Oktoberfest on Friday with live music and imported German beer. They have German bands and polka dancing on Friday and Saturday nights throughout October. Bring your chicken hat or buy one at the door! Dakota Inn is an authentic German bar created by a Highland Park Ford factory worker in the 1930s in an old Chinese hand laundry. It is operated by the founder’s grandson and listed on the State Register of Historic Sites.
You really don’t need to leave Michigan for a good Oktoberfest, but you might consider one of the ones in that state down south. Other nearby states with an Oktoberfest include Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
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Oktoberfest Muskegon - Muskegon, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Oktoberfest Royal Oak Beer Fest - Royal Oak, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Ciders and seasonals from over 50 breweries plus live entertainment and games
Batch Brauerei Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Bell’s Brewery Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Sep 15, 2018
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
Growing up in Metro Detroit, we always made an annual trip to Frankenmuth in the fall to enjoy the German food in in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. This is the only Oktoberfest outside of Munich to be sanctioned by them. The annual event will have live music from German bands, polka dancing and wiener dog races at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. The festivities kick off on Thursday night at 3 PM. Organizers generally expect between 8,000 and 10,000 to be there over the course of the weekend. Adult admission is $10 with no charge on Sunday.
Canterbury Village Oktoberfest - Lake Orion, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
The popular attraction in Lake Orion holds their annual Oktoberfest over a Friday and Saturday. Live music, Great German food, activities, bounce house, face painting, and kids petting zoo. Held at the Kings Court Castle beginning Friday at 7:00 pm.
Parktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 22, 2018
Lansing Brewtoberfest - Lansing, MI - Sep 22, 2018
Hosted by Lansing Brewing Company.
St Joseph Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 23, 2018
Rochester Mills Beer Oktoberfest - Rochester, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
The event traditionally runs Thursday through Sunday and celebrates the unveiling of their seasonal Oktoberfest lager brewed in-house. Ceremonial keg tapping on Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday has brat & kraut eating contests and a stein hoisting competition. Live, traditional German music throughout the celebration as well as scheduled bavarian dancing. A one litre beer stein has historically been available for collectors to purchase. For the first year in 2013, a carnival was hosted by the Rochester Hills Lions Club in conjunction with the event. Carnival games, moonwalks, pony rides, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, clowns, and temporary-tattoo artists were available for families to enjoy. In 2011, they served up 72 kegs of beer, more than 100 bottles of wine, 2000 bratwurst and 200 pounds of sauerkraut.
Saline Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest - Saline, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Oktoberfest Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Formerly Oktoberfest West Michigan, now Oktoberfest GR! The Edelweiss Club hosts this Grand Rapids Oktoberfest featuring Erdinger Beer, German food (and root beer for kids), German Bands and Alphorn players. Saturday children’s activities include a number of different inflatables for them to enjoy. Adult games include two person barrel roll, keg tossing or stein holding. Admission and parking are free.
Oktoberfest Music and Craft Beer Festival - Ludington, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
2016 will be their fourth annual event sponsored by Bell’s Brewing. Live music and craft beer on Saturday. Pub crawl on Friday night. Sample free chili at the Saturday chili walk. German attire encouraged! Art activities and free pumpkin decorating for kids on Saturday. Tickets usually go on sale online around August 1st. There is free on-street parking and several free public parking lots near the festival. General admission (two drink tickets) is $20 before October 1st and $25 after. VIP Admission (online only) is $40 and includes beer stein, Friday evening beer school and two drink tickets. Location: The Parking Lot to the South of the Community Garden. Walk-in Entrance is the West Alley near the intersection of Rath Ave and Ludington Ave.
Ann Arbor Oktoberfest - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Bloomingdale Oktoberfest - Bloomingdale, MI - Sep 29, 2018
Downtown Soo Oktoberfest - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 29, 2018
This Upper Peninsula Oktoberfest will have live music, dancing, arts & crafts, pub crawl and kids activities. Games include the tug-o-war competition, keg toss competition and keg rolling race. The 6th Annual Sault Area Chamber Chase concludes only a short jaunt away from the 17th annual Oktoberfest here if you would like to conclude your run with some beer. They feature a marathon run in the morning. See the Fire Truck Pull at noon. Experience the Keg tossing tournament at 2:00 pm and the pub crawl all day. Of course they have live polka music.
Curtis Oktoberfest - Curtis, MI - Sep 29, 2018
Annual event. Hours: Noon to 7 PM. Includes live music, best dressed Bavarian contest, soup cook off and beer tent with German inspired food. Do not miss the Apple Desert Bake-Off. Chicken dinners by 3 Lakes Fireworks Committee.
Old Town Oktoberfest - Lansing, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
This Lansing Oktoberfest is the 11th annual Mid-Michigan German Oktoberfest. Itâ€™s a two day event with German food, live music, dancing and beer. Tickets are $15 in advance and include souvenir beer mug and three food & drink tickets. Tickets are $20 at the door. Saturday admission is free if you show up with an intact wristband and your souvenir mug from Friday. Strictly 21+. This festival is a fundraiser for the Old Town Community Association. Location: Old Town, Lansing, MI 48906
Old Dog Tavern Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Oct 5, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest at Old Dog Tavern. Wear lederhosen or a dirdnl for $1 off refills! Live music and great food specials.
Skitoberfest - Boyne Falls, MI - Oct 6, 2018
Held at Boyne Mountain.
Melvindale Oktoberfest - Melvindale, MI - Oct 6, 2018
Pentwater Oktoberfest - Pentwater, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
An annual fall event since 1997. The tentative schedule for 2014 has been posted. Friday night will have bingo at the VFW Hall and Comedy Night at Village Cafe & Pub. Saturday will have a number of events including classic car & hot rod show, chili cook-off, and Italian wine tasting. Pumpkin and face painting in the morning for kids. Games in the early afternoon include barrel race, Sprint for the Stein and egg toss. The entertainment tent will show both Michigan State and Michigan football. Polka dance contest, chicken dance contest and live music on Saturday evening. Events are located around Village Green, a park in downtown Pentwater located on the west side of Hancock (Main) Street.
St. Clare of Montefalco Oktoberfest - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Oktoberfest in Owosso - Owosso, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
5th Annual Oktoberfest in Owosso. Located at the corner of Exchange & Water Streets. Music, Dancing, Food and Beer!
Grand Ledge Oktoberfest - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 12, 2018
Hosted by the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Detroit Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Oct 15, 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.
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.
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