Given the events of the past few years, have you found yourself searching for “Oktoberfest near me” lately? With Oktoberfest in Munich canceled for two straight years, it’s only reasonable that you may now learned the value in celebrating closer to home.
Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for throwing your own Oktoberfest party. However, if you’re desire to play host(ess) is as flat as last week’s weissbier, take comfort in knowing there’s likely a wunderbar Oktoberfest celebration near you!
This post is being updated with the best Oktoberfests of 2023 as information becomes available. Many of the dates are still TBD. Expect more solid updates in the summer!
I’ve sorted through the looong list of “Octoberfest” celebrations to weed out the most mediocre and sad excuses for “Oktoberfest” around the US. So, if you’re looking to still raise steins on this side of the Atlantic this year, here are some of the biggest, best, and most popular Oktoberfests in the US for 2023:
Best Oktoberfests in the US for 2023
For these purposes, I’ve omitted all the times local restaurants serve sausages and call it “Oktoberfest,” and all the micro breweries whose “Oktoberfest” celebrations include yoga classes and the release of their new IPA. [Some people just don’t get Oktoberfest the way we do!]
Note: this is a list of events that are taking place in 2023 only. Some notable celebrations have been phased out over the past couple of years, so some of your favorites may be missing from this list.
Also, this page will be updated throughout the 2023 Oktoberfest season so bookmark it and check back regularly for updates!
1. Oktoberfest near me: Alabama
Experience Oktoberfest with some Southern charm.
Where: Festhalle Farmer’s Market and Depot Park – Cullman, Alabama
Celebrating their 42nd year in 2023, the Cullman Oktoberfest is North Alabama’s largest and most popular event. It takes place annually in Cullman, Alabama, a town proud of its German heritage.
At Cullman Oktoberfest you can expect German (and modern) bands, German food, locally brewed beer, craft vendors, and lots of fun events for all ages. (THEY EVEN HAVE GOATS, Y’ALL.)
Redstone Arsenal Oktoberfest – Huntsville
Where: Redstone Arsenal Activity Field – Huntsville, Alabama
Back for their 26th anniversary, the Redstone Arsenal Oktoberfest takes place over four festive days in September.
Take a break from rocket science to enjoy music and dancing, authentic German food, steins of beer, and even a Ferris wheel – it’s almost like the real thing (if you squint really hard).
There’s also a 4-hour craft biergarten sampling session so you can try 50+ of the best craft beers from the tri-state area. Local craft beer may not be the most German thing but you can’t really argue with a power-drinking session.
2. Oktoberfest near me: Alaska
Alaska: The Last Frontier… but the first to celebrate Oktoberfest.
Augtoberfest – Healy
Where: 49th Street Brewing, Denali Park
Unique to this list is Alaska’s Augtoberfest, the earliest of all the Oktoberfests this year. Enjoy Bavarian food… but also king crab and halibut. Live music, stein-holding, and yodeling… but also Hawaiian reggae. All the details here.
Alaska is also home to some other great Oktoberfests and super fun ways to celebrate (might I interest you in a beer train?) but whether or not any of them will take place once again this year is still up in the air.
Should you find yourself in Alaska searching for “Oktoberfest near me” a little later (September/October) perhaps it’s all up to you. Check out my guide on how to throw your own Oktoberfest party and bring the party to you! I’ll update this list when I hopefully have more to add here.
3. Best Oktoberfest: Arizona
Cacti has a hard time piercing through lederhosen – so there’s that!
Four Peaks Oktoberfest – Tempe
When: October 13-15, 2023
Where: Tempe Town Lake – Tempe, Arizona
The Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake is one of the largest and most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in Arizona.
You’ll enjoy oompah bands, stein-holding contests, delicious food and beer, horse drawn carriages and parades, carnival games, and last year they even had an Oktoberfest-themed trivia competition. (You can study for this by reading: 26+ Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Oktoberfest But Definitely Should. Then take this quiz…)
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest
Where: Fountain Park – Fountain Hills, Arizona
Live German bands, masskrugstemmen, and the chance to test your Alphorn blowing abilities – all here in the Phoenix metro area at the Fountain Hills Oktoberfest. (Plus so much more!)
Brat Haus Oktoberfest – Scottsdale
Where: Brat Haus, Old Town Scottsdale
The Brat Haus in Scottsdale, Arizona is a popular spot for all things German food and drink all year long (and my favorite place to drink beer in Arizona!), but during the fall it’s an exceptionally hot spot.
Head to the Brat Haus this October for their annual Oktoberfest celebration for great beer and food (obviously), music, Oktoberfest games, and more!
4. Oktoberfest near me: Arkansas
Because sometimes you just have to make due with the closest thing you can get to “Oktoberfest near me.”
Little Rocktoberfest – Little Rock
Where: War Memorial Stadium
In the capital and most populous city in Arkansas you’ll find the Little Rocktoberfest – a 3-hour craft beer and homebrewing sampling session. You get the souvenir cup and the chance to try numerous locally crafted brews.
The blue and white banners are about the closest thing to Oktoberfest here, but in Arkansas you just have to pretend.
Life Oktoberfest is what you make it!
