Oktoberfest in Michigan

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.

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2019 Events

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 19 to Sep 22, 2019
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.

Bell’s Brewery Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe plays host to German food and beer, live music, games, ceremonial tapping of the keg, and more.

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.

Saline Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest - Saline, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Live music, German food and beer, and lots of fun

Canterbury Village Oktoberfest - Lake Orion, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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.

Golftoberfest Muskegon - Muskegon, MI - Sep 20, 2019
3rd annual Golftoberfest at Lincoln Golf Club is a fundraiser to support year-round recreation at the Winter Sports Complex.

St Joseph Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 22, 2019
Fun for the whole family! Live Bavarian Music & Dancers, German Dinner & Sausages, Imported Bavarian Beer, Steinholding, Games, and much more.

Oktoberfest Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
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.

Octoberfest Music and Craft Beer Festival - Ludington, MI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Craft Beer from Bell’s and Ludington Bay Brewing Co., a rocking stage, chili walk, lawn games and so much more make for fantastic fall weekend! There are plenty of family-friendly events as well.

Ann Arbor Oktoberfest - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Featuring German style food, live music, games, special merchandise and a special Oktoberfest beer selections outside of Arbor Brewing

Downtown Soo Fall Festival - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 28, 2019
Get your fill of beer and bratwursts, along with other specialty foods and non-alcoholic beverages. Explore the farm and craft market, take part in a competition, dance at the polka stage, and enjoy live music long into the night at a variety of establishments.

Curtis Oktoberfest - Curtis, MI - Sep 28, 2019
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.

Skitoberfest - Boyne Falls, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Skitoberfest celebrates the coming winter with everything from ski gear, craft beer, food trucks, live music and performers, chairlift rides, bonfires, and so much more. Held at Boyne Mountain.

Old Dog Tavern Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest at Old Dog Tavern. Wear lederhosen or a dirdnl for $1 off refills! Live music and great food specials.

Pentwater Oktoberfest - Pentwater, MI - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
An annual fall event since 1997. 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.

Oktoberfest in Owosso - Owosso, MI - Oct 11 to Oct 12, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest in Owosso. Located at the corner of Exchange & Water Streets. Music, dancing, food and beer!

Melvindale Fall Festival - Melvindale, MI - Oct 12, 2019
Formerly the Melvindale Oktoberfest. Enjoy live music and delicious food! Shop the giant indoor flea market, and more!

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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Past Events

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

Parktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 22, 2018

Lansing Brewtoberfest - Lansing, MI - Sep 22, 2018
Hosted by Lansing Brewing Company.

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.

Bloomingdale Oktoberfest - Bloomingdale, MI - Sep 29, 2018

Old Town Oktoberfest - Lansing, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
This Lansing Oktoberfest is the 11th annual Mid-Michigan German Oktoberfest. It’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

St. Clare of Montefalco Oktoberfest - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018

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.

Please don't drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Michigan in fall:

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Michigan Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Michigan
Pumpkin Patches in Michigan

7 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Michigan

    • Jaci says:

      On the Unions Octoberfest sign from last year it said that it was going to be their last one. So I don’t believe that they will be having it again, at least at the Union. Last year was their 17th annual Octoberfest. Sad it was the last one.

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