Oktoberfests Across America
The first "Oktoberfest" was a royal Bavarian wedding attended by the people of Munich in 1810. It was such a blast that before long, towns hosted yearly festivals for families to celebrate the fall harvest. Today, your family can watch a parade; enjoy Bavarian music, dance, and yodeling; enter a polka contest and ride carnival attractions; eat sausage and apple strudel; and buy handmade crafts. If you've always wanted to learn the "chicken dance," find an Oktoberfest in your area and head straight for the Biergarten!
The Eastern and Southern United States
Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl
Hunter, NY, 12442
Come to the northern Catskills and celebrate fall with German-American bands, food and drink, games and rides, and plenty of old-world tradition. Don't miss the Hunter Mountain Skyride.
Celebrate this authentic German Oktoberfest with Bavarian music, German food, Biergarten, Weingarten, arts and crafts, and children's activities.
Oktoberfest on the River
Find lots of German food, entertainment and family fun.
Take to the streets to what looks like a town in the Bavarian Alps with polka, Bavarian food, and plenty of Oom-Pah music.
The Midwest and Rockies
La Crosse, WI
Step back into the Old World with plenty of German tradition, entertainment and food.
Gather in the Amana Colonies for a German-style fest with plenty of family fun.
Sample German food and beer, and dance to live German music.
Enjoy polkas, Viennese melodies, Alpine folk dancers, jugglers, authentic German and European foods, and arts and crafts.
Experience the community's rich German heritage in the parades, music, food, and games -- lots of fun for the whole family.
The Western United States
La Mesa Oktoberfest
La Mesa, CA
Join in the celebration with dancing, Oom-Pah music, contests, and bratwurst and beer.
El Cajon, CA
Experience German tradition at its best--bands, food, folk dancing, crafts, contests and shooting gallery.
Follow the horse-drawn beer wagon to plenty of great Bavarian music, food, and family fun.
Big Bear Oktoberfest
Big Bear Lake, CA
Listen to German bands from high in the San Bernardino Mountains. Enjoy polkas, log sawing and Alphorn blowing contests, authentic foods and plenty of family fun.
Kitchener, ON, Canada
Discover the rich German-Canadian heritage in cultural exhibits, historical displays, ethnic food, and German bands--great for singing and dancing.
Always call to confirm dates. Also check your local newspapers for additional Oktoberfests.