Check these great 2018 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:Last Major Update:
Germanfest - Missoula, MT - Sep 2, 2018
A free German festival in Caras Park. Traditional food, beer, music, folk dancing, chicken dance, keg tapping, commemorative steins and kids activities.
Butte toberfest - Butte, MT - Sep 15, 2018
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
Great Northwest Oktoberfest - Whitefish, MT - Sep 27 to Oct 6, 2018
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 29, 2018
Hosted by the Copper Village Museum and Art Center, this events features crafts, a farmers market, and a German style lunch
Townsend Fall Fest - Townsend, MT - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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 attended the Fall Fest in 2013. On Sunday as part of the fall fest, 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 Oktoberfest - Sidney, MT - Oct 5, 2018
Sidney Oktoberfest - Sidney, MT - Oct 5, 2018
Live music, seasonal beer, German sausage, and more! Held at MonDak Heritage Center, this event is $50 for non members, $40 for MDHC members, and is a 21+ only event.
Red Lodge Oktoberfest - Red Lodge, MT - Sep 9, 2017
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.
Some of these Oktoberfests may not be huge. Try the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also peruse the lists of nearby states that also put on Oktoberfest parties: Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. 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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