Rogers Oktoberfest Beer Festival
Where: Butterfield Stage at Railyard Park – Rogers, Arkansas
As must be the theme in Arkansas, there’s also the Rogers Oktoberfest—a 4-hour “beer-tasting festival.” At least here there’s a ceremonial tapping of the keg (O’Zapft Is!), music, stein-hoisting contests, and the encouragement to dress in traditional garb!
5. Best Oktoberfest in California
A big state with a big capacity for Oktoberfestivities. If you’re searching for an “Oktoberfest near me” in California, you’re in luck!
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
When: Every Saturday – Sunday, September 9 – November 4, 2023 (+ Fridays in October)
Where: Big Bear Lake Convention Center, Big Bear Lake, CA
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest details are coming soon, but they’re happy to announce it’s back again for 2023! There will be fabulous food vendors, lots of music and entertainment, fun games and contests, and all going on for an incredible 9-week run.
Where: Sacramento Turn Verein, Sacramento, CA
Taking place at Sacramento’s home for all things German (going on 161 years, BTW), the Sacramento Turn Verein’s Oktoberfest is the California capital’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration. Expect authentic German beer and food, great live music and dancing, and some true Bavarian spirit.
Check out my post on Where to Buy Lederhosen and Dirndls for a list of shops online and here in North America.
Anaheim Oktoberfest @ the Phoenix Club
Where: the Phoenix Club, Anaheim, CA
Like the Sacramento Turn Verein, the Phoenix Club is Anaheim’s local home for German culture. Each year, Anaheim’s Phoenix Club hosts a wildly popular Oktoberfest celebration. However, this will be their last Oktoberfest celebration before they move to their new location.
It’s got all the typical Oktoberfest goodies—German food and beer, music and dancing, an opening day parade—and last year they had a shooting gallery! Want to make your Oktoberfest as authentic as possible? Open up a rifle range. [I think I should say here: do not try this at home, I am not liable for you shooting your eye out.]
La Mesa Oktoberfest – San Diego
Where: La Mesa Village, San Diego, CA
Billed as San Diego’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has been going strong since 1973.
It features three biergartens with a mix of German and modern music, Oktoberfest-related games and contests, yodeling, traditional outfits, a crafts fair, and a Kinder Karneval. Bring your dachshund!
Upgrade your ticket to a VIP pass and you get a commemorative stein and your own chicken hat. (If you know, you know.)
El Cajon Oktoberfest – San Diego
Where: German-American Societies of San Diego – El Cajon, CA
The Oktoberfest celebration hosted by the German American Societies of San Diego is another great option. They’ve got an opening day parade and ceremonial keg tapping (if it’s not clear, I love as much Oktoberfest pomp and circumstance as possible!), awesome German bands, delicious Bavarian food, beer, and liquor, and traditional clothing out the wazoo.
This is another of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in California so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for an “Oktoberfest near me!”
6. Oktoberfest near me: Colorado
Colorado–one of the craft beer capital’s of the US–is not playing around when it comes to offering you a great “Oktoberfest near me.”
Where: Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd, Denver, CO
The 52nd annual Denver Oktoberfest is another of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the US and offers non-stop entertainment.
There’s keg rolling and stein hoisting, tons of live music, a costume contest (meaning: best traditional clothing – I hate when they call the amazing outfits for Oktoberfest “costumes,” but I digress), and a lot of fun to be had.
When: September 15-17, 2023
Where: Historic Main Street – Breckenridge, CO
The 2023 Breckenridge Oktoberfest promises to “mimic a full-blown Munich celebration” and I am here for it! (We all know I love to mimic Munich!)
There will be Bavarian beer and cuisine, a band called the Polkanauts (bound to be epic, right?), contests, a Brewmaster Dinner, and more. This Colorado “Oktoberfest near me” is bound to please.
When: September 8-10 & 15-17, 2023
Where: September 8-10 @ Lionshead Village, and September 15-17 @ Vail Village – Vail, CO
Don your dirndls and lederhosen and enjoy live Oktoberfest music, contests and games (umm, who doesn’t love keg bowling?), and delicious Bavarian fare, all with a stunning mountain backdrop at Vail Oktoberfest. It’s like the Alps, but local!
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest
When: September 29 – October 1, 2023
Where: Western Museum of Mining and Industry – Colorado Springs, CO
This popular event returns for its 11th anniversary in 2023 with live bands and food vendors, wiener dog races because of course why the hell not, and even wine tastings and tours of their German vineyard. So that’s new!
7. Best Oktoberfest: Connecticut
Small state, big appetite for beer
Two Roads Ok2berfest – Stratford
Where: Two Roads Brewery – Stratford, CT
I’ve been a fan of Two Roads Brewing ever since I tried their No Limits Hefeweizen whose label features the German autobahn – so I’m hoping the Two Roads Oktoberfest will be back for 2023!
They promise authentic German music, food, and German-style beers (probably of their own making). Your admission price includes your first beer and a commemorative stein for all your at-home German beer drinking!
