Check these great 2019 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Montana. I was surprised to learn that 27% of Montana residents claim German heritage. If you are one of the 280,000 that did so, or part of the larger number that pretends to be German so that they can party at Oktoberfest, here is the list of Montana Oktoberfests for you:
Germanfest - Missoula, MT - Sep 1, 2019
A free German festival in Caras Park. Traditional food, beer, music, folk dancing, chicken dance, keg tapping, commemorative steins and kids activities.
Red Lodge Oktoberfest - Red Lodge, MT - Sep 7, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest for 20+ years will take place at the Special Events Center behind Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company from 2 until 9 PM. German beers, German food, live music and Oktoberfest Olympics. Food options include bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and strudel. Olympics includes keg toss, scavenger hunt and tug-of-war. Family friendly with kids games as well. For children, there is a bounce house, face painting, hair braiding and temporary tattoos. Red Lodge Ales will be selling its signature Oktoberfest lager. Best costume winners receive prizes from local retailers. Admission is free.
Great Northwest Oktoberfest - Whitefish, MT - Sep 26 to Oct 5, 2019
Two weekends of German fun under the Oktoberfest Bigtop in downtown Whitefish. German beer from Warsteiner and local beer from Great Northern Brewing Co, German food, music and the chicken dance, along with contests for keg throwing, stein holding, brat eating, log sawing and more. Food options include brats, potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzels and sweet & sour red cabbage. They have had German sausage corndogs for kids in the past. Apple strudel and German chocolate cookie available for dessert. Admission is $4 per day. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by a parent. Location: 510 Railway St Whitefish, Montana 59937
CVMAC Oktoberfest - Anaconda, MT - Sep 28, 2019
Hosted by the Copper Village Museum and Art Center, this events features crafts, a farmers market, and a German style lunch
Townsend Fall Fest and Oktoberfest - Townsend, MT - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
Friday features live music, car show, kids activities, hay sculpture contest, vendors, and more! Saturday of the Townsend Fall Fest is Oktoberfest (though they reportedly have beer and brats along with live music on Friday evening as well). Military Parade starts downtown at 11 AM. Art & Craft Fair has approximately 80 craft vendors. Enjoy Rotary’s Famous Brats & Beer as well as live music and kids games. Approximately 15,000 people attend each year. On Sunday, there is an antique and classic car show. More than 200 cars were displayed last year. Townsend is located in southwest Montana between Helena and Bozeman. Location: 200 South Pine Street, Townsend, MT 59644
Mondak Heritage Center Harvest Fest - Sidney, MT - Nov 8, 2019
Featuring live music by Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole, a selection of seasonal beers, German brats, and other refreshments. 21+ event
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Butte toberfest - Butte, MT - Sep 15, 2018
Canceled for 2019, expected to return in 2020. Normally: Annual Oktoberfest for nearly 10 years featuring 15 Montana Breweries, food, stein races, and kids fall festival. This event has been taking place since 2009. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council. Their hope to build a teaching kitchen to help individuals with disabilities pursue health and wellness called the Nutrition Education Station. Location: Park and Dakota, Butte, MT
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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