Oktoberfest in Vermont

Vermont will draw a crowd for Oktoberfest in September and October 2017 as local residents and visitors enjoy the German beer, food and fall foliage in New England. The local communities, breweries and ski resorts celebrate the marriage of the future King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

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2017 Events

Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 16, 2017

Oktoberfest Vermont - Burlington, VT - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2017
Waterfront Park on Lake Champlain will put a “Made in Vermont” spin on Oktoberfest during the last weekend in September. 5K run/walk is open to all ages. Sessions are 21+ with tickets going on sale June 1st. 40 brewers, oompah music, games and contests while Vermont’s fall foliage is in full swing!

Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont - Windsor, VT - Sep 29 to Oct 8, 2017
The Windsor brewery of Harpoon hosts its Vermont Oktoberfest a week after the festivities end at their Boston brewery. There will be lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race. No RSVP required. $15 cover charge includes 1 Harpoon beer ticket or non-alcoholic beverage tickets. $5 discount on admission for Friends of Harpoon. Children under 12 admitted free with adult. Plenty of free parking in fields surrounding event.

Stowe Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
The Rotary Club of Stowe will host their annual Oktoberfest. Held for 20+ years. Jackson Ice Arena is converted into a Bavarian village for one of the top 10 events in Vermont. A Grand Parade opens Oktoberfest on Saturday with marching bands, floats and classic cars. Hear live music. Join them for the kick off rock’n roll concert and lots of beer, wine, and wurst.

Mount Snow Oktoberfest & Harvest Art & Craft Festival - West Dover, VT - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Vermont Chamber of Commerce called this a Top 10 Fall Event in 2014. The Mount Snow Oktoberfest will feature German beer, cuisine, and games for kids and adults. It’s the Annual Arts & Crafts Fair too. Children’s games in the kids zone include bean bag toss, bouncy house and pumpkin painting. An apple sling shot and the schnitzel toss mean there are plenty of activities for kids at this family friendly event. Selection of beer from at least twenty-five different German and domestic breweries.

Sugarbush Resort Oktoberfest - Warren, VT - Oct 8, 2017
Family friendly event with live music, beer garden, German games and kid-friendly Bavarian buffet and activities.

2016 Events

Bennington Oktoberfest - Bennington, VT - Oct 8, 2016
The North Bennington Oktoberfest hosted by the Norshaft Lions and Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce at Colgate Park. It will have live music as well as Bavarian food, Oktoberfest beer, family activities and arts & craft vendors. Admission is $5.

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 2014 event when information for 2015 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.

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 on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also consider traveling to these nearby states to party for Oktoberfest: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Vermont in October:

Vermont Festivals
Vermont Corn Mazes
Vermont Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Vermont
Vermont Pumpkin Patches

3 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Vermont

  1. Karen A. Fay says:

    I am the new manager of the St. Andrews Bag Pipe Band of Vt. Please send information about the Octoberfest event.
    We are interested in participating in the event. Please send information to me, Karen A. Fay at [email protected]

    Thank you,

    Karen A. Fay

    • Wayne Melton says:

      Hello Karen

      I am not sure on which Oktoberfest event you need the information. The Stowe Oktoberfest appears nearby. Contact Bob shown below for information.

      Wayne Melton

      Contact and Sponsor Opportunities:

      Bob Petrichko – Chairperson


      [email protected]

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