When: September 22-23, 2023
Where: Fowler Field, Rotary Pavilion – Milford, CT
My first instinct is to veto any Oktoberfest celebration that boasts a 5K run as part of the fun, but calling it a “run and chug” has changed my mind about the Milford Oktoberfest.
This two-day event includes a keg tapping by the mayor (love the authenticity guys), live bands, German food and beer, and even Oktoberfest happy hour. I will not argue with that. I repeat: you do not have to run! You can simply chug!
8. Oktoberfest near me: Delaware
Even smaller state – still with more options for “Oktoberfest near me” than some others.
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest – Newark
When: September 15-17, 2023
Where: The Delaware Saengerbund – Newark, DE
Kick off Oktoberfest in Delaware in the most authentic way yet—with an opening parade featuring, my favorite, the Münchner Kindl! (Find out what that even is in this post on fun Oktoberfest facts.)
Then enjoy delicious German specialties including big Bavarian pretzels, dance to traditional Bavarian entertainment, and purchase some fabulous imported gifts and souvenirs.
9. Best Oktoberfest in Florida
Oktoberfest it up in the state that loves to party! You’re sure to find a great “Oktoberfest near me” in whichever corner of the state you live.
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
The Tampa Bay’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year with—you don’t say!—awesome German food and beer, music and dancing, and prosting to relatively cooler weather. All along the Hillsborough river downtown.
Perhaps you’d care to enter the Mr & Mrs Oktoberfest contest? Or how about the Beard & Mustache competition? (Excuse me while I go apply to be a judge for that one.)
Where: German American Social Club of Greater Miami
Billed as the longest-running Oktoberfest in the US, Oktoberfest Miami is celebrating their 66th year in 2023 and it’s sure to be one hell of a party.
They pride themselves on fabulous traditional food and drink (sponsored by Warsteiner), great German bands from Germany and Austria, folk dancing, and so much more authentic goodness, way down in South Florida.
When: October 7 & 28, 2023 (not a typo)
Where: German American Society of Central Florida
Though actually located a short drive north of downtown, the Orlando Oktoberfest is Central Florida’s biggest and best, welcoming over 10,000 guests each year. This is actually a great addition to the many things adults can do in Orlando (besides theme parks).
Taking place at the club’s traditional biergarten, you’ll feel just like you’re in Germany while you dance in the pavilion, enjoy great German beers and cuisine, and watch the traditional flag parade.
Cape Coral Oktoberfest
When: October 20-22 & 27-29, 2023
Where: German American Social Club
If you find yourself spending the cooler months of the year in the Fort Myers area, check out the 36th annual Cape Coral Oktoberfest, hosted by the German American Social Club.
Full bands on three stages playing non-stop German music (featuring Alp horns!); an extensive menu of homemade German specialties; German beer, wine, and spirits; tons of vendors, crafts, and souvenirs; and a carnival area for kids all shape the Cape Coral Oktoberfest.
Lake Worth Oktoberfest
When: October 13-15 & 20-22, 2023
Where: The American German Club
Now in their 49th year, the Lake Worth Oktoberfest is the biggest Oktoberfest celebration around for those looking for an “Oktoberfest near me” in Palm Beach County.
This festival is calling my name! Tons of fun and entertainment, lively bands and dancing, great food and beer, games and rides… this one has it all for Florida’s east coast.
10. Best Oktoberfest in Georgia
A state with a celebration so fantastic they only need one.
When: September 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, and nightly from September 28 – October 29, 2023
Where: Helen Chamber of Commerce
If the dates didn’t give it away, I’ll let you in on a little secret: Helen Oktoberfest is one of the best biggest and best in the whole country. If you’re looking for an “Oktoberfest near me” anywhere in the state of Georgia, here’s your sign.
Helen Oktoberfest has everything you could want from the best Oktoberfest in Georgia—accordions and Alphorns, lederhosen and dirndls, a full-on Festhalle, and nearly two whole months to celebrate!
Helen, Georgia is a mountain town with a Bavarian Alpine look all year long. You couldn’t find a better place to prost this year!
11. Best Oktoberfest in Hawaii
Last year Hawaii suffered from no Oktoberfests… but not anymore!
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Hawaii’s capital is (finally) hosting a fabulous Oktoberfest but for two days only. Hoist those steins under palm trees while you enjoy live music, free outdoor games, German beers, and delicious food. (Word on the street is Hawaii knows a thing or two about pork?)
12. Oktoberfest near me: Idaho
There better be endless potato pancakes, s’all I’m sayin.
Old Boise Oktoberfest
When: September 23, 2023
Where: 6th Street, Boise
Idaho’s capital is once again hosting Old Boise Oktoberfest featuring traditional Bavarian foods, seasonal beers, and, my favorite, the stein hoisting competition. Old Boise Oktoberfest happens for just one day only and is a no-kids zone. (Prost to that!)
13. Oktoberfest near me: Illinois
Time for some Midwest Oktoberfest!
Chicago German-American Oktoberfest
When: September 8-10, 2023
Where: Lincoln Square
Hosted by the United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago, you can check out their official opening ceremony, German mass (not maß), and the 57th annual Steuben Parade this year.
Free admission, tons of fun and German goodness, live bands, great food—don’t miss it if you’re in the Chicago area!
