Oktoberfest in Vermont

Vermont will draw a crowd for Oktoberfest in September and October 2018 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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2018 Events

Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont - Windsor, VT - Sep 16 to Oct 7, 2018
The Windsor brewery of Harpoon hosts its Vermont Oktoberfest on Sundays. There will be lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race.

Oktoberfest Vermont - Burlington, VT - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
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!

Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 22, 2018

Countryman’s Pleasure Oktoberfest - Rutland, VT - Sep 29 to Oct 6, 2018
The first annual Countryman’s Pleasure Oktoberfest is going to be a great party with live music, delicious traditional foods, and lots of beer under the tent for two Saturdays! On the first Saturday, come out to hear Boston folk/bluegrass band, Pesky J Nixon, whose latest album, Red Ducks, is on the top 10 Roots Music Chart. Your $25 ticket gets you dinner (choice of entree, salad and dessert) and your first pint of beer in a custom Oktoberfest glass.  Bring your friends and celebrate, Bavarian style, at Vermont’s best German/Austrian restaurant! Free “Gramp’s Shuttle Service” from the Home Depot parking lot and back. Get excited for the dinner options, which include Bavarian-style roast, half-chicken, bratwurst stewed in beer with sauerkraut, German potato salad, celery root salad, and cucumber salad, local corn on the cob, soft pretzels with mustard, and strudel! Event happens from 5:30-9:30.

Bennington Oktoberfest - Bennington, VT - Oct 6, 2018
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.

Mount Snow Oktoberfest & Harvest Art & Craft Festival - West Dover, VT - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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 7, 2018
Family friendly event with live music, beer garden, German games and kid-friendly Bavarian buffet and activities.

Past Events

Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont - Windsor, VT - Sep 16 to Oct 7, 2018
The Windsor brewery of Harpoon hosts its Vermont Oktoberfest on Sundays. There will be lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race.

Oktoberfest Vermont - Burlington, VT - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
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!

Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 22, 2018

Countryman’s Pleasure Oktoberfest - Rutland, VT - Sep 29 to Oct 6, 2018
The first annual Countryman’s Pleasure Oktoberfest is going to be a great party with live music, delicious traditional foods, and lots of beer under the tent for two Saturdays! On the first Saturday, come out to hear Boston folk/bluegrass band, Pesky J Nixon, whose latest album, Red Ducks, is on the top 10 Roots Music Chart. Your $25 ticket gets you dinner (choice of entree, salad and dessert) and your first pint of beer in a custom Oktoberfest glass.  Bring your friends and celebrate, Bavarian style, at Vermont’s best German/Austrian restaurant! Free “Gramp’s Shuttle Service” from the Home Depot parking lot and back. Get excited for the dinner options, which include Bavarian-style roast, half-chicken, bratwurst stewed in beer with sauerkraut, German potato salad, celery root salad, and cucumber salad, local corn on the cob, soft pretzels with mustard, and strudel! Event happens from 5:30-9:30.

Bennington Oktoberfest - Bennington, VT - Oct 6, 2018
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.

Mount Snow Oktoberfest & Harvest Art & Craft Festival - West Dover, VT - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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 7, 2018
Family friendly event with live music, beer garden, German games and kid-friendly Bavarian buffet and activities.

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. 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 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

4 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Vermont

  1. Karen A. Fay says:

    Hello,
    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

      802-253-3928

      [email protected]

  2. Pat Gaudette says:

    interested in visiting Burlington Vermont . Is there any festivals going on the last weekend in October?

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