Oktoberfest in North Dakota

Here’s your North Dakota Oktoberfest parties for 2018:

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2018 Events

Jamestown Arts Center Oktoberfest - Jamestown, ND - Sep 15, 2018
The Arts Center in Jamestown holds an annual Oktoberfest bash, this year at Hansen Arts Park. It’s a full traditional cultural experience featuring German style food, beers and music. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are available at local stores (see event website for more details).

Oktoberfest at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds - Jamestown, ND - Sep 15, 2018
A celebration of beer, brats and lederhosen at 5:30pm at Hansen Arts Park

New Leipzig Oktoberfest - New Leipzig, ND - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018

Hankinson Oktoberfest - Hankinson, ND - Sep 29, 2018
Hankinson breaks out the German food, beer and live music in late September for the annual North Dakota Oktoberfest. Events kick off with a walk/run and archery tournament. Oktoberfest starts at 10:45 AM with ceremony, beer tent and gaming. German food and live music. Little Miss Oktoberfest Pageant at 1 PM. Yodeling contest at 4:30 PM and fireworks at 8:30 PM. There’s also a kid’s playground area, marching band and tractor rides if the photos from the 2012 event are to be believed.

Oktober Fest Un Mandan - Mandan, ND - Sep 29, 2018
German food, beer tasting, live music, fall crafts, games/contests and scarecrow auction.

Napoleon Oktoberfest - Napoleon, ND - Oct 5, 2018

Oktoberfest Fargo - Fargo, ND - Oct 6, 2018
Downtown Fargo’s annual Oktoberfest includes a pub crawl, Running of the Wieners, costume contest, hot dog eating contest, bean bag tournament, beer sampling and live music. Location: Broadway between Main and NP Ave, Fargo ND

Ashley Chamber Oktoberfest - Ashley, ND - Oct 6, 2018
A celebration of German and Russion Heritage, with a run walk, tour of homes, free German meal, free bear, beer tasting, tasting of German-Russian food and beverages, games for the kids, bingo, live entertainment and more!

Pioneer Square Oktoberfest - Brocket, ND - Oct 26, 2018
Come for a meal and dance to Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen.

Past Events

Wurst Bier Hall Oktoberfest - Fargo, ND - Sep 17 to Oct 1, 2016
The Wurst Bier Hall in Fargo celebrates Oktoberfest with German music, Hammerschlagen, Snuff girls, a stein holding contest, schnapps girls, and great German beers and German foods. Event starts at 4:00 pm on Fridays and 12:00 pm on Saturdays and lasts until 10:00 pm. The location is Wurst Bier Hall, 630 1st Avenue N, Fargo, ND.

Muddy River Mashers Oktoberfest - Bismarck, ND - Oct 1, 2016
The Bismarck area homebrew club has an annual Oktoberfest event in early October where they share their brews with guests and compete for the best brew. 21+ to enter.

Oktoberfest Lisbon - Lisbon, ND - Oct 7, 2017
Fourth annual event.

Jamestown Arts Center Oktoberfest - Jamestown, ND - Sep 15, 2018
The Arts Center in Jamestown holds an annual Oktoberfest bash, this year at Hansen Arts Park. It’s a full traditional cultural experience featuring German style food, beers and music. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are available at local stores (see event website for more details).

Oktoberfest at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds - Jamestown, ND - Sep 15, 2018
A celebration of beer, brats and lederhosen at 5:30pm at Hansen Arts Park

New Leipzig Oktoberfest - New Leipzig, ND - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018

Hankinson Oktoberfest - Hankinson, ND - Sep 29, 2018
Hankinson breaks out the German food, beer and live music in late September for the annual North Dakota Oktoberfest. Events kick off with a walk/run and archery tournament. Oktoberfest starts at 10:45 AM with ceremony, beer tent and gaming. German food and live music. Little Miss Oktoberfest Pageant at 1 PM. Yodeling contest at 4:30 PM and fireworks at 8:30 PM. There’s also a kid’s playground area, marching band and tractor rides if the photos from the 2012 event are to be believed.

Oktober Fest Un Mandan - Mandan, ND - Sep 29, 2018
German food, beer tasting, live music, fall crafts, games/contests and scarecrow auction.

Napoleon Oktoberfest - Napoleon, ND - Oct 5, 2018

Oktoberfest Fargo - Fargo, ND - Oct 6, 2018
Downtown Fargo’s annual Oktoberfest includes a pub crawl, Running of the Wieners, costume contest, hot dog eating contest, bean bag tournament, beer sampling and live music. Location: Broadway between Main and NP Ave, Fargo ND

Ashley Chamber Oktoberfest - Ashley, ND - Oct 6, 2018
A celebration of German and Russion Heritage, with a run walk, tour of homes, free German meal, free bear, beer tasting, tasting of German-Russian food and beverages, games for the kids, bingo, live entertainment and more!

Pioneer Square Oktoberfest - Brocket, ND - Oct 26, 2018
Come for a meal and dance to Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen.

We have just added these 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 the 2017 event when information for 2018 is not 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.

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 when you find them!

Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be a bit smaller. 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: Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota.

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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