Also in Lincoln Square is my favorite dirndl maker – Rare Dirndl! Looking to make a Rare Dirndl purchase? Click that link and use promo code MYWANDERLUSTYLIFE for 10% off your purchase!
Where: Peoria Riverfront
Back for its 27th year is the Peoria Oktoberfest hosted by the German American Central Society. Enjoy celebrating German culture (whether you’ve got some in you or not) with fabulous food, beer, and fun at Central Illinois’ biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration.
14. Best Oktoberfest in Indiana
Indiana’s best Oktoberfest – smack dab in the middle of the state
The German-American Klub Oktoberfest
When: September 7-9, 2023
Where: The German Park, Indianapolis
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Indy’s true Oktoberfest—going strong for 49 years. Live music on the Paulaner Pavilion stage, German beer (and wine!), delicious food, and tons of fun to be had in the biergarten.
15. Oktoberfest near me: Iowa
Iowa ton of thanks to the pretzel gods.
Des Moines Oktoberfest
When: September 22-23, 2023
Where: Downtown Des Moines
The 19th annual Des Moines Oktoberfest is happening once again, with huge authentic celebrations we so love along with stein holding and bier maiden competitions, and the “tapping of the golden keg” which sounds unmissable.
Last year, bonuses are awarded to those in traditional gear! Need some intel? Read: How to Dress for Oktoberfest and Buying a Dirndl Online (the 9 crucial things you need to know).
Where: Back Waters Stage at Q Casino
Dubuque Oktoberfest is back with tons of entertainment and games, food and drinks, music and traditional outfits in a celebration of German and Slavic heritages. In its 14th year, the Dubuque Oktoberfest has been benefitting charity each year – so that’s some feel-good fun right there.
16. Oktoberfest near me: Kansas
There’s no place like
Kansas City Oktoberfest
When: October 6-7, 2023
Where: Crown Center
Hosted by the KC Bier Co., Kansas City Oktoberfest is the largest in the state. Bavarian-style beer, food, big stages, and traditional games like hammer striking and masskrugstemmen make this one hell of volksfest.
17. Oktoberfest near me: Kentucky
The birthplace of bourbon surely knows how to party.
When: September 22-24, 2023
Where: Newport’s Festival Park at the Levee
Worth noting here: Newport, Kentucky is just one short bridge away from Cincinnati, Ohio—home to one of the biggest Oktoberfests in the country. (It’s also the home of the very first Hofbräuhaus outside of Munich.) So, you know the crowd here knows a thing or two about getting down Bavarian-style.
Like the original, Newport Oktoberfest is held under a massive beer tent and includes all the food, beer, and hilarious contests and fun events you can handle.
Where: Historic Main Street, downtown
Central Kentucky’s largest Oktoberfest takes place in downtown Harrodsburg, welcoming around 15,000 party-goers each year.
You can expect three days of live music, local beers and specialty foods, vendors, and a carnival. However, do note that though this event is popular, it’s not entirely German-influenced. So, expect a party, but not really a Bavarian one. You’ve been warned. Or, if you’re tired of sauerkraut (gasp!), here’s something a little different for you.
18. Best Oktoberfest: Louisiana
Forget Mardis Gras, we’ve got betrunkener Herbst.
Oktoberfest New Orleans
When: October 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28, 2023
Where: Deutsches Haus
One of the later “Oktoberfest near me” options you’ll find this year takes place at the Deutsches Haus in New Orleans well into late October.
Over 20 German beers, 9 wines, and over different 20 schnapps headline Oktoberfest New Orleans that also features live oom-pah music, German foods, daily masskrugstemmen, and even—wait for it—Dachshund races!
19. Best Oktoberfest: Maine
You’ll just have to make the prost of it.
In 2021, the state of Maine offered but one loose excuse for an Oktoberfest. However, the status of Oktoberfest Portland (which was actually late-canceled that year) is unclear for 2023. Check back for updates!
20. Oktoberfest near me: Maryland
The state making it the easiest to locate das best Oktoberfest near me.
Das Best Oktoberfest
When: October 28, 2023
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Lot H, Baltimore
I mean, it’s right there in the name! Baltimore’s Das Best Oktoberfest is the city’s oldest running craft beer festival with an Oktoberfest theme.
Though more a craft beer festival and only loosely-related to Oktoberfest, it still has beer and brats a-plenty. Plus… it’s an all-you-can-drink situation so it’s not a total loss. Wear your lederhosen and dirndls to show them all how it’s properly done.
When: September 29-30, 2023
Where: Frederick Fairgrounds
The Rotary Clubs of Frederick County, Maryland are once again hosting the Frederick’s Oktoberfest at the Fairgrounds.
In addition to the amazing German food and beer we’ve come to expect from these types of festivals, here you’ll also get to experience (or partake in) a yodeling contest and a strong man/woman contest.
21. Best Oktoberfest near me: Massachusetts
The state in which I live has so few good ones.
BSV Oktoberfest – Walpole, MA
When: September 9-10, 2023
Where: Boylston Schul-Verein
The BSV Oktoberfest is without a doubt the best Oktoberfest in Massachusetts—and I should know, I’ve attended dozens of times and even used to volunteer there.
