Oktoberfest in Wisconsin

Some of the largest and longest running Oktoberfest celebrations happen every year in Wisconsin. If you are looking for a German festival to attend in September or October 2019, you should have no trouble finding the right beer and food here. More than 40 percent of the state’s residents boast German heritage. From Milwaukee and Madison, to La Crosse and Appleton, the fall is filled with fun festivals to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I and Therese of Bavaria.

Last Major Update: August 17

2019 Events

Kegel’s Inn Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 23 to Aug 24, 2019
A fundraising event for the West Milwaukee Lions Club, held on three blocks of National Avenue and featuring a German Showcase Showdown to find the best German beer in town (and unlimited sampling for VIP ticket holders), artisan vendors on the streets, kids activities, beer garden and more. Free admission with food and drink for purchase

West Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 23 to Aug 24, 2019
Held in the streets surrounding Kegel’s Inn, West Allis will close 3 bocks of National Avenue from 58-60th Street for the entire weekend! This year, enjoy watching breweries vye in a German Showcase Showdown to crown the best local German beer in town! With Unlimited sampling available for VIP ticket holders, plus artisan vendors on the street, a kids play area, the addition of Kegel’s Beer Garden sponsored by Hofbrau, and all the local breweries showcasing their own twists on German beers, the weekend is sure to be a blast! As always, admission to the festival is free and family friendly.

Waupaca Oktoberfest - Waupaca, WI - Sep 6, 2019
Central Waters Brewery in Amherst puts on this Oktoberfest with lots of beer, wine, and German food. The Charlie Justmann Band provides the entertainment with plenty oom-pah, big band songs, and oldies. Nothing like a little bit of the old country on a fall afternoon. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club.

Bavarian Bier Haus - Glendale, WI - Sep 6 to Oct 5, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays only for 5 consecutive weekends beginning in September. Head to Heidelberg Park and enjoy this event, featuring music from some of your favorite bands like Austrian Express and Die Freistadt Alte Kameraden as well as new additions. Delicious food and beer from Bavarian Bierhaus, Spaten, and Weihenstephan. Free parking and kids area available.

Oktoberfest Marshfield WI - Marshfield, WI - Sep 7, 2019
Held at Wenzel Family Plaza, stop by for live music, outdoor games, food and drink specials, and hand-crafted Oktoberfest micro-brews!

Old Settlers Oktoberfest - Salem, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 8, 2018
German Food, beer & wine, live music, alphorn players and a German dance crew, the D’Oberlanders.  There will also be a classic car show, wiener dog races, Sein Hoisting competition,  free kids games, Tractor rides, pumpkin painting, raffles and more! As always, Free admission and parking!! All proceeds from the event are going to fund the construction of a band shelter at the park.

Kohler Falls Oktoberfest - Sheboygan Falls, WI - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
Sheboygan Falls Lions Club and the Kohler Police Athletic League teamed up for this annual event. German music, dance and food available. Games and contests include the 5K run/walk, teen battle of the bands, sheepshead tournament and cornhole tournament.

8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
German music, food and fun!

Oktoberfest in Crivitz - Crivitz, WI - Sep 14, 2019
Ceremonial keg tapping at 11. German food & beverages, 3 live bands, contests, kids activities and more. Benefits the fire department

Isthmus OktoBEERfest - Madison, WI - Sep 14, 2019
Prost! Isthmus OktoBEERfest is back for the fifth year with new and favorite local breweries, food and games for this modern interpretation of the classic German-style fest. This fest is from 3-7 p.m. 21+ event

Essen Haus Oktoberfest - Madison, WI - Sep 14, 2019
This is a German restaurant and trinken halle with 16 German biers on tap throughout the year. They’ve been holding an event for more than 30 years. Live music, brat and pie eating contests, beer races, outdoor dance floor, Hammer Schlagen and kids tent for their annual one day event in mid-September. Location: 514 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703

Lion’s Tale Oktoberfest - Neenah, WI - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Outdoor beer garden will feature 8 German-style beers, German wines & Root Beer, Hammerschlagen fundraiser game (Habitat for Humanity), contests (Best Polka Couple, Best Dressed, Stein Holding) and an awesome live music lineup on stage. The Boys & Girls Brigade of Neenah will be hosting a German-style Food Court with a variety of German Festival Foods (2 German Sausage sandwiches, Pulled pork on Pretzel bun, Soft Pretzels, etc), with all proceeds benefiting the Brigade.

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest - Chippewa Falls, WI - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual event with 15,000 to 20,000 expected to attend this festival. The announcement of the Festmeister & Festmeisterin happens at noon at the Leinenkugel Brewery followed by the Golden Keg Procession to the grounds. 4 stages with over 30 entertainers including plenty of live music, dancing, magic tricks and a family fun stage. Live music includes both authentic German and polka style bands. Contests include Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, beer stein holding, sauerkraut eating, euchre card tournament and a German fashion show. Also learn about the German heritage, shop vendors and eat delicious German foods. For kids and families, there are games, art activities, inflatables, fashion show and other entertainment. Daily admission is $9 at the gate but three day admission wristbands are available pre-event only for $16 each. Free parking on Sunday. Sunday is all about the kids – with free admission for all age children. If you are looking to book a room the Country Inn is the official sponsor. All proceeds go to local charities.

Beloit Oktoberfest - Beloit, WI - Sep 20, 2019
Live music, and many German Beers will be featured as well as food vendors on site. Admission is $5, $1 children 4-11, under 4 are free. Held in Downtown Beloit.

