Celebrate Oktoberfest 2023 in New Mexico at one of these great festivals. There’s a decent amount for a state that only has 200,000 residents claiming German heritage.
Still plenty of Oktoberfest parties running all the way up to November to enjoy, so Prost!
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Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest - Taos, NM - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2023
Visit the Bavarian Restaurant on Saturday & Sunday for the Oktoberfest Celebration. This is a FREE event for all ages. Authentic Schuplatter band, German beer and food, activities and crafts for kids, yodeling contest, alpenhorn blowing contests and more.
Ruidoso Oktoberfest - Ruidoso, NM - Sep 30, 2023
2022 was Downshift Brewing’s inaugural event after Ruidoso’s long standing former Oktoberfest comes to an end. Enjoy beer, German food, live music all day, and lots of fun for the whole family, including popular activities like stein hoisting and the chicken dance.
Red River Oktoberfest - Red River, NM - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2023
Authentic German food, craft beers & New Mexico wines. A themed “Mega Mustache” pub crawl takes you to participating bars with beer and food specials. Brewery contest awards Best Amber, Best Lager and People’s Choice to attending brewers. Miss and Mr Oktoberfest competitions feature stein holding and obstacle course. There is also a keg karry contest for men, where they carry full kegs from Brandenburg Park to the Bull o’ the Woods Saloon. Ladies carry pony kegs. Bratwurst buffet upon completion of keg karry. You will also find the chicken dance, yodeling and brat eating. There’s live music, arts & crafts vendors, and family friendly activities, too. Admission is $5. Commemorative taster mug or stein glass is available. Location: 101 West Main Street, Red River, NM
Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be a bit smaller than you would hope because of the number of New Mexico citizens with German ancestry. 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: Arizona, Colorado and Texas.
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Boese Brothers Oktoberfest - Los Alamos, NM - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Oktoberfest Party - Moriarty, NM - Sep 24, 2022
Hosted by Sierra Blanca Brewing Company.
Socorro Oktoberfest - Socorro, NM - Oct 1, 2022
Annual Celebration to commemorate the founding of the Hammel Brewery and Museum. Food, drinks, vendors, and tours of the museum.
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.
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.
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