It’s all about fun and authenticity here: great live German bands, beer and food, vendors and games, everyone in traditional outfits, but also—my favorite part—a shooting gallery.
***Word to the wise: the majority of Massachusetts “Oktoberfest” celebrations are little more than well-funded frat parties. BSV Oktoberfest is the only one (that I know of) that stays true to the Bavarian roots of the celebration. Pro tip: And whatever you do, stay far away from Harpoon Octoberfest.
Notch Oktoberfest – Brighton, MA
When: TBD – usually announced in August
Where: Notch Brighton @ the Charles River Speedway
One of the best breweries in Massachusetts (for lovers of German lagers, Czech pilsners, and Polish, French, and other European beer styles) also hosts one of the most fun Oktoberfests in the state.
Split between their two breweries over one weekend, Notch Oktoberfest offers great festbiers, fun Oktoberfest games, live oompah music, a huge outdoor biergarten, actual liter-sized clay steins, and lederhosen and dirndl contests which, ahem, I won last year.
Notch Oktoberfest – Salem, MA
When: TBD – usually announced in August
Where: Notch Salem, Derby Street
If you can’t make it to Brighton on Saturday, head to Salem on Sunday for your other shot at Notch Oktoberfest. (Or go to both, duh.)
22. Best Oktoberfest: Michigan
The state that brought you something called Greektoberfest (say what?) actually has two great options:
When: September 14-17, 2023
Where: Heritage Park
Four days of wiener dog races, authentic entertainment, tons of German food and Hofbräu Oktoberfest beer await you at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest—the first Oktoberfest to operate here in the US with the blessing of the original one in Munich. They even offer hotel shuttle service!
Oktoberfest Grand Rapids
When: September 29-30, 2023
Where: Riverside Park
At Oktoberfest Grand Rapids, Alphorns mark the start of the festivities hosted by the Edelweiss Club – so many things I love about this sentence. Wait, it gets even better: dog-friendly Oktoberfest Grand Rapids now partners with Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue. This may just be my favorite “Oktoberfest near me” of them all.
Also, great German music, food, beer, entertainment and events and all that. BUT HELPING DOGS FIND HOMES!
23. Best Oktoberfest: Minnesota
Does Twin Cities mean twice the Oktoberfest fun?
Twin Cities Oktoberfest – Saint Paul
When: October 6-7, 2023
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Promising “liters of fun,” the Twin Cities Oktoberfest has a huge focus on celebrating “locally” with local breweries and eateries, and all about supporting local businesses. But luckily that still means Bavarian-style in these parts.
New Ulm Oktoberfest
When: October 6-7 & 13-14, 2023
Where: Multiple locations
In a total divergence from the rest of this list, New Ulm Oktoberfest actually takes place at several locations: Historic Downtown, the Best Western Plus, Morgan Creek Vineyards, and Schnell’s Brewery. The more the merrier, I always say. Especially when that comes to locations for liters of lager.
This celebration kicks off with the Germanic-American Day parade which begins at the Glockenspiel and ends at the party. German-inspired foods and local beer fuel the rest of events at one of the country’s most popular Oktoberfests.
24. Best Oktoberfest in Mississippi
This is what we call “slim pickin’s.”
Where: Historic downtown
Spoiler alert: There’s absolutely nothing even remotely “German” about this festival, but it’s all I really have to work with here.
Cleveland Octoberfest is basically just a regular ol’ festival that takes place in October. There’s a BBQ competition, an artistic showcase, and a Delta jam session. If you live in Mississippi and are looking for an “Oktoberfest near me,” you’ll have to make do with this one. Just don your dirndl and pretend the pulled pork is just oddly shaped schnitzel.
25. Best Oktoberfest in Missouri
The Show Me (Your Best Fliegerlied) State
Saint Charles Oktoberfest
When: September 22-24, 2023
Where: Frontier Park
The 37th annual Saint Charles Oktoberfest will take place again in 2023 offering up events like the opening ceremony, brat-eating contests, stein raising competitions, a 10k, an antique car show, and a wiener dog derby.
A large selection of German and Oktoberfest beers on tap by brands like Hofbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten will get you in the festival spirit!
26. Best Oktoberfest: Montana
Believe it or not, you can find an “Oktoberfest near me” even in Montana.
Great Northwest Oktoberfest
When: September 28-30 & October 5-7, 2023
Where: Depot Park, Whitefish, MT
All kinds of German beer, food, and souvenirs are available over these two weekends at the Great Northwest Oktoberfest. They’ll also have log-sawing, keg throwing, masskrugstemmen, and, as you’d expect, competitive chicken dancing. They even have Locals Night and Family Day.
27. Best Oktoberfest: Nebraska
When: September 2023 (Exact dates TBD)
Where: German American Society, Omaha
This year’s celebration in Omaha marks their 139th celebration of German Day, which they eventually paired with Oktoberfest because why the heck not!
Authentic Bavarian foods and drinks, handmade local brats and pretzels, several live bands, and their German store will be open.
When: September 22-23, 2023
Where: Norfolk Area Chamber
Billed as a Family Festival, the Norfolk Oktoberfest celebration offers visitors polka bands, a senior happy hour, German food and a beer garden, live music, wiener dog races, and more family-friendly events. Bring Oma and Opa to this one!
28. Best Oktoberfest: Nevada
Steins and slots? Maybe Oma would like this one too.
Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest – Las Vegas
Where: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
Even though this is where you go to celebrate “Oktoberfest every day of the year,” the Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas adds a little extra this time of year.
Every Friday and Saturday during this time there will be celebrity keg tappings, live music, contests, and more. I personally have epically failed at many-a beer-centered contest at the Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus, but MAN is it fun!
29. Best Oktoberfest in New Hampshire
At least you’re in the mountains!
White Mountain Oktoberfest
When: October 7-9, 2023
Where: Loon Mountain Resort
The region’s largest “Oktoberfest near me” takes place at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire’s White Mountains which you can totally just pretend are the Bavarian Alps.
German food, beer, and music, and lots of fun games, entertainment, and events take place at White Mountain Oktoberfest amidst all that fantastic New England fall foliage.
Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Merrimack, NH
Perhaps Bud Light isn’t what you first associate with Oktoberfest, but the Great Oktoberfest does take place at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, at one time a totally German thing.
This festival features live music, German-style food and tons of beer—and no, it’s not all Budweiser—it’s actually a pretty good lineup. But it operates on the 3-hour session model with tiered pricing, so that is not wunderbar, but it’s better than no Oktoberfest at all!
30. Oktoberfest near me: New Jersey
Boardwalks were made for Oktoberfests, no?
Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
Where: Wildwoods, NJ
Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest begins with the legend of Oktober the Oktopus, the lederhosen-wearing Octopus from Germany who washed up on the shores of New Jersey. And from there it just gets weirder.
Regardless, there’s music and fun, Bavarian pretzels, and plenty of bier on the pier.
Deutscher Club Oktoberfest
When: September 30-October 1, 2023
Where: Deutscher Club Biergarten
Celebrate Oktoberfest at one of the largest German clubs in America – at the Deutscher Club in Clark, New Jersey.
Two days of Oktoberfestivities, all open to the public: live music, authentic German beer and food, ceremonial keg tapping, and plenty of ways to distract your kids while you compete in the masskrugstemmen.
31. Best Oktoberfest: New Mexico
Welcome to the wild, wild Oktoberwest.
Red River Oktoberfest
When: October 6-8, 2023
Where: Red River Chamber of Commerce
Head to the mountains of New Mexico for Red River Oktoberfest featuring fun events like the Oktoberfest beard & mustache competition, stein holding contest, live polka music, and a Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest competition.
32. Best Oktoberfest in New York
Always in an Oktoberfest state of mind.
Zum Schneider Oktoberfest
Where: Bushwick – 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn NY
After a 3-year drought, Zum Schneider’s Munich on the East River came back in 2022! Always one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in New York City, hopefully Zum Schneider Oktoberfest will be back under the tent in 2023.
Where: Watermark, Waterfront Bar, Pier 15
The Watermark Oktoberfest is a free event loaded with authentic German beer and party time right in lower Manhattan, with the Brooklyn Bridge as your backdrop.
Sponsored by Radeberger, Hofbräu, and Weihenstephan, I have no complaints here. The party is always one of the best around and traditional dress is encouraged!
33. Oktoberfest near me: North Carolina
Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest
When: October 6-8, 2023
Where: Sugar Mountain Resort
Celebrating its 33nd year is the Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest, held rain or shine, with free admission, parking, and shuttle service. You can enjoy plenty of Spaten beer and Bavarian cuisine from Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, as well as great live music, arts and crafts, and the chance to take in the gorgeous fall colors on the Summit Express Chairlift.
When: October 13-15, 2023
Where: Union Square, downtown
Celebrate Oktoberfest this year in Hickory, North Carolina—a city co-founded by Germans, home to many German companies, and sister city to Altenburg, Germany. Enjoy German beer, food, and entertainment over three days during their 37th annual celebration.
34. Oktoberfest near me: North Dakota
Gemütlichkeit? Oh you betcha!
Moorehead Sausage Fest
Where: Moorehead Presbyterian Church
Already my favorite of the bunch, if you’re looking for an “Oktoberfest near me” in the Fargo/Moorehead area of North Dakota, check out the pun-loving folks at the Moorehead Sausage Fest. With vendors like Meat Science, Würst Bier Hall, and Perfectly Nuts, you can’t go wrong here.
35. Oktoberfest near me: Ohio
When: September 14-17, 2023
Where: 2nd & 3rd Street, Cincinnati
Known as Zinzinnati, America’s Oktoberfest, Ohio’s biggest and best Oktoberfest takes place in Cincinnati and welcomes more than 575,000 people each year.
Cincinnati’s German heritage is prevalent on any other day of the year, so obviously they’re going to have a kickass Oktoberfest celebration. You can expect tons of great food and beer, and one hell of a good time on the “Rhine.”
Germania Society Big Biergarten Experience
When: August 25-27, 2023
Where: Germania Society of Cincinnati
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is an enormous festival… but if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, a lot more authentic, and something earlier so you don’t have to wait for weißbier any longer, check out the “Big Biergarten Experience” at the Germania Society.
Get your gemütlichkeit here and everything else you need to celebrate “Oktoberfest near me” in Ohio!
When: September 1-4 & 8-9, 2023
Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Now with a second weekend added, the Cleveland Oktoberfest is shaping up to be the party of the year. Tons of German entertainment, a ginormous glockenspiel, fireworks, contests and competitions, wiener dog races… what’s not to love!
For more awesome ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Cleveland, click that link!
When: September 8-10, 2023
Where: Ohio Expo Center/Ohio State Fairgrounds
Ohio’s capital bringing some new stuff to the scene at the Columbus Oktoberfest. Unseen anywhere else, along with your fabulous German beer and food, you can enjoy events like the stone toss (real caveman vibes here) and cream puff eating contests.
There’s also a wine garten (and of course bier halls), a marktplatz, and three stages full of great entertainment.
36. Best Oktoberfest: Oklahoma
OOOOk-lahoma, where the beer comes sweepin’ down the plain.
When: October 19-22, 2023
Where: River West Festival Park
Tulsa’s Linde Oktoberfest is a big Oklahoma favorite and is routinely ranked among the top Oktoberfests in the US. Tons of authentic foods and entertainment, carnival rides, German beer, all on the banks of the Arkansas River.
37. Best Oktoberfest: Oregon
Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
When: September 14-17, 2023
Where: throughout downtown Mt. Angel (5 Garfield St.)
Said to be the perfect setting reminiscent of the “Old World,” Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is another of that nation’s top-ranked Oktoberfests—the oldest and most popular in Oregon, and the largest folk festival in the Northwest.
With tons of entertainment venues like the biergarten, Weingarten, Alpinegarten, and the Prostgarten, there are so many great opportunities for Bavarian-style fun here!
38. Oktoberfest near me: Pennsylvania
Where: Reading Liederkranz German Singing and Sports Society
Given that the Reading Liederkranz is hosted by the German Singing and Sports Society, you KNOW this is going to be so fun! Experience the excitement of German festivals here with great food and drink, gemütlichkeit galore, and a heavy dose of German cultural heritage.
When: September 15-17, 2023
Where: 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim, PA
The Lancaster Liederkranz is Lancaster’s oldest traditional Oktoberfest celebration which has been going strong since 1880! Obviously you can expect awesome German music and dance performances, great food and beer, and even raffles with big prizes.
When: September 9, 2023
Where: Vereinigung Erzgebirge (the “VE Club”) – Warminster Township, Bucks County
Founded by German immigrants in 1931, the “VE Club” of Bucks County, Pennsylvania hosts one of the area’s best Oktoberfest celebrations. A keg-tapping ceremony, German music all day, and all the usual merriment make this fest one of the best!
23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest
Where: 22 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia
Enter the giant beer hall and enjoy delicious Hofbräuhaus beer at the 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest in Philadelphia. Live German music, a liter lift competition, and authentic German bier and food and in a pretty authentic-looking space. I approve of your Oktoberfest decorations!
39. Best Oktoberfest: Rhode Island
German American Cultural Society Oktoberfest
Where: German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, Pawtucket
The gemütlichkeit of Bavaria is beautifully recreated here in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with live music, dancing, and of course festbier and traditional Oktoberfest foods, all in an outdoor biergarten, Ratskellar bar, and large indoor bierhall.
40. Oktoberfest near me: South Carolina
Where: 100 block of S. Dargan Street
Downtown Oktoberfest in Florence is an annual favorite featuring beer stein races, keg rolling, beer and food, and the ever-popular Weenie and Almost a Weenie Dog races to benefit the Florence Area Humane Society. Prosts for Pups – always a great idea!
When: September 22-23, 2023
Where: Jesus Our Risen Savior Catholic Church, Spartanburg
This humble Oktoberfest in Spartanburg, South Carolina features a regionally famous Oompah band and even a Christmas market! Go ahead and get everything you need to host that German Christmas market at home!
41. Best Oktoberfest in South Dakota
Happy to Rushmore when German beers are concerned.
When: OCtober 6-7, 2023
Where: Historic Deadwood
Oktoberfest in the Wild West, they’re calling it! Deadwood Oktoberfest features German music at Polkafest, their annual Tour de Oktoberfest, Weiner dog races, beer barrel games, and more!
42. Best Oktoberfest in Tennessee
I volunteer to drink more beer!
When: October 5-8, 2023
Where: Bi-Centennial Mall
Tennessee’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is the Nashville Oktoberfest. It’s full of live music (this is Music City after all), great food, a masskrugstemmen competition and Dachshund Derby, brat-eating contest, and more. While you’re there, check out all the other fun things to do in Nashville!
Schulz Bräu Oktoberfest
Where: Schulz Bräu Brewery, Knoxville
Schulz Bräu’s 7th annual Oktoberfest will feature live Oktoberfest bands, great German lagers and Bavarian décor, and more fun events. Come enjoy Oktoberfest fun in the eastern side of the state! Trachten encouraged!
Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest
Where: Ober Gatlinburg
This annual event is one of Gatlinburg’s most popular, back for its 14th year in 2023. Celebrating all that’s magical about Oktoberfest in Munich, OktOBERfest highlights German inspired food and traditional Bavarian offerings, an outdoor biergarten, the Smoky Mountain Oompah band, and so much more.
And while you’re there, check out all the other great ways to spend your days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! (Especially in the beautiful, mountain-y fall.)
43. Oktoberfest near me: Texas
When: October 6-8, 2023
Fredericksburg, Texas is a land steeped in German culture as it is. Of course they also have one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the US. If you’re looking for an “Oktoberfest near me” in Texas, drive as far as you need to get to Fredericksburg.
There’s a yodeling contest, four music stages, a kinderpark, great beers from Shiner and Leinenkugel, competitions and games, all in historically German Fredericksburg.
Wurstfest – New Braunfels
When: November 3-12, 2023
Where: 120 Landa Street
Wurstfest in New Braunfels is “a unique annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun.” They also say it’ll be the “best ten days in sausage history” so if that doesn’t draw in you, I don’t know what will!
I love that in Texas you can still enjoy Alpine and Bavarian entertainment, great food and beer, and fun Oktoberfest events well into November.
44. Oktoberfest near me: Utah
Where: Snowbird Resort, Snowbird, UT
Snowbird Oktoberfest, Utah’s original Oktoberfest, is back for 2023 with over two months of Oktoberfestivities. Live music (+ Alphorns!), more than 50 varieties of beer, Oktoberfest food, and massive Munich-esque beer tents will put a stop to your whining for the Wiesn.
45. Best Oktoberfest: Vermont
The hills are alive with the sounds of Oktoberfest!
Von Trapp Oktoberfest
When: September 16, 2023
Where: Von Trapp Brewery, Stowe, VT
Von Trapp Oktoberfest at the Von Trapp Brewery—yes, those von Trapps!—is one of the most fun and tastiest Oktoberfests in Vermont. I’m personally a huge fan of the Von Trapp Brewery which you can read more about in my post on how to spend a weekend in Vermont. And Stowe itself is a veritable Little Austria—the perfect place if you’re looking for an “Oktoberfest near me” in New England.
Their beers are delicious and beautifully Bavarian; their food is incredible and comes directly from their own farms; and you know you’ll be welcome in your lederhosen and dirndls.
46. Best Oktoberfest: Virgina
Virginia is for lagers.
When: October 20-21, 2023
Where: Old Dominion Building
Back for their 53rd year, Richmond Oktoberfest greets you with a local brass band and entertain you with Bavarian dancers. You can watch the march-in parade, dance to some great traditional German music, and participate in the stein hoisting contest for great prizes.
47. Best Oktoberfest in Washington
Leavenworth Oktoberfest Markt
When: September 29-30 and October 6-7 & 13-14, 2023
Where: New location – Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, WA
Leavenworth, Washington has long been known as the home of one of the best Oktoberfests in the US and 2023 will be no different. Expect fun live music, imported German beers, stein-holding contests, a keg-tapping ceremony, and all your favorite Oktoberfest hits.
48. Oktoberfest near me: West Virgina
West Virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads!
OktoberWest – Charleston
Where: West Side Main Street
As West Virginia’s largest traditional German Oktoberfest celebration, OktoberWest offers the chance to sample more than 100 craft beers and chill out with live music. And I’d be willing to bet you’ll hear John Denver’s Country Roads, one of the most popular Oktoberfest songs of all time!
Also on tap are some hilarious and fun events like stein holding, sausage toss, and even a beer belly contest for something a little… hairier than you’re probably used to.
49. Oktoberfest near me: Wisconsin
Oktoberfest USA – La Crosse
When: September 28-30, 2023
Where: Oktoberfest grounds, 1 Oktoberfest Strasse
As the longest running Oktoberfest celebration in the Midwest, Oktoberfest USA features epic parades, a medallion hunt, tons of live music, contests, and more.
When: October 6-8, 2023
Where: War Memorial Center
At the 13th annual Milwaukee Oktoberfest you can expect great German food from Kegel’s Inn, beer from Hofbräu and Leinenkugel, and fun events like the brat eating competition, cornhole tournament, and more.
There’s free beer at the ceremonial keg tapping, a wiener dog pageant, and a portion of the proceeds go to the veteran services and other programs of the War Memorial Center.
Milwaukee’s Original Oktoberfest
Where: The Bavarian Bierhaus
A year-round celebration of Bavarian culture, the Bavarian Bierhaus also hosts Milwaukee’s Original Oktoberfest. You can even make table reservations – just like the real thing!
There will be great food and beer, a midway and carnival rides, tons of entertainment, and more. This is definitely one of the most loved Oktoberfests in Wisconsin.
50. Best Oktoberfest: Wyoming
I’m still waiting on updates for the best Oktoberfests in Wyoming. Check back soon!
I hope you were able to find an Oktoberfest near you for this year! Prost to another Oktoberfest season!
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