Lorelei Inn Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019

The Bottle Room Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 21, 2019

Kurtz’s Oktoberfest - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 21, 2019
Celebrate the local German heritage with German beer and food, and live German music, it’s the biggest celebration of the Fall season!

Cafe Bavaria Oktoberfest - Wauwatosa, WI - Sep 26, 2019
Come out and play a few traditional Oktoberfest games (stein hold, anyone? how about a round of hammerschlagen?) plus they’ll be tapping some mouthwatering Marzens from Germany alongside some tasty craft twists on tradition. From Hofbrau Original to New Glarus Staghorn and everything in between, these crisp, malt-driven brews are an autumn staple to be savored, celebrated and explored.

New Glarus Oktoberfest - New Glarus, WI - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019
America’s Little Switzerland holds an annual German festival at the end of September. Keg tapping ceremony on Friday night at 9 PM. Antique tractor pull on Sunday. Fondue tasting and demonstration on Sunday afternoon. 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Chainsaw carving, wagon rides and plenty of family fun. Sponsored by the New Glarus Brewery. Free admission to the festival tent all weekend long.

La Crosse Oktoberfest - La Crosse, WI - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019
The first Oktoberfest in La Crosse was held in 1961. Over fifty years later, it is still going strong. Activities include live music, Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, Festmaster’s Ball, parades, contests, and even a mud run. Location: South Side Festival Grounds – La Crosse St & 2nd St N, La Crosse, WI, 54602

Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Biergarten at the Schwab and the United Donauschwaben Of Milwaukee.

Oktoberfest - Appleton, WI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
A mile of fun on College Avenue in Appleton, in what is described as Appleton’s largest block party. Live music, over 100 food vendors, Friday night classic cars at the License to Cruise, arts & crafts and family fun area with kid-friendly activities and entertainment. Location: College Avenue, Appleton WI

Waukesha Oktoberfest - Waukesha, WI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
A taste of Deutschland in the heart of Waukesha in beautiful Frame Park! Nonstop music, food, and Sprecher products. Rain or Shine… – most activities take place under the big music tent! Friday 5pm: Opening Ceremony and tapping of the Firkin. Saturday: Live bronze statutes, children’s parade, wurst bier biathalon, masskrugstemmen contest.

Oktoberfest at Kemper Center - Kenosha, WI - Sep 28, 2019

Germantown Oktoberfest - Germantown, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
Sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society. Authentic German food, great music, children’s activities, Dheinsville Dachshund Dash (Saturday 3-4pm), bake sale, Wisconsin Power Reunion Exhibit, Classic Car Display (Sunday 12-3) & more. Free admission and parking.

Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
10th annual. A 3-day festival full of live German music, cornhole, entertainment, beer, and traditional German food

Sheboygan Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Annual keg tapping ceremony, beer and food, music and dancing, wiener dog race and costume contest.

Cedarburg Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Annual event. Celebrate the ethnic heritage of the area with oompah music from authentic German bands, dancing, food and specialty beers. A huge tent is erected for the festival and a wooden dance floor allows you to polka. Specialty beers from Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr, Leinenkugel and Bluemoon. Authentic German dinners include wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, currywurst and other dishes. Live entertainment includes the Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers, Tuba Dan, the Alte Kameraden Band, D’ Lustig’n Wendlstoana Dancers and the Cedarburg Civic Band. Live Glockenspiel show every two hours. Contests and games available for all ages including a sheepshead tournament (Sunday), best Lederhosen/Dirndl contest, sauerkraut eating contest and German Spelling Bee. Cars owned by members of the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club of America will also be displayed from Noon to 3 PM on Sunday. There are also many art exhibits within walking distance of the festival. Free admission and parking. It runs from 11 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Note: pets are not allowed on the festival grounds. Location: Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue)

Dallas Oktoberfest - Dallas, WI - Oct 5, 2019
Pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, baseball, car show, beer at Valkyrie Taproom, food vendors, costume contests, weiner dog races, raffles and more

Our Lady of Lourdes Oktoberfest Artisan Fair - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
Primarily an arts and crafts fair with handcrafted products and quality art, but it does offer a beer garden, entertainment, and food.

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
The annual Oktoberfest. It is a family-friendly fall festival with live music, food, craft booths, wagon hayrides, pony rides, bouncy castle and other kids activities. Don’t miss the great pumpkin giveaway! Free shuttle pickup and drop off from select parking locations. This street festival is located in Southeast Wisconsin ninety minutes from downtown Chicago.

Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Evansville, WI - Oct 19, 2019
Craft beer and cider tastings at Creekside Place

You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest if you don’t find one on the weekend that you want to party: Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

 

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Past Events

Shell Lake Oktoberfest - Shell Lake, WI - Oct 22, 2016

Oddtoberfest - Columbus, WI - Sep 30, 2017

Minhas Oktoberfest - Monroe, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018

Antigo Oktoberfest - Antigo, WI - Oct 6, 2018

Elkhorn Oktoberfest - Elkhorn, WI - Oct 20, 2018

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Find other fun things to do in Wisconsin in fall:

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

8 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Wisconsin

  1. Lynn says:

    I am looking for a certain fest it’s in a small town by milwaukee. Either October or German fest. It runs only weekends in September. Anyone know?
    Lynn

  2. Doris Carr says:

    Hi,
    we had a documentary last year in Germany about the Octoberfest in Wisconsin, there was a gentleman, sorry forgot his name, that organizes the festivities, he is from Bad Kreuznach, Germany, does anyone know him? My son lives in Ill. and was born in Bad Kreuznach, he would like to meet him or anyone from Bad Kreuznach for that matter, any help would be nice. Thank you, Doris Carr also from Bad Kreuznach.

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