There might not be many people with German heritage in New Hampshire – slightly more than 100,000. But they manage to put on a handful of festivals, which is a great number for a state of this size. Here is where you can celebrate good German food and beer in 2019 at an Oktoberfest in New Hampshire:
Sausage Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 15, 2019
A celebration of marzen and sausage.
Dover Oktoberfest - Dover, NH - Sep 21, 2019
A Dover Oktoberfest pub crawl sponsored by Sam Adams.
Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch - Merrimack, NH - Sep 21, 2019
Head to the Anheuser-Busch location in Merrimack for an authentic Beerhall for an entertaining night of live music, food, and beer
Ammonoosuc Oktoberfest at Schilling Beer Co - Littleton, NH - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Schilling Beer Co and 17 guest brewers keep the beer coming, plus food, kids’ programming from the Littleton Parks and Rec and Littleton Studio School, and live music. Proceeds go towards Remich Park Playground. Free admission, 21+ only after 8pm. Don’t miss the Bluegrass and Bottles party on Friday night, a new addition
East Hill Farm Oktoberfest - Troy, NH - Oct 6, 2019
Delicious menu of German food and live Oompah music at the Inn at East Hill Farm
Attitash Oktoberfest - Bartlett, NH - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest at Attitash Mountain Resort on Columbus Day Weekend. It features German music, food, and a biergarten with local breweries. They are having a stein hoist competition on both days and a keg toss contest once again. Children’s activities will include inflatable adventure course, slackline, kinderplatz and cornhole deck. In the past, there has been an annual Hills & Hops 5K Trail Run on Saturday to benefit the Attitash Alpine Education Foundation. Location: 775 U.S. 302, Bartlett, NH 03812
White Mountain Oktoberfest - Lincoln, NH - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
Loon Mountain Resort hosts this Oktoberfest with beer, bratwurst, and Alpiner Oom-pah Band. Contests have included children’s games, cornhole tournament, water balloon tossing, stein holding and keg toss. In the past, they have had a climbing wall, bike rentals and bungee trampoline. It’s the final weekend of their summer attractions, and timed to coincide with peak foliage season. Location: 60 Loon Mountain Rd, Lincoln, NH 03251
Some of these German festivals might be small. Try my list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.
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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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