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 2018, 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.

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2018 Events

Kegel’s Inn Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 24 to Aug 25, 2018

Waupaca Oktoberfest - Waupaca, WI - Aug 31, 2018
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. Location: Under the tent and in the conference center at the Waupaca Ale House.

Kohler Falls Oktoberfest - Sheboygan Falls, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
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.

Bavarian Bier Haus - Glendale, WI - Sep 7 to Oct 6, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays only.

Old Settlers Oktoberfest - Salem, WI - 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.

Oktoberfest Marshfield WI - Marshfield, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Held on the street in front of the Blue Heron Brew Pub, stop by for live music, Baggo tourney, outdoor games, food and drink specials, and hand-crafted Oktoberfest micro-brews!

8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018

Lion’s Tale Oktoberfest - Neenah, WI - Sep 14, 2018

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

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest - Chippewa Falls, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
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 $8 at the gate but three day admission wristbands are available pre-event only for $15 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.

Oktoberfest in Crivitz - Crivitz, WI - Sep 15, 2018

Beloit Oktoberfest - Beloit, WI - Sep 21, 2018

Lorelei Inn Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018

Waukesha Oktoberfest - Waukesha, WI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
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.

The Bottle Room Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 22, 2018

Isthmus OktoBEERfest - Madison, WI - Sep 22, 2018

Essen Haus Oktoberfest - Madison, WI - Sep 22, 2018
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

La Crosse Oktoberfest - La Crosse, WI - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
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

New Glarus Oktoberfest - New Glarus, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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.

Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Biergarten at the Schwab and the United Donauschwaben Of Milwaukee.

Oktoberfest - Appleton, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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

Oktoberfest at Kemper Center - Kenosha, WI - Sep 29, 2018

Germantown Oktoberfest - Germantown, WI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
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.

Sheboygan Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Annual key tapping ceremony. The event starts Friday night. Saturday at 10:00 am is their 4th annual wiener dog race and costume contest.

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
The annual Oktoberfest. It is a family 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. Location: Downtown Lake Geneva

Antigo Oktoberfest - Antigo, WI - Oct 6, 2018

Dallas Oktoberfest - Dallas, WI - Oct 6, 2018

Our Lady of Lourdes Oktoberfest Artisan Fair - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Primarily an arts and crafts fair with handcrafted products and quality art, but it does offer a beer garden, entertainment, and food.

Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Evansville, WI - Oct 13, 2018

Cedarburg Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, WI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
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)

Elkhorn Oktoberfest - Elkhorn, WI - Oct 20, 2018


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Past Events

West Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016

Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
Friday and Saturdays starting September 9, 2016 and ending October 1, 2016. The Bavarian Soccer Club hosts this event at the site of the former Bavarian Inn at Heidelberg Park. It has been going on for more than sixty years. Alpine style pavilion equipped with weather curtains on the open sides called the Bavarian Fest Garten hosts the main festivities. Traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, and sing-alongs. Broiled chicken, bratwurst, spanferkel, rollbraten and pretzels are just some of the food available. Oktoberfest Queen contest on the first Saturday. Admission is $5 online and at the door.

Old German Beer Hall - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 13, 2016
Oktoberfest Release Party.

Kurts’z Oktoberfest - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 17, 2016
Travel Wisconsin has this date. We have also seen a band list themselves as playing there Sept. 16th. Will follow up if we receive more information.

Great Rotary Oktoberfest - Middleton, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
The 3rd Annual Great Rotary Oktoberfest at Fireman’s Park (near Middleton High School) from Noon to 10:00 pm. Good Music, Good Beer, GREAT Cause. Over 10 beers on tap, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton’s charitable efforts. $10 admission for ages 18+. $5 admission for ages 14-18. Children 13 and under are free.

Oktoberfest 2016 - Fond du Lac, WI - Oct 7, 2016
German Dinner and Musical Celebration Friday , Oct.7. Knights of Columbus Hall, 795 Fond Du Lac Ave, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. 5:00 pre-dinner entertainment- Paul Rosenfeldt, Sinatra Favorites, Silent Auction. 6:00 authentic German dinner. 7:00 musical program- featuring Hope Lutheran’s Deutsche Kapelle. (German Band) performing polkas and German waltzes menu: sauerbraten, bratwurst, kasseler-rippchen (smoked pork loin), späetzel dumplings German potato salad, sweet/sour red cabbage, Bohemian sauerkraut. Tickets ($29- adult; $15- 10 years of age and under) may be purchased with cash or check: – by calling Ken at 920-539-3977 or – at Wegners Office Supply, 17 Court St., 923-8200; or – going to http://www.lifeathope.org

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

Cafe Bavaria Oktoberfest - Wauwatosa, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 30, 2017
(Fridays and Saturdays)

Oddtoberfest - Columbus, WI - Sep 30, 2017

Remington’s Oktoberfest - Thiensville, WI - Oct 7, 2017
Held at Remington’s River Inn

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.

Want to know what you are getting in to by attending one of these Oktoberfests? Try my list of the largest festivals for Oktoberfest in America for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. 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.

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 Wisconsin in October:

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

7 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?

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