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 2021, 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.
At this point we are still checking for 2021 dates on events, but have checked all events held before early October 2019 and 2020. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Waupaca Oktoberfest - Waupaca, WI - Sep 10, 2021
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.
Kohler Falls Oktoberfest - Sheboygan Falls, WI - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
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.
Old Settlers Oktoberfest - Salem, WI - Sep 11, 2021
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, stein hoisting competition, free kids games, tractor rides, pumpkin painting, raffles and more! Free admission and parking!
8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
German music, food and fun!
Lion’s Tale Oktoberfest - Neenah, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
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 17 to Sep 18, 2021
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 17, 2021
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 17 to Sep 18, 2021
Features beer, food including a famous only-made-once a year soup, and live polka music
The Bottle Room Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 18, 2021
Essen Haus Oktoberfest - Madison, WI - Sep 18, 2021
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
West Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Held at the War Memorial Center
Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
A 3-day festival full of live German music, cornhole, entertainment, beer, and traditional German food, held at Pere Marquette Park. Enjoy live polka music all day long by local polka groups and a nightly concert when the sun goes down! The weekend’s activities include a bags tournament, weiner dog racing, the Miss Oktoberfest competition, a brat eating contest, stein hoisting competition, and so much more!
Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof - Menomonee Falls,, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Biergarten at the Schwab and the United Donauschwaben Of Milwaukee.
Appleton’s Oktoberfest - Appleton, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
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 24 to Sep 25, 2021
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.
Greendale Hay Days and Oktoberfest - Greendale, WI - Sep 25, 2021
Enjoy the fall season with the Greendale Lions Club, including pony rides and hay rides around the village, and an Oktoberfest biergarten.
Oddtoberfest - Columbus, WI - Sep 25, 2021
2-10pm. Meet local artists and authors, check out cool cars at the Oddto (auto) show, kids area, live polka music and more. Free admission
Germantown Oktoberfest - Germantown, WI - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society. Authentic German food, great music, children’s activities, Dheinsville Dachshund Dash (Saturday 3-4pm), bake sale, classic car display (Sunday 12-3) & more. Free admission and parking.
Oktoberfest Marshfield WI - Marshfield, WI - Sep 25, 2021
Held at Wenzel Family Plaza, stop by for live music, outdoor games, food and drink specials, and hand-crafted Oktoberfest micro-brews!
La Crosse Oktoberfest - La Crosse, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 3, 2021
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
Cedarburg Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, WI - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
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)
Our Lady of Lourdes Oktoberfest Artisan Fair - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Primarily an arts and crafts fair with handcrafted products and quality art, but it does offer a beer garden, entertainment, and food.
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Antigo Oktoberfest - Antigo, WI - Oct 6, 2018
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 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
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.
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.
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
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
The annual Oktoberfest 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
Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride - Lake Mills, WI - Sep 19, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Ride for a reason among scenic Southern Wisconsin views at this annual ride to raise money for Tomorrow’s Hope, which supports programs at local health care facilities and area clinics. Riders get two drink tickets and dinner after the ride.
New Glarus Oktoberfest - New Glarus, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
Elkhorn Oktoberfest - Elkhorn, WI - Oct 17, 2020
Walk around the downtown square to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more. Enjoy a car show, kids zone, food vendors, chili coof-off, live entertainment